Jayhawks in the News | June 14

Posted on Jun 14, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Rusted oil cans you’ll want to drink out of and other ceramic delights | Missoulian

Mitchell Span, a ceramic artist from Des Moines, Iowa, is participating in the Radius Gallery’s Ceramics Invitational show. He forages vintage labels from the Internet or books and catalogs to find these labels for his functional mugs, flasks and shot glasses. In graduate school at the University of Kansas, he spent several months developing his process through slip-casting, a molding process with liquid clay.
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LEAD1 Association Announces Institute Scholarship Winners | The Punxsutawney Spirit

The LEAD1 Association today announced the recipients of the minority scholarship award for the 2019 LEAD1 Institute. Mike Harrity, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas, is one of the recipients. Harrity serves as a Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the areas that directly impact the student-athlete experience. He formerly worked for Kansas Athletics.
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Lisa Marie Thalhammer launches ‘Spirit of Stonewall’ mural | Lesbian News

Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted a brand new mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots that launched the LGBTQ rights movement. The mural, entitled “Spirit of Stonewall,” is located outside the Aqua Bar and Nightclub in Key West. Thalhammer received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in painting with a double minor in women’s studies and art history from the University of Kansas.
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John Colombo to become interim dean of CLAS | University Daily Kansan

John Colombo, director of the Life Span Institute, has worn many hats over his 37 years at the University of Kansas. Now, he’s preparing to start a one-year term as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences July 1.
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Tenet Board appoints Chris Lynch as new independent director | University Daily Kansan

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced the appointment of Christopher S. Lynch to its Board of Directors. Lynch’s appointment will become effective August 7, 2019. He received a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Kansas.
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KU selects former faculty member, alumnus to serve as pharmacy school dean | Lawrence Journal-World

The University of Kansas selected a former faculty member and university alumnus to lead its School of Pharmacy. Ronald Ragan, who served in several positions at KU from 1997 to 2012, will return to the university on Aug. 1 to become the new dean of the school. Ragan received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from KU.
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On the Move: Leslie Doyle | Diverse Education

Leslie Doyle has been named chief inclusion officer at Rockhurst University. Previously, she was director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University. Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Fontbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Former student makes living playing Fortnite | University Daily Kansan

Amidst the pressure of earning a college degree, a former University of Kansas business student turned his gaming skills into a full-time paying job. Jack Schneider decided to break off from the traditional route of college and prioritize his passion in “Fortnite Battle Royale” competitive gaming.
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Ready to Rock | The Daily Sentinel

One year after a second-place finish in the Pioneer League, the Grand Junction Rockies are ready to take the field in 2019. For one new player, joining the Rockies is a homecoming. Owen Taylor was drafted by Toronto in the 27th round of the 2014 draft. Instead,he opted to play college ball at the University of Kansas, starting 42 games as a senior.
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Cherokee Global Brands appoints Evan Hengel to additional role of Chairman of its Board of Directors | AZCentral

Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ: CHKE), a global brand marketing platform that manages a growing portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands, announced that the Company has appointed current Director Evan Hengel to Chairman of the Board of Directors. Hengel received a B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas.
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Sabetha Community Hospital welcomes new director of physical therapy | Hiawatha World Online

Sabetha Community Hospital announced that physical therapist Brian Voos will be the new director of the Physical Therapy program at SCH effective July 1. Voos graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center and is in his 20th year of providing physical therapy services.
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KU School of Nursing-Salina graduates first class of students | KU Medical Center News

When Sarah Medlock begins her job as a registered nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, in June, she’ll be fulfilling a dream that began in childhood. Medlock is one of nine students who compose this first class from the Salina campus, who, along with more than 100 nursing students from KU School of Nursing main campus in Kansas City, received their bachelor of science in nursing diplomas at graduation ceremonies last month.
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Bruce Scott receives ASHP’s 2019 Whitney Award | ASHP

Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, a pharmacy leader noted for his efforts to expand patient access to pharmacists’ services, commitment to developing future generations of pharmacy leaders, and active service to the profession, is the recipient of ASHP’s 2019 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Scott received a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas where he also completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency.
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How these fathers inspired their daughters to become radiologists | MarketScreener

Dr. Ashley Huppe’s dad’s passion for radiology and breast imaging inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Huppe is a breat imager in an academic practice at the University of Kansas, while her father, Dr. Marc Inciardi is an assistant professor of radiology at KU. In this article, she shares how her dad’s work inspired her to enter the field.
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Canadian rookies to watch this CFL season | TSN

TSN highlights a Canadian rookie on each CFL team, including Alex Fontana of the Ottawa Redblacks. Fontana started nine of 12 games last season at the University of Kansas.
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President Donald J. Trump announces intent to nominate personnel to key administration posts | PublicNow.com

President President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Matthew Keenan to be a member of the board of directors of the Legal Service Corporation. Keenan is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon and graduated from the University of Kansas and the KU School of Law.
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USC Upstate names student affairs vice chancellor | GoUpstate.com

The University of South Carolina Upstate announced Thursday that Andre Fortune has been named new vice chancellor for student affairs. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Fortune earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a master of science degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.
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Barnaby Bright come out of a crisis with ‘Fight or Fly’ | Billboard

Barnaby Bright’s upcoming album came from what the married Kansas City duo of Becky and Nathan Bliss calls “a crisis point.” It’s the duo’s third album. Becky Bliss earned a degree in opera from the University of Kansas.
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Knipp & Liberman join culture marketing council board | HispanicAd.com

Gregg Knipp, CEP of Dieste, has joined the board of directors of the Culture Marketing Council. Knipp graduated from KU’s school of journalism in 1989 and has spent the past twenty years marketing to U.S. Hispanics.
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High Point University dean selected to lead KU School of Pharmacy

Posted on Jun 11, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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The founding dean for the High Point University School of Pharmacy will be the next dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas.

Ronald Ragan, a KU alumnus and past KU School of Pharmacy faculty member, will begin his tenure Aug. 1.

“We were fortunate to have great candidates who clearly understood the opportunities and challenges,” said Carl Lejuez, interim provost & executive vice chancellor. “Ron has an exceptional track record of success in his endeavors and programs, both at KU and at High Point. I appreciate his insight into the changing environments for pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical research, and I believe he will be an outstanding leader of the School of Pharmacy.”

Ronald Ragan selected as new dean of KU School of PharmacyRagan will succeed Kenneth Audus, who in November 2018 announced his decision to step away from the leadership role after 15 years. The School of Pharmacy offers the only pharmacy program in Kansas and has a presence on three KU campuses: Lawrence, Kansas City and Wichita. The school received more than $15 million in research funding in fiscal year 2018 and ranks seventh in the nation by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Approximately 150 students are accepted annually into the Pharm.D. professional degree program after completing two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and students in the class of 2018 achieved a first-time pass rate of 100% on the North American Pharmacists Licensure Exam.

“KU is recognized nationally and internationally for its clinical and graduate programs in pharmacy,” Ragan said. “This recognition is directly related to the exceptional faculty, staff and students we attract. I am proud to be a graduate of both the clinical program and the graduate program at KU and am honored to be returning to my alma mater as the eighth dean in the 134-year history of the school. There are great opportunities ahead, and this is the ideal time to return to Kansas and build on the success the school has enjoyed over the years.”

Ragan has been at High Point University, in High Point, North Carolina, since 2012. As founding dean of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, Ragan has overseen development of a program that now enrolls 189 students. He also helped design the $120 million facility that opened in 2017. Prior to joining High Point, where he is also a professor, Ragan held several positions at KU. From 2004 to 2012, he was associate dean for academic affairs, managing a variety of curricular affairs for the school. During this time he also served on leadership teams that led construction of the Pharmacy Building and established the satellite teaching facility in Wichita. Between 1998 and 2011, Ragan directed KU’s nontraditional Pharm.D. program, a 44-credit-hour program that bridged professionals through the degree upgrade process. He initially joined the KU faculty as an adjunct instructor of pharmacy practice for the 1997-1998 academic year.

From 2000 to 2013 Ragan was president of Midwest Pharmaceutical Consulting Inc. His professional experience also includes direct patient care positions at independent and medical center pharmacies. While at KU as a student he worked at the Student Health Pharmacy in Watkins Health Center. His graduate student tenure also included positions as a graduate teaching assistant and as a researcher in pharmacology and toxicology. Ragan has published in various journals on topics related to neuronal cell death, drug therapy and pharmacy education research.

He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and served on its board of directors from 2013 to 2017. He is also a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Society of Neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and more. His service commitments include work on several committees and organizations at the school, university, community and regional levels. He received a KU Center for Teaching Excellence award in 2009, and he also received the 2003 PRISM Award from the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America. In 1989, he was selected as the Kansas Pharmacist Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year.

Ragan has a doctor of philosophy and a master’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology from KU. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from KU, and he has an associate’s degree from Butler County Community College. He is a licensed pharmacist in Kansas and North Carolina.

Lejuez expressed appreciation for those involved in the successful search effort.

“The dean of pharmacy search committee — led by Michael Branicky, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and past dean of the School of Engineering — worked diligently to identify great candidates and involve faculty, students and staff from all our campuses,” Lejuez said. “Our administrative support staff worked without the assistance of a search firm, and they and the others in the search committee did a remarkable job. I am grateful for their service.”

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Jayhawks in the News | June 7

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Ross A. Hollander ranked among top Kansas labor & employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2019 | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Ross A. Hollander, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, has been ranked among the state’s top band of labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2019. This is the 11th consecutive year Hollander has received a top ranking from Chambers USA, which surveys clients and lawyers then ranks attorneys based on pre-eminence in their practice areas.
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Women’s World Cup soccer player Estelle Johnson got her start in Fort Collins | Coloradoan

Estelle Johnson joined Cameroon’s national team on a trial basis a month ago and last week was named to its World Cup team. Johnson, 30, grew up in Fort Collins and played soccer at the University of Kansas. She’s payed nine seasons of professional women’s soccer.
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Napa Valley winery Chappellet names David Francke new managing director | North Bay Business Journal

David Francke has been named managing director of Chappellet, a 52-year-old winery in upper Napa Valley. After studying at University of Kansas and University of Bordeaux, Francke, c’88, began his career in wine sales in Kansas City. He then went to work at Robert Mondavi Winery, where he rose to general manager and vice president. In his new role, he oversees sales and marketing including direct-to-consumer initiatives, hospitality, strategic planning, and operations in the vineyard and winery.
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Nick Collison, Perry Ellis honored by separate Kansas Halls of Fame | KUsports.com

It’s been a big week for former Kansas basketball greats and Halls of Fame, with Nick Collison and Perry Ellis both receiving career honors in the past seven days. Collison will be inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame later this year. Ellis was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the state track meet in Wichita.
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3 reasons to move Provence with Flying Jayhawks to the top of your travel list

Posted on May 26, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

Flying Jayhawks | Springtime in Provence

If you’re like me, your bucket list consists of many different places. After my most recent trip to Provence with Flying Jayhawks, I can share a few insights for travelers.

If you are a historian, artist and/or wine lover and Jayhawk, Provence should be your next adventure!

1. Wine!

A staple in this area of France, wine appears to be in unlimited supply. Vineyards stretch for miles, can be found on hillsides (where some of the most valuable wines come from) and all along the Rhone River.

Châteaus sit on hilltops offering breathtaking views, long family history and of course, excellent wine. Our group of Jayhawks was lucky to begin our seven-day adventure with visits to two chateaus.

First stop: Château de Rully.

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This castle has been kept in the same family since it was built in the 12th century!

Our private tour was led by Count de Ternay, a member of the family who owns the estate. After learning a little more about his family’s long history, our tour concluded with a welcomed wine tasting.

Second stop: Château de Montmelas en Beaujolais.

At another family-run chateau, we toured the grounds and learned of the family’s history, plus we got to enjoy a private piano concert. Of course, no tour is complete without a wine tasting!

Flying Jayhawks | Springtime in Provence

Even though these were our only two major stops for wine tastings, we certainly got our fill of great wine for the remainder of the trip!

2. The Roman Empire’s best work

I didn’t imagine that my time in France would take us to so many Roman landmarks. After all it does makes sense—the Roman influence was very strong throughout Europe and many structures that were built in France are still standing today. But don’t be fooled, these Roman landmarks and cities have their own French flair.

For example, traditional Roman temples now sit alongside modern artwork:

Flying Jayhawks | Springtime in Provence

The famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard is considered one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region:

Flying Jayhawks | Springtime in Provence

Roman amphitheaters still stand but are now surrounded by French homes and businesses:

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3. Picturesque countryside

The views are breathtaking, the churches are covered in intricate detail that tell Biblical stories, and the towns are patriotic. Provence offers all the best views, from atop the rolling hills and through the narrow streets.

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But don’t take my word for it—see the Flying Jayhawks adventure for yourself!

Flying Jayhawks | Springtime in Provence

The Flying Jayhawks trip “Springtime in Provence” was May 8-16, 2019. The trip was hosted by Crysta Moon, coordinator of marketing and business development. View more photos from the trip; pictures may be downloaded for personal use. Find more information about Flying Jayhawks trips, including a schedule, or sign up for travel emails.

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Jayhawks in the News | May 24

Posted on May 24, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Pittsburg State University announces new provost | Pittsburg State University

After a nationwide search, Pittsburg State University has announced its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Howard Smith, g’79, currently the associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success, will assume the position on July 1. He follows Lynette Olson, who is retiring after having served in the position since March 2010.
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Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist | KU College Stories

Wisdom and The Wizard of Oz, LGBTQ+ rights and the legacy of Stonewall, family and the uneasy tension between memory and reality, time and the construction of personal identity. KU alum Carl Grauer, c’98, is using his background in biology to explore human nature, but not in the ways that you might expect.
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Leidos names Valerie Baldwin Government Affairs Senior Vice President | Tech Social Net

Leidos today announced the appointment of the Honorable Valerie L. Baldwin,  l’91, as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, effective immediately. In her new role, Baldwin will serve as the lead advocate for Leidos on Capitol Hill to educate and engender support for programs and capabilities that serve the national interest, advance governmental health research and patient care, and achieve efficiencies that benefit the taxpayer.
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Bioethicist Monica Gerrek receives Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring | Case Western Reserve University

Monica Gerrek, PhD’08, assistant professor of bioethics, had taken a philosophy course as an undergraduate but opted for the ostensibly safer choice of pursuing a business degree. “Once I completed my degree, I quickly recognized that my real interest was not in the world of business,” she recalls. That realization led to a life re-boot, beginning by casually taking three philosophy courses during a “gap year.” They resonated, and her love for philosophical ideas led to a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas.

Fast forward two decades and Gerrek, who joined the faculty in 2016, has been recognized with the 2019 J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
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KU Law banner carrier graduates with a J.D. and a Ph.D. | KU Law Blog

Michael Hayes graduated from the University of Kansas with not one, but two, doctoral degrees this past weekend. He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from KU’s Department of Philosophy. At the University Commencement ceremony on May 19, Hayes was the banner carrier for KU Law. Hayes was selected by the law faculty for this honor because of his exemplification of student excellence.
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Attorney joins Arthur-Green Law | The Manhattan Mercury

Matthew B. Sondergard has joined Arthur-Green Law Firm of Manhattan as an associate attorney. Originally from Wichita, Sondergard earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University in 2015, and his juris doctorate from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. He will be joined in Manhattan by his wife, Jessica. Sondergard has a general civil practice.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 10

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, 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.

 

Anita Welch named dean of the College of Education | Wayne State University

Wayne State University Provost Keith E. Whitfield announced the appointment of Anita G. Welch, PhD ’07, as the next dean of the College of Education. Her appointment was approved by the Wayne State Board of Governors at its May 1 meeting, with a start date of July 1, 2019. Welch brings with her to the role administrative expertise, a strong scholarly background and passion for education. “Her addition to the administrative leadership of the college and university will contribute significantly to our future success in promoting education within the city and state,” said Whitfield.
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Director of KU TRIO Talent Search Inducted into Mid-America Education Hall of Fame | The University of Kansas

Rebecca Dukstein, g’94, director of the TRIO Talent Search program at the University of Kansas, was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation, April 27 at the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Awards and Scholarship Event. “It’s amazing and humbling to be honored alongside so many community and educational leaders I’ve admired over the years,” Dukstein said. “In the field of college access and success, we help youths walk through the doors of opportunity toward higher education. Every day, we support students in becoming who they are meant to be, and that feels pretty incredible.”
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New Principals Selected | Gardner Edge

The USD 231 Board of Education is pleased to announce new lead principals for the 2019-2020 school year. Board members approved the hires of Jennie Adrian for Edgerton Elementary, Katie Beach for Moonlight Elementary, and John McIntire, d’90, for Pioneer Ridge Middle School at the monthly board meeting on May 6. McIntire has served as an assistant principal at Wheatridge Middle School for the past three school years. He earned the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Assistant Principal of the Year award for 2017-18 academic year.
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See inside a coworking space for seniors | Fast Company

Anna Meyer, c’18 j’18, is a Minneapolis native with a keen interest in how technology and innovation will shape tomorrow. When I walked into Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, I notice people at computers tweaking fonts on their Wix websites and others chatting about their latest projects. It’s like any other coworking space: busy, lively, and without an empty table around. But the difference is that at 22 years old, I am pretty much the youngest person around–by decades. The center is the flagship coworking space and learning center of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Dedicated to people 60 or older, it offer members classes like “Start Up!” or “Connecting in the Digital Age” to advance their business skills.
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Jayhawks share memorable experiences together in Brussels

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

We all began our journey to Brussels from different places across the country, excited for our week ahead exploring Belgium and the Netherlands. We had little idea what all was in store for the week. One thing was for sure, this group of Jayhawks would share memorable experiences together. We would come home with stories to share and pictures that couldn’t even begin to depict the beauty we would encounter. Let me share my adventure with you …

Day 2: Brussels, Belgium

After meeting up with a few of the Flying Jayhawks in Brussels we boarded a bus for a short excursion. In the downtown market square we walked past not one, not two, but what seemed like hundreds of chocolate shops, each unique in its own way. Chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate covered bunnies, chocolate sculptures … every type of chocolate you could imagine!

The beautiful weather was perfect for walking the cobblestone streets and enjoying the architecture of the city. Next, we hopped back on the bus for the drive to Antwerp, where we would board the ship that we’d call home for the next seven nights.

Our group of 10 Jayhawks ventured out to meander through Antwerp’s quaint squares and cobblestone streets and see more medieval architecture. Our tour guide took us to the Great Market Square, past the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady and then back to board the place we would be calling home. Once back on the ship, we all gathered for a delicious dinner, shared stories and connected with our new friends.

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Day 3: Bruges, Belgium

We were excited for a full day visiting Bruges! The romantic city with an ambiance that has earned it the nickname, “Venice of the North.” The city is filled with tranquil canals, sturdy stone bridges and winding cobblestone streets.

I ventured to the De Halve Maan Brewery with fellow Jayhawks to learn about the strong tradition of brewing that dates to the 12th century. Belgium embraces its national drink and it definitely tastes better in Bruges! We climbed up a winding staircase (200 stairs in all) to take in the panoramic view of the city.

After the tour we had free time to explore the city and enjoyed lunch at a cafe along one of the canals. Jayhawks enjoyed some sunshine on the top deck as we began sailing down the river. For dinner we all met in the Panorama Lounge for the captain’s welcome reception, cocktails and a fantastic dinner.

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

Day 4: Veere, Netherlands

I couldn’t resist going out for a run along the river experiencing the Netherlands exactly how I had imagined it: Quiet little grass-lined paths surrounded by pastures of lazy sheep, a canal lined with boats and the fog slowly rising from the water. It was a picturesque morning.

After breakfast, some passengers embarked on the elective excursion to visit the Delta Works. The series of massive dams and storm surge barriers is an engineering masterpiece that protects the Netherlands: One-third of the nation’s landmass sits below sea level. In 1953, the North Sea waves wiped out part of the country.

For those who stayed aboard the ship, one of our AHI directors took us on a guided stroll through Veere, which included more cobblestone streets, quaint little shops and pop-up bakeries filled with samplings of fresh herring, too. Not everyone was brave enough to give it a try, but that left more for the rest of us. It was delicious! Our afternoon was split between more free time in the little village of Veere and setting sail back down the river towards Willemstad.

The evening was filled with an educational session about Dutch architecture, cocktails and another amazing dinner.

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

Day 5: Schoonhoven/Kampen

The excursion choices today included a trip to the Hague and Mauritshuis or the Royal Delft and porcelain factory. I chose to visit the Hague’s landmark buildings with several couples from my group. We saw the Binnenhof, which is home to the Dutch parliament. Plus, we saw the Peace Palace, which is the seat of the United Nations’ International Court of Justice.

Our stroll continued on the streets of Hague to the Mauritshuis, which houses works by Dutch and Flemish masters, most notably Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” We were all awed by the beauty of the works before us and could have spent hours viewing the art.

The evening included our very own cocktail reception! Jayhawks shared stories from their days on campus, favorite memories of Lawrence and a common love for our University. We had the staff doing the Rock Chalk chant, wearing Jayhawk stickers and learning just a small part of what makes the Jayhawks so special. (We may have even converted one Hokie, who was traveling alone and quickly became a part of our group.)

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

Day 6: Giethoorn

No one knew what this magical day would include. We boarded buses to the winsome little village of Giethoorn, which is free of cars and interlaced with footpaths and narrow canals.

The tiny wooden bridges, 18th-century farmhouses that lined the canals and the small-town Dutch life made it feel like a fairy tale. Despite the traffic jams along the canal, we enjoyed every minute we spent in this village.

The afternoon included a walking tour of Kampen and some free time to explore on our own. Since this was Easter Monday, many shops were closed, leaving the city quieter than usual. It was so fascinating to explore at a time when we felt more like a local than a tourist.

Once back on the ship, we set sail toward Amsterdam and enjoyed our dinner while sailing down the river to the most picturesque view of the North Sea.

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

Day 7: Amsterdam

We woke up in the morning to the lights of the city of Amsterdam. We were surrounded by other ships, filled with tourists excited to venture in to the capital of the Netherlands. After breakfast we ventured off the ship for a unique tour of Amsterdam. We saw a glimpse of the 60-plus miles of tree-lined canals that make this romantic city so unforgettable.

The afternoon was spent at leisure exploring Amsterdam. The streets were littered with bicycles and we were all warned: The bicycles will stop for no one! As one Jayhawk couple said upon their return, we all “cheated death” that afternoon! Amsterdam is filled with interesting neighborhoods and architectural gems: the Anne Frank House, the Tulip Museum, Rijksmuseum, Dutch Resistance Museum, the Floating Flower Market and much more!

We began the evening with a cocktail hour, stories to share from the day and much laughter among strangers that quickly became friends.

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

Day 8: Amsterdam – Kuekenhof Gardens

This 80-acre paradise included brightly colored tulips plus many other gorgeous blooms: hyacinths, orchids, hydrangeas, daffodils and many others. No picture could even begin to portray the magnificent beauty of the gardens or the fragrant smell. The masses of people that visit the garden each year are testament to its beauty.

Our last afternoon in the Netherlands came to an end and we all felt blessed to experience so many wonderful sites together. I enjoyed one more run along the canal-lined streets, visited Central Station and dodged a few bicycles along the way.

Our final night on the ship was a celebration of new friendships. The Netherlands is a small country overflowing with picturesque landscapes, amazing architecture, incredibly delicious cuisine, and the people are pretty amazing, too!

We enjoyed a week of unseasonably warm temperatures and not a single drop of rain! I’m certain it’s because we all packed our umbrellas, rain boots and rain coats. This trip once again reminded me of the power of the Jayhawk network. We boarded the ship as strangers and ended as friends who shared an amazing journey along the Dutch Waterways.

Flying Jayhawks | Dutch Waterways Brussels

The Flying Jayhawks trip “Dutch Waterways” was April 17-25, 2019. The trip was hosted by Jodi Nachtigal, the Alumni Association’s controller. View more photos from the trip; pictures may be downloaded for personal use. Find more information about Flying Jayhawks trips, including a schedule, or sign up for travel emails.

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Jayhawks in the News | May 3

Posted on May 3, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

Jayhawks in the News

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PYA Adds Three new Principals | Nashville Medical News

PYA has announced three new Principals are joining the Firm in first quarter: Brian Fuller, Kathy Greenlee, b’85 l’88, and Merle Glasgow. “PYA is pleased to have added these three high-impact industry professionals,” said PYA President Marty Brown. “Their years of experience span industries, all levels of government, and various populations. We are eager to demonstrate the many ways their skills can not only benefit our clients, but those they serve.” Kathy Greenlee has joined PYA as a Healthcare Consulting Principal. She is a visionary thought leader and innovator and brings to the Firm three decades of state, federal, and international executive experience. Greenlee is a nationally recognized leader in aging and long-term care; and, through legislative and administrative management, has supported significant growth in various organizations.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer, KU alumnus contributes to autism inclusivity initiative as voice of Samuel | The University Daily Kansan

Spencer Lott, c’10, wanted to be a puppeteer from a young age, but little did he know that one day he’d be on “Sesame Street,” working on one of the show’s most impactful initiatives. On April 10, 2017, Julia was introduced as the first character on the autism spectrum as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Since then, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially after she was featured in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two years after her introduction, “Sesame Street” is expanding that initiative by introducing a few more characters: a family for Julia.
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Markley Joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Partner in Kansas City Office | Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Markley, l’95, to the firm’s Kansas City office. He will be a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Markley is an experienced litigator with a practice primarily focused on the agriculture, chemical, financial and publishing industries, and he has extensive experience with antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, employment and other commercial claims. He also defends clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation.
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Theatre Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of the Arts

In 1970 the University of Kansas founded the Women’s Hall of Fame to shine a spotlight on the exemplary women of our society for their overall impact and outstanding character. This year theatre alumna Gigi Gibson Bolt, c’65, will join the ranks of outstanding women for her career in the field of the performing arts. Bolt’s career has been prolific and varied. The School of the Arts was lucky enough to chat with her recently about her time at KU, her multi-facted career, and her advice for students studying the creative and performing arts today.
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The rom-com that saved my life | TED

Growing up queer in Kansas, Savannah Rodgers had limited exposure to positive portrayals of LGBTQ+ individuals in everyday life. In this personal talk, she examines the influence one queer film from the 90s had on her adolescence. She wanted to make movies after seeing her favorite film, Chasing Amy (1997), for the first time at age 12.
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Area judge to sit with KS Supreme Court | Many Signals Communications

According to a press release from the Kansas Courts, District Judge Jeff Elder, b’80 l’83, of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Supreme Court Wednesday, May 1 to hear a case on the court’s summary calendar. Elder will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting in the Johnson County case. Elder said it’s privilege and honor to be asked to be of assistance to the Kansas Supreme Court. He added he’s deeply humbled at receiving the assignment.
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Lenexa council appoints Community Development Director Beccy Yocham as new city manager | Shawnee Mission Post

The Lenexa council last night unanimously appointed Beccy Yocham, l’96, currently the community development director, as the fourth top administrator in city history. Yocham replaces outgoing City Manager Eric Wade, who is retiring in June after 15 years with the city. Following a national recruitment and selection process, the council voted 7-0 to approve Yocham’s contract. Councilman Dan Roh was absent. In her newly appointed role, Yocham will work with the mayor and council to set and achieve goals for the city and also oversee the city’s professional staff. “I just want to thank the entire governing body for your confidence in me and for this opportunity,” Yocham said. “I am so excited to work with Lenexa’s outstanding employees in a new capacity going forward.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Business people briefs | Leavenworth Times

Joseph L. Uhlman, l’18, is a new attorney at Adrian & Pankratz, P.A. Uhlman graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. During law school, he was the Chief Justice of the Court of Parking Appeals, a Justice on the Student Senate Court of Appeals, was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court, and Mock Trial councils. He served both as an intern in the Harvey County Attorney’s office, and as a prosecutor in the McPherson County Attorney’s office before joining the firm.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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KU mechanical engineering class working to cut down on package delivery time, costs | The University Daily Kansan

From the U.S. Postal Service to Amazon, last-mile delivery, or the “out for delivery” portion when tracking a package, presents a significant challenge in online shopping logistics, but one University of Kansas School of Engineering class is attempting to deliver a more efficient solution. Last year Chanje, a California-based, original equipment manufacturing company, paired up with the University’s Mechanical Engineering Design Process capstone class to find a solution for more efficient last-mile delivery logistics, which according to a 2018 study, is the least efficient stage of the supply chain, comprising 28% of total delivery cost. The result is an autonomous robotic arm nested in the back of delivery vehicles. “When we proposed the idea to the students, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be,” said Austin Hausmann, e’10 g’13, Chanje’s vice president of engineering.
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Gov. Laura Kelly prepares for second round on Court of Appeals vacancy | Kiowa County Signal

A nominating committee assembled by Gov. Laura Kelly recommended the list of three finalists for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals include an assistant solicitor general with extensive experience arguing appellate cases. Kelly said Steve Obermeier, of Olathe, would be considered along with previous finalists Lenexa attorney Sarah Warner and Wichita lawyer Marcia Wood, c’89 l’92. The governor plans to submit the appointment to the Kansas Senate in time for a confirmation review during the Legislature’s so-called veto session starting in May. Her previous nominee, Labette County District Court Judge Jeffry Jack, withdrew in March after disclosure of his insulting social media commentary on political figures and public policy. “I look forward to working with the Senate to consider and confirm one of these three distinguished attorneys to the Court of Appeals,” Kelly said.
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Kansas Senate confirms woman to lead two state agencies | JC Post

The Kansas Senate voted, 37 – 1, Monday to confirm the appointment of Laura Howard, l’84, to serve as Secretary for both the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, according to a media release from DCF. “It is a great honor to serve the people of Kansas,” said Secretary Howard. “With the support of Governor Kelly and the Kansas Legislature, I look forward to doing the important work of protecting children and families and promoting adult self-sufficiency.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 19

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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New KCK Municipal Court judge named | Wyandotte Daily

Meaghan Shultz, l’04, was named a Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court judge at the Thursday, March 7, Unified Government Commission meeting. Shultz, currently in the UG prosecutor’s office, has worked at the UG for 13 years, and prior to that, worked at a private law firm. A majority of the UG Commission voted for Shultz after she and another finalist made presentations at the March 7 meeting.
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School of Business Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Business will honor Tom Bené, b’84, and Frank Friedman, b’79, with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Bené and Friedman will receive the award for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU on Thursday, April 18, during a private reception at The Jayhawk Club.
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Tiger Woods’s victory was no personal redemption story. It didn’t need to be. | The Washington Post

Patricia E. Gaston, j’81, is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas and a former editor at The Post. I was in the car, scrolling through the radio for news Sunday, when I learned that the fist-pumping Tiger Woods of old had returned, winning his fifth Masters to wild applause from the crowd at Augusta National. I could envision him in his familiar red Nike shirt and black pants heading toward his family. Of course, a couple hours later, I was glued to my television and could see and feel the roar of the crowd, that warm embrace between him and his son, Charlie, the daps and hugs from other golfers in the gallery. My eyes moistened with tears.
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Dr. Leslie Doyle Named Inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University | Diverse Education

Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri has appointed Dr. Leslie Doyle, g’00, as the school’s inaugural chief inclusion officer where she will lead the newly established Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Kansas City native who grew up across the street from Rockhurst, Doyle has more than two decades of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University, where she has worked for the past 13 years. Doyle received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in business and leadership from Fotbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Dr. Nancy Damron Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs | Mid-American Nazarene University

President David Spittal announced the appointment of Dr. Nancy L. Damron, PhD ’05, as Vice President of Academic Affairs effective immediately. Dr. Damron has served in this role in an interim capacity since February 1. Prior to that, she was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after serving as Dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Damron is an outstanding educator and leader who brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this new role,” Spittal said. “Her commitment to high standards of excellence, quality teaching and learning and innovative programs will support and enhance our university’s strategic goals.”
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