Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 15

Posted on Feb 15, 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.

 

Kansas City-Area Family Law Attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen Merges with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Distinguished family law attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen, l’06, has merged her Kansas City-area practice with that of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, a 17-attorney firm serving clients throughout Missouri and Kansas through its offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. Rosengreen’s family law practice concentrates on divorce, paternity, custody and support modification, guardianship, Guardian ad Litem, and adoptions. “This is our second merger in Kansas City and our fourth overall since 2016,” said Julia A. Craft, chair of the firm’s family law division. “We’ve been fortunate to attract top-notch talent from area firms as we are expanding all practice sectors across the firm.”
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Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Mark White, g’16 PhD’18, is currently a Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. He shares what his job entails, why he loves what he does, and current graduate students can make the most of their time in school.
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KU alumnus helps voters gain access to provisional ballots | University Daily Kansan

A University of Kansas graduate is working to help an organization to ensure provisional ballots are not thrown out during elections. Lauren Bonds, c’09, Kansas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal director and interim executive director, is representing Loud Light, an organization which tries to increase voter turnout. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, requested the names of provisional ballot voters back in October in hopes of informing people what they need to do to fix their ballots, so they can avoid the situation in the future. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker denied the request. “Mr. Hammet reached out to us and said that he thought he should be entitled to this information. We took a look at the laws and agreed that this is something under the Kansas Open Records Act that he should have access to,” Bonds said.
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KU professor digitizes National Park Service typeface | University Daily Kansan

A new typeface called National Park — based on wooden signs in national parks — has been created by University of Kansas professor of design Jeremy Shellhorn, f’99. Shellhorn was introduced to the park signs during a sabbatical in 2012 where he worked for the National Park Service to help design Rocky Mountain National Park’s newspaper. He had been working on the newspaper for a short while when he began looking for a new typeface for the hiking section, and wanted to use the same typeface used in the signs around the park. “You see those signs everywhere. And most of the time, the lettering on those signs is all pretty consistent, all this same kind of typeface,” Shellhorn said.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 8

Posted on Feb 8, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Two Riley doctors. 25,000 heart surgeries. Many plaudits and lives saved. | Indianapolis Star

Normally, the two heart surgeons might have found work more pressing than an awards ceremony. Even that afternoon, Dr. John Brown had demurred, only agreeing at the last minute to attend what he thought was a celebration of his team at Riley Hospital for Children for achieving a coveted three-star rating from a professional society. His partner Dr. Mark Turrentine, m’83 m’89, however, had long had the Thursday event on his calendar. The three-star rating celebration provided cover for the true reason behind the gathering: Turrentine had successfully nominated Brown for a Sagamore of the Wabash award. Brown received the honor as planned but that was not all.
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Iona College President Joseph Nyre leaving for Seton Hall | Westfair Communications

Joseph E. Nyre, g’96 g’00, president of Iona College since 2011, will leave the New Rochelle Roman Catholic college this summer to take leadership of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Iona College announced Nyre’s planned departure this morning, shortly after a separate announcement from Seton Hall heralded Nyre’s appointment to its presidency. Iona said it will start a “nationwide search” for its ninth president, but has not yet provided details on the timeline for Nyre’s replacement. A college spokesperson said Nyre will remain in his role at Iona through June 30.
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University alum takes a break from feature film to direct music video | University Daily Kansan

University alumnus Josh Doke, c’12, got a pretty good grasp of what he could do with his next directorial effort after just one sit-down meeting before production started. This project won’t be seen on the big screen, though. Instead, it came as a music video for a cover of Sia’s “Underneath the Christmas Lights.” Music videos are a medium Doke’s explored before and thinks have plenty of room for experimentation. “You can try out things that you’ve been wanting to try out but don’t know if they’ll work for a full-length feature,” Doke said. “You can kind of flex your filmmaking muscles in music videos. It’s also one of the few forms you can get really experimental with anymore.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 1

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Perez Named Senior Vice President, Product Management at Motorists Insurance | Insurance Journal

Randy Perez, l’97, has been hired as senior vice president of product management for Columbus, Ohio-based Motorists Insurance Group. Perez comes to Motorists from Horace Mann, where he spent three years as vice president of pricing and product management. With more than 20 years of experience in the personal lines industry, Perez brings a new perspective to Motorists that will further its strategic focus on personal lines business.
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Goertzen joins Heartland Health Care Clinic | Salina Post

Memorial Health System has announced that Cayle Goertzen, M.D. has joined the medical staff of Heartland Health Care Clinic. He began seeing patients, of all ages, on Monday. Goertzen, h’97 MD’04 m’08, is an experienced family medicine physician with obstetric and surgical skills.
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Emily Taylor Center director to retire | The University of Kansas

The longtime director of the Emily Taylor Resource Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas will retire at the end of the fiscal year. Kathy Rose-Mockry, d’78 g’85 PhD’15, will retire from the university June 30. As director of the Emily Taylor Center since 1998, she has developed and presented innovative and significant programs. “Kathy has had an important impact on the university and Lawrence community through her leadership of the Emily Taylor Center,” said Jennifer Hamer, vice provost for diversity & equity.Read full article.

 

Bob Dole promoted to honorary colonel | Great Bend Tribune

Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall in the House Tuesday introduced legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, ’45, to the grade of colonel in the U.S. Army. Meanwhile, Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran submitted the same legislation on the Senate side. “Senator Bob Dole embodies what it means to be a Kansan and an American,” Marshall said. “He has dedicated his entire life to this country and our state. There is absolutely no man more deserving of this honorary promotion than Senator Dole. He has been a champion for our military and has the full support of the Kansas delegation and the U.S. Army.”Read full article.

 

2019 William Allen White award goes to AP’s Sally Buzbee | The State

Sally Buzbee, the executive editor of The Associated Press, is this year’s recipient of the William Allen White Foundation award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service. The foundation announced Tuesday that Buzbee, a Kansas native and 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas journalism school, will receive the award April 11 in Lawrence, Kansas. Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article225251190.html#storylink=cpyRead full article.

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St. Louis Jayhawk recognized with Wintermote Award

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Paul Brickler Wintermote Award

In appreciation of his time and dedication to the University of Kansas, the KU Alumni Association is proud to present Paul Brickler with a Dick Wintermote Volunteer of the Year Award.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Brickler graduated in spring 2002 from the School of Architecture & Urban Design. After moving back to his hometown, Brickler has worked as an architectural designer & graphic artist since 2005.

Regularly involved with the KU Alumni St. Louis Network since 2006, Brickler joined the network leadership group in 2012 and has served as network leader since 2014.

Brickler currently works at Kuhlmann Design Group in St. Louis as a designer, 3D rendering specialist & BIM expert for their Architecture & Interior Design department.

About the Award

This annual award recognizes network volunteers who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to their network and the KU Alumni Association during a one-year period (July 1-June 30). An internal staff committee within the KU Alumni Association consisting of those who work closest with volunteers meets each year to decide on award winners.

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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 25

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Couple donate $1 million to create new chemical engineering research lab at KU | Lawrence Journal-World

A $1 million gift from a University of Kansas alumni couple will help KU’s School of Engineering establish a new chemical engineering research lab. Richard, e’71, and Elizabeth Hoover, c’71, of Northport, Mich., made the donation to fund the creation of the Richard H. Hoover Chemical Engineering Applied Research Laboratory, which Richard hopes will give the students more hands-on experience, according to a KU news release. “I was looking for an opportunity to do something to bridge the academic experience at KU with the applied outside world to help better prepare students for what they would encounter on the job,” Richard said.
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BGE Promotes John Corse | The Daily Record

BGE has promoted John Corse, l’87, to vice president and general counsel for the company, replacing Dan Gahagan who announced his retirement in September. Corse most recently served as Associate General Counsel for BGE’s parent company Exelon where he oversaw litigation activities for many of Exelon’s operating companies, including the Maryland-based competitive business and Exelon utilities BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.
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Recent KU engineering graduate wins international recognition for dissertation | The University of Kansas

A recent University of Kansas graduate has won international recognition for his dissertation proposing innovative advances to radar technology. Patrick McCormick, e’08 e’13 PhD’18, an Olathe native who graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate in electrical engineering, won the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award from the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, which is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical organization in the world. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.
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Grossner dismissed as Baker football coach; LHS, KU alum Jason Thoren takes over on interim basis | Lawrence Journal-World

The powerhouse Baker University football program will be under new leadership in 2019. Exactly who that leader will be remains to be seen. BU Athletic Director Nate Houser on Tuesday night announced that Baker assistant coach Jason Thoren, d’00, a former all-league and all-conference linebacker at both Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, has been named BU football’s interim head coach, effective immediately.
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Stinson Leonard Street Elects 10 New Partners | Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 10 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The group of attorneys is spread out among four of the firm’s 14 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups. The new partners include Frank Basgall, l’11, a commercial litigator in the firm’s Business Litigation Division. He often represents corporate clients with contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and matters related to oil and gas exploration and refinery operations.
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PPL Electric Utilities names new Customer Services vice president | PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities announced today that Lori Mueller, l’06, will serve as vice president of Customer Services. “We’re pleased to welcome Lori to our team,” said Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Her ability to connect and collaborate at all levels, her contemporary thinking, and her commitment to her work and team will be an asset as PPL Electric Utilities continues to fulfill its promise of delivering exceptional service to its customers. In addition, Lori’s strong background and experience in the technology space will support our digital customer engagement strategy as we transform to become the leading utility in the country.”
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Long-time journalists named to Hall of Fame | Kansas Press Association

Three long-time journalists have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. They include  Ned Valentine, j’68, editor and publisher of the Clay Center Dispatch. Valentine is in his 50th year managing the daily Clay Center Dispatch, a newspaper in the Valentine family since 1882. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He and three other Valentines — great uncle Del Valentine, grandfather Lou Valentine, and father Harry E. Valentine — have served in leadership capacities with KPA during their careers.
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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 18

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Nick Collison’s No. 4 to be retired by Thunder | ESPN

Nick Collison’s No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder announced Saturday that they’ll retire Collison’s jersey in a ceremony on March 20. Collison, c’03, played basketball at the University of Kansas from 1999-2003 and helped the Jayhawks reach two Final Fours.
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A-State’s Mohajir named to CFP selection committee | KTHV 11

Terry Mohajir, g’98, Arkansas State’s vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, has been selected to serve on the prestigious College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee. Mohajir has experience as a student-athlete and football coach and is a well-respected administrator.
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Katie Briscoe Appointed President At MMGY Global | Hospitality Net

Katie Briscoe, j’04, a 10-year veteran of the agency, will serve as the first female president of MMGY Global. She will be responsible for helping lead the company’s strategic growth in both acquisitions and the development of core marketing services and talent. She will lead MMGY Global’s integrated marketing communications services, inclusive of advertising, creative, marketing technology and data, public relations and social media on behalf of its global client portfolio.
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Robservations: WTTW to air ‘Disco King of Skokie’ tonight | Robert Feder

Amanda Kaschube, j’01, who’s held a variety of roles in the sports department at the Chicago Tribune since 2002, has been named director of content/sports. As the Tribune’s top sports editor, she succeeds Joe Knowles, who took a buyout after 42 years at the paper. A south suburban Flossmoor native, Kaschube most recently was senior content editor.
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Hogan announces judicial appointment for St. Mary’s | The Bay Net

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Sidney Allen Butcher, l’05, to the District Court for Anne Arundel County. Butcher has worked as an attorney with the Office of the Attorney General since February 2018. He currently handles civil and criminal enforcement of Medicaid fraud matters in state and federal courts across Maryland.
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Lathrop Gage Advances Six Attorneys to Partnership | Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage announced that it has promoted six lawyers to Partner, effective January 1, 2019, including Andrew J. Ricke, c’07, l’10. Ricke focuses his practice on litigating personal injury, business and employment claims, providing representation through all phases of a dispute, including pre-suit investigation and consultation, mediation, arbitrations, trials and appeals.
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Clark receives Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, dedicates honor to former boss John McCain | The Decorah Newspapers

Samantha Clark, l’12, recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., earlier this month. Clark was recognized for her exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as deputy staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. .
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Governor-elect Kelly announces interim DCF and KDADS secretary, expresses concern about “grants” | WIBW News Now

Governor-elect Laura Kelly today announced Laura Howard, l’84, as the interim secretary of the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Howard will also serve as interim secretary of the Department for Aging and Disabilities Services (KDADS). “Laura Howard is the perfect expert to lead DCF and KDADS at this challenging time,” said Kelly. “She has a long history of building coalitions to better deliver services to vulnerable Kansans.”
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Idaho Press’ B.J. Rains Named Idaho Sportswriter of the Year for Second Straight Year | Idaho Press

B.J. Rains was awarded the 2018 Idaho Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. It’s the second straight year Rains, j’08, has taken home the prestigious award. He has been the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Press since 2013 and is the only Idaho Press reporter to win the award since it began in 1959. Rains also helps lead the Boise Jayhawk Alumni Network.
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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 11

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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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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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 21

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Parson makes three Judicial appointments | The Missouri Times

Gov. Mike Parson announced three appointments to various Judicial Circuits on Tuesday, including Julie Highley, l’96. Highley was appointed as the Associate Circuit Judge for Bates County. She won the August 2018 primary election for the position and ran unopposed in the November 2018 general election. Highley will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Debra Hopkins.
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Meet the new Winnebago Industries: How Iowa’s icon is embracing luxury boats and sleek vans to attract younger buyers | Des Moines Register

In a Des Moines country club, Mary Gottschalk clicked her slideshow to show three recreational vehicles to a crowd of Rotarians breakfasting on scrambled eggs and oatmeal. On the screen appeared an antique, stainless steel teardrop trailer, a hulking, turquoise motorhome and a red camper van topped with a matching kayak. “Which of these are Winnebagos?” she asked her audience, before indicating the correct choice — the sleek, ruby-red van with a sporty bicycle hanging off the back door. “I was surprised, too,” she said before introducing Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe, j’94, and KU Alumni Association national board member, to the podium.
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Ann Selzer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | heavy.

Ann Selzer, c’78, has been called the best pollster in politics. She is the director of the Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll, one of the most closely-watched polls in American politics. She is also the president of Selzer & Co., a public opinion research firm, and a Jayhawk.
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Doctor starts life coaching service focused on weight management, disease prevention | The Wichita Eagle

After a quarter-century in health care, Dr. Delane Vaughn, m’11, couldn’t ignore the fact that many patients are their own worst enemies. “Eighty percent of what we deal with is self-inflicted, whether it be smoking, overeating or (excessive) drinking,” the Wichita family physician said. “I had multiple internal dialogues with myself about how do we fix this?” Vaughn’s answer was to start DelaneMD, a life coaching service focused on weight management and disease prevention that she recently launched with her husband, Dan Jacobs.
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From war zones to KU, older law students find they have much more in common than their age | Lawrence Journal-World

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Eric McMillin, l’20, and John Schoen, l’20, for law professors walking around Green Hall. But they’re not professors; they’re students — ones who, it turns out, lived oddly parallel lives before enrolling in the University of Kansas law school in their mid-50s. McMillin, 57, and Schoen, 58, were classmates at West Point, although they didn’t know that at the time; with 890 students in the 1982 graduating class, they simply never crossed paths. Their later tours of duty took them to some of the same countries and war zones, even at the same time, while serving as officers in the U.S. Army.
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Dentsu Acquires Digital Agency DEG | The Wall Street Journal

Dentsu Aegis Network, a unit of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc., has acquired digital agency DEG, the latest in a string of deals for the holding company. Overland Park, Kan.-based DEG, which has around $50 million in revenue and 300 employees including Dale Hazlett, g’02 l’02, chief financial officer and principal and Neal Sharma, g’02, chief executive and principal, is being sold for approximately $150 million, according to a person close to the deal.
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Protecting Kansans | KU Law Blog

“Your Honor, I represent the United States.” As U.S. attorney for Kansas, Stephen McAllister utters this phrase when making official appearances in federal courtrooms. The experience is humbling and exhilarating every time. “I get to be a part of the greatest ‘law firm’ in the United States, and every day I feel proud of and good about what I do,” said McAllister, l’88. “I love being an advocate, taking a side and articulating its positions. But being a prosecutor is even better than private party litigation because I also have an obligation to see that justice is done, to exercise the public trust appropriately and fairly.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 14

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Alumni Spotlight: Winter 2018 | Center for Undergraduate Research

Andrew Olive, c’07, an assistant professor at KU, reflects on his time as a student doing undergraduate research. Olive gives advice and insight for current students who might be wondering how to make the most of their time in undergrad and how to best prepare for the future.
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Harry Parker Honored as the Inaugural Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Recipient | KU Department of Theatre & Dance

Harry Parker, g’83 PhD’92, chair of Texas Christian University’s Department of Theatre, is the inaugural Ronald A. Willis Scholar/Artist as named by the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance. This position, made possible by the Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Fund, brings master teachers to the university to contribute to the growth of students and the artistry of KU’s theatre production program.
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Justice after genocide | KU Law Blog

At least 800,000 people were killed in 100 days during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Deborah Wilkinson, l’82, helped bring some of the perpetrators of that violence to justice. As senior appeals counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, Wilkinson and a team of fellow prosecutors spent 5 years litigating the appeals of six high-level Rwandan political and military officials charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. All six were found guilty in 2011.
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IDan Monnat Named to Missouri & Kansas Top 10 and Top 100 Super Lawyers List; Sal Intagliata and Matt Gorney Also Recognized | Monnat & Spurrier

The 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list has honored three Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered attorneys: Dan Monnat, Sal Intagliata, c’92 l’95, and Matt Gorney, l’13 g’13. Sal Intagliata has practiced law more than 20 years, including 19 years in private practice and 4 years as Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting crimes in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division. His practice focuses on criminal, white-collar criminal, and DUI offenses, as well as appeals in federal, state and municipal courts throughout Kansas. Matt Gorney joined Monnat & Spurrier as an associate in 2016. Formerly a professional journalist, Gorney graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and Technology.
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My Dark Vanessa: Why this Lolita for the #MeToo era is the season’s biggest-selling debut | Entertainment Weekly

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, has just acquired Kate Russell’s novel “My Dark Vanessa.” The publisher made the deal for an eye-popping seven-figures in a competitive situation, making it the highest-selling debut of the season.  Russell, PhD’18,teaches creative writing and composition in the University of Kansas English department.
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Shared interests in ‘Klik’ exhibition | The Hutchinson News

Klik is an all-ceramic art show featuring artwork by Antonio Martinez, Emily Chamberlain, Joseph Rincones, and Garet Reynek. Martinez, g’18, was born and raised in Hutchinson, where he was first introduced to clay in high school. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University and later the University of Kansas, receiving his Master of Fine Arts. He currently teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence.
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‘BlacKkKlansman,’ co-written by KU prof, nominated for 4 Golden Globes | Lawrence Journal-World

“BlacKkKlansman,” a film co-written by a University of Kansas film professor, was recently nominated for four Golden Globes Awards, including best motion picture drama. Kevin Willmott, a director, screenwriter and KU professor, co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee. Lee was nominated for best director, and John David Washington was nominated for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama. Adam Driver was nominated for best supporting actor.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 7

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 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.

 

The problem solver | KU Law Blog

In the summer of 2005, a jury found Lawrence carpenter and former Christian school board member Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. He was sentenced to life in prison. Charles Branson, b’93 l’96, should have been overjoyed, but he wasn’t. Not exactly. The newly elected Douglas County District Attorney had taken office six months prior, expecting jubilation when verdicts went his way. But two young children had lost their mother through violence. “And now, because we had been successful, they had also lost their father,” Branson recalled. “It was such a profound moment for me, realizing there’s not the joy in victory that I thought there would be. You’re still dealing with real people and real issues in the aftermath.”
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Stanford coach Jerod Haase recalls giving ‘blood, sweat, tears’ during his KU career | The Kansas City Star

A fan favorite during his playing days at the University of Kansas, Jerod Haase, b’97 g’01, received a hero’s welcome on Dec. 3, 2016 — the day he brought his Stanford basketball team to Allen Fieldhouse to face the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks. Many friends and former classmates approached the 1997 KU graduate during warmups to hug or grasp the hand of the gritty 6-foot-3 former Jayhawk guard, whose teams went 42-0 in an Allen Fieldhouse during his three-year KU career (1995-97).
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Audrey is an associate in Thompson Coburn’s business litigation group. | Thompson Coburn LLP

Mense, c’06, focuses on complex commercial litigation and her clients include local businesses, national banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and multi-national corporations. Audrey has extensive experience handling mass tort claims, contract disputes, business torts, fraud claims, and asbestos cases in state and federal courts across the country and she also serves a national counsel coordinating the defense of multi-jurisdictional product liability claims.
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International organization announces the Rosemary O’Leary Prize | The University of Kansas

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) announced they are seeking nominations for the first ever Rosemary O’Leary Prize for outstanding scholarship on women in public administration. Rosemary O’Leary, c’78 l’81 g’82, is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas. The inaugural award will be given at the society’s annual conference next year in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Bikes that build jobs: Chicago museum to feature KU professor’s unique bamboo bikes | University Daily Kansan

When picturing a build-it-yourself bike, one would probably assume the main material used is metal or wood; however, some “BIY” bikes created by a University of Kansas professor are made of locally-sourced bamboo from Greensboro, Alabama. Lance Rake, f’74, professor of industrial design, said his bamboo bikes were born out of the small Alabama town as the socioeconomic situation of the community needed a boost.
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