Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 21

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 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.


Parson makes three Judicial appointments | The Missouri Times

Gov. Mike Parson announced three appointments to various Judicial Circuits on Tuesday, including Julie Highley, l’96. Highley was appointed as the Associate Circuit Judge for Bates County. She won the August 2018 primary election for the position and ran unopposed in the November 2018 general election. Highley will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Debra Hopkins.
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Meet the new Winnebago Industries: How Iowa’s icon is embracing luxury boats and sleek vans to attract younger buyers | Des Moines Register

In a Des Moines country club, Mary Gottschalk clicked her slideshow to show three recreational vehicles to a crowd of Rotarians breakfasting on scrambled eggs and oatmeal. On the screen appeared an antique, stainless steel teardrop trailer, a hulking, turquoise motorhome and a red camper van topped with a matching kayak. “Which of these are Winnebagos?” she asked her audience, before indicating the correct choice — the sleek, ruby-red van with a sporty bicycle hanging off the back door. “I was surprised, too,” she said before introducing Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe, j’94, and KU Alumni Association national board member, to the podium.
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Ann Selzer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | heavy.

Ann Selzer, c’78, has been called the best pollster in politics. She is the director of the Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll, one of the most closely-watched polls in American politics. She is also the president of Selzer & Co., a public opinion research firm, and a Jayhawk.
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Doctor starts life coaching service focused on weight management, disease prevention | The Wichita Eagle

After a quarter-century in health care, Dr. Delane Vaughn, m’11, couldn’t ignore the fact that many patients are their own worst enemies. “Eighty percent of what we deal with is self-inflicted, whether it be smoking, overeating or (excessive) drinking,” the Wichita family physician said. “I had multiple internal dialogues with myself about how do we fix this?” Vaughn’s answer was to start DelaneMD, a life coaching service focused on weight management and disease prevention that she recently launched with her husband, Dan Jacobs.
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From war zones to KU, older law students find they have much more in common than their age | Lawrence Journal-World

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Eric McMillin, l’20, and John Schoen, l’20, for law professors walking around Green Hall. But they’re not professors; they’re students — ones who, it turns out, lived oddly parallel lives before enrolling in the University of Kansas law school in their mid-50s. McMillin, 57, and Schoen, 58, were classmates at West Point, although they didn’t know that at the time; with 890 students in the 1982 graduating class, they simply never crossed paths. Their later tours of duty took them to some of the same countries and war zones, even at the same time, while serving as officers in the U.S. Army.
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Dentsu Acquires Digital Agency DEG | The Wall Street Journal

Dentsu Aegis Network, a unit of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc., has acquired digital agency DEG, the latest in a string of deals for the holding company. Overland Park, Kan.-based DEG, which has around $50 million in revenue and 300 employees including Dale Hazlett, g’02 l’02, chief financial officer and principal and Neal Sharma, g’02, chief executive and principal, is being sold for approximately $150 million, according to a person close to the deal.
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Protecting Kansans | KU Law Blog

“Your Honor, I represent the United States.” As U.S. attorney for Kansas, Stephen McAllister utters this phrase when making official appearances in federal courtrooms. The experience is humbling and exhilarating every time. “I get to be a part of the greatest ‘law firm’ in the United States, and every day I feel proud of and good about what I do,” said McAllister, l’88. “I love being an advocate, taking a side and articulating its positions. But being a prosecutor is even better than private party litigation because I also have an obligation to see that justice is done, to exercise the public trust appropriately and fairly.”
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