KU Provost Neeli Bendapudi visited southwest Kansas recently to discuss efforts made at the University of Kansas to alleviate transfer issues as well as a program to help Pell Grant and first-generation college students acclimate to a large campus. Alumnus Al Shank, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, is also mentioned in the article. Read full article.
The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced additional public programs for the spring 2017 semester. A group of distinguished KU alumni will headline the semester’s programming, including 2017 Dole Lecture guest Robert Kaplan. Read full article.
Sheila Bair has been mentioned as a potential candidate for one of three vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board. Bair, c’75, l’78, is currently the president of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Read full article.
Dan Ryckert, an alumnus who holds two Guiness World Records and is a well-established voice in the gaming community, and his fiancee are competing to become the first couple to be married in the new Taco Bell Chapel in Las Vegas. Ryckert, c’08, has also published six books, including one about his experiences at KU. Read full article.
Stephanie A. Lovett-Bowman, c’05, j’05, l’10, has rejoined the Spencer Fane’s litigation practice after serving with the U.S. Department of Education. Previous to her time at the DoE, Stephanie served with Spencer Fane for five years. Read full article.
Catina Taylor, a co-founder of the V Form Alliance, uses virtual reality that allows elementary and middle school students to take a “field trip” exploring landmarks in Kansas and Missouri that are relevant to black history. Taylor earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1999. Read full article.
Mary Loveland, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors from 1977-1982, is a candidate for the open seat on the Lawrence school board. Loveland, c’70, previously served on the board from 1987-2003 and again from 2007-2011. Read full article.
Justin Law is the first to admit that his spouse is much better at compromising than he is—especially when it comes to watching college sports. But he’s no stranger to compromise either.
Justin, b’99, g’04, a diehard Jayhawk, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kelly, a K-State graduate. They met in Kansas City in 2004, thanks to a friend who played matchmaker. An engagement soon followed, and the young couple decided to ditch the big city and move to a smaller town.
“Manhattan wasn’t necessarily on the list at the time,” Justin recalls wryly.
That changed when Kelly accepted a job at the K-State Alumni Association. The Laws have been in the Little Apple ever since.
Despite the fact that Justin bleeds crimson and blue, and Kelly’s pride is purple, the two make it work. “She’s come to KU basketball games with me but not against K-State,” says Justin. “I’ve been to K-State football games when they’re not playing KU. I’m a little more competitive and more interested in the outcome of sporting events, especially against K-State—especially living in Manhattan.”
Kelly, who now works at USI Insurance Services and counts the KU Alumni Association as one of her clients, has softened her stance against her intrastate rival. “I will willingly go to KU games when they’re not playing K-State, and I’ll cheer for KU,” she says. “But I typically wear pretty neutral colors.”
Justin gets a little support from their daughter, Kherington, who’s almost 7. The young girl, who at first favored the Wildcats over the Jayhawks, has been singing a different tune lately. The future Jayhawk, who is a big fan of Baby Jay and can easily recite KU’s alma mater, proudly sports her Jayhawk cheerleading outfit to school and willingly endures teasing from her teachers and classmates.
“She actually started out a K-State fan,” says Justin. “Around the age of 4, she switched allegiances. I’m honestly not sure how that happened. I wish I knew how, so if she started wavering I could bring her back.”
The Laws keep the family rivalry fun by placing wagers, which include dinner duty or a household chore for the losing fan, on KU vs. K-State games. “We have a lot of family bets,” says Kelly. “It’s always Kherington and Justin against me.”
Although Justin and his daughter often don’t fare well during football season, they look forward to basketball season and rely on their ’Hawks to outplay the Wildcats—if for no other reason than to dodge dinner duty. Here’s hoping they get their win.
Pete Anderson, f’60, recently reminisced about his time on the KU Spirit Squad. The post below was originally published on the KU Spirit Squad Alumni Facebook page, and is reprinted here with permission. Check out their page each Monday for a new alumni feature.
We had no budget. Dick Wintermote of KU Alumni was our sponsor, and we were supplied with the heavy red sweaters and a “letter jacket,” and the jacket had to be returned at the end of the season. We paid our own expenses for the most part; some of the squad had cars so we got to go to Manhattan, Ames, Columbia and maybe a few other places. We practiced in the Union building once or twice a week. This was just the beginning of the acrobatic era and we did very little at that time. I think Dick Wintermote saw the future with more gymnastics coming along…and wow…now it’s awesome.
Late August 1958, Dick Jones, our head cheerleader, brought over ten megaphones. I painted them all white, and then put on the red KANSAS and the persons name on the back. It was quite a job but I was excited to be a part of the squad and to do the megaphones. We supplied our own white pants and black and white saddle shoes, and the girls had white pleated skirts and a “jerken” in blue as they called them; sort of a slip-over-the-head sleeveless sweater garment. We all thought we were hot stuff at that first football game. We soon learned how HOT the heavy wool sweaters could be.
One highlight was meeting Louie Armstrong who was playing at the Union. The team came in after a game and he struck up “When The Saints Come Marching In.” Imagine standing right next to Louis Armstrong with your team right there…incredible.
Ken Gray and I were both Phi Psis on the team and our house was proud of our participation. Carol Abernathy was my partner and she was great. Jane Perry was from Lawrence so I had known her all through school. Ann Underwood married KU basketball player Lynn Kindred who later became an MD…as did Howie Elfeldt and Ken Gray. Heather Grayham was a tiny girl and we called her “Heather The Feather.”
Sadly I have lost track of all the gang, but have seen Jane Perry off and on through the years. Three years ago we moved to a town home at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, and while sorting out 36 years of stuff from our house, I found my red sweater in a bag with moth balls…all those years, and in perfect condition…so I donated the sweater to the Booth Hall at Allen Field House. Dick Jones’ daughter brought in his sweater and megaphone also. Representing KU was, and is, always a pleasure.
I look forward to the Kansas Alumni magazine throughout the year and often recall familiar names from yesteryear.
Member APPreciation Month is a way for us to show our members how much we love them. Why the emphasis on “APP?” Because we want to encourage you to keep KU in the palm of your hand by downloading the KU Alumni app! During our inaugural love fest, members will have access to buy an exclusive Charlie Hustle game day T-shirt. You might have seen a famous face wearing one at the KU vs. Texas basketball game last week…
Members will be able to buy this shirt for just $20 in February, only through the app. You can’t get this shirt anywhere else, and you won’t be able to buy it after February. And did we mention it’s only available for members?
Wait, what if I’m not a member …yet?
That’s okay, you can still join! The KU Alumni app has an easy two-step process to join the KU Alumni Association, and once your membership is processed you will also be able to buy the exclusive T-shirt.
And, to reward new members who join through the app, we’ll also send you a free iWallet for the back of your smartphone! This Rock Chalkin’ accessory will securely hold your credit cards, ID or cash on your cell phone while also showing off your Jayhawk pride.
Each year, the African-American Leaders and Innovators Project recognizes leaders from the University of Kansas community for their impact on society. These talented and sometimes controversial individuals helped shape the University as well as the cities, states and nations their work touched.
“The award is a great way to honor African-American individuals who have done such extraordinary things in their communities and for KU,” says selection committee member Rosalind Gumby Bauchum, c’74, g’76. “I’m reminded of the first African-American student to graduate from KU in 1895—just one generation beyond slavery. What an educational statement and achievement for other African-Americans.”
The African-American Leaders and Innovators Project, made possible through gifts from KU alumnus Mike Shinn, e’66, who passed away in 2015, was initiated in 2006 and brought to fruition through the coordinated efforts of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Alumni Association, Spencer Research Library and KU Endowment Association.
Recipients are selected from nominations submitted to the KU Black Alumni Network Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award Committee. To be considered, a nominee must be an African-American who attended or graduated from the University of Kansas and an acknowledged leader or innovator within his or her community, chosen profession or society at large. Posthumous nominations are acceptable and encouraged. The committee will accept nominations for the 2017 awards through Feb. 17.
Honorees will be recognized in the fall at the biennial KU Black Alumni Network Reunion Celebration. All nominees and their families are encouraged to participate.
When Corey Goodburn arrived on Mount Oread last year for Crimson and Blue Day, he already knew he wanted to attend the University of Kansas. He became only more confident in his decision after he and his mother, Sara Dickey Goodburn, j’86, who joined Corey for the campus tour, stumbled across an image of the University’s first female graduate, Flora Richardson Colman, c1873, in a KU handbook.
“My mother pointed to the picture and said, ‘That’s your great-great-great-grandmother,’” Corey recalls. “I knew of her, have heard the stories, but being on campus and seeing her pictured in a KU publication, it really hit home. I’m so proud of my KU lineage. It’s such an honor to be a part of a family that has such deep roots to the University of Kansas.”
In addition to his mother and great-great-great-grandmother, Corey’s great-great grandmother, Nellie Colman Bigsby, c1900; his great-grandmother, Flora Nell Bigsby Dickey, c’28; and his grandfather, David Wendell Dickey, b’56, graduated from KU.
Despite his family’s proud legacy, Corey wasn’t pushed to become a sixth-generation Jayhawk. “There was no pressure from my family or friends, which was actually a huge relief,” he says. “My parents always knew I wanted to go there, and of course, they were very excited when I made the decision. I actually didn’t apply anywhere else.”
Corey credits his parents for instilling in him a lifetime love for KU, especially its sports teams, which he admits influenced his decision to become a Jayhawk. “During my early childhood and adolescence, I attended KU football and basketball games with my parents,” he says. “I watched the student section go crazy when they won and even witnessed college students taking down the goal posts and putting them in Potter Lake. That enthusiasm and spirit was something that attracted me.”
The Roeland Park freshman, who excelled in academics as student body president at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, also was attracted to KU’s UKanTeach program, which allows him to earn a degree in mathematics—and his teaching license—in four years.
Although Corey’s days as a Jayhawk are just beginning, he’s already looking ahead to another four-year milestone. “On [my mother’s] graduation day in 1986, she and my grandfather took pictures by the Jayhawk statue in front of Strong Hall,” Corey says of the landmark that his grandfather’s class gave to the University in 1956. “It’s my wish to take the same photo with my mom upon my graduation in May 2020.”
Thanks to everyone who entered the Alumni Association’s Membership Mania Sweepstakes. The following winners renewed or upgraded their memberships, purchased a gift membership or made a year-end contribution to the Association to enter the drawing:
Grand Prize: $1,000 Visa® gift card, 2016-’17 KU men’s team autographed basketball and four tickets to the KU vs. West Virginia basketball game
Carole Haggard, g’94, Olathe
Second Prize: 60-inch Samsung® flat screen television
Wendy Rohleder-Sook, c’98, l’01, Hays
Third Prize: Yeti® Jayhawk cooler and two tumblers
Jason Scheiderer, Kansas City
Fourth Prize: Bose® Bluetooth speaker
Karen Pershall-Wilder, PharmD’08, Olathe
Fifth Prize: $100 Visa® Gift Card
William Nye, c’70, Falls Church, Virginia
Stay tuned for Member APPreciation Month coming up in February—we’ll have a sweet special offer available just for members!
We received this fun message from Sally Ramseyer Beck, d’77, about the Future Jayhawks program. Visit www.kualumni.org/futurejayhawks for more information or to register your future ‘Hawks. Children up to age 18 are eligible to participate, and membership makes a great gift!
I just wanted to let you know how much I love the Future Jayhawks program! I signed up my two oldest grandsons (age 2 and 3 years) when they were born, and just bought memberships for my two newest grandsons (four months and one month old). The boys are always excited when they receive something in the mail from the KU Alumni Association.
Timing couldn’t have been more perfect when Carter’s most recent gift arrived after I renewed his membership this year. His parents had just taken him to visit Santa, where he proceeded to tell Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was a teddy bear (which was totally different from what he had asked for in his letter to the North Pole, much to his mother’s dismay). When they arrived home an hour later and looked in their mailbox, they were amazed to find a Future Jayhawks teddy bear waiting for him! Carter’s comment was, “Wow, Santa sure acts quickly…I can’t believe he already got it to me!”.
Thank you so much for making this happen! Not only do we all believe in Santa, but also in all that you do at the KU Alumni Association. I love the beautiful ceramic ornaments that you have sent me each year when renewing their memberships and have them hanging on my Jayhawk Christmas tree. I will have to buy a bigger tree in the future, as I look forward to adding the whole collection as I renew Future Jayhawks memberships for each of my grandchildren (and hopefully add some more KU National Championship ornaments to the tree, too).
I am encouraging my friends and relatives to sign their grandchildren up for the Future Jayhawks program! Rock Chalk!
Sonia Hall, c’11, PhD’16, works with the Genetics Society of America in a newly-created role as Program Director for Early Career Scientist Engagement. Read this Q&A with her to learn about why focusing on helping this group of scientists is so important. Read full article.
Former University Daily Kansan editor Rob Karwath, j’86, is leading a fundraising effort designed to preserve the Kansan so that other students have the same opportunities he had. The fund, called Kansan Editors’ Endowed Partnership, or KEEP, includes several journalism alumni on the steering committee. Read full article.
Matt Baysinger, c’09, g’11, is the owner of Breakout Lawrence and has owned a location in Hawaii since late 2015. On Christmas Eve, he was notified that President Obama and his family would be visiting Breakout Waikiki that evening. Read full article.
Matt Lindberg, managing editor of the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press, was the only journalist granted an exclusive interview with Trump during his campaign stop in Grand Junction, Colorado. Lindberg graduated from the KU School of Journalism in 2008. Read full article.
Lawrence businessman Matt Lomshek, d’91, is a co-owner of Mass St. Mercantile, which recently opened at 738 Massachusetts. The store carries T-shirts and hats with Kansas and Lawrence slogans, as well as novelties ranging from wall hangings to decorative wine bottle stoppers. Read full article.
Landing your dream job isn’t something everyone gets to realize, but this article highlights several KU School of Journalism alumni who had big goals, worked hard and found their dream jobs as voices of the Jayhawks. Read full article.
A pair of Jayhawk lawyers have been instrumental in Jessie Traylor’s petition for clemency to the United State Department of Justice. Carl Folsom III, c’02, l’05, spent 30-40 unpaid hours writing up the petition, and Lawrence lawyer Rebekah Gaston, b’01, l’05, submitted it as a volunteer attorney. Read full article.
The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, periodically catches up with former KU student-athletes and staff members. Take a stroll down memory lane with Hanni as he’s joined by former KU basketball player Ryan Robertson. Listen to podcast.
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Barbara Melbourne, who earned a juris doctorate from the KU School of Law in 1988, has been named Palmer College of Chiropractic’s vice chancellor for institutional advancement. The college is located in Davenport, Iowa. Melbourne has more than 21 years of planned- and major-gift experience in higher education and social services. Read full article.
Ryan Limbocker, c’15, is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge. Read this Q&A with Limbocker to learn more about his undergraduate research experience at KU, hear his advice for current undergraduate students, and find out how he uses his research skills in his current occupation. Read full article.
Twelve doctoral students at the University of Kansas are conducting world-class research with support from to the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowships. Established in 2013 by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the funding provides a stipend of $25,000 per year and pays tuition and fees for up to five years. Read full article.
David Dillon, 65 and the retired chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co., is chairman of the chancellor search committee tasked with vetting candidates to replace current Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who has announced she’ll step down after this school year. Dillon earned a degree from the KU School of Business in 1973. Read full article.
Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced the election of Lydia I. Beebe to the board of directors. Beebe, j’74, l’77, is currently Senior Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, one of Silicon Valley’s leading law firms. Read full article.
The Board of Regents appointed 24 individuals to join Search Committee Chair, Dave Dillon, to assist and advise the Board in the selection of the next Chancellor of the University of Kansas. The search committee includes representation from KU students, alumni, endowment, faculty, administration, staff, athletics, and the wider Lawrence community. Read full article.
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