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University of Kansas announces Ex.C.E.L. Award winners, concludes 107th Homecoming celebration

Posted on Oct 28, 2019 in Campus News

Far Above the Golden Valley | KU Homecoming 2019 | Oct. 19-26| Ex.C.E.L. Award 2019

Three University of Kansas students, Tiara Floyd of Junction City, Daphne Lin of Coffeyville and Jalynn Tann of Centennial, Colorado, are winners of the 29th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The award presentation during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech football game Oct. 26 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium concluded KU’s 107th Homecoming celebration.

Floyd, a senior in African American studies with minors in Germanic language and literature and political science, is the 2019-’20 KU student body president. She served as chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee and director of policy and development for Student Senate, and she was a student representative in University Senate. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union, and she served as chair of diversity and inclusion at Douthart Scholarship Hall. She interned at the Kansas Legislature and worked as an administrative assistant at a law firm in Manhattan. She received the KU Black Alumni Network Impact Award in 2019.

Lin, a senior in humanities and pre-medicine, is president of Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Greek organization for women. She also served as the sorority’s chair of community service, social media and academics. She is co-coordinator of the Center for Community Outreach’s Concerned, Active and Aware Students Program, and she has been a member of the Asian American Student Union since 2016, during which time she held several leadership roles. She participates in the University Honors Program, and she was a research assistant in the department of anthropology. She is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and volunteers at KU Lutheran Campus Ministry. She received the 2017 SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Value in Action Award for her volunteer services.

Tann, a senior in business administration with a minor in Spanish, has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is vice president of KU G.E.M.S. and also served as treasurer for the female student organization. She was the freshman action team president and served as treasurer of the KU Resident Hall Government Association. She participated in a study abroad language and cultural immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in summer 2018, and she has worked for the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space in Colorado for several years. She has volunteered for the Big Event at KU and Harvesters’ BackSnack Program in Kansas City.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to students. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming was “Far Above the Golden Valley.” The event was sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore. Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, reunions and tailgates.

The annual Homecoming celebration was organized by the KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee, which was chaired by Brianna Gabriel, a senior from Westlake Village, California, majoring in strategic communications; Eli Linder-Taylor, a senior from Overland Park majoring in strategic communications; Brianna Mears, a senior from Georgetown, Texas, majoring in strategic communications; Nick Siegel, a junior from St. Louis majoring in accounting; and Chelsea Stitt, a senior from Ottawa majoring in economics. They worked with Alumni Association staff member Ally Stanton, director of student programs, and Keon Stowers, development officer for the Alumni Association at KU Endowment.

The Homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 25, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and featured Chancellor Douglas Girod as grand marshal.

Other 2019 Homecoming event and award winners are:

Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award

Julie Jorgensen, a junior from Cedar Falls, Iowa, majoring in strategic communications

Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award

Lawrence residents Warren Corman, a 1950 School of Engineering alumnus, and his wife, Mary Crissman Corman, a 1973 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and 1974 School of Health Professions alumna

Overall Winners

Greek Life
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Student Life – Large Organization
1st place: Scholarship Hall Council
2nd place: University Daily Kansan
3rd place: Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall

Competition Winners

Greek Life
Décor
1st place: Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Gamma, Theta Chi
2nd place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
3rd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau

Chalk & Rock
1st place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
2nd place: Scholarship Hall Council
3rd place: Abbi Dougherty

Jayhawk Jingles
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Parade
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Student Life – Large Organization
Décor
Scholarship Hall Council

Most Outstanding Homecoming Participant – Individual
Abbi Dougherty

For more information about this year’s event, visit kualumni.org/homecoming.

Homecoming 2019 sponsors

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KU couple returns to their ‘Home on the Hill’

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in Alumni News

Baby Jay

When Matt Lindberg reached out to us about a special 10-year anniversary surprise for his wife Sarah, we couldn’t pass up the chance to give the Life Members a tour of campus to see their alma mater, old and new.

Ten years since they last visited campus has been 10 years too long for this Jayhawk couple. Matt, j’08, and Sarah Strathman Lindberg, c’09, returned to Lawrence October 11 to find a campus filled with change, but still familiar.

Their day began with a trip to the Oread Hotel, a far cry from the pile of rubble that was once the Crossing. On the 9th-floor rooftop terrace, familiar sights mixed with the new: A giant apartment complex across the street from the nearly 100-year-old Memorial Stadium, and renovated Jayhawk Boulevard and Memorial Drive connecting historic campus buildings.

The Nest

Next, a walk down Jayhawk Boulevard past Fraser Hall where the couple met in French class, and Watson Library, home to studying among the stacks.

“It still feels comfortable walking around. I recognize everything,” Matt said. “It still feels like campus to me.”

The tour brought the pair to Matt’s old stomping grounds at the School of Journalism and the University Daily Kansan, where memories of 2008 came back.

2008 Championship edition of the Daily Kansan

Matt was on the paper’s staff as a student, including serving as special sections editor his senior year.

“After KU won the title, Mario Chalmers came into the Kansan offices asking for a paper, apologizing for not having his KU student ID,” he said. “I think we gave him a dozen copies.”

From there, the couple trekked across campus to the new football complex, which has seen massive changes since the Lindbergs’ graduation after the 2007-’08 Orange Bowl season.

KU Football meeting room

They were able to poke their head into the football facilities, in part due to their fandom: They spent the night camping for front-row seats in the student section during the Jayhawks’ 12-1 season.

The last stop on the tour was the DeBruce Center, where the couple got to check out the “Original Rules of Basket Ball,” an exhibition that features a recording of James Naismith describing his invention.

DeBruce Center
After a full morning of tours, the Lindbergs were sent off to explore Mass Street and Lawrence, thanks to gift cards from KU Alumni restaurant partners Papa Keno’s Pizza, Jefferson’s and Merchants.

Memories

In between stops to see the newest additions to the campus, the Lindbergs were happy to reminisce about memories of the little things.

“For me, it’s been walking up and down the hills,” Sarah said. “I did that so many times, and now here I am doing it again, except now I’m not going to class.”

For Matt, it’s a return to what was once normal. “Going into the Kansan room, I haven’t been there since I graduated. I used to be in there every day.”

Despite everything that’s changed, the campus contains a spirit that continues to last.

“It feels very much the same, but current,” Matt said. “Some things just haven’t changed, and I like it.”

—Ryan Camenzind

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Ten KU students named finalists for 29th annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Campus News

Far Above the Golden Valley | KU Homecoming 2019 | Oct. 19-26 | ExCEL Awards
Ten finalists have been selected for the 29th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, nine seniors and one junior, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners will be announced during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech Homecoming football game Oct. 26 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize two students for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

FORD COUNTY

From Dodge City
Kenny Nguyen, a senior in community health and education, is a student ambassador and assists the Office of Admissions with the recruitment of multicultural, first-generation and low-income students. He has been a social justice peer educator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and an orientation assistant for the Office of First-Year Experience. He is building manager for the Kansas Union, and he served as president of the student-led Community Outreach Program. He participates in the Multicultural Education Scholars Program. He is a monitor technician and volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and he also volunteered at Watkins Memorial Health Center and Skyline Urban Ministry. He was a research assistant in the department of health, sport and exercise science, and a communications and development intern at the Home Nursing Foundation in Singapore.

GEARY COUNTY

From Junction City
Tiara Floyd, a senior in African American studies with minors in Germanic language and literature and political science, is the 2019-’20 KU student body president. She served as chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee and director of policy and development for Student Senate, and she was a student representative in University Senate. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union, and she served as chair of diversity and inclusion at Douthart Scholarship Hall. She interned at the Kansas Legislature and worked as an administrative assistant at a law firm in Manhattan. She received the KU Black Alumni Network Impact Award in 2019.

HARVEY COUNTY

From Hesston
Jessica Guardiola, a senior in political science and history with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies, is president of the Student Alumni Leadership Board. She was a student senator and secretary of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee. She interned at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in Washington, D.C. and at Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm in Kansas City. She is an assistant in immigration law at Treviño Law Office in Lawrence, and she volunteered with the Human Rights Brigade in Panama in 2016.

JOHNSON COUNTY

From Olathe
Jasmine Moore, a senior in information systems with a minor in Spanish, is a student program assistant for diversity, equity and inclusion at the School of Business and has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is president of KU G.E.M.S., a campus organization that encourages female empowerment, and she has also served as the group’s vice president and treasurer. She participates in the Koch Scholars Program and the Multicultural Business Scholars Program, and she is a member of the Black Student Union. She was a business systems analyst intern at Flint Hills Resources in summer 2019, and she has volunteered at Hilltop Child Development Center, KU Campus Cupboard, Special Olympics Kansas and the Big Event at KU.

From Shawnee
Taylor Pullen, a senior in marketing, is president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and also has served as the organization’s secretary and treasurer. She was president and vice president of outreach for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and she also served as the first president of KU G.E.M.S. She was a student development associate for KU Endowment, and she currently is a leasing professional at The Reserve student apartments. She was named Student Leader of the Year in 2018.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

From Coffeyville
Daphne Lin, a senior in humanities and pre-medicine, is president of Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Greek organization for women. She also served as the sorority’s chair of community service, social media and academics. She is co-coordinator of the Center for Community Outreach’s Concerned, Active and Aware Students Program, and she has been a member of the Asian American Student Union since 2016, during which time she held several leadership roles. She participates in the University Honors Program, and she was a research assistant in the department of anthropology. She is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and volunteers at KU Lutheran Campus Ministry. She received the 2017 SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Value in Action Award for her volunteer services.

SEDGWICK COUNTY

From Wichita
Kasi Ross II, a senior in accounting with a minor in entrepreneurship, is a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and a tutor and Options Program student leader for KU TRIO. He is treasurer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and also served as the organization’s social media chair. He was president of the Black Student Union and chair of the Big XII Council on Black Student Government. He interned at Ernst & Young in Atlanta in summer 2019, and has volunteered at Billy Mills Middle School, the Lawrence Community Shelter and Wichita Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY

From Kansas City, Kansas
Adrian Cisneros, a junior in sociology and women, gender and sexuality studies with a minor in social justice and leadership studies, is vice president of programs for the Student Alumni Leadership Board and fine arts coordinator for Student Union Activities. They are an off-campus student senator and an information specialist for KU Info. They are an orientation coordinator for the Office of First-Year Experience and led orientation for International Support Services. They have coordinated programs for the Association of University Residence Halls, and they were a desk assistant for KU Student Housing.

CALIFORNIA

From Oak Park
Abbey Greenberg, a senior in business administration and international business, is president of Student Union Activities and serves as an executive committee member of the KU Memorial Unions Corporation Board. She participates in the University Honors Program and the Business Honors Program, and she is a student ambassador in the School of Business. She is an events assistant for the business school’s dean’s office and a student assistant for the Office of the Chancellor. She was a student coordinator in KU Global Business Studies in summer 2019, and she interned at Lean Venture Partners in Shanghai, China.

COLORADO

From Centennial
Jalynn Tann, a senior in business administration with a minor in Spanish, has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is vice president of KU G.E.M.S. and also served as treasurer for the female student organization. She was the freshman action team president and served as treasurer of the KU Resident Hall Government Association. She participated in a study abroad language and cultural immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in summer 2018, and she has worked for the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space in Colorado for several years. She has volunteered for the Big Event at KU and Harvesters’ BackSnack Program in Kansas City.

The theme for KU’s 107th Homecoming is “Far Above the Golden Valley.” The Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Network Homecoming Steering Committee oversee this year’s event, which is sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore. A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found at kualumni.org/homecoming.

Homecoming 2019 sponsors

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Lawrence community invited to KU’s 3rd annual Trunk or Treat

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Campus News

Trunk or Treat 2019The University of Kansas Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Student Alumni Network and Center for Community Outreach will host KU’s third annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Adams Alumni Center parking lot, 1266 Oread Ave. on the Lawrence campus. Admission is free.

The family-friendly event features decorated trunks and candy stations for community members and their children to trick-or-trick in a safe and fun environment. Other activities include pumpkin painting, photos with Baby Jay, games and a contest for Best Halloween Costume. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided by KU Dining.

Families are encouraged to bring a donation for the KU Fights Hunger food drive, which collects nonperishable food items for Campus Cupboard and Just Food of Douglas County. Items of greatest need include peanut butter, canned protein, beans, whole-grain cereals, pasta and nuts, and canned fruit and vegetables.

Trunk or Treat is held in conjunction with Halloween in the Halls, another community event that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at KU’s Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin residence halls at 11th and Indiana streets. A shuttle bus will be available to take families between the Adams Alumni Center and residence halls parking lots.

For more information, contact Sarah Bowman, SILC assistant director of student development and engagement, at sarah.bowman@ku.edu or Ally Stanton, KUAA assistant vice president of student programs, at 785-864-3741 or allystanton@kualumni.org.

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KU student, professor’s tight-knit connection leads to award

Posted on Oct 10, 2019 in Campus News

Hailey Solomon

Since 1959, KU seniors have chosen a professor to receive the H.O.P.E. Award to Honor an Outstanding Progressive Educator. The award, established by the Class of 1959 and given each year through the Board of Class Officers, is the only teaching honor bestowed by the senior class.

Hailey Solomon, a senior from Oswego, nominated her civil engineering professor, Matt O’Reilly. When he was selected as a finalist, Solomon attended the Oct. 5 KU-OU football game to support her mentor. Uninterested in the game itself, Solomon brought her crocheting and presumed her presence had gone unnoticed.

Four million Twitter and Facebook views later, she had become a social media sensation.

“It was incredibly surprising to go to exactly one football game in my entire college career and leave it as a meme, but I’m thankful for the experience,” Solomon says. “If a 30-second video of me contentedly crocheting brings people joy, then I’m joyful too!”

O’Reilly, an associate professor, is one of the few people Solomon would attend a game for. She credits his guidance as an adviser during freshman orientation as the reason she had the confidence to pursue engineering. An excerpt from her nomination form shows O’Reilly’s investment in his students, even before they are in his classroom.

“You can absolutely be successful in engineering because engineering, like everything, is so much more than it appears,” O’Reilly told Solomon. “It’s not just math and science; it’s writing, communication, teamwork, design, and so much more. You can’t judge yourself based on what you’re not, otherwise you’ll never accomplish anything. You have to make decisions based on what you’re good at and get help with the rest.”

Standing on the field during the award presentation, O’Reilly presumed one of his fellow finalists already received word he or she had won, so when “Dr. O’Reilly” blared over the loudspeaker as the winner, it took a second to sink in. Then he jumped with surprise.

“Most of my students call me Dr. Matt, so it took me a bit longer to respond to ‘O’Reilly’ and realize ‘he’ was me,” he says. “Nothing like jumping in shock when you’re on the Jumbotron.”

O’Reilly’s care for his students led to the H.O.P.E. Award. He fills his lectures with humor, makes video tutorials for difficult lab procedures, and grades every assignment, including exams, the day they are turned in. His open-door policy extends beyond office hours: He has been known to drive to campus on a Saturday to help a student understand a topic that was better explained in person.

“I know my students like and appreciate what I do, and that’s always been a source of happiness for me,” O’Reilly says. “I couldn’t imagine having a better career than teaching.”

His style derives from his own favorite teachers, student feedback, and trial and error. He constantly adjusts to best suit the needs of his students.

“The common thread was always putting students first and treating them with respect, and I strive to always hold myself to that,” he says.

As for Solomon, her crocheting is more than a hobby. She co-founded Warm the World, a student organization that makes warm clothes and blankets to donate to local homeless shelters and soup kitchens. The group meets every other Wednesday in the Union and is open to all students, regardless of skill level.

Solomon’s 15 minutes of fame made for a fun weekend, but the real story continues a cherished 60-year KU tradition: Matt O’Reilly’s teaching has earned him a place among the professors enshrined on the H.O.P.E Award plaque in the Kansas Union.

—Brianna Mears

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KU Chancellor Douglas Girod to serve as grand marshal for Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 9, 2019 in Campus News

Chancellor Girod with Baby Jay on a motorcycle in front of Strong Hall | Grand Marshal
The 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas will be the grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The theme for the University’s 107th Homecoming is “Far Above the Golden Valley.”

Since beginning his tenure as chancellor in July 2017, Girod has focused on making KU a top destination for students and scholars by improving the student experience, strengthening KU’s outreach to the state and expanding University research. Under his leadership, student recruitment and success rates are at an all-time high, and the University launched Kansas Team Health, an innovative model of medical care and wellness for KU student-athletes.

A head-and-neck surgeon, Girod first joined the KU Medical Center faculty in 1994 and became chair of the otolaryngology department in 2002 before assuming the role of executive vice chancellor in 2013. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1982 to 1997, retiring as lieutenant commander.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Saturday, Oct. 19, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, reunions and tailgates, all of which lead up to the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 26, in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. This year’s event is sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore.

A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found here.

Homecoming 2019 sponsors

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A record year for student success

Posted on Oct 2, 2019 in Campus News

Strong Hall

KU Chancellor Douglas A. Girod sent the following message to University of Kansas faculty and staff members Wednesday, October 2.

Colleagues,

I am writing to share good news regarding our annual 20th day enrollment data — and to thank you for making this news possible.

Earlier today, we announced that the University of Kansas has achieved all-time highs in key metrics related to student recruitment and success. In particular, we set records for our one-year retention rate, four- and six-year graduation rates and entering freshman class GPA, while creating the most diverse student body in university history. Additionally, we have held the line on enrollment this year — we are down just 0.3 percent — as well as for the past seven years despite the national trend of decreasing college enrollments.

This is good news, and we can be proud of our progress related to these institutional priorities. So today, I want to thank you for everything you do to bring talented students to KU and help them succeed.

It’s worth recalling that this progress is no accident. Rather, this progress is the result of your hard work and the strategic choices we’ve made to enhance the way we identify and attract new Jayhawks. Since 2011, we have enhanced our recruitment and enrollment efforts with new renewable scholarships, new admissions standards and a new national/international recruitment model. We’ve made KU more attractive to top students by revamping our curriculum, enhancing our academic offerings and providing experiential learning opportunities. And we’ve worked to support current students and empower them to address challenges both inside and outside the classroom.

I also want to highlight the vital role of private giving in recruiting and retaining top scholars, as well as our alumni, who are the best Jayhawk ambassadors in the world. To our donors and alumni – thank you.

While this year’s record-setting metrics are worthy of celebration, we must not get complacent given the long-term enrollment challenges facing higher education. We must continue to find new ways to recruit and retain top scholars, and we must recognize the reality that it will be harder than ever to do this. Looking ahead, we will have an exciting opportunity to enhance student recruitment and retention through our university strategic planning process, which will begin later this semester. We look forward to this process as a way to strengthen our work as a leading research institution, an engine of economic growth for Kansas and a proud member of the Association of American Universities.

Again, thank you for your role in recruiting new Jayhawks and ensuring they can earn their degree from the University of Kansas.

Respectfully,

Doug

Douglas A. Girod
Chancellor
University of Kansas

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University receives NCAA notice of allegations

Posted on Sep 23, 2019 in Campus News

Strong Hall | Notice of Allegations

The University of Kansas Office of Public Affairs posted the following announcement today. More at: http://publicaffairs.ku.edu/noa

On Monday, September 23, the University of Kansas received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA enforcement staff regarding alleged violations of NCAA bylaws within the Kansas men’s basketball and football programs. The University has begun its detailed review of the Notice and has been granted access to some of the NCAA evidentiary documents for the first time. Per NCAA bylaws, the University has 90 days to submit a Response to the Notice of Allegations to be considered by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

The University’s response will fully and comprehensively present its positions regarding the Notice. In the meantime, though, it is already clear from an initial review that the University will fiercely dispute in detail much of what has been presented.

First and foremost, the University emphasizes that it emphatically rejects the assertion that Adidas and Adidas employees and associates were boosters and agents of the University (as defined by NCAA legislation) during the period of the alleged violations and therefore acting on the University’s behalf when they engaged in alleged violations of NCAA bylaws.

As for the allegations regarding Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self, voluminous evidence demonstrates uncontestably that he did, in fact, promote an atmosphere of compliance and fully monitor his staff. The University firmly and fully supports Coach Self and his staff.

Regarding the self-reported football violations, the University’s monitoring systems worked to identify the issues, and KU self-reported violations to the NCAA related to the conduct of two members of the previous coaching staff. Those involved in the football violations are no longer associated with the University.

The University strongly disagrees with the assertion that it “lacks of institutional control.” In fact, the University believes that the record will demonstrate just the opposite. The University of Kansas takes seriously all NCAA and Big XII bylaws, consistently provides education to its staff members, and monitors its programs to ensure compliance with these bylaws. Additionally, the University has taken several actions to enhance its already strong compliance programs. Chancellor Doug Girod and Director of Athletics Jeff Long also retained an outside compliance expert to review the entire compliance program and provide recommendations, if warranted, about opportunities for improvement in light of the changes in the national landscape around college basketball. The report found that our compliance program meets or exceeds industry standard in all facets. Furthermore, the University proactively established a reporting line from the senior compliance administrator directly to the Chancellor and enhanced the frequency and depth of compliance education programs for student-athletes, staff, parents, donors and local businesses. As a result of these actions, the University’s already strong compliance programs are now even more robust.

We understand this is a unique moment in collegiate athletics, and we recognize the NCAA finds itself in a challenging position. But we don’t believe these allegations are the most appropriate way to address long-standing challenges in college basketball.

The University will continue to cooperate with the NCAA enforcement process and looks forward to submitting its Response to the Notice of Allegations, and we will gladly make that response public when it is submitted.

Chancellor Doug Girod:

“The University of Kansas has high standards of ethical conduct for all of our employees, and we take seriously any conduct that is antithetical to our values and mission. While we will accept responsibility for proven violations of NCAA bylaws, we will not shy away from forcefully pushing back on allegations that the facts simply do not substantiate. We stand firmly behind Coach Self and our men’s basketball program, and we will continue to work diligently to do what is right.”

Director of Athletics Jeff Long:

“Obviously, we are disappointed in the allegations leveled against our men’s basketball program as well as our self-reported violations from the previous football staff. We strongly disagree with the allegations regarding men’s basketball. We fully support Coach Self and his staff, and we will vigorously defend the allegations against him and our University. As for the football violations, we fully met the requirements and our responsibility to the NCAA by self-reporting the violations when our compliance procedures uncovered the issues. I am confident in our process to respond to the allegations and look forward to resolving this matter.”

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self:

“By the NCAA’s own admission through its public statements early this summer, it’s no secret that there is tremendous pressure on the NCAA to respond to the federal court proceedings involving college basketball. Compelled to reassure member institutions and the general public that it can police its member institutions, the NCAA enforcement staff has responded in an unnecessarily aggressive manner in submitting today’s unsubstantiated Notice of Allegations, and I, as well as the University, will vigorously dispute what has been alleged.

In its haste and attempt to regain control, the enforcement staff has created a false narrative regarding me and our basketball program. The narrative is based on innuendo, half-truths, misimpressions and mischaracterizations. In reality, we all know there is only one version of the truth. The truth is based on verifiable facts, and I am confident the facts we will demonstrate in our case will expose the inaccuracies of the enforcement staff’s narrative.

I have always taken pride in my commitment to rules compliance and led programs that operate with integrity and within the rules, and I am proud of the success that we have achieved at each program along the way. Every student-athlete who has ever played for me and their families know we follow the rules.

These allegations are serious and damaging to the University and to myself, and I hate that KU has to go through this process. With our staff’s full cooperation, these allegations will be addressed within NCAA procedures and with urgency and resolve. I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case.”

Head Football Coach Les Miles:

“I am confident in the University’s process leading to the self-reported violations arising from the previous football staff. Our entire focus is on the current season and the culture that we are building here at KU. The future is bright for Kansas Football.”

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Students, this is for you

Posted on Sep 16, 2019 in Campus News

Strong Hall | Provost message

The following email was sent by Provost Carl Lejuez on Sept. 16 to students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas. 

A high-quality education has several elements — things like great instruction, experiential learning, original research and scholarship, extracurricular activities, supplemental instruction, leadership opportunities, support services and more. The University of Kansas has a stellar network that empowers students to achieve. One element that is sometimes overshadowed at KU is how we harness the collective knowledge and care of our alumni as part of the student experience. Faculty and staff, who are front and center, are driven to ensure that undergraduate and graduate students have access to programs and are supported at KU. Although less visible, alumni are eager to do their part, too.

As Chancellor Girod has visited with groups across campus, he’s shared a message of strengthening KU to develop students of the future — individuals who are not simply smart and capable, but who are also adaptable life-long learners, able to find fresh opportunities in a rapidly changing world. The Chancellor likes to share the forecast that new graduates will change careers — not jobs — seven times before they retire. As we enter into strategic planning this year, we will all have a chance to focus on KU’s efforts that improve student success and, just as important, improve their success post-graduation. Making the most of our alumni connections is one area of impact that can and is affecting those outcomes right now.

It’s exciting to see the opportunities available to students through the KU Alumni Association’s KU Mentoring program. More than 4,000 alumni currently participate, and they are ready and willing to connect with students to share their career or college advice and experiences. Students can reach out to Jayhawks from all academic backgrounds in a wide range of industries and professions. KU Mentoring is the key benefit of activating a free Student Alumni Network membership.

  • Students can use KU Mentoring to:
  • Ask for resume help
  • Find interview tips
  • Get advice on classes related to your career goals
  • Talk about career advice or get a “day-in-the-life” experience

Yet another program with alumni connections is also helping students prepare for the future. KU alumnus Adam Wray, founder and CEO of AstrumU, is working to help KU students enrich their academic journeys and connect with employers. This fall KU launches AstrumU’s Career Pathways app. It is designed to let students track their skill-building through curricular and co-curricular pursuits — these are the marketable skills prized by employers. Students can learn which skills are most valued by industries and employers, identify gaps in those skills and receive personalized recommendations for skills to develop and experiences to pursue. The app also helps students identify and complete career-preparation activities sought by employers interested in hiring candidates with those skills. University Career Center coaches are ready to help students identify and secure those skill-building opportunities. And employers aligned with AstrumU will be able to coordinate their opportunities and job openings with the Career Center.

All across campus we have talented teams — whether in the professional schools and the College, or in our dedicated academic support units — working to connect students with the many resources that enrich their experience and support their lives. I can’t stress strongly enough how important these efforts are. Now we have additional opportunities to help students connect with and learn from an even broader community of Jayhawks and employers of Jayhawks. Career readiness and agility are some of the important elements that characterize the high-quality education we offer at KU. It’s my hope that every student takes full advantage of all that KU and the Jayhawk nation have to offer.

Carl,

Carl W. Lejuez
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Students make a splash with ‘Wescoe Rooftop Pool’

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Campus News

aerial shot of Wescoe Rooftop Pool rendering

The plaza in front of Wescoe Hall has been lovingly referred to as Wescoe Beach for decades. This year, a group of KU students are making a splash with a proposal to turn the classic building into a real beach party with a rooftop pool.

The concept of the #WescoeRooftopPool began as a humorous crusade on Twitter, which continues to grow with some big names jumping in on the fun, including Athletics Director Jeff Long and former NBA player Scot Pollard, d’97.

“@StudentsofKU had been tweeting about it for a while and made a Photoshop version of it,” says Jordan Yarnell, an architecture senior from Elgin, Illinois. “Someone commented ‘let the architecture students handle this’ so we did. The three of us started to joke about it and then we realized it would be fun and pretty easy to do.”

Yarnell teamed up with fellow architecture students Jordan Vonderbrink, of Eudora, and Aaron Michalicek, of St. Louis, to create the designs. The results are a sight to see:

As fun as it is to dream, it’s worth asking: Could this really happen?

“Short answer is no,” Yarnell says. “We don’t know the structural makeup of Wescoe for what really has to be done. To add 200 thousand gallons of water, another whole floor, a deck, a lot more people, and more concrete, that’s a lot of work.”

Don’t tell Jeff Long, as he appears to be all in. Long has certainly leaned into the joke, teasing the public with promises we don’t exactly expect to come true.

Here’s hoping he dives in and makes it happen. See the rest of the designs for yourself:

poolside bar in Wescoe Rooftop Pool rendering

concert at Wescoe Rooftop Pool rendering

Sidewalk shot of Wescoe Rooftop Pool rendering

—Ryan Camenzind

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