Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 5

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Alumni News and 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 share@kualumni.org.


The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker

One day sixty-six million years ago, life on Earth almost came to a shattering end. The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory. “We can trace our origins back to that event,” Robert DePalma, g’10, said. “To actually be there at this site, to see it, to be connected to that day, is a special thing. This is the last day of the Cretaceous. When you go one layer up—the very next day—that’s the Paleocene, that’s the age of mammals, that’s our age.”
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Kansas Senate approves controversial nominee to lead commerce department | The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee to lead the Kansas Department of Commerce amid skepticism about his economic development resume, personal attacks leveled by conservatives and criticism of health grants tied to an abortion doctor. David Toland, c’99 g’01, who prevailed 23-14 after a Senate committee rejected the nomination, survived an effort by the Kansas Republican Party, Kansans for Life, Americans for Prosperity and others to derail nomination of the former CEO of an Allen County nonprofit organization that worked on economic and quality-of-life projects in Iola. Kelly said Toland represented the “best and brightest this state has to offer. His energy, expertise and collaborative style will ensure that businesses have the partner they deserve.”
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E&P’s 25 Under 35 2019: The Next Generation of Newspaper Leaders Wants to Keep the Industry Moving | Editor & Publisher

As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our newsrooms. This year’s list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren’t afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they’re working hard to make sure it has a future. The list includes Hannah Wise, j’14 who is now the audience development editor for the Dallas Morning News.
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KC Fed announces promotion, retirement | Bank Beat

Tara Humston, b’96, has been promoted to senior vice president of the Supervision and Risk Management Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She was also named a member of its management committee, which is responsible for setting the Kansas City Fed’s strategic planning and policy direction, effective May 1.
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Your Neighborhood Breakfast Place Set to Crack its First Egg in Lawrence, KS | Franchising.com

Jimmy’s Egg® Franchise Group, JE WICHITA LLC, is set to open its first location at 945 Massachusetts Street, to the public on April 15, 2019. As the corporation’s largest franchise partner, JE Wichita, LLC owns and operates locations in Wichita & El Dorado and is currently working to open both the Massachusetts site as well as a location at Bob Billings Highway & Wakarusa within the coming months. Additionally, they have plans to expand into Topeka & Manhattan, KS over the next few years. The group is owned by KU graduate Morrie Sheets, c’82, & businessman, Wink Hartman Sr. and has been in operation for over a decade. This area will be overseen by Ashley Smith, the company’s Area Operations Manager.
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Master of Social Work Graduate Pursues Master of Public Administration to Maximize Public Service | KU Edwards Campus

We all are on a path, so to speak, to find our passion and purpose in life. Something truly magical occurs when one decision creates a spark and causes a chain of reactions, greatly impacting so many lives. In this case, Sheria Howard, s’18, a nontraditional student, wife and mother, chose to come to the KU Edwards Campus with the goal of earning a degree that would allow her to pursue her passion of serving others and extend a helping hand to communities in need. Howard achieved this goal and graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).
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Polsinelli Shareholder Denise Drake Earns Litigation Practitioner Award as Part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards | Polsinelli

Polsinelli is pleased to announce that Employment Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration Practice Chair Denise Drake, l’92, has been recognized with the Litigation Practitioner Award, as part of the elite Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards. Drake will be recognized on Thursday, April 25, during the annual Women’s Justice Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The ceremony recognizes women in the legal profession, including judges, legal scholars and private practitioners.
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Kansan brings new Sesame Street character to life, promotes autism awareness | WIBW

New characters on Sesame Street are making quite a splash – and a Kansas man is bringing one of them to life. Julia’s family debuted this week, in conjunction with April’s Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a little girl with autism who arrived on Sesame Street four years ago. The puppeteer behind her brother Samuel is University of Kansas and Lawrence Free State alum Spencer Lott. “It’s a dream come true,” Lott told 13 NEWS by telephone from New York City, where he now lives. “I grew up a kid in Kansas watching Sesame Street, and to be a small part of that legacy is exciting.”
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Sheila Bair: Is college really worth it? | CNBC

Sheila Bair, c’75 l’78, former Chair of the FDIC, shares key points for deciding if the financial burden of college is worth the cost. It is commonly said that a college degree will generate more than $1 million in additional income during a graduate’s lifetime. Indeed, that seductive statistic can even be found on the Department of Education’s website. Unfortunately, I fear many students and their families have borrowed heavily, lured by this seven-figure “college premium.” Yet this premium is an average and varies widely by the choice of major.
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Law school to honor 3 distinguished alumni with award | The University of Kansas

Three University of Kansas School of Law alumni will receive the law school’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, this year. Recipients include Myron Frans, l’83, Linda Legg, d’72 l’75, and Clyde “Butch” Tate, c’79 l’82.
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