Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 12

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 in News

Jayhawks in the News

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Artist brings ephemeral ‘Red Dirt Rug’ installation to KU | The University of Kansas

Creating contemplative work that combines repetitive process and collected materials, Rena Detrixhe, c’13, produces meticulous, large-scale objects and installations. She’s woven carpets from dust, transformed seeds into lace and suspended a fleeting moment of rain droplets into a solid cast form to explore the relationship between humans and nature.
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Son of former Kansas governor designing cleats for the Chiefs | The University Daily Kansan

John Sebelius’ mother is the former governor of Kansas and the Health and Human Secretary of the United States. Sebelius’ paternal grandfather was a congressman; his maternal grandfather was the governor of Ohio and his father was a federal judge. Sebelius, g’12, however, took a different career path than that of his family: he became an artist.
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Peter Landon, FAIA, To Receive AIA Chicago’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award | American Institute of Architects Chicago

In his 44 years of practice, Peter Landon, a’71, is recognized as an advocate for excellence and equity in design, particularly in under-resourced communities. “Pete’s career has been dedicated to bringing good design to everyone,” commented Zurich Esposito, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago. “The pursuit of justice is a constant in all he does—from the projects he designs, to the firm’s community engagement activities.”
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KU to honor Rob Riggle with Distinguished Alumni award | The University of Kansas

Rob Riggle, c’93, one of the most recognizable Jayhawk alumni, will be honored this year with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. He will visit Lawrence in November to accept the award.
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Lawrence restauranteur creates ‘Moonfluf,’ allergy-free cotton candy | The University Daily Kansan

Cotton candy’s swirled pink and blue clouds — and the consequential sugar rush — are a part of growing up. But harmful food dyes can prevent some people from enjoying this delicious treat, including Lawrence resident Shantel Grace’s son. To fix this, Grace, c’02, decided to make her own cotton candy. “It’s such a nostalgic food,” Grace said. “It’s as nostalgic to me as hot dogs and hamburgers.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 5

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in News

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KU Endowment board elects new chair, trustees | The University of Kansas

At the Sept. 28 annual meeting of the KU Endowment board of trustees, the board elected David Dillon, b’73, as chair, William Docking, c’73 l’77 g’77, as vice chair and two other KU alumni as trustees. Dillon succeeds Deanell Reece Tacha, who served as chair since 2014.
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Alumni Spotlight: Keeleigh Smith | KU Center for Undergraduate Research

Keeleigh Smith, c’16, explains how her undergraduate research experience help her prepare for role as a behavior analyst and gives advice to current students looking for research opportunities.
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School of Architecture & Design announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards | The University of Kansas

The School of Architecture & Design (Arc/D) at the University of Kansas has announced the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s honorees are architect John Guenther, a’76 a’77, Distinguished Alumnus; designer and executive David Hill, f’82, Distinguished Alumnus; and architect Laura Eder, g’10, Young Architect/Designer.
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Black Stag Brewery to open on Mass Street | The University Daily Kansan

John Hampton, c’92, started brewing beers in his kitchen a few years ago. But what started out as a hobby is about to become the family business. Hampton, his wife Kathryn Myers, j’85 l’91 g’05, and her father William Myers, c’62, are opening The Black Stag, a brewery and restaurant at 623 Massachusetts St.
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Monikur app sets boundaries for clients | Missouri Lawyers Weekly

A cellphone, for many small-firm and solo practitioners, is both an excellent servant and a terrible master. Texting and messaging apps enable attorneys to coordi- nate with current clients and chat with potential ones, but they also permit late-night pings from those same contacts, plus numbers unknown. The problem, according to Richard Lozano, l’93, a criminal defense attorney in St. Louis, is that texting and messaging apps today don’t offer a middle ground. Their underlying as- sumption is that people want to be reached by cell.
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On the Job with J-School Graduates | William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Alana Flinn, j’18, is now working and living in Chicago, Illinois. As a news & information major, Alana received 13 official job offers by May graduation, including positions as marketing manager, producer, digital coordinator, anchor, reporter. She planned to work in sports broadcast after an ESPN internship her junior year, but ultimately accepted a position as an account manager on the Sitefinity team at AmericanEagle.com Inc.
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Gift to Dole Institute launches Edward F. Reilly Lecture | The University of Kansas

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announced this week a gift from Edward F. Reilly Jr., c’61, to establish and endow the Edward F. Reilly Lecture. The inaugural lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the institute. The Edward F. Reilly Lecture will be a public program exploring the role of civil discourse and bipartisanship in contemporary politics. The lecture will take place in two- to three-year intervals.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 28

Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in News

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Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Named Chair of Texas Bar Antitrust and Business Litigation Section | Crowe & Dunlevy

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Luke Wohlford has been named chair of the Texas Bar’s Antitrust and Business Litigation Section for a one-year term. In this role, Wohlford, c’06 l’09, will lead and organize professional development opportunities for member attorneys whose practices focus on antitrust or complex business litigation.
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McDonald retires as head of Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program | State of Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Anne McDonald is retiring as executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program, created by the Kansas Supreme Court to help lawyers seek treatment for physical or mental illness, substance abuse, or emotional distress. McDonald, l’82, was named interim director of KALAP in 2009, then hired as its executive director. Her affiliation with the program, however, began in 2001 as a founding member of its board. “A privilege, a pleasure, and an honor sum up my feelings about the opportunity to serve as the KALAP executive director these last nine years,” she said.
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Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Dan Monnat and Trevor Riddle for Criminal Defense Practices | Monnat & Spurrier

Trevor Riddle was recognized for a second consecutive year in the area of Criminal Defense-General Practice. Riddle, l’05, has earned a statewide reputation for deftly handling scientific witnesses such as forensic laboratory technicians, doctors, biomechanical engineers and other expert witnesses in an array of important cases. He was the first attorney in Kansas to argue the admissibility of polygraph evidence under Kansas’ recently amended rules of evidence.
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Five Joseph, Hollander & Craft Attorneys Recognized in Multiple Practice Areas as Best Lawyers in America 2019; Two Receive “Lawyer of the Year” Honor | Joseph Hollander & Craft

Five attorneys from the Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence offices of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by the highly regarded Best Lawyers in America® – 2019 Edition, with two of them receiving “Lawyer of the Year” honors in their respective markets. This list includes Ross A. Hollander, l’76; Christopher M. Joseph, l’00; and Casey Y. Meek, c’05 l’09.
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The 2018 Ingram’s 250 | Ingram’s

46 KU alumni have been included in the 2018 “Ingram’s 250,” a compiled list of the most influential business executives in Kansas City, a market of nearly 3 million people.
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New throwing axe-perience comes to Mass Street | The University Daily Kansan

Blade & Timber Axe Throwing hopes to attract students to its recently-opened Lawrence outlet on 8th and Massachusetts Street with a business that combines axe-throwing and traditional retail. Co-founders and University alumni Matt Baysinger, c’09, and Ryan Henrich,’09, opened in Kansas City last year and plan to open more stores all across the country.
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KU alumni’s band reaches more than 200,000 Spotify plays | The University Daily Kansan

From late-night jam sessions to a Major League Baseball stadium, the members of Lawrence-born indie rock band Jean Claude and the Eclairs said they didn’t expect the success they’re seeing now. The band is made up of KU graduates Cooper Scott, j’18; Steve Seyfarth; Garrison Krotz, b’18; and Quinn Maetzold, c’18. “We kind of just wanted to play to play,” said Scott, lead singer of the band. “Then we realized that it’s a lot of fun just to play with your best friends and not really do anything else, but play with your bros.”
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The National Center Announces 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients | The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is pleased to announced its 2018 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. Nominated by members of their communities, this prestigious award is bestowed to individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and have made significant contributions in business and their community. Winners include Sharice Davids, ’06, and Jacob Wamego, l’14.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 21

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in News

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Thomas L. Creel, Esq. Joins JAMS in New York | JAMS

JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced the addition of Thomas L. Creel, Esq. to its panel in New York. Mr. Creel, E’60, will serve as an arbitrator, special master and mediator with a specialty in intellectual property and technology disputes
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Q&A with KU alumna author, journalist Sarah Smarsh | The University Daily Kansan

Sarah Smarsh, c’03 j’03, begins her latest book “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” by detailing her family’s farm. Smarsh comes from five generations of farmers on her father’s side. Her family was poor. Smarsh’s experiences as a member of the rural, white working-class have defined her career thus far.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 14

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in News

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Brown fills two Riverside County judicial vacancies | Idyllwild Town Crier

On July 20, Gov. Edmund G. Brown announced the appointment of Timothy J. Hollenhorst, l’02, to the vacant judgeship in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. Hollenhorst, 41, of Riverside, has received an interim appointment for a judgeship. In June, he was elected to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James A. Cox. This appointment allows him to immediately assume the position to which he was elected.
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Rex Walters joins Nevada coaching staff | KUSports.com

Former KU guard Rex Walters, d’93, now a veteran of NBA and college coaching ranks, has been named to the staff at the University of Nevada Reno. Walters will operate as a special assistant to Nevada coach Eric Musselman.
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The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting | Accounting Today

Terry Putney, b’78, CEO of Transition Advisors and Diane Yetter, b’85, president of Yetter Tax have been named two of the most influential people in accounting.
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KU film grad earns distribution rights for Western Kansas murder mystery | The University Daily Kansan

Josh Doke, c’12, spent three years on his first film. After the film, titled “Goodland,” was completed in 2017, he secured distribution rights for the murder mystery set in rural west Kansas. The film takes place in the titular town — Doke’s hometown — after a dead body shows up on a local farmer’s land the same day a mysterious photographer comes to town.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sep. 7

Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in News

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UMKC Law School graduate running for Kansas City Mayor | University News, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Five years ago, the East Brookside neighborhood —just a mile from UMKC—was empty office buildings and vacant strip malls. The only business around was a run down 7/11. Scott Taylor, c’91, however, saw East Brookside for what it could be.
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Hannes Zacharias completes river adventure | The Hutchinson News

Kayaker Hannes Zacharias, g’88, will miss the solitude of spending months on the river – “something about the measured pace,” he said – but he won’t seek to repeat the solo adventure he just finished. Zacharias paddled – and partially hiked, drove, and rode – as he followed water flowing east from the Continental Divide in Colorado to the Mississippi River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. He began the journey May 2,6 capturing snow from Tennessee Pass in Colorado that he poured into the Mississippi River Over Labor Day weekend.
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New Piano Instructor Brings Global Opportunities to the Community | Heston College

Mei Li, D.M.A., joined the Hesston College community just a few weeks ago at the start of the school year as an adjunct piano instructor, and it seems to be a mutually beneficial employment match. With a Doctor of Musical Arts degree newly minted from the University of Kansas School of Music (Lawrence) in May 2018, Li brings to Hesston a high-level of piano instruction for students of all ages and levels, and a passion for piano pedagogy.
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Jayhawks in the News | Aug. 31

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in News

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Brian McClendon talks Google Maps, youth software training at Cosmosphere | The Hutchinson News

If you zoom down into the very center of the map on Google Earth, it will take you to the Meadowbrook Apartments on Dover Square in Lawrence, where Brian McClendon, e’86, grew up. That is unless you’re searching on a Mac. In which case, it will take you to an intersection in Chanute, where large Google Earth logo mural is painted in the center of the brick street.
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Meet Chris Thompson, the PGA Tour’s newest 42-year-old rookie | Golfworld

“You do this for a few years, you think it’s going to happen,” Chris Thompson, b’99, among their legion, said last week. “Five years go by, then 10 years, then 15 years and it hasn’t happened yet. And Q school is always at the end of the year, and when you don’t make it, you’re wondering, Is it time to move on?” Logically, yes, though logic seldom is a consideration for those who have spent a lifetime in pursuit of a singular goal—to play the PGA Tour—because there’s always this: Sometimes dreams do come true.
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Debbie Mesloh on Bail Reform, Working with Kamala Harris and Women in Politics | KQED News

It’s crunch time: The legislative session in Sacramento ends later this month, and lawmakers are deciding the fate of many bills. Marisa and Katie look at what’s been squashed and what’s staying alive. Then, longtime democratic strategist Debbie Mesloh, j’92, joins to discuss bail reform, growing up in Kansas, working with Senator Kamala Harris and the wave of women running for office this year.
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KU Football Stadium to be renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium | KU Athletics

The University of Kansas will honor one of its most generous alumni Saturday when KU’s football stadium is officially renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The renaming will take place at halftime of KU’s home football game against Nicholls Saturday at 6 p.m. Last September Booth, c’68 g’69, announced his intention to donate $50 million – the largest gift in the history of Kansas Athletics – to help transform KU’s football program. The first phase of this transformation is taking shape immediately west of the stadium, where a new indoor football practice facility is currently under construction.
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Former Kansas basketball players, assistant coach go “over the edge”

Posted on Aug 27, 2018 in News

Former Kansas basketball players Jeff Hawkins, c’06, and Jeremy Case, c’07, along with assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, rappelled down a seven-story building in downtown Lawrence this weekend.

Why?

They went “over the edge” to support Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Read more here, and look for coverage in issue No. 5 of Kansas Alumni magazine.

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Jayhawks in the News | Aug. 24

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in News

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Students, faculty lend a hand at Washburn move-in day | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dozens of Washburn University students, faculty and staff members did some serious heavy lifting on Thursday as they welcomed students to residence halls on the Topeka campus. One of the volunteers, Jackie Ball, 21, a recent graduate of The University of Kansas and a staff member with College YoungLife at Washburn, said some students were surprised to find so many people giving freely of their time to help them move into the residence halls.
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New faculty announced | Chadron State College

Seven new Chadron State College employees will join the faculty this semester. Dr. John Wojcik, DMA’94, an Associate Professor, will direct the Wind Symphony and Campus-Community Band, and teach Brass Studio and Elementary Music Methods.
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Remembering the ‘champion poet of Kansas’ | The Miami County Republic

She’s done it again! Really, she did it before. Lana Wirt Myers, c’74, has written the biography of Osawatomie poet May Williams Ward, c1905, granddaughter of Reuben Smith, whose Civil War Diaries were the topic of this column back in April. The Ward book actually came first, and the author learned about old Reuben from May’s own memoirs.
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Mentors help female athletes fight sexism | Futurity

Strong mentors can help female athletes combat sexism, a new study shows. “Mentorship and the feeling of mattering is really important to female athletes in dealing with issues of discrimination or bullying that can impede women’s full participation in sports, such as playing on a mostly male team or confronting sexual harassment,” says Kathryn Vaggalis, g’14 g’16, a doctoral candidate in American studies at the University of Kansas.
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Former KU chancellor remembered for excelling as teacher, scientist, leader | Lawrence Journal-World

At a memorial Saturday for one of his predecessors, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said Delbert Shankel earned the trust of the university community through the integrity he brought to the many positions he held during his 50 years on campus.
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Recent graduate joins SIUE as director of external affairs | Advantage

SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt announced the appointment of Allie Wielansky to be the director of external affairs for Cougar Athletics. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in business. While at the University of Kansas, Wielansky was involved with the Marketing and Fan Experience Department.
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McDonald retires as head of Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program | Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Anne McDonald, l’82, is retiring as executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program, created by the Kansas Supreme Court to help lawyers seek treatment for physical or mental illness, substance abuse, or emotional distress.
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Jayhawks in the News | Aug. 10

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 in News

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Rivalry Renewed: Brandon Rush scores 46 points as KU alums beat Missouri 109-101 | The Kansas City Star

Former University of Kansas wing Brandon Rush, ’09, whose 10-year NBA career is in danger of ending, looked like a guy worthy of another pro contract during Saturday’s Rivalry Renewed KU-Missouri alumni basketball game at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
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James Pottorff Named Vice President and General Counsel | University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced today that following a national search, he has appointed James Pottorff, l’84, as the university’s next vice president and general counsel. Pottorff, who brings more than 25 years of senior legal experience in public higher education and the U.S. military, will begin at NU on Sept. 10, pending approval of the Board of Regents at its Aug. 3 meeting.
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Law professor wins national teaching award from mineral law foundation | The University of Kansas

University of Kansas School of Law Professor John Peck, l’74, was awarded the 2018 Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award by the trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. The national award recognizes excellent teachers who foster a broad understanding of the law, mentor students and teach in an innovative style.
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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland sets PGA Championship record in enemy territory | The Kansas City Star

ormer Kansas golfer Gary Woodland, c’07, followed up a great start with a round good enough to get him in the record book Friday at the PGA Championship.
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