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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 15

Posted on Feb 15, 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 like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


Kansas City-Area Family Law Attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen Merges with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Distinguished family law attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen, l’06, has merged her Kansas City-area practice with that of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, a 17-attorney firm serving clients throughout Missouri and Kansas through its offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. Rosengreen’s family law practice concentrates on divorce, paternity, custody and support modification, guardianship, Guardian ad Litem, and adoptions. “This is our second merger in Kansas City and our fourth overall since 2016,” said Julia A. Craft, chair of the firm’s family law division. “We’ve been fortunate to attract top-notch talent from area firms as we are expanding all practice sectors across the firm.”
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Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Mark White, g’16 PhD’18, is currently a Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. He shares what his job entails, why he loves what he does, and current graduate students can make the most of their time in school.
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KU alumnus helps voters gain access to provisional ballots | University Daily Kansan

A University of Kansas graduate is working to help an organization to ensure provisional ballots are not thrown out during elections. Lauren Bonds, c’09, Kansas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal director and interim executive director, is representing Loud Light, an organization which tries to increase voter turnout. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, requested the names of provisional ballot voters back in October in hopes of informing people what they need to do to fix their ballots, so they can avoid the situation in the future. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker denied the request. “Mr. Hammet reached out to us and said that he thought he should be entitled to this information. We took a look at the laws and agreed that this is something under the Kansas Open Records Act that he should have access to,” Bonds said.
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KU professor digitizes National Park Service typeface | University Daily Kansan

A new typeface called National Park — based on wooden signs in national parks — has been created by University of Kansas professor of design Jeremy Shellhorn, f’99. Shellhorn was introduced to the park signs during a sabbatical in 2012 where he worked for the National Park Service to help design Rocky Mountain National Park’s newspaper. He had been working on the newspaper for a short while when he began looking for a new typeface for the hiking section, and wanted to use the same typeface used in the signs around the park. “You see those signs everywhere. And most of the time, the lettering on those signs is all pretty consistent, all this same kind of typeface,” Shellhorn said.
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KU Alumni Association sets dates for Homecoming 2019

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 in Alumni News

KU Homecoming Parade 2017 | Photo courtesy of Steve Puppe | Homecoming 2019 date
The University of Kansas will celebrate its 107th Homecoming Oct. 19-26, culminating in the KU football game against Texas Tech Oct. 26 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Leadership Board will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Ally Stanton, director of student programs, and Keon Stowers, assistant director of student programs. KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912.

Homecoming leaders will meet throughout the spring semester to select a theme and finalize the schedule of activities, which will include competitions for student organizations, community service activities, reunions, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Oct. 26.

The Alumni Association will continue to update as information becomes available.

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Chabad rabbi recognized as national Jewish leader

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 in Campus News

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel | Photo courtesy of The Forward
Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, co-director of the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life at KU, says his recent honor of being named to The Forward magazine’s 2018 Forward 50 list—which recognizes “American Jews who have had a profound impact on the American Jewish community or on the national situation”—represents praise for KU as a whole more than it reflects his personal work or Chabad Center outreach.

Rabbi Zalman, as he is known within the Chabad community and across campus, doesn’t know how he was identified for the honor, but he’s glad it came.

“How did they pick it up? I’m not sure,” he says. “I think it’s because of the number of things that happened in the last year that triggered a very strong response, whether it was the kosher kitchen here at KU, whether it was the goodness and kindness campaign, but more than that, I think it’s the fact that it surprises people that in a small town in Kansas, in the middle of America, there’s such vibrant Jewish life.

“People don’t realize how much of a diverse and fascinating community KU really is.”

Working in concert with KU Dining, Rabbi Zalman helped launched dedicated kosher dining, available for the past year at South Dining Commons, a program that he says will expand next fall. In the wake of disturbing mass shootings both in downtown Lawrence and Las Vegas, Chabad created a “Good Card” program that encouraged random acts of kindness, which Chabad followed up with an ark coin-bank program to benefit Lawrencians in need.

Citing 13 years of leadership in Lawrence by Rabbi Zalman and his wife, Nechama, The Forward wrote, “Working from the Rohr Chabad Center, the Tiechtels have done their bit to make KU home to their growing band of Jewhawks.”

Rabbi Zalman praises KU’s diverse student body, as well as leadership decisions that have helped create a welcoming campus within a Midwestern public university where outsiders might not initially expect to find such a hospitable community.

“It’s a big statement. It says a lot about KU, to have been recognized at such a level in the global Jewish community,” he says. “It says a lot about how open and how diverse and how embracing KU as an institution is. This is what this makes us so special: all of the beautiful, different, colorful expressions that we have in this community.

“That’s why everyone loves KU, because of its very unique family spirit.”

—Chris Lazzarino

Image courtesy of The Forward magazine and used with permission

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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 8

Posted on Feb 8, 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 like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at


Two Riley doctors. 25,000 heart surgeries. Many plaudits and lives saved. | Indianapolis Star

Normally, the two heart surgeons might have found work more pressing than an awards ceremony. Even that afternoon, Dr. John Brown had demurred, only agreeing at the last minute to attend what he thought was a celebration of his team at Riley Hospital for Children for achieving a coveted three-star rating from a professional society. His partner Dr. Mark Turrentine, m’83 m’89, however, had long had the Thursday event on his calendar. The three-star rating celebration provided cover for the true reason behind the gathering: Turrentine had successfully nominated Brown for a Sagamore of the Wabash award. Brown received the honor as planned but that was not all.
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Iona College President Joseph Nyre leaving for Seton Hall | Westfair Communications

Joseph E. Nyre, g’96 g’00, president of Iona College since 2011, will leave the New Rochelle Roman Catholic college this summer to take leadership of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Iona College announced Nyre’s planned departure this morning, shortly after a separate announcement from Seton Hall heralded Nyre’s appointment to its presidency. Iona said it will start a “nationwide search” for its ninth president, but has not yet provided details on the timeline for Nyre’s replacement. A college spokesperson said Nyre will remain in his role at Iona through June 30.
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University alum takes a break from feature film to direct music video | University Daily Kansan

University alumnus Josh Doke, c’12, got a pretty good grasp of what he could do with his next directorial effort after just one sit-down meeting before production started. This project won’t be seen on the big screen, though. Instead, it came as a music video for a cover of Sia’s “Underneath the Christmas Lights.” Music videos are a medium Doke’s explored before and thinks have plenty of room for experimentation. “You can try out things that you’ve been wanting to try out but don’t know if they’ll work for a full-length feature,” Doke said. “You can kind of flex your filmmaking muscles in music videos. It’s also one of the few forms you can get really experimental with anymore.”
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KU Mentoring offers double-play with experience and volunteering

Posted on Feb 6, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawk Career Network | Jason Booker
The Jayhawk Career Network offers KU alumni the opportunity to give back with both their time and expertise— and alumni are stepping up to the plate.

Jason Booker serves as the senior director of corporate partnerships and broadcast sales for the Kansas City Royals. His sport management degree from KU pitched him into a sports marketing career that’s going 20 years strong.

Booker, d’00, currently serves on the board of the Greater Kansas City Network for the KU Alumni Association, as well as the Kansas City Sports Commission Board of Directors. Jason and his wife Susan, d’99, live in Olathe, Kansas with their daughter Ava.

We recently met up with Booker to learn how his Jayhawk experience has kept him from striking out in the corporate world.

What made you choose a sport management degree?

I knew I wanted to go into sport management, so the program really led me to KU. What really sold me on my visit was this great sense of tradition and the feeling that I was joining a university that cared about the success of their students.

What’s your favorite memory on the Hill?

My favorite KU memory was interning in the athletic department, especially getting the chance to be a part of the 100 years of basketball celebration where I had the opportunity to meet Wilt Chamberlain and Dean Smith.

Why are you a proud member of the KU Alumni Association?

I love staying connected to students through the KU Mentoring platform, and I get to meet new Jayhawks through the various networking events that we host in KC. I had so many people help me on my career path, so it is important for me to stay connected and try to give back.

Why should Jayhawks join the Alumni Association?

The best part of being a member is that it keeps me informed of everything that is going on with KU through all of the digital and social correspondence and Kansas Alumni magazine.

There is a great opportunity to connect with Jayhawks you’ve never met through KU Mentoring and the many KU Alumni events. Being a member also gives you the ability to give back through volunteer opportunities in your local communities.

What is your favorite part of serving on the Greater KC Alumni Board?

I love making an impact in Kansas City through our KU Cares volunteer efforts and the mentoring platform.  I also enjoy being involved with Rock Chalk Ball to help raise money for all of the great programs that KU Alumni holds throughout the year.

The Jayhawk Career Network provides a central hub to coordinate career connections and networking opportunities for students and alumni at every life stage. KU Mentoring is part of the Jayhawk Career Network and provides a mentor matching program for students and alumni to create connections as well as provide professional insight and opportunities. The Jayhawk Career Network is open to all KU alumni and students.

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Millie recipients honored for longtime contributions to KU

Posted on Feb 4, 2019 in Alumni News

For their unwavering commitment to the University, Vaun and Sydnie Bowling Kampschroeder are recipients of the 2018 Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award.

Vaun, c’63, g’65, and Sydnie Bowling Kampschroeder, c’65, are retired and split their time between Lawrence and Chicago. They have served as board members for the Chicago Network and have organized several network events for local Jayhawks. They are members of Jayhawks for Higher Education and have helped recruit numerous students to KU. The Kampschroeders are Life members and Presidents Club donors and support Kansas Athletics through the Williams Education Fund. They have attended KU Mini College for the past five years and are members of KU Endowment’s Chancellors Club, the Dole Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum and the Lied Center.

Sydnie also served on the Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors from 2000 to ’05, as well as advisory boards for the School of Business, the KU Memorial Union Corporation and the Chancellors Club. She’s currently involved with Women Philanthropists for KU.

The Kampschroeders received the award at a Presidents Club event in Lawrence on Feb. 2.

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.

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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 1

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

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Perez Named Senior Vice President, Product Management at Motorists Insurance | Insurance Journal

Randy Perez, l’97, has been hired as senior vice president of product management for Columbus, Ohio-based Motorists Insurance Group. Perez comes to Motorists from Horace Mann, where he spent three years as vice president of pricing and product management. With more than 20 years of experience in the personal lines industry, Perez brings a new perspective to Motorists that will further its strategic focus on personal lines business.
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Goertzen joins Heartland Health Care Clinic | Salina Post

Memorial Health System has announced that Cayle Goertzen, M.D. has joined the medical staff of Heartland Health Care Clinic. He began seeing patients, of all ages, on Monday. Goertzen, h’97 MD’04 m’08, is an experienced family medicine physician with obstetric and surgical skills.
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Emily Taylor Center director to retire | The University of Kansas

The longtime director of the Emily Taylor Resource Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas will retire at the end of the fiscal year. Kathy Rose-Mockry, d’78 g’85 PhD’15, will retire from the university June 30. As director of the Emily Taylor Center since 1998, she has developed and presented innovative and significant programs. “Kathy has had an important impact on the university and Lawrence community through her leadership of the Emily Taylor Center,” said Jennifer Hamer, vice provost for diversity & equity.Read full article.


Bob Dole promoted to honorary colonel | Great Bend Tribune

Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall in the House Tuesday introduced legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, ’45, to the grade of colonel in the U.S. Army. Meanwhile, Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran submitted the same legislation on the Senate side. “Senator Bob Dole embodies what it means to be a Kansan and an American,” Marshall said. “He has dedicated his entire life to this country and our state. There is absolutely no man more deserving of this honorary promotion than Senator Dole. He has been a champion for our military and has the full support of the Kansas delegation and the U.S. Army.”Read full article.


2019 William Allen White award goes to AP’s Sally Buzbee | The State

Sally Buzbee, the executive editor of The Associated Press, is this year’s recipient of the William Allen White Foundation award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service. The foundation announced Tuesday that Buzbee, a Kansas native and 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas journalism school, will receive the award April 11 in Lawrence, Kansas. Read more here: full article.

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Results are in for #KUvsUK app challenge

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 in News

KU vs. UK Challenge WinnerWhile the scoreboard in Rupp Arena may have said differently, the Jayhawks got the win last weekend.

The results are in from the #KUvsUK app download challenge: The KU Alumni app had 621 new downloads over the weekend, while Kentucky’s had 292.

We wanted to show our APPreciation to all who participated, but even we’ll admit a sweep would have been even better.

More cheers to come when our Kentucky bourbon arrives!

Missed the challenge? Download the KU Alumni app today, where you can buy the exclusive Charlie Hustle T-Shirt starting Feb. 1.

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St. Louis Jayhawk recognized with Wintermote Award

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Alumni News

Paul Brickler Wintermote Award

In appreciation of his time and dedication to the University of Kansas, the KU Alumni Association is proud to present Paul Brickler with a Dick Wintermote Volunteer of the Year Award.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Brickler graduated in spring 2002 from the School of Architecture & Urban Design. After moving back to his hometown, Brickler has worked as an architectural designer & graphic artist since 2005.

Regularly involved with the KU Alumni St. Louis Network since 2006, Brickler joined the network leadership group in 2012 and has served as network leader since 2014.

Brickler currently works at Kuhlmann Design Group in St. Louis as a designer, 3D rendering specialist & BIM expert for their Architecture & Interior Design department.

About the Award

This annual award recognizes network volunteers who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to their network and the KU Alumni Association during a one-year period (July 1-June 30). An internal staff committee within the KU Alumni Association consisting of those who work closest with volunteers meets each year to decide on award winners.

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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 25

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

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Couple donate $1 million to create new chemical engineering research lab at KU | Lawrence Journal-World

A $1 million gift from a University of Kansas alumni couple will help KU’s School of Engineering establish a new chemical engineering research lab. Richard, e’71, and Elizabeth Hoover, c’71, of Northport, Mich., made the donation to fund the creation of the Richard H. Hoover Chemical Engineering Applied Research Laboratory, which Richard hopes will give the students more hands-on experience, according to a KU news release. “I was looking for an opportunity to do something to bridge the academic experience at KU with the applied outside world to help better prepare students for what they would encounter on the job,” Richard said.
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BGE Promotes John Corse | The Daily Record

BGE has promoted John Corse, l’87, to vice president and general counsel for the company, replacing Dan Gahagan who announced his retirement in September. Corse most recently served as Associate General Counsel for BGE’s parent company Exelon where he oversaw litigation activities for many of Exelon’s operating companies, including the Maryland-based competitive business and Exelon utilities BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.
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Recent KU engineering graduate wins international recognition for dissertation | The University of Kansas

A recent University of Kansas graduate has won international recognition for his dissertation proposing innovative advances to radar technology. Patrick McCormick, e’08 e’13 PhD’18, an Olathe native who graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate in electrical engineering, won the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award from the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, which is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical organization in the world. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.
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Grossner dismissed as Baker football coach; LHS, KU alum Jason Thoren takes over on interim basis | Lawrence Journal-World

The powerhouse Baker University football program will be under new leadership in 2019. Exactly who that leader will be remains to be seen. BU Athletic Director Nate Houser on Tuesday night announced that Baker assistant coach Jason Thoren, d’00, a former all-league and all-conference linebacker at both Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, has been named BU football’s interim head coach, effective immediately.
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Stinson Leonard Street Elects 10 New Partners | Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 10 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The group of attorneys is spread out among four of the firm’s 14 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups. The new partners include Frank Basgall, l’11, a commercial litigator in the firm’s Business Litigation Division. He often represents corporate clients with contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and matters related to oil and gas exploration and refinery operations.
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PPL Electric Utilities names new Customer Services vice president | PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities announced today that Lori Mueller, l’06, will serve as vice president of Customer Services. “We’re pleased to welcome Lori to our team,” said Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Her ability to connect and collaborate at all levels, her contemporary thinking, and her commitment to her work and team will be an asset as PPL Electric Utilities continues to fulfill its promise of delivering exceptional service to its customers. In addition, Lori’s strong background and experience in the technology space will support our digital customer engagement strategy as we transform to become the leading utility in the country.”
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Long-time journalists named to Hall of Fame | Kansas Press Association

Three long-time journalists have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. They include  Ned Valentine, j’68, editor and publisher of the Clay Center Dispatch. Valentine is in his 50th year managing the daily Clay Center Dispatch, a newspaper in the Valentine family since 1882. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He and three other Valentines — great uncle Del Valentine, grandfather Lou Valentine, and father Harry E. Valentine — have served in leadership capacities with KPA during their careers.
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