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Jayhawks in the News | July 5

Posted on Jul 5, 2019 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Copiah-Lincoln Community College announces new leader for Natchez campus | Natchez Democrat

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Sandra Barnes, Ph.D., of Natchez as the new Vice President of the Natchez Campus during a recent special meeting, school officials said. Barnes, PhD’99, will begin her new role as vice president at Co-Lin, Natchez on July 15.
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New United professor brings unique perspective to pastoral theology | Winslow Evans & Crocker, Inc.

Rev. Gary F. Green II, c’09, joined United theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as assistant professor of pastoral theology and social transformation. Green is a Ph.D candidate in pastoral theology at Brite Divinity School. His undergraduate degree is in applied behavior science.
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City attorney named VP at Colorado Municipal League | Centennial Citizen

Centennial city attorney Robert “Bob” Widner was elected by the Colorado Municipal League executive board to serve as vice president for 2019-20. Widner is a 1989 graduate of the University of Kansas Law School.
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After a career as Marion County’s ‘fixer,’ John Lattimer steps into retirement | Statesman Journal

After 51 years of public service – including positions in Oregon such as Legislative Fiscal Officer, State Auditor and Chief Information Officer – John Lattimer, g’72, retired as chief administrative officer for Marion County in Oregon.
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Rick Wiedemann named next Tuthill Transfer Systems president | Pumps & Systems

Effective August 1, 2019, Rick Wiedemann will become President at Tuthill Transfer Systems. Wiedemann, g’08, has been with Tuthill since 2015 when he joined Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems in Springfield, Missouri as Director of Global Business Development & Americas Sales.
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Preston James IV shared how he impacts the lives of students | Rolling Out

Preston James IV, the executive director and founder of the Other Side of Sports organization, shares what attracted him to the legal profession and how he impacts the lives of students. James, l’00, g’00, is also the sports management program director at LaGrange College.
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Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida | Miami Herald

Tiffany M. Hurwitz is a new partner at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., based in the firm’s Coral Gables office. Hurwitz, j’00, focuses on construction law and heads the firm’s contract drafting department. She joined the firm in 2006.
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Dr. Maureen Weber joins staff at Wright Memorial Hospital | KTTN.com

Wright Memorial Hospital welcomed hospitalist, Maureen Weber, MD, to the medical team. Prior to joining Wright Memorial, Dr. Weber earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. She was a Chief Resident in the Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City, MO.
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Eastern Michigan University appoints dean of the Honors College and assistant vice president for academic affairs | Education Dive

Brian Pappas, a professor of law and public policy and administration with extensive experience in conflict management and resolution, has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs. Pappas earned a doctorate in public administration at the University of Kansas.
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Columbus’ Partners Dance Studio moves to new location, offers more classes | Columbus Journal

Sabrina Castillo begins teaching at Partners Dance Studio this fall. She recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business, including a minor in dance.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 28

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Public opinion on wrongful convictions swayed by entertainment series, study finds | University of Kansas

A new study suggests entertainment programs about cases of wrongful conviction actually change public opinion more effectively than facts or statistics. Kevin Mullinix, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas, co-wrote an article titled “Framing Innocence: An Experimental Test of the Effects of Wrongful Convictions on Public Opinion.” Mullinix is an expert in public opinion and public policy and earned his master’s degree at KU in 2011.
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Meet Dr. Brenda Walker, interim associate dean of the College of Education | University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Dr. Brenda L. Walker began her tenure as the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education at USF St. Petersburg on June 3, 2019. She has spent the past 28 years at the USF Tampa campus, where she advanced through the ranks from Assistant Professor to full Professor. Walker earned a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 1992.
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announces new appointments and curatorial promotions | Art Daily

Christopher Atkins, c’92, has been named as the inaugural Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA), an innovative center for scholarship on Dutch and Flemish art of the early modern period at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He comes to the MFA from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Horsley elected to INACSL board | The Brookings Register

Leann Horsley, assistant dean for South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing, was recently elected to the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s board of directors as vice president for programs. She earned a doctorate from the University of Kansas.
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Dr. Shaw’s career spans 4 decades, numerous AAP leadership roles | AAP Publications

Since joining the AAP in 1985, Pamela Shaw has dreamed of becoming president. She took a significant step closer to that goal when she accepted the nomination as a candidate for president-elect. Shaw, c’82, m’86, is a professor of pediatrics at KU Medical Center and assistant dean for clinical sciences and associate vice chancellor for student services.
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Ayesha Mehdi chosen for leadership program with national health care law association | Nevada Business

Las Vegas health care attorney Ayesha Mehdi of Frontier Health Law has been selected for the Leadership Development Program of the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, starting July 1. Mehdi, l’10, g’10, and her physician husband spent five years in Kansas before moving to Las Vegas.
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KSU president named among most influential Atlantans | PublicNow

Kennesaw State University President Pamela Whitten was named this month to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100, a list compiling the most influential and important leaders across metro Atlanta. Whitten holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.
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Proper Title LLC promotes Wheatland, hires Gore | Daily Herald

Stacy Gore has joined Proper Title after a 10-year tenure as a real estate broker focusing on Chicago’s Gold Coast and surrounding neighborhoods. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a background in high net worth management.
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Unconditional love meets unbearable conditions in ‘Chasing Gods’ | University of Kansas

“Chasing Gods” opens July 12 under the direction of Markus Potter, co-artistic director of Kansas Repertory Theatre. DeAngelo Davis, c’19, has a role in the production, along with current KU students Gabrielle Smith and Jané Franklin.
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Three new district court judges appointed to the 17th Judicial District | Broomfield Enterprise

Patrick H. Pugh, l’05, was appointed to the 17th Judicial District Court in Colorado. Pugh is Of Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, a position he has held since 2007.
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New chief judge appointed for 21st Judicial District | Kansas Courts News Release

Hon. Grant Bannister, l’97, has been appointed chief judge of the 21st Judicial District by the Kansas Supreme Court. Bannister will serve in the role, which covers Clay and Riley counties, through the end of the year.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 21

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Neosho athletics director Cori Reid steps down to return to assistant AD role at MSSU | The Joplin Globe

Cori Reid, the first female to serve as athletics director at Neosho High School, has stepped down. She’ll return to her former role as an assistant athletics director at Missouri Southern State University. Reid is a 2005 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Thomas Alan Kutscher Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who | 24-7 Press Release

Thomas Kutscher was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a registered professional engineer who earned an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1982. Kutscher worked many years for Black & Veatch in Kansas City and later served as president of Kutscher Research. He retired in 2004.
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Hays native, TMP and FHSU graduate pens book describing 33 years in education | Hays Post

Chuck Schmidt recently published his first book “Tales from School: You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up!.” It’s a chronological narrative of his career experiences as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at the University of Kansas in 1972.
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David Whan’s human impact | American Builder’s Quarterly

David Whan, chief human resources officer for TopBuild Corporation, unifies the company’s 290 branches through humanitarian strategies. He’s been with TopBuild for 18 months, and previously spent 20 years at John Deere. Whan earned an MPA in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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President Nyre reflects on his eight-years at Iona College with The Ionian | Iona College

Iona College’s eighth President, Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., completes his eight-year tenure in New Rochelle at the end of this month. He reflects on his time at Iona in this article. Nyre earned two doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas.
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Juneteenth: Creative couple make book of expressive images, words | Winston-Salem Journal

Cornelia Webster and her husband, James, have co-authored a book, “Society Conscious,” that’s designed around her artwork and expressionist writing and his poetry. Cornelia received a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kansas.
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Meet the founder of NYC’s newest fitness obsession | Coveteur

Kristin Sudeikis wants to take you on a spiritual (and sweaty) journey. She opened Forward_Space, a fitness studio, in Nolita in late 2018. Sudeikis grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Kansas.
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Board announces Machalek as finalist for town administrator position | Estes Park News

The Estes Park Town Board announced Travis Machalek as the single finalist for the position of Town Administrator. Machalek has served as Assistant Town Administrator since April 2015. He earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas.
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Brothers behind Blackhall Woodworks bonded by a shared love for design | St. Louis Magazine

nside Matt and Josh Bender’s 120-square-foot woodworking shop, in the basement of Matt’s house in Rock Hill, the two meet regularly after their day jobs—Josh is an architect, Matt a graphic designer. Josh studied architecture at the University of Kansas. The brothers’ interest in furniture making began to dovetail after college.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 14

Posted on Jun 14, 2019 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Rusted oil cans you’ll want to drink out of and other ceramic delights | Missoulian

Mitchell Span, a ceramic artist from Des Moines, Iowa, is participating in the Radius Gallery’s Ceramics Invitational show. He forages vintage labels from the Internet or books and catalogs to find these labels for his functional mugs, flasks and shot glasses. In graduate school at the University of Kansas, he spent several months developing his process through slip-casting, a molding process with liquid clay.
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LEAD1 Association Announces Institute Scholarship Winners | The Punxsutawney Spirit

The LEAD1 Association today announced the recipients of the minority scholarship award for the 2019 LEAD1 Institute. Mike Harrity, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas, is one of the recipients. Harrity serves as a Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the areas that directly impact the student-athlete experience. He formerly worked for Kansas Athletics.
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Lisa Marie Thalhammer launches ‘Spirit of Stonewall’ mural | Lesbian News

Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted a brand new mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots that launched the LGBTQ rights movement. The mural, entitled “Spirit of Stonewall,” is located outside the Aqua Bar and Nightclub in Key West. Thalhammer received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in painting with a double minor in women’s studies and art history from the University of Kansas.
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John Colombo to become interim dean of CLAS | University Daily Kansan

John Colombo, director of the Life Span Institute, has worn many hats over his 37 years at the University of Kansas. Now, he’s preparing to start a one-year term as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences July 1.
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Tenet Board appoints Chris Lynch as new independent director | University Daily Kansan

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced the appointment of Christopher S. Lynch to its Board of Directors. Lynch’s appointment will become effective August 7, 2019. He received a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Kansas.
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KU selects former faculty member, alumnus to serve as pharmacy school dean | Lawrence Journal-World

The University of Kansas selected a former faculty member and university alumnus to lead its School of Pharmacy. Ronald Ragan, who served in several positions at KU from 1997 to 2012, will return to the university on Aug. 1 to become the new dean of the school. Ragan received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from KU.
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On the Move: Leslie Doyle | Diverse Education

Leslie Doyle has been named chief inclusion officer at Rockhurst University. Previously, she was director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University. Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Fontbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Former student makes living playing Fortnite | University Daily Kansan

Amidst the pressure of earning a college degree, a former University of Kansas business student turned his gaming skills into a full-time paying job. Jack Schneider decided to break off from the traditional route of college and prioritize his passion in “Fortnite Battle Royale” competitive gaming.
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Ready to Rock | The Daily Sentinel

One year after a second-place finish in the Pioneer League, the Grand Junction Rockies are ready to take the field in 2019. For one new player, joining the Rockies is a homecoming. Owen Taylor was drafted by Toronto in the 27th round of the 2014 draft. Instead,he opted to play college ball at the University of Kansas, starting 42 games as a senior.
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Cherokee Global Brands appoints Evan Hengel to additional role of Chairman of its Board of Directors | AZCentral

Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ: CHKE), a global brand marketing platform that manages a growing portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands, announced that the Company has appointed current Director Evan Hengel to Chairman of the Board of Directors. Hengel received a B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas.
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Sabetha Community Hospital welcomes new director of physical therapy | Hiawatha World Online

Sabetha Community Hospital announced that physical therapist Brian Voos will be the new director of the Physical Therapy program at SCH effective July 1. Voos graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center and is in his 20th year of providing physical therapy services.
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KU School of Nursing-Salina graduates first class of students | KU Medical Center News

When Sarah Medlock begins her job as a registered nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, in June, she’ll be fulfilling a dream that began in childhood. Medlock is one of nine students who compose this first class from the Salina campus, who, along with more than 100 nursing students from KU School of Nursing main campus in Kansas City, received their bachelor of science in nursing diplomas at graduation ceremonies last month.
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Bruce Scott receives ASHP’s 2019 Whitney Award | ASHP

Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, a pharmacy leader noted for his efforts to expand patient access to pharmacists’ services, commitment to developing future generations of pharmacy leaders, and active service to the profession, is the recipient of ASHP’s 2019 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Scott received a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas where he also completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency.
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How these fathers inspired their daughters to become radiologists | MarketScreener

Dr. Ashley Huppe’s dad’s passion for radiology and breast imaging inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Huppe is a breat imager in an academic practice at the University of Kansas, while her father, Dr. Marc Inciardi is an assistant professor of radiology at KU. In this article, she shares how her dad’s work inspired her to enter the field.
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Canadian rookies to watch this CFL season | TSN

TSN highlights a Canadian rookie on each CFL team, including Alex Fontana of the Ottawa Redblacks. Fontana started nine of 12 games last season at the University of Kansas.
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President Donald J. Trump announces intent to nominate personnel to key administration posts | PublicNow.com

President President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Matthew Keenan to be a member of the board of directors of the Legal Service Corporation. Keenan is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon and graduated from the University of Kansas and the KU School of Law.
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USC Upstate names student affairs vice chancellor | GoUpstate.com

The University of South Carolina Upstate announced Thursday that Andre Fortune has been named new vice chancellor for student affairs. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Fortune earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a master of science degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.
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Barnaby Bright come out of a crisis with ‘Fight or Fly’ | Billboard

Barnaby Bright’s upcoming album came from what the married Kansas City duo of Becky and Nathan Bliss calls “a crisis point.” It’s the duo’s third album. Becky Bliss earned a degree in opera from the University of Kansas.
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Knipp & Liberman join culture marketing council board | HispanicAd.com

Gregg Knipp, CEP of Dieste, has joined the board of directors of the Culture Marketing Council. Knipp graduated from KU’s school of journalism in 1989 and has spent the past twenty years marketing to U.S. Hispanics.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 24

Posted on May 24, 2019 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Pittsburg State University announces new provost | Pittsburg State University

After a nationwide search, Pittsburg State University has announced its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Howard Smith, g’79, currently the associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success, will assume the position on July 1. He follows Lynette Olson, who is retiring after having served in the position since March 2010.
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Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist | KU College Stories

Wisdom and The Wizard of Oz, LGBTQ+ rights and the legacy of Stonewall, family and the uneasy tension between memory and reality, time and the construction of personal identity. KU alum Carl Grauer, c’98, is using his background in biology to explore human nature, but not in the ways that you might expect.
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Leidos names Valerie Baldwin Government Affairs Senior Vice President | Tech Social Net

Leidos today announced the appointment of the Honorable Valerie L. Baldwin,  l’91, as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, effective immediately. In her new role, Baldwin will serve as the lead advocate for Leidos on Capitol Hill to educate and engender support for programs and capabilities that serve the national interest, advance governmental health research and patient care, and achieve efficiencies that benefit the taxpayer.
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Bioethicist Monica Gerrek receives Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring | Case Western Reserve University

Monica Gerrek, PhD’08, assistant professor of bioethics, had taken a philosophy course as an undergraduate but opted for the ostensibly safer choice of pursuing a business degree. “Once I completed my degree, I quickly recognized that my real interest was not in the world of business,” she recalls. That realization led to a life re-boot, beginning by casually taking three philosophy courses during a “gap year.” They resonated, and her love for philosophical ideas led to a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas.

Fast forward two decades and Gerrek, who joined the faculty in 2016, has been recognized with the 2019 J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
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KU Law banner carrier graduates with a J.D. and a Ph.D. | KU Law Blog

Michael Hayes graduated from the University of Kansas with not one, but two, doctoral degrees this past weekend. He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from KU’s Department of Philosophy. At the University Commencement ceremony on May 19, Hayes was the banner carrier for KU Law. Hayes was selected by the law faculty for this honor because of his exemplification of student excellence.
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Attorney joins Arthur-Green Law | The Manhattan Mercury

Matthew B. Sondergard has joined Arthur-Green Law Firm of Manhattan as an associate attorney. Originally from Wichita, Sondergard earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University in 2015, and his juris doctorate from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. He will be joined in Manhattan by his wife, Jessica. Sondergard has a general civil practice.
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TRIO graduates reflect on KU experiences

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Career/Life

The University of Kansas TRIO programs help guide students through the process of college. Each graduation season produces incredible stories of student success. This year was no different, with a first-generation college student heading to Harvard and a non-traditional student pursing a law degree.

Constanza Castro | Photo courtesy of KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

Constanza Castro

As KU’s first-ever Rangel Fellow, Constanza Castro has been in the news before. Now, the first-generation college student and daughter of Chilean immigrants has walked down the Hill at Commencement. Constanza has been heavily involved from the moment she stepped on campus, including participation in the Multicultural Student Government and traveling to D.C. for advocacy. She also participated in the KU TRIO McNair Scholars Program and received support from KU TRIO Supportive Educational Services. We reached out to Constanza student to hear more about her KU experiences.

How has the TRIO program helped you?

The TRIO program has provided me academic and personal support to ensure I succeeded in graduating in four years. The most important thing TRIO provided me was a community for me to lean on when I needed support. Having people who understand your background and where you come from because they also come from that place has been beyond important and valuable.

Tell us about your experience in Washington D.C.

My advocacy for TRIO in D.C. was the first time I got to look at how federal budgeting works and how to lobby local congressmen and women to support an issue. It taught me how to find common ground with those different than me and how powerful individual voices can be in determining representatives votes on issues.

What did you learn from your time with Multicultural Student Government?

In Multicultural Student Government, you had to advocate for students from diverse backgrounds. I learned how to serve a constituency that was not only vocal, but often had differing opinions and how to diplomatically work with others to find solutions to common issues.

What advice would you give to first-generation college students?

Grow a large network. The network of people in your life will help guide you and present you with opportunities you would never even consider for yourself. It will be those opportunities which teach you the most and change your life.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation I am off to D.C. to intern in Representative Elijah Cummings’ office, and in the fall I will begin a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Robert Watson | Photo courtesy of KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

Robert Armstrong

As a non-traditional student, Robert Armstrong took the road less traveled to a KU degree. The Kansas City, Kansas, native walked down the Hill at KU’s 147th Commencement. The TRIO program has been part of Armstong’s education from an early age, from TRIO KU Talent Search in middle school to graduating as a TRIO McNair Scholar. We reached out to the new alumnus to talk about KU and his future.

How has the TRIO program helped you?

Without the KU TRIO program, I would not be where I am today. It has provided me with support and opportunities that I otherwise would not have had access to. Since middle school with KU Talent Search, to joining the McNair Scholars program, KU TRIO programs  have given me a network of amazing people who have helped me thrive.

What made you decide to come to KU?

My younger brother was the most influential in my decision to attend KU. He graduated from KU with a degree in social welfare in the spring of 2017. He would often rave about living in the city of Lawrence and the University’s social inclusivity.

What advice would you give to people considering going into college at a later age?

I would advise any prospective nontraditional students to invest in themselves by attending KU. No matter what phase of life you are in, it’s never too late to strive for more.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I will begin as a summer research assistant to the dean of Washburn Law School. I also plan to attend Washburn Law in pursuit of my Juris Doctorate.

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All for Fun, Fun for All

Posted on May 20, 2019 in Alumni News

Blade & Timber
Matt Baysinger and Ryan Henrich met at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park. Both ran track for the Jaguars and both, in Baysinger’s words, “were a couple of real ding-dongs.”

“Our idea of fun was not what the typical high school kid is into,” says Baysinger, now 33 and CEO of Swell Spark, the Kansas City-based company that launched two of the most unique and popular entertainment options to hit Mass Street in years: Breakout Lawrence and Blade & Timber.

Read more about Swell Spark and the Jayhawk business partners.

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Shared experiences are the heart of Matt Baysinger, c’09, g’11 and Ryan Henrich’s, ’09 epic adventures. After testing out escape rooms in Nashville, the pair of Jayhawks are bringing new ways to have fun in Lawrence. Read additional coverage in issue No. 3, 2019, of Kansas Alumni magazine.

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Elizabeth Broun’s career in art to be honored at Commencement

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Alumni News

Elizabeth Broun to be honored at Commencement

In recognition of her outstanding career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Elizabeth Broun will receive an honorary degree from the University of Kansas at the 147th Commencement.

Broun, c’68, g’69, PhD’76, served as curator and subsequently interim director of KU’s Spencer Museum of Art. During that time, she oversaw a dramatic expansion of its collections.

In 1983, she began her tenure at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, beginning as chief curator and assistant director and assuming the position of director in 1989. As director, she led the Smithsonian American Art Museum to become the premier center for research in the field of American visual history under her direction and vision. She retired in 2016.

For more on Broun’s career, read our feature from issue No. 4, 1999 of Kansas Alumni magazine.

To learn more about Commencement, including the history of class banners, honorary degrees, and the special experience for Big and Baby Jays, read our full feature, The Walk.

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KU senior relishes behind-the-scenes opportunity with the Blues

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Career/Life

Jordan Kriete | Jayhawk Career Network
Jordan Kriete is a diehard St. Louis Blues fan. When the St. Louis native had the chance to go behind the scenes at the professional hockey team’s headquarters, she couldn’t resist.

Kriete, who graduated May 19 with a degree in marketing, hopes to land a job in sports marketing, ideally with the Blues. When a friend mentioned Kriete’s goals to her own coworkers, one suggested Matt Gardner as a possible connection.

Using the Jayhawk Career Network’s mentoring platform, Kriete reached out to Gardner, j’01, the team’s vice president of digital media & emerging technology. He invited Kriete to spend a day with the hockey organization.

After a one-on-one visit with Gardner, Kriete met with staff in the Blues marketing and social media departments. She also had the opportunity to attend morning skate, sit in the press box and meet players before their interviews. “I’m a huge Blues fan, so I was going crazy,” she says.

Kriete not only caught a glimpse of her dream job, but she also gained powerful insight into the sports industry. Gardner gave Kriete advice about landing her first job and offered to connect her with other professional hockey teams. The two continue to say in touch.

“The thing about KU is I didn’t even know him and he didn’t know me, but just because I’m a Jayhawk he wanted to help me out,” Kriete says. “That’s just what our alumni do, which is really awesome. I know when I graduate and someone reaches out to me, I’ll feel like that’s such an honor.”

—Brianna Mears

The Jayhawk Career Network gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Students, alumni describe how one Jayhawk connection helped them succeed

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Alumni News

Sun rising on the KU campus | one Jayhawk connection

The importance of giving back. How a chance to meet with professionals can jumpstart a career. And a friendship that naturally developed into a mentorship.

In a video that premiered at the 2019 Rock Chalk Ball, students and alumni shared stories of how one Jayhawk connection changed their world.

“It’s strength in numbers. The more people we have engaged in the Jayhawk Career Network in Kansas City will help everybody network,” says Jason Booker, d’99. “It’s helped me in my career in KC, and there are lots of people who would benefit from the same opportunity to connect and work together.”

WATCH:

Six Jayhawks describe how mentoring and making connections have helped them succeed. 

These stories are just a few of the many made possible through the Jayhawk Career Network, which gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president of the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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