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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 14

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


Alumni Spotlight: Winter 2018 | Center for Undergraduate Research

Andrew Olive, c’07, an assistant professor at KU, reflects on his time as a student doing undergraduate research. Olive gives advice and insight for current students who might be wondering how to make the most of their time in undergrad and how to best prepare for the future.
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Harry Parker Honored as the Inaugural Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Recipient | KU Department of Theatre & Dance

Harry Parker, g’83 PhD’92, chair of Texas Christian University’s Department of Theatre, is the inaugural Ronald A. Willis Scholar/Artist as named by the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance. This position, made possible by the Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Fund, brings master teachers to the university to contribute to the growth of students and the artistry of KU’s theatre production program. Parker has directed more than 100 professional, community and academic productions across the country, and he is the founding managing director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival at TCU.
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Justice after genocide | KU Law Blog

At least 800,000 people were killed in 100 days during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Deborah Wilkinson, l’82, helped bring some of the perpetrators of that violence to justice. As senior appeals counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, Wilkinson and a team of fellow prosecutors spent 5 years litigating the appeals of six high-level Rwandan political and military officials charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. All six were found guilty in 2011.
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IDan Monnat Named to Missouri & Kansas Top 10 and Top 100 Super Lawyers List; Sal Intagliata and Matt Gorney Also Recognized | Monnat & Spurrier

The 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list has honored three Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered attorneys: Dan Monnat, Sal Intagliata, c’92 l’95, and Matt Gorney, l’13 g’13. Sal Intagliata has practiced law more than 20 years, including 19 years in private practice and 4 years as Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting crimes in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division. His practice focuses on criminal, white-collar criminal, and DUI offenses, as well as appeals in federal, state and municipal courts throughout Kansas. Matt Gorney joined Monnat & Spurrier as an associate in 2016 and was named for the first time this year to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list. Formerly a professional journalist, Gorney graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and Technology. He simultaneously earned a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications after successfully defending his thesis: Social Media and Kansas Courtrooms: Assessing Kansas Supreme Court Rule 1001 and Exploring Possible Improvements.
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My Dark Vanessa: Why this Lolita for the #MeToo era is the season’s biggest-selling debut | Entertainment Weekly

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, has just acquired Kate Russell’s, PhD’18, novel My Dark Vanessa, EW can announce exclusively. The publisher made the deal for an eye-popping seven-figures in a competitive situation, making it the highest-selling debut of the season. The price is on par with such recent buzzy launches as Emma Cline’s The Girls and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest. This story is still developing — fast — as the first offer from a film studio has been officially made, EW has learned, and foreign rights have already been sold in 22 countries. Stephen King even called it a “well-constructed package of dynamite.”
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Shared interests in ‘Klik’ exhibition | The Hutchinson News

Klik: A playful twist from the word clique, referring to a group of people with a shared interest. You will definitely have your interest piqued as you set your eyes on the exceptional work shown at the Hutchinson Art Center. Klik is an all-ceramic art show featuring artwork by Antonio Martinez, g’18, Emily Chamberlain, Joseph Rincones, and Garet Reynek. These four ceramic artists are pushing the edges of their art and are not to be missed. The opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Antonio Martinez was born and raised in Hutchinson, where he was first introduced to clay in high school. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University and later the University of Kansas, receiving his Master of Fine Arts. He currently teaches at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence. Martinez creates vessels, many which are multi-faceted.
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‘BlacKkKlansman,’ co-written by KU prof, nominated for 4 Golden Globes | Lawrence Journal-World

“BlacKkKlansman,” a film co-written by a University of Kansas film professor, was recently nominated for four Golden Globes Awards, including best motion picture drama. Kevin Willmott, a director, screenwriter and KU professor, co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee. Lee was nominated for best director, and John David Washington was nominated for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama. Adam Driver was nominated for best supporting actor.ter in Lawrence. Martinez creates vessels, many which are multi-faceted.
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Jay Craig honored with Millie Award

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Alumni News

Jay Craig | Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award

In recognition of his time and talents given to the University, the KU Alumni Association is proud to honor Jay Craig with the the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award. The award will be presented to Craig, b’85, g’87, at an alumni event in Milwaukee Dec. 13.

After stops in Dallas, San Francisco, and San Diego, Craig’s career in real estate led him to the Milwaukee area. After a couple long nights driving to and from KU alumni watch parties in Chicago, Craig set out to launch a network in his new home.

What began as an attempt to get alumni together to cheer on the Jayhawks has turned into one of the most active KU networks. Milwaukee Jayhawks have enjoyed cruises on the Milwaukee River, brewery tours and charity golf events. They’ve also attended away games together and participated in the KU Cares Month of Service.

Jay completed a bachelor of science degree at the KU School of Business in 1985 while working at the Adams Alumni Center as a bartender. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the business school in 1987.

In addition to continued participation in the Milwaukee Jayhawk network, Jay currently serves as Vice President – Senior Project Executive at MSI General in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

A life member, Jay resides in Fox Point, Wisconsin, with his wife, Jenny, and their children, Garrett and Halle.

About the award

The Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award was created in 1987 to thank alumni and friends for sustained volunteer service to the University at the local level. The award honors Mildred Clodfelter, b’41, who worked for the University for 47 years, including 42 at the Alumni Association.

—Ryan Camenzind

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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 7

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


The problem solver | KU Law Blog

In the summer of 2005, a jury found Lawrence carpenter and former Christian school board member Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. He was sentenced to life in prison. Charles Branson, b’93 l’96, should have been overjoyed, but he wasn’t. Not exactly. The newly elected Douglas County District Attorney had taken office six months prior, expecting jubilation when verdicts went his way. But two young children had lost their mother through violence. “And now, because we had been successful, they had also lost their father,” Branson recalled. “It was such a profound moment for me, realizing there’s not the joy in victory that I thought there would be. You’re still dealing with real people and real issues in the aftermath.”
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Stanford coach Jerod Haase recalls giving ‘blood, sweat, tears’ during his KU career | The Kansas City Star

A fan favorite during his playing days at the University of Kansas, Jerod Haase, b’97 g’01, received a hero’s welcome on Dec. 3, 2016 — the day he brought his Stanford basketball team to Allen Fieldhouse to face the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks. Many friends and former classmates approached the 1997 KU graduate during warmups to hug or grasp the hand of the gritty 6-foot-3 former Jayhawk guard, whose teams went 42-0 in an Allen Fieldhouse during his three-year KU career (1995-97).
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Audrey is an associate in Thompson Coburn’s business litigation group. | Thompson Coburn LLP

Mense, c’06, focuses on complex commercial litigation and her clients include local businesses, national banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and multi-national corporations. Audrey has extensive experience handling mass tort claims, contract disputes, business torts, fraud claims, and asbestos cases in state and federal courts across the country and she also serves a national counsel coordinating the defense of multi-jurisdictional product liability claims.
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International organization announces the Rosemary O’Leary Prize | The University of Kansas

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) announced they are seeking nominations for the first ever Rosemary O’Leary Prize for outstanding scholarship on women in public administration. Rosemary O’Leary, c’78 l’81 g’82, is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas. The inaugural award will be given at the society’s annual conference next year in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Bikes that build jobs: Chicago museum to feature KU professor’s unique bamboo bikes | University Daily Kansan

When picturing a build-it-yourself bike, one would probably assume the main material used is metal or wood; however, some “BIY” bikes created by a University of Kansas professor are made of locally-sourced bamboo from Greensboro, Alabama. Lance Rake, f’74, professor of industrial design, said his bamboo bikes were born out of the small Alabama town as the socioeconomic situation of the community needed a boost.
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Jayhawks give back during second annual KU Cares Month of Service

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Alumni News

The second annual KU Cares Month of Service gave Jayhawks the chance to meet each other and support their communities at the same time. Alumni in 23 cities across the country organized 27 different events.

The KU Alumni Association set out to have participants share the spirit of the holidays by giving back to people in need.

Here’s a sample of the many awesome events that alumni network volunteers organized. Thanks again to all who participated!

Phoenix Jayhawks: Lunches for the homeless

KU alumni in Phoenix packed meals for people in need at St. Vincent De Paul’s “Hearts and Hands” event.

Phoenix volunteers | second annual KU Cares month of service

Twin Cities Jayhawks: Halloween Supply Drive

Minneapolis Jayhawks started the month of service a day early: a night early, to be exact. They partnered with the St. Louis Park Emergency Program to spend their Halloween forgoing candy and collecting supplies for a local homeless shelter instead.

Twin Cities Jayhawks | second annual KU Cares month of service

Portland Jayhawks: Oregon Food Bank

A small group made a big difference in Portland. Six Jayhawks showed their love for their city with two and a half hours of work leading to 455 packaged meals.

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Milwaukee Jayhawks: Breakfast for military families

Area Jayhawks got to work to thank area veterans and their families by cooking breakfast at the the Fisher House, a temporary housing option for military families. Families stay at the house while their loved one receives care at the Medical Center.

Milwaukee Jayhawks | second annual KU Cares month of service

Denver Jayhawks: Watch party with a purpose

Local alumni started their watch party season with a purpose. The group collected more than 500 items for the St. Francis Center, a local homeless refuge.
Denver Jayhawks | second annual KU Cares month of service

KU Cares Month of Service may be over, but Jayhawks can get together to support their communities anytime! Visit the KU Cares page for more information, and reach out to your local network leaders to organize an event in your area.

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A lovely Ladies’ Night

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Alumni News

Ladies' Night 2018
The annual KU Alumni Ladies’ Night was full of crimson and blue stocking stuffers for family and friends.

Each holiday season, the women of KU Alumni’s Presidents Club are invited to spend an evening shopping with local vendors and artists, enjoy appetizers and cocktails. Guests also enjoyed a performance by the Doctor’s Notes, an a capella group of KU Medical Center students, as well as a student pianist.

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Thanks to the generosity of the Jayhawks who attended, KU Alumni raised $3,000 for the Jayhawk Career Network and Student Alumni Network.

Thank you, Jayhawks, and Happy Holidays!

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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 30

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


Kansas City-based magazine features KU visual arts alumnus, professor | University Daily Kansan

KC Studio magazine, a Kansas City publication that covers performing, literary, visual and cinematic arts, recently featured two local artists with ties to the University of Kansas. University professor Benjamin Rosenthal along with alumnus Ruben Castillo’s, g’17, portfolios were featured earlier in November.
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13th Judicial Circuit: Jacobs, Morrell win seats on bench | The Columbia Missourian

Incumbent Republican Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs narrowly retained his seat on the bench in Tuesday’s election, while Democrat Stephanie Morrell, c’97 l’00, defeated Republican Associate Circuit Judge Josh Devine. Jacobs, who was appointed to the bench in October 2017, will remain in the position after narrowly defeating Democrat Finley Gibbs. He and Morrell, an assistant Boone County prosecutor, will serve six-year terms.
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Long-time Kansas Lawyer inducted in Warren E. Burger Society | National Center for State Courts

Forrest James Robinson, Jr., l’83, a seasoned and decorated business litigator with 35 years of experience, in being inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society. The Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971.
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Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 – Dr. Chelsie Bright | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

As Senior Experience Management Scientists for Qualtrics, Chelsie Bright, g’14 g’15, understands the importance of quantitative data in politics. “There is a huge need for individuals with research skills in government and public policy. If we are going to solve some of today’s most pressing social and political issues, we need to expand research from the theoretical realm into the applied,” Bright says.
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Audus to step down as pharmacy dean; search for new dean to begin | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas will begin a search for a new dean of the School of Pharmacy. Kenneth Audus, PhD’84, has announced he will not seek reappointment at the conclusion of his current term, which ends in June 2019. When he started as dean, about 40 percent of pharmacists in Kansas were over 50 years of age. There was also a nationwide pharmacist shortage. Kansas needed more pharmacists and needed more graduating pharmacists to seek jobs in rural areas. Audus and his administration began a grass-roots effort to build support among working pharmacists in Kansas to expand the KU Pharm.D. program.
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Cruising the Mediterranean with a flock of ’Hawks

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Alumni News

Ten days, eight Mediterranean ports of call, 60+ Jayhawks and the most beautiful weather. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? It was.

Read on to learn a little more about each day of this itinerary from Jayhawk hosts Danielle Hoover and Debbi Johanning.

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | Danielle Hoover in Pisa

Day 1: Florence and Pisa

After our long travel day from Kansas to Rome, we boarded Oceania Cruises’ m.s. Nautica at the port of call, Civitavecchia. Our first port was Livorno, and I boarded a bus that took us to Florence and Pisa. The drive to Florence was a highlight in itself, with views of sweeping hills and vineyards of the Italian countryside. Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and I took a walking tour through the Historic Centre of Florence, which was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1982. We saw some of their most iconic sites, including The Duomo cathedral, the Gelleria degli Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio that spans the Arno River. The history and the architecture in this city was beyond gorgeous!

After a delicious lunch of pizza and wine, we took our bus to Pisa and I could not resist taking the iconic tourist picture: holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Day 2: Portofino/Genoa

Our next port was scheduled to be Portofino, a tender port, but with the possibility of some high tide issues, the captain decided to play it safe and we docked in Genoa instead. Our group excursion this day took me to the beautiful Italian coastline town of Camogli. This was probably my favorite moment of the entire trip. After touring Florence and Pisa for 11 hours the day before, arriving in this quaint fishing village was exactly what I needed. I felt like I was in a postcard! The views of the colorful cliffside houses along the Mediterranean sea was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

As I walked along the seaside promenade, school-aged boys were playing soccer, locals were sunbathing along the water and everyone was just enjoying the beautiful day. I joined some of our Flying Jayhawk guests at one of the local outdoor cafes and we enjoyed a glass of Italian wine. It was the Bella Vita!

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | Bob & Alice Headley, Debbi Johanning, Danielle Hoover in Eze, France

Day 3: Èze, Nice, Monaco, and Monte Carlo

This was one of my favorite days because the scenery of the French coast was so beautiful and we were able to see so much of it. We started our day in Èze, France, which was first populated around 2000 BC. Perched on top of the cliff, it became known as the “eagles nest” because of the vast views across the coastline and the sea. The history behind this place was magnificent; the winding cobblestone streets and the views were breathtaking.

We then took a scenic drive to Nice and stopped for a picture with the view of the Bay of Angels. The local street market was in full swing, which made for wonderful people watching and shopping. Lunch with some our Jayhawk guests along the beach of the Bay of Angels was a highlight of the day!

We toured the cathedral of Monaco, the burial place of the royalty of Monaco, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The famous couple was also married in the cathedral. A trip to Monaco wouldn’t be complete with seeing the world famous Formula One Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Casino. And, we may have returned later that night to try our luck…

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | Nice, France

Day 4: Toulon/Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city. It was a leisurely day and we enjoyed the city as the locals would. After a walking tour we saw the Cathedral Saint – Sauveur d’ Aix-en-Provence and the city center. Many locals were out shopping at the local market, which had so many fresh fruits and vegetables and beautiful flowers.

Another highlight of this day was our Jayhawk reception on board the ship. The Jayhawk guests were able to socialize and get to know one another better. This reception included the other university alumni associations on the ship, and our loyal fans started the “Rock Chalk” chant to show off school spirit. We were very proud!

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | A group of Jayhawks at the alumni reception on board the M.S. Nautica

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Day 5: Barcelona

Barcelona is a large, beautiful and historical city. Some highlights were La Sagrada Familia (the Church of the Sacred Family), the cathedral begun by Gaudi that has been under construction for more than 100 years. It will not be completed until around 2030. I also loved Las Ramblas, a street in the center of the city that is full of locals and tourists. Endless amounts of tapas bars, restaurants, shopping and the large city market can be found here.

Day 6: Valencia

Our tour of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, was a combination of new and old. We started the day in the Old City with a walking tour of the vast Central Market; Lonja, the old silk exchange building; and the Cathedral, which is home to the “Holy Grail”. We also visited the most modern part of the city, the City of Arts and Science, to admire the largest cultural-educational complex in Europe.

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | City of Arts & Science, Valencia, Spain

Day 7: Mahón

We docked on the tiny Spanish island of Menorca for the day. I ventured to the ancient capital city of Ciutadella, which is perched on the western end of the island. We walked around the picturesque town with a guide to see some of the churches and palaces. Afterward, we had plenty of time to shop and explore the town on our own before heading back to Mahón, the current capital.

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | Flying Jayhawks group on board the M.S. Nautica

Our Jayhawk travelers gathered for a group photo and enjoyed dinner together that evening.

Day 8: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Today we flew the KU flag proudly on the upper deck of the Nautica! We had time to relax (and re-pack!) on the ship and enjoy the food, pool deck and other activities like bingo, shuffleboard and mini-golf. It was a perfect day to catch up with our fellow passengers! Or nap, if that’s your preference.

Flying Jayhawks Coastal Vignettes | KU Alumni flag on board the M.S. Nautica

Day 9: Naples/Pompeii

The final day of the cruise included options to explore Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, or Capri. The excavated ruins of Pompeii are amazing to see in person. The city was buried in ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. It truly is a glimpse into a city frozen in time: plaster casts of victims were visible, along with other artifacts of life in ancient times.

If you’re looking for a way to experience as much of the Mediterranean coastline as possible, I highly recommend the Coastal Vignettes cruise. There are so many choices to make for daily excursions—you’ll want to do it all! It truly is one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever seen.

We were truly fortunate to travel with so many fantastic Jayhawks! And, fortunately, we experienced incredible weather the entire trip. In fact, we couldn’t have ordered better weather if we tried: mid 70s, no humidity, no wind, nothing but completely comfortable sunshine and beautiful blue skies.

The Flying Jayhawks trip “Coastal Vignettes” took place Oct. 16-27, 2018. The trip was hosted by Tegan Thornberry, director of membership, marketing and business development; Danielle Hoover, director of donor relations and Wichita programs; and Debbi Johanning, director of digital media. View more photos from the trip; pictures may be downloaded for personal use. Find more information about Flying Jayhawks trips, including a schedule, or sign up for travel emails.

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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 23

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


30 Under 30 – Energy 2019 | Forbes

Sunny Sanwar, e’10, earned a degree in mechanical engineering at age 19. By 22 he developed and commercialized lithium-polymer battery packs, and has worked to scale them up from 1kwh to 1mwh. In 2016 he sold his battery venture Verd2Go for $2 million to Exergonix, where he now leads development of large-scale utility, rooftop solar and energy storage, having completed nearly 100 projects.
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Phyllis Bock: First Associated Students of Montana State University attorney | Montana State University

Phyllis Bock’s work is unmatched and of huge historical and cultural significance for anyone attending Montana State University between the 1970s and early 2010. Bock, c’73 l’78, was hired at MSU in 1982 to initiate the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU) student legal services program as a pilot project. The program was intended to provide low cost legal services to students in the areas of tenant and landlord law, family law, domestic abuse and misdemeanors.
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Day in the Life: Advocacy, poetry guide Raven Bookstore owner’s life | University Daily Kansan

The Raven Book Store has been around for 31 years on the corner of 7th and Massachusetts Streets. Danny Caine, a University of Kansas graduate, g’17, and published poet, bought the store in August 2017. Caine went from chaperoning high school dances in Smithville, Ohio, to owning the Raven Book Store, while getting a couple degrees and publishing a few poems along the way.
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Day in the Life: ACLU adviser Amii Castle says she has ‘the sweetest gig ever’ | University Daily Kansan

Amii Castle, c’94 l’97, always knew she wanted to teach. So a few years ago, after working for most of her career as a litigator in downtown Kansas City, the University of Kansas alumna decided to give her alma mater a call. “They said, ‘Well, we don’t really hire KU grads, so you’re kind of wasting your time,’” she said. Undiscouraged, Castle went ahead with advice to develop a class and get published. Within two years, she published nine articles — all while working full time.
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New chief judge appointed for 14th Judicial District | State of Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss announced today the Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Jeffrey Gettler, l’06, as chief judge of the 14th Judicial District from January 13 through December 31, 2019.
Gettler will succeed Chief Judge William Cullins, who will continue to serve as a district judge in the 14th Judicial District. The 14th Judicial District is composed of Chautauqua and Montgomery counties. “We are glad that Judge Gettler has agreed to serve as chief judge, providing continuity in capable leadership in the 14th Judicial District,” said Nuss.
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ADL Launches Task Force to Protect Minority Communities of Middle East | Press Release Point

ADL today announced the launch of a new task force focused on promoting the protection of minority communities in the Middle East. One member of the task for is Jomana Qaddour, c’06 l’09, who is a doctoral student at Georgetown University Law Center focusing on ethno-sectarian identities and their impact on legal and constitutional frameworks. She is also the co-founder of Syria Relief & Development, a humanitarian organization that has implemented over $50 million worth of humanitarian and emergency relief to Syrians in Syria and the region.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 16

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


Olympian, art historian and CEO to receive honorary degrees from KU | Lawrence Journal-World

The University of Kansas on Wednesday announced the names of those who will receive honorary degrees at KU’s 147th Commencement on May 19, 2019. The honorees include Billy Mills, d’62, Elizabeth Broun, c’68 g’69 g’74 PhD’76, and Teruhisa Ueda.
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Reeb Promoted To Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources | KU Athletics

Frank Reeb, c’83 l’92, director of human resources at Kansas Athletics since July 2009, has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources, Athletics Director Jeff Long announced Monday.
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KU Law alumnus teaches clinic students about consumer defense | KU Law Blog

KU Legal Aid Clinic alumnus Bill Walberg, l’15, believes all consumers should have appropriate counsel when defending their rights. He recently returned to Green Hall to teach students the fundamentals of debt collection defense as the clinic considers taking on consumer defense cases.
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JLT Specialty USA Announces Appointment of Samantha Levine as Senior Vice President | JLT

JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), the leading global specialist risk advisor and broker, is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Levine, l’12, as Senior Vice President of JLT’s Cyber / E&O Practice. Based in Denver, Levine will be responsible for advising JLT’s clients on complex areas of Errors & Omissions and Cyber risk, through exposure identification and assessment, prioritization of complex areas of risk, and the creation of solutions to minimize the impact to their reputation and balance sheet.
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Shanker promoted to Senior Woman Administrator | Colorado State University Athletics

Colorado State University Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced today that senior associate athletics director for compliance Shalini Shanker, c’03 l’06, will add the designation of senior woman administrator to her current set of responsibilities. The SWA responsibilities were previously handled by Christine Susemihl, who recently retired after 45 years with CSU Athletics.
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Polsinelli Elects 17 New Shareholders Nationwide and Adds 21 New Associates Leading Into New Fiscal Year | Polsinelli

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli announced the election of 17 attorneys to shareholder. The new shareholders were elected based on their superior client service and dedicated legal commitment. On Nov. 5, 21 new associates, including Cullin Hughes, c’06 l’09, join Polsinelli to support clients coast-to-coast, a result of increased client needs and focus. The new associates are located in 10 different offices and 12 practice areas.
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Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 | Center for Undergraduate Research

Amanda Pierce, c’10, describes her undergraduate research experience at KU and gives advice on how to be successful now and after graduation.
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Alumni provide new mentoring opportunity for Self Graduate Fellows | The University of Kansas

The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship at the University of Kansas was established in 1989 and accepted its first two doctoral fellows in 1991. Since that time, the fellowship has supported a growing alumni network, which now includes 149 members across 34 states and five countries. This group of alumni, or the “Society of Self Fellows,” holds a variety of career positions within higher education, government and across the private sector.
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Hawks to Watch: Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight, non-profit directors | KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When Jenny Peck, c’05, was placed in rural Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2006, the plan was to stay for a couple of years. Plans change. Jenny’s partner Geoff Knight, c’08, had followed shortly after Jenny arrived, and the couple felt so at home in Mufindi that two years became twelve. During this time, these KU College grads dedicated their energy and skills to directing Mufindi Orphans, a grassroots organization in rural Tanzania working with a community impacted by a very high prevalence of HIV to ensure care for all of its most vulnerable children and their families.
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ROTC instructor documents military experience with ‘Story of the Jayhawk’

Posted on Nov 11, 2018 in Alumni News

Michael Hayes shoots a photo of his traveling ceramic JayhawkDuring his deployment to Africa in 2011, Maj. Michael Hayes was tasked with distributing care packages from the National Guard’s family program director to his fellow soldiers. He was surprised, after about seven months, to receive a gift of his own: a grim-faced ceramic Jayhawk, which resembled the KU mascot introduced in 1941.

“I didn’t want to just set it on my desk,” recalls Hayes, c’08, an ROTC instructor and assistant professor of military science at KU. “I wanted to take pictures and send them back to her to say, ‘Look! I got it. Thank you!’ That’s how the pictures started.”

Inspired by Travelocity’s roaming gnome, Hayes took Jay on all of his deployments and work-related travel, capturing his crimson and blue companion riding in Chinooks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and overseeing troops at bases throughout the country and overseas.
Michael Hayes

As his collection of photos grew, Hayes started a Facebook page, “The Story of the Jayhawk,” to document their experiences.

Although the small figurine has been broken and repaired twice and now travels in the safety of a Styrofoam cooler, Jay shows no signs of retiring to a space on a shelf. Hayes even sends the mini mascot on journeys with other Army cadets and friends.

“Jay’s traveled more than I have,” Hayes says, “and I’ve jumped all over the place.”

—Heather Biele

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