Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 8

Posted on Feb 8, 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.


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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