Jayhawks in the News | June 22

Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson is having his best year as a pro … at age 41 | Kansas City Star

After 19 years of trying to make it as a professional golfer, grinding away on every mini-tour imaginable without a breakthrough, Chris Thompson is within striking distance of the PGA Tour promotion he’s been chasing since he graduated from Kansas in 1999.
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Mason and friends entertain at charity softball game | University Daily Kansan

A slew of former Jayhawks, Wildcats, and even a Blue Devil, took to T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas in front of about 1,500 fans to benefit Children’s Mercy Kansas City and the National Youth Foundation.
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Former KU guard Elijah Johnson taking his new ‘Too Strong Tour’ across Kansas | KUSports.com

Elijah Johnson’s barnstorming concept began with the idea of visiting towns around Kansas that are far enough away from Lawrence that it makes getting to Allen Fieldhouse to catch a game in person somewhat difficult.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 15

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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McLemore erupts for 52 points in Roundball Classic, dreams of duplication in NBA game | Kansas City Star

Ben McLemore and a host of other former KU basketball players returned to Lawrence June 14 for the tenth annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic. The event raises money for families battling cancer. Brian Hanni, the Voice of the Jayhawks, founded the event.
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Three chief judges | KU Law Blog

First, they were KU Law students, then they were Assistant United States Attorneys, then they were judges. Today, some 28 years after they first started working together as litigators for the Department of Justice, they are all now chief judges of their respective courts.
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Former KU attendee Kate Spade remembered as vibrant and colorful, like her creations | University Daily Kansan

Fashion designer Kate Spade died by suicide in her New York City apartment June 5. She was 55. Spade attended the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University. She graduated with a degree in journalism in 1985.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 18

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Local NASCAR race engineer learning on the job at Kansas Speedway | Kansas City Star

Lenexa native J.T. Adkins returned to Kansas City for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway. Adkins, e’11, is one of two race engineers for Daniel Suarez’s No. 19 team.
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HSSU Athletics Names Fred Lewis as Director of Track and Field | Hornets Athletics

Harris-Stowe State University is happy to announce the hiring of Fred Lewis, c’87 as the Director of Track and Field for the 2018-2019 season. Lewis is a well-known coach and athlete around the Saint Louis area where he has produced multiple Missouri State Champions as well as NAIA and Olympic athletes.
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Williams, former KU players laud Collison on retirement day | Topeka Capital-Journal

Nick Collison’s mom, Judy, and dad, Dave, summoned their son to a hallway of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena after a recent playoff game against the Utah Jazz. “We have a surprise visitor for you,” Judy informed the 37-year-old, 15-year NBA veteran, also the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in University of Kansas basketball history. The guest, Collison, c’03, discovered soon enough, was his former college coach, Roy Williams, the current head coach at North Carolina.
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Patriot Capital Expands Team | citybizlist

Kyle Griffith, b’06, joined Patriot Capital as an Associate Managing Director in April 2018. Kyle brings seven years of experience in middle-market commercial lending, including origination, underwriting, Sponsor Coverage Group providing lending and funding services to private equity firms.
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Everything Matters with Kevin Carroll | Lessons of Leaders Hospitality

Mr. Kevin Carroll, CCM, CCE, has been the GM/COO at the Atlanta Athletic Club since May 2013. Prior to the AAC, he was the GM/COO of The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, FL and Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Carroll is extremely involved with The University of Kansas as well as the Club Managers Association of America and Chair of the KU Alumni Association beyond his position at the Atlanta Athletic Club and is truly passionate about growing leaders.
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Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation celebrates hearing and speech month through May | Navajo-Hopi Observer

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) would like to present information about their audiology and speech therapy departments. TCRHCC offers speech and language services in its Physical Rehabilitation Center (PRC), which is located in the southeast corner of the TCRHCC campus. TCRHCC employs two full-time speech-language pathologists, Valerie Yazzie, MA, CCC-SLP and Cheryl Saganitso, G’05, MA, CCC-SLP.
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The Walk: A History of Celebration

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Ask KU alumni about their favorite KU traditions, and inevitably the walk down the Hill at Commencement will rank near the top. Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway famously remarked in nearly every one of his Commencement addresses that “the walk is the ceremony,” and all who have witnessed this unique spectacle agree that the winding procession down Mount Oread is not only beautiful to behold, it has become a cherished rite of passage for Jayhawks culminating their KU careers.

Fondly remembered by alumni, the walk down the Hill has been celebrated at KU with great pomp and pageantry for nearly a century, making it difficult to imagine a KU Commencement ceremony before this famous tradition.

At his final Commencement in 2009, former Chancellor Hemenway summarized the experience best. “Today, you have joined graduates in the University’s most time-honored ritual, one that binds Jayhawks together, that attaches them as friends with an emotional glue that never breaks. As we say every year, the walk is the ceremony. You have to walk before you can fly. The walk prepares Jayhawks for flight.”

2003: Chancellor Hemenway at Commencement

Founded with grand fanfare and lofty expectations in 1865, the University of Kansas was little more than a preparatory school offering a few college classes in its early days. As a result, it took more than four years for its first graduates to earn their degrees.

On June 11, 1873, KU conferred its first degrees at a formal ceremony inside the brand new and barely finished University Hall. The building, the most modern and finest of its kind on any college campus, would later be known for the chancellor who championed its construction and presided over that first Commencement ceremony, John Fraser.

University Hall

Although KU’s first graduates did not walk down the Hill, KU’s commencement has always featured a procession. At KU’s first Commencement in 1873, the walk was atop the Hill, starting just south of what is now Spooner Hall toward University Hall, positioned just west of present-day Fraser. Around 1897, the graduates adopted the practice of donning academic regalia, including caps and gowns.

When Robinson Gymnasium was completed in 1907, with a larger space for convening a growing class of graduates, the procession moved with graduates gathering at Fraser Hall and continuing west to Robinson, where Wescoe is currently located.

1913: Commencement at Robinson gymnasium

By 1921, plans were being made to construct a memorial stadium on the site of McCook field, and in 1923, organizers decided to try an outdoor ceremony. A giant tent was erected near the new stadium, however the ceremony proved so hot that the tent-covered Commencement would never be repeated.

1923: The infamous commencement tent

In 1924, Commencement exercises were held for the first time at Memorial Stadium located at the foot of the Hill. Graduates walked from Strong Hall down Mount Oread into the stadium, and the tradition continues to this day.

1950s: Commencement as the Campanile is under construction

In the 1950s, KU graduates added to the tradition by walking through the new World War II Memorial Campanile. With the tower nearing completion–yet still clad with scaffolding–enthusiastic seniors found it too difficult to resist and became the first graduates to walk through the Campanile. The symbolic act of walking through Campanile has signaled the transformation from KU student to graduate ever since.

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The Walk: Big Shoes Filled

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

For the students who play Big Jay and Baby Jay, their special KU experience is one big secret. The students are told to tell as few people as possible their identity, leading to some awkward questions about their whereabouts on game days.

The identity of the students behind the masks are never publicly revealed. You can’t look them up on any website, and there’s no trace of their mascot exploits on social media.

But when Commencement comes, the graduating seniors get their one day to share with the world the activity that made them both a campus icon and completely nameless.

Laura Ballard, d’08, g’09, spent three of her four years at KU cheering for the Jayhawks from the sidelines as Baby Jay. As a sophomore, a graduating senior explained to her the tradition of wearing the boots for the walk down the hill.

“One of the first rules I learned as a mascot was to never be partially dressed in the suit – it ruins the ‘magic’ of the mascot,” Ballard said. “That’s when it hit me how truly special Commencement is. We spend our mascot career doing our best to perform anonymously, and graduation is the one time when we can be both Baby Jay and ourselves.”

“I overheard lots of people commenting on my shoes. A few thought it was a random way to stand out in the crowd, but I heard many exclaim, ‘She must be Baby Jay!’ I was really proud of all I had accomplished at KU as a student and a member of the Spirit Squad, so it felt good to be recognized. I was even asked to take a few pictures with random students, which actually felt very normal since I posed in many pictures with random people as a mascot.”

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The Walk: A Banner Day

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Briana McDougall carries the class of 2010 banner down the hill

The class banner tradition dates back to the first Commencement in 1873. Since then, students have lead their graduating class down the hill with banners designed by the Board of Class Officers. A collection of class banners is available for viewing in the Kansas Union.

For Board of Class Officers member Briana McDougall, ’11, Commencement led to “long discussions about what the banner should say” for the class motto, before settling on “Rooted in the Blue, Towering Toward the New.”

“We also got to take photos with the chancellor in her office before Commencement & sat on stage during the ceremony,” McDougall said. “It was a great honor to be able to represent the class & present our motto to the university.”

Jason Fried, c’14, served on the Board of Class Officers, and was chosen to carry the class banner down the hill. “Looking back, it was a great moment. It was definitely something that my parents and relatives were proud of.”

 

Jason Fried carries the class of 2014 banner

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The Walk: The Highest Honor

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Speakers you likely won’t hear at a University of Kansas Commencement ceremony: Chance the Rapper, Oprah Winfrey, or Michael Bloomberg, all of whom have been tapped to speak at commencement events around the country this year.

KU’s Commencement ceremony traditionally features speeches from the university chancellor, the Kansas Board of Regents chair, and the KU Alumni Association chair, and an award presented to extraordinary leaders.

In 2012, under Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the university began awarding honorary degrees. The honor replaced distinguished citations after a petition to the Board of Regents.

The honorary degree is the highest honor bestowed by the university and is awarded to individuals of notable intellectual, scholarly, professional or creative achievement, or service to humanity.

The nomination process opens to members of the university community and the general public each year in March. The Chancellor’s Honorary Degree Committee then forwards several nominees to the chancellor for consideration. The following October, the Chancellor submits nominees to the Kansas Board of Regents for approval, and the recipients are honored at KU’s Commencement ceremony in May.
2012: The inaugural recipients of honorary degrees; Alan Mulally, e’68, g’69, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. and keynote speaker; former FDIC chair Sheila Bair, c’75, l’78; former Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole, ’45; and renowned composer Kirke L. Mechem.

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Jayhawks in the News | May 11

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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UW-Madison selects Indiana University administrator to fill student affairs post | Wisconsin State Journal

Lori Reesor, PhD’95, has been selected to fill the UW-Madison vice chancellor for student affairs position. Reesor will take over the role, created by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank in November, starting July 1. Reesor currently serves as the vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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Lawrence resident, former tech exec Brian McClendon files for Kansas secretary of state | Lawrence Journal-World

Brian McClendon, e’86, a former vice president at Google and Uber, officially filed paperwork Monday to run for Kansas secretary of state.
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KU announces 2018 KU Advisor of the Year | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas Office of Undergraduate Studies and the KU Advising Network selected Gretchen Heasty, s’94 c’95 s’98, director of TRIO Supportive Educational Services (SES) & STEM, as the 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year during an awards ceremony May 7 in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The award recognizes excellence in academic advising of undergraduate students by KU staff members.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 4

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Announcing the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners | Society of Professional Journalists

Nicole Vap, j’91, and colleagues at KUSA News in Denver, Colorado, won a Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market) for a series exposing improper billing by medical providers in Colorado.
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Stunning dinosaur discovery: Experts may have unearthed a baby Tyrannosaur fossil in Montana | Fox News

Paleontologists in Montana have unearthed a fossil that may be the remains of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex. Researchers and students from the University of Kansas recently excavated the fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in central Montana. The remains include a complete section of the upper jaw with all of the teeth intact, as well as parts of the dinosaur’s skull, foot, hips and backbones, according to the University of Kansas.
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Study shows youths depend on dangerous, inaccurate information when searching for health info online | The University of Kansas

Research has shown that both adults and youths frequently use the internet to search for health information. However, little has been done to understand how young people find such information, where they look for it and if they are able to determine its credibility. Susan Harvey, d’02 g’06 PhD’09, assistant professor of health, sport & exercise sciences at KU, conducted “Just Google It: Observing Youth Searching for Health Information Online,” a study that observed eight youths. The results showed they almost never check to verify information, trust information from disreputable and even dangerous sites and are turned off by credible sites they deemed too difficult to understand.
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Spencer Museum receives grants from city, state for Haitian art exhibition at University of Kansas | H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art has received an award of $7,000 from Humanities Kansas and a $4,000 Community Arts Grant from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission to support an exhibition of Haitian art opening in September 2018. “‘The Ties That Bind’ marks the first time in over a decade that a significant display of Haitian paintings has taken place in Kansas,” said Spencer Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. “We are looking forward to sharing the stories embodied in these works of art with audiences in Lawrence and across the state.”
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The Kansas City Star, Cowley Courier Traveler recipients of Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award | The University of Kansas

Journalists from the Kansas City Star and the Cowley Courier Traveler are recipients of this year’s Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award from the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
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Unexpected Joy opens tonight | Broadway World

The musical “Unexpected Joy” opens May 3 in New York City. The musical features book and lyrics by Bill Russell, ’71, and is directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, c’98, a native of Topeka.
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Mayo Clinic researcher, KU alumnus to receive honorary degree | University of Kansas

Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, a KU alumnus, will receive an honorary degree during KU’s 146th Commencement ceremony on May 13. He is the director of pharmacogenomics and chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, and he is also the Mayo Clinic’s Mary Lou and John H. Dasburg Professor of Cancer Genomics.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 26

Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Corporations with strong reputations don’t recover as quickly from PR crises as previously thought, study shows | The University of Kansas

Matt Tidwell, j’88 g’17 PhD’17, faculty lecturer and director of the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications’ integrated marketing communications graduate program, led a study in which he analyzed the prior reputation of a handful of corporations that experienced a PR crisis and whether they quickly regained their previous status in the eyes of consumers.
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Researchers Find Evidence of Added Auditor Scrutiny Involving Credit Default Swaps | KU School of Business

Adi Masli, Felix Meschke and KU graduate Lijing Du, G’08 G’14, who is now an assistant professor at Towson University, provide evidence that auditors increase their professional scrutiny of companies when it becomes easier for the debtholders of those firms to insure against loss via credit default swaps, or CDS.
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Day in the Life: Ms. Amanda Love finds the self-expression, pride she needs in drag | The University Daily Kansan

During the day, Nate Stitt works as a manager in campus dining, where he deals with kitchen crises. But that’s just his “boy job.” At night, Stitt switches to a life of glitter and glamour as drag queen Ms. Amanda Love.
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