Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 16

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “In the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.
 

‘Top of my life’: Sherron Collins’ best KU memories to culminate in jersey retirement | The University Daily Kansan

“A kid from Chicago,” as Sherron Collins referred to himself, will see his No. 4 jersey hanging in the rafters on Monday next to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White and Paul Pierce. “I never thought where I come from, I could have this much of an impact on a University, let alone a community.”
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KU graduate, Endowment employee could become first openly gay member of state legislature | The University Daily Kansan

Brandon Woodard, c’13, a University graduate and KU Endowment employee, is running for the 30th District of the Kansas House of Representatives as a Democrat. If he wins, he would be the first openly gay member of the Kansas Legislature.
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Cheering for the Cheerleader | Medium

Beyond the uniforms and debates about being necessary, there is a reality: As sports become a bigger and bigger business, the spirit squad is not advancing commensurately. Do you know why you should cheer for the cheerleader too? Mike Whitaker, c’91, analyzes their vital yet thankless role as brand ambassadors.
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2018 Associates Awards | The American Institute of Architects

AIA’s Associates Awards are given to individual Associate AIA members to recognize outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession. Recipients include University of Kansas graduates Jake Banton, g’15, and Timarie Trarbach, g’12.
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UM Professor Leads Dinosaur Track Preservation Project | University of Mississippi News

A University of Mississippi geologist’s collaboration with researchers at the University of Arkansas has yielded the discovery and digital preservation of the first tracks of carnivorous dinosaurs ever found in Arkansas. Brian Platt, g’05, PhD’12, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at UM, was lead author of “LiDAR-based characterization and conservation of the first theropod dinosaur trackways from Arkansas, USA,” an article in the Jan. 2 edition of the journal Public Library of Science ONE.
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HillVets 100 of 17 | HillVets

Nikki Wentling’s in-depth reporting on veterans’ issues for Stars and Stripes serves to keep former military members and the public informed about everything from political maneuverings in the halls of Congress to malfeasance in local medical centers. Wentling, j’14, was named one of HillVets’ top reporters on the veteran experience.
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Former J-W editorial page editor wins lifetime achievement award from Kansas Press Association | Lawrence Journal-World

Lawrence resident and former Journal-World editorial page editor Ann Gardner, j’75, has received one of the state’s top journalism awards. Gardner received the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award from the Kansas Press Association. The award recognizes a Kansas editor for a lifetime of achievement that involves commitment to community, the Kansas newspaper industry and the state.
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Nine Students Chosen As Fulbright Semi-Finalists | KU International Programs

Nine KU students have reached the semi-finalist stage of the Fulbright competition. These nine applicants will now be reviewed by the respective country commissions and will learn in the spring if they will receive the prestigious award. Thirty-one students applied.
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Paul Pierce immortalized as Boston Celtics retire his No. 34 | KUSports

From this day forward no member of the Boston Celtics will ever again wear No. 34. That number will forever be associated with the name Paul Pierce and hang in the rafters above the Celtics’ signature parquet floor, with the likes of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale. Pierce is a former KU basketball player.
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Patinkin honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Broadway legend and KU alumnus Mandy Patinkin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Feb. 12.

As a KU student, Patinkin, ’74, starred as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and other University Theatre productions before leaving for The Juilliard School in New York City. Only a few years later, he won a Tony Award for his 1980 Broadway debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita.” Patinkin has been nominated for six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and three Tony Awards. He won an Emmy for “Chicago Hope” in 1995.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce adds stars to the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. Appromixately 24 star ceremonies are broadcast annually.

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In 2016, Patinkin was one of three 2016 winners of the 37th annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. Our coverage of that award also includes a video of Patinkin’s 2014 appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” The hosts surprised the actor on-camera with a guest appearance by his KU girlfriend (whom the Association helped track down for the show’s producers).

Patinkin’s visit to KU in 2001 was featured in Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 6, 2001. He also returned to the university in 2005, where he taught and performed as part of a benefit for University Theatre.

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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 9

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Alumna’s art on display at Evangel University | Publicnow.com

The unique works of multi-media artist Julie Rush, who holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Kansas, will be on display at Evangel University, in the Fine Art & Design Gallery, for the month of February.
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BYU football names AJ Steward as running backs coach to finalize coaching staff | Desert News

BYU’s football staff is complete, as the Cougars announced Tuesday that AJ Steward will be the team’s running backs coach under first-year offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. Steward, d’12, played college football at Kansas from 2008-11. He most recently spent four years as the running backs coach at Rice University.
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The voice of @KUnews: Social media strategist says goodbye to KU | The University Daily Kansan

With one final “Rock Chalk” tweet, Katie McCurry, the longtime voice behind @KUNews, said goodbye to the University on Jan. 26. McCurry, c’11, recently accepted a position with Citizens Bank in Boston as a social media and editorial strategist. As the University’s senior digital strategist for a few years, McCurry has made a large impact on the social media presence of the University.
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Woodland’s win for family here and above | Golf Channel

Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland, c’07, captured his first PGA Tour win in nearly five years after holing a short putt to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s his third career PGA Tour victory.
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“Mr. Trumpet” brings signature sound back to Allen Field House

Posted on Feb 5, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jim Doepke, aka “Mr. Trumpet,” returned to Allen Field House Feb. 3 to play the alma mater and national anthem before the KU-Oklahoma State men’s basketball game. It’s Doepke’s sixth time performing before the Jayhawk faithful, but he insists it never gets old—especially when his return coincides with the anniversaries of the 1988 and 2008 NCAA National Championship teams and the basketball program’s 120th anniversary.

“That just adds to the excitement,” says Doepke. “It’s just so cool to be part of that.”

Doepke, d’74, a retired high school band director who lives Florida, arrived in Lawrence on Friday with his son, J.P. Their first stop was Allen Field House, where father and son toured the exhibits and interactive displays in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. “I’ve never really had time to do that,” Doepke says. “We really enjoyed it.”

Later, with trumpet in hand, Doepke visited the Adams Alumni Center, where he surprised staff with a special performance of the alma mater.

Doepke, who has set a goal to play the national anthem at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, is scheduled to perform Aug. 2 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Aug. 4 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, which will raise his ballpark tally to 19.

—Heather Biele

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Jayhawk license plates a surprise for Texas couple

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Texas Jayhawk license plates | www.kualumni.orgTheir gifts were years in the making. Nichole Jeter Wheeler, b’98, and her husband, Jon, c’96, first discussed getting Jayhawk license plates five years ago when they moved to Montgomery, Texas, a suburb just north of Houston.

“We talked about it off and on,” Nichole says. “But we hadn’t talked about it in a couple years.”

The Wheelers were in for the ultimate surprise this past Christmas, when they decided for the first time in years to exchange gifts. A few months before the holiday Nichole ordered her husband a “KU HAWK” plate. She soon discovered, after reviewing their credit card statement a month later, that he had purchased a “LOVE KU” plate for her.

“It was just kind of funny,” says Nichole. “The one year that we actually decided to exchange gifts, we got each other KU vanity plates.”

Seems great Jayhawk minds think alike.

To order your Jayhawk license plate, visit kualumni.org/license.

—Heather Biele

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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 26

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Kevin Kane Named Defensive Coordinator | SMU Athletics

Southern Methodist University’s head football coach Sonny Dykes announced the addition of Kevin Kane, c’06, as the Mustangs’ defensive coordinator. Kane spent the 2016-17 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois. During the 2015 season, Kane coached linebackers at Kansas.
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Interview with Nick Kallail of KU Alumni Association | KU Sports Management

Our very own Nick Kallail, assistant vice president of alumni and network programs at the KU Alumni Association, is featured in a KU Sports Management podcast. In this episode, Nick, d’04, l’07, discusses his work in alumni relations, his time in sports marketing, selling alcohol at college games, and airport tips.
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Tallying Attacks on Science After One Year of Trump Administration | WCAI: The Cape and Islands NPR Station

WCAI talks with Jacob Carter, a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, about changes in the science field in the year since Trump took office. Carter earned a PhD in ecology and evolution from the University of Kansas in 2016.
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KC actor set to star in new hit show from Emmy winner Lena Waithe | Kansas City Star

Tosin Morohunfola, c’10, will make his debut Jan. 21 as Trice, a neighborhood drug kingpin on “The Chi,” Showtime’s newest series from Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe.
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KU players react to death of Jo Jo White: ‘He’s the reason I am who I am today’ | Kansas City Star

Former KU players and coaches including Bud Stallworth, David Magley, and Larry Brown shared their memories of Jo Jo White.
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Former tech exec, Lawrence native Brian McClendon announces run for Kansas secretary of state | Lawrence Journal-World

Brian McClendon, e’86, has filed to run for Kansas secretary of state in 2018. McClendon, a Lawrence native and University of Kansas graduate, was previously a vice president at Uber and Google, and co-founded Google Earth. He is currently a research professor at the university.
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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 19

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Hawks to Watch: Becky Mandelbaum, Writer | KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Aspiring writers everywhere should take a page out of award-winning Becky Mandelbaum‘s book. Since graduating in 2013, Becky’s won the Lawrence Art Center’s Langston Hughes Award for Fiction and in 2016 her debut book “Bad Kansas” won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the highest award for collections of short fiction.
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East High grad returns to Wichita to accept major job at art museum | The Wichita Eagle

Tera Hedrick, c’03, g’06, accepted the position of curator at the Wichita Art Museum. She has served as interim curator for seven months. Hedrick earned degrees in art history from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in art history from Northwestern University.
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Congress honors a master Senate dealmaker amid a budget impasse | The Washington Post

Former Senate majority leader Robert J. Dole, 94, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Dole, ’45, is a Life Member of the KU Alumni Association and has served on the KU Veterans Alumni Network advisory board.
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Jo Jo White, former Kansas and NBA great, dies at 71 | Kansas City Star

Jo Jo White, the former Kansas star guard who went on to NBA fame with the Boston Celtics, died Tuesday. He was 71.
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KU players react to death of Jo Jo White: ‘He’s the reason I am who I am today’ | Kansas City Star

Former KU players and coaches including Bud Stallworth, David Magley, and Larry Brown shared their memories of Jo Jo White.
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Mentors matter: Jayhawk pays tribute to mentor, champion and friend

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Thomas R. Docking and Marc Langston

Last November, we encouraged Jayhawks to thank the KU mentors who made a difference in their lives. Marc Langston was inspired to pay tribute to his friend and mentor, Thomas R. Docking, c’76, l’80, g’80, who died last August. Langston, c’08, currently resides in Washington, D.C and is an annual member of the KU Alumni Association.

Internship leads to mentor

During high school, I was a summer intern at the Law Offices of Morris Laing in Wichita. Within my first week, Tom treated me to lunch. We discovered a mutual passion for politics, film, art history and Kansas. Over the course of that summer, I gained a mentor, a champion, and a true friend.

Tom held great interest in my aspirations and willingly shared his sagacity with a receptive 17-year-old. Tom persistently encouraged me to attend his alma mater, KU, versus other out-of-state schools I considered. I knew then how fortunate I was to be counted among his friends, but I could not imagine how profoundly influential Tom would be in my life. Thankfully, I heeded his advice and attended KU.

Influential mentorship

Tom’s daughter, Margery, was already at KU, and we enjoyed attending events together at the Dole Institute of Politics. Tom encouraged me to continue exploring the intersections between politics and art history. I earned a B.A. in political science and art history. He was thrilled when hearing from me abroad while I explored Turkey and Egypt, always eager to discuss my impressions of places he too admired. When I became involved in Student Senate and Kansas politics, I frequently sought Tom’s advice and counsel.

Tom’s mentorship proved extremely influential while at KU as well as during and after law school. Tom kept track of my progress, changes in my career, and continued to offer sage advice in times of need. My inbox is full of emails from Tom arranging times to meet when I would be in Wichita. I envisioned being able to continue to share my ups and downs with my friend and mentor, Tom, for at least the next 20 years.

An enduring legacy

Tom’s passing in August 2017 jolted those who were privileged to be mentored by him. We all know that Tom is survived by a loving family with an earnest love for KU. Although few of us are in a position to match the generous contributions made by the Docking family toward scholarships, faculty retention, and improvements to the campus, I elected to join the KU Alumni Association.

By supporting KU, even in this small way, I am taking the first step in furtherance of Tom’s enduring legacy of mentorship. I encourage others to follow Tom’s lead in continuing their support of KU and serving as mentors to prospective, current, and alumni Jayhawks.

Want to share your story about a Jayhawk who inspired you? Email us at share@kualumni.org. And stay tuned—the KU Alumni Association will launch the Jayhawk Career Network this spring, which will provide additional mentorship opportunities for students and alumni.

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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 12

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Robert D. Simari, M.D., named executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center | KU Medical Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center named Robert D. Simari, M.D. executive vice chancellor Jan. 9. Simari, m’86, had served in the role in an interim capacity since July 1.
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KU’s interim vice chancellor for public affairs to take on position permanently | LJWorld.com

 
On Friday, Jan. 12, KU named Reggie Robinson vice chancellor for public affairs. He had served as the interim vice chancellor for five months. Robinson, c’80, l’87, previously led the university’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.
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Avison Young Chicago hires two new principals | Commercial Property Executive

Chris Tecu joined Avison Young’s Rosemont, Illinois, office. Tecu, c’97, will focus on industrial brokerage services and has been in the industry for 19 years.
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Meet the Staff: Crysta Moon

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Crysta Moon, coordinator of membership and business development, KU Alumni Association

Crysta Moon graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minor in Business. Choosing to attend KU was an easy decision, as Crysta, c’17, is a third-generation Jayhawk and native of Mission, Kansas. Some of her favorite childhood memories include coming to Lawrence with her parents and brother for KU football and basketball games. Before joining the membership and business development team, Crysta was an intern for the alumni association for nearly two years, which prepared her to tackle any “Tegan or Teri project” that lies ahead. In her free time, Crysta enjoys watching KU and Kansas City sports teams, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

I became a Jayhawk because…​

I became a Jayhawk because of my family. I’m a third-generation Jayhawk, so the decision to continue the tradition was an easy one. I love being a part of a huge KU family and sharing stories and experiences with other students and alumni.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The view of the Campanile and Potter Lake from Snow Hall. Some of my favorite childhood memories are playing around the lake and on the Hill before a KU football game. Later, as a student, it was my favorite sight to see when walking to and from class.

My favorite KU memory is…

The many hours spent in Allen Fieldhouse camping for KU basketball games!

My best advice for college students is…

Enjoy every moment and take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you. There are so many ways to meet new people and get involved on campus and in the Lawrence community. So take the chance, because those are the moments that make your college experience memorable. Also don’t forget to establish your camping group for basketball early, that’s very important.

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