Jayhawks in the News | July 15

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our biweekly edition of “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.


Hawks to watch: Young alumni making their mark | KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2016 is the first year of the Hawks to Watch spotlight, which recognizes KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences alumni and former students who have attended the university within the past 15 years. Read about these Jayhawks, who span all industries including business, non-profits, tech, healthcare, media, law and the arts.
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Gensler earns top marks for its artful business school at the University of Kansas | Interior Design

If you’re looking for more information about KU’s stunning new School of Business, check out this article for a great description of the building. Principals from Gensler, including David Broz, a’97, also offer insights.
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Capitol Federal Hall | MidCoast Design Record

Can’t get enough of #CapFedHall? Neither can we. This piece from MidCoast Record shares information from GastingerWalker&, the architect of record, along with beautiful photos of the new building.
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Lawrence High and KU alumnus to be inducted into a worldwide hall of fame | LJWorld.com

Alan Mulally, a graduate of the KU School of Engineering and former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, is set to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. The ceremony is set for July 21.
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How the Dallas Morning News went from covering a protest to reporting on a deadly shooting | Poynter

Hannah Wise, j’14, is a breaking news reporter for the Dallas Morning News and was assigned to broadcast the rally and march during the recent protests. She shared her experience covering the deadly events with Poynter.
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Baxter Springs native named to Hall of Fame | The Joplin Globe

Ross Hartley, a graduate of the KU School of Law, will be honored by his hometown’s Wall of Fame. Hartley, l’74, co-founded NIC Inc., a company rated by Forbes as one of America’s Best Small Companies and one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the country.
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Steelers’ Johnson brings faith to South Media | Daily Times Sports

Steven Johnson walked on to the KU football team and eventually earned a scholarship, a starting job, and a spot on the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie. Now a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnson, c’12, gives back to his community with the Faith Motivated Foundation 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
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Have you heard news about a fellow Jayhawk, or maybe you have news of your own to share? Email us at share@kualumni.org, or fill out our Class Notes form to be included in a future issue of Kansas Alumni magazine. Read more about newsworthy Jayhawks.

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Mulally regales graduates with anecdotes from life

Posted on May 18, 2013 in Alumni News and News

profile_alan_mulallyAlan Mulally, e’68, g’69, grew up in Lawrence, following KU sports and going to games. He saw Wilt Chamberlain play his first varsity basketball game. When Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Co., spoke to the Class of 2012 at Commencement, he recalled sitting near the locker room entrance when he and Chamberlain, ’59,   came face to face. “I said, ‘Hi’ and he said, ‘Hi.’ After that chat, Wilt went out and scored 52 points, setting a school scoring record in his first game. “I like to think that Wilt’s wonderful performance that day was because of the pep talk I gave him,” Mulally told KU graduates with a laugh.

Mulally enrolled in engineering at KU and joined the U.S. Air Force with a dream to become an astronaut. His plans were thwarted when he learned he was slightly colorblind. He instead took a job at Boeing as an airplane design engineer, and eventually became the president and CEO. Mulally said that after 37 years at Boeing, life handed him another gem. “I got a call from Bill Ford. Bill asked me to leave Boeing and join a company that was struggling, in an industry that faced incredible difficulties,” he said. Mulally is credited with turning Ford around amid the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.

In 2012 Mulally received an honorable doctor of science. Mulally began his Commencement speech by saying that despite his achievements in the transportation industry, “The most important thing you need to know about me is that I am a Rock Chalk Jayhawk.”   He reminded alumni to thank their families for their successes, especially their moms, because the 2012 ceremony fell on Mother’s Day. Led by Mulally, new grads gave moms and families a standing ovation.

–Adapted from story in Kansas Alumni magazine, No. 3, 2012, written by Lydia Benda

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