Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 22

Posted on Feb 22, 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.


Polsinelli Shareholders Dan Boulware and Greg Kratofil Named Influential Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly | Polsinelli LLP

Polsinelli Shareholders R. Dan Boulware, b’68 l’72, and Greg Kratofil, Jr. are among five honorees for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Influential Lawyers award, which recognizes Missouri lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the legal community this year. Boulware and Kratofil will be formally recognized this Friday, Jan. 25, during the annual Missouri Lawyers Awards luncheon at The Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 2019 Missouri Lawyers Awards recognize a collection of attorneys in several categories, including Lawyers of the Year, Influential Lawyers, Legal Champions, Influential Appellate Advocates and Law Firm Leaders. “Dan and Greg are among the most talented and experienced attorneys our firm has to offer,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Chase Simmons.
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Governor Parson Appoints Kyndra J. Stockdale as the Associate Circuit Judge of the 16th Circuit, Division 32 | Office of Governor Michael L. Parson

Governor Parson appointed Kyndra J. Stockdale, ’00 l’03, as the Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Circuit, Division 32. Mrs. Stockdale will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert L. Trout. Stockdale, of Kansas City, is a Senior Attorney at Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford P.C. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.
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IU East School of Business and Economics to welcome new dean | Indiana University East

Indiana University East will welcome a new dean of the School of Business and Economics. Denise Smith, g’94, will be the new dean beginning May 15, 2019. Currently Smith is the interim chair for the School of Business at the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at The Eastern Illinois University. She is also an associate dean and professor with the School of Business. As dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics Smith has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, providing leadership for student success and retention, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students.
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Devon Reese: City of Reno’s newest council member | KRNV News 4

A Reno attorney & father of three is taking his seat on the City of Reno Government council for the first time this Friday. We took a deep dive into City of Reno Government councilman Devon T. Reese, l’00, on KRNV News 4 last night. Hear why he says he wanted to get involved in local politics:


Lawrence Group of Arborists Climbs, Suspends From Trees | U.S. News & World Report

Even on winter days, arborists around Lawrence are ascending taut ropes high into trees. When the branches are bare, it’s easier to examine a tree, making this a busy time for certified arborists. While some arborists keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, others work from a bucket truck. But those known as climbing arborists specialize in using ropes to access tree tops to prune, remove deadwood and examine the health of a tree, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It’s a skilled profession that’s also something of a sport. A local group of climbing arborists gathers during the arborists’ time off to practice their skills. Chris Johnson, c’03, owner of Tuft’s Tree Service, Erin and Eric Massie, with Massie Tree Service, and Ryan Rastok, District 1 Forester with the Kansas Forest Service, who also has a tree service, meet to try out different techniques — and just to literally hang out.
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Governor announces acting Secretary of Revenue | Kansas Office of the Governor

Governor Laura Kelly announced today Mark Burghart, b’76, as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of Revenue. Burghart will take over for Mark Beshears who led the agency for an interim period. “I’m pleased to have Mark Burghart on board to lead the Department of Revenue for my administration,” said Kelly. “His experience, knowledge and skills will be critical to addressing the significant challenges facing the department.” Burghart is a partner at Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard, LLC, in Topeka where he is responsible for litigation of state tax matters.
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HPU Names Woods as Chair of the Department of Biology | High Point University

High Point University has named Dr. Brett Woods, g’01, as chair of the Department of Biology. In his new role, Woods will head the department and teach courses in physiology and help pre-health professional students find their educational paths. Woods has been a member of HPU’s faculty since 2016 as associate professor of biology teaching animal physiology and biology. Woods is also director of HPU’s pre-health advising program. He helps students navigate their journey to the best professional health programs.
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