Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 22

Posted on Mar 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.


Artist who won rare Jayhawk licensing deal — scoring a $150K payday — set to rebound | Startland

Seemingly routine for many Kansas fans, crimson and blue are once again among the colors flooding the canvas of the 2019 NCAA tournament. But for artist Megh Knappenberger, f’04, the Jayhawks’ familiar palate has painted an entrepreneurial journey with as thrilling ups and downs as Big 12 basketball, she said. “It’s a pretty special and unique thing that I was able to do this,” Knappenberger, owner of Megh Makes Art, said of the way she obtained an official license to reproduce Jayhawk-related work — a rare and exciting achievement, she added.
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KU alumnus dives into aerial videography business Drone Lawrence | The University Daily Kansan

After watching famous YouTuber Casey Neistat’s videos in high school, University of Kansas alumnus and former University Daily Kansan social media coordinator Nathan Mize, j’19, was inspired. Neistat has created various films and vlogs, but Mize was mostly impressed with his aerial videography. “I figured if he could get these type of shots while riding a skateboard around downtown New York City, I could easily do the same with all this open space in Kansas,” Mize said.
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Loyola University Medical Center Names New President | Loyola University Medical Center

Tad A. Gomez, RPh, MS, FASHP, has been named president of Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, effective February 25, 2019.
Gomez, p’96, joins Loyola from Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in Gainesville, Georgia, where he was the vice president for professional and support services overseeing lab, pharmacy, radiology and imaging, facilities operations, biomedical engineering, and several other ancillary departments. Prior to joining NGHS, Gomez served as the vice president for professional services at Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier in his career, he held various pharmacy management positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and Harris Health in Houston, Texas.
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Iowa native and NBA veteran Nick Collison makes basketball history after a career of playing the right way | Des Moines Register

Nick Collison was a basketball star in high school at Iowa Falls and led the Cadets to back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999. He was an All-American and the 2003 Big 12 Conference player of the year at the University of Kansas and played in two Final Fours. It was expected that Iowa Falls retire his No. 44 and for KU to hang his No. 4 in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. Having his No. 4 retired by the only NBA franchise he played for over a 15-year career was much more unlikely. But Oklahoma City did just that Wednesday tonight. So, how does a player with career averages of 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game become the first player to have his number retired by the Thunder? By playing basketball the right way. By being a great teammate. By offering consistency to a franchise that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City after his fourth season.
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