Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 11

Posted on Jan 11, 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.

 

Release: Governor-elect Laura Kelly names choice for KDOT, Commerce secretaries | Kelly Transition Team

Citing her 25 years of experience building and leading high-performance teams, Governor-elect Laura Kelly named Julie Lorenz, g’89, as her interim choice to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kelly also named David Toland, c’99 g’01, as the permanent Secretary of Commerce, highlighting his decade of work on economic development issues in communities across Kansas.
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Following a family legacy in the arts, Lawrence native is singing opera in Germany | Lawrence Journal-World

Sarah Bodle, u’13, couldn’t just come to Lawrence and spend Christmas with her family; she had to squeeze in a performance. The 28-year-old opera singer, who lives and studies in Berlin, will give a winter-themed recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1263 North 1100 Road. She’ll be singing excerpts from German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden,” accompanied by Ellen Sommer, a University of Kansas lecturer in piano.
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Armstrong Teasdale Elects Three New Partners, Three Equity Partners | Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that the equity partners of the firm have elected Paul Croker, b’01 l’04, Scott Galt and Sarah Sise to equity partner. In addition, Jaimie Mansfield, Mark Thomas and Andrew Zimmerman have been elected partners by the firm’s Executive Committee. All of the aforementioned changes are effective Jan. 1, 2019. Croker is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. He is a trusted legal adviser to clients facing class action and business litigation throughout the country, including enforcement and class actions brought by private parties, attorneys general and governmental agencies.
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Meet Scot Wrighton, Decatur’s new city manager | Herald&Review

The Decatur City Council’s choice for the next city manager says he can be a “change agent” for the community and provide outside-the-box thinking to help find solutions for the city, once he takes the helm in the coming months. “If you’re looking for someone who can just mind the store and make sure the bills get paid, then hire somebody else,” said Scot Wrighton, g’83, who Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe introduced Wednesday as the next city manager for Decatur pending council approval next week. “Because helping the governing body make some fundamentally different directional changes, policy changes is what I can hopefully help them to do and bring together different elements in the community.”
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Salina Chamber of Commerce CEO announces retirement | Salina Journal

After serving the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce for 43 years, the last four as president and chief executive officer, Don L. Weiser, j’73, has announced his retirement effective May 1. In a statement released Thursday, Weiser said it is time for him to enjoy a quieter life and spend more time with his family, which includes wife Lynne, daughters Melissa and Laura and his grandchildren. “I am thankful that Lynne and I chose Salina those years ago,” he said. “We have raised our family here, and we are fortunate to have our children and grandchildren here also. We love this community, love this organization, and see nothing but great things ahead for the future of Salina.”
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Jayhawk great Holly Reynolds to be inducted in Vermont Sports Hall of Fame | KU Athletics

Former Kansas women’s golfer Holly Reynolds, d’94, will be inducted into the esteemed Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019, the board of directors announced earlier this week. Reynolds is one of 13 inductees being introduced at the 2019 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (VSHOF) Induction Dinner and Celebration which will be held at the Trader Duke’s Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, April 13.
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