Jayhawks in the News | April 20

Posted on Apr 20, 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.

 

Day in the Life: Evan Nichols enjoys his whirlwind routine as a Google software engineer | The University Daily Kansan

On a typical day, Evan Nichols, e’17, arrives to work in Google’s New York City office at around 8:30 a.m., stopping at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes that fill the fourteen floors for breakfast. Once he gets to his desk, he gets to work as a software engineer. “Forty percent of my job is coding, 20 percent is writing design documents, another 20 percent is reading other people’s design documents, and the last 20 percent is going to meetings,” Nichols said.
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Mario’s Miracle memorialized in downtown Kansas City mural | The University Daily Kansan

Mario Chalmers’ game-saving shot during the 2008 NCAA basketball championship has been engraved into the minds of Kansas basketball fans. Now, it’s plastered onto the side of the soon-to be opened Two Light Luxury Apartments in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Basketball, Marijuana And Poetry: These Police Tweet More Than Crime Alerts | NPR

Friday is April 20, a day that some people celebrate by smoking marijuana. The Police Department in Lawrence, Kan., is preparing for this week’s pot holiday by sending safety tips via their official Twitter account, run by officer Drew Fennelly.
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Student Housing: Changes to scholarship hall hiring process will uphold tradition of community | The University Daily Kansan

University alumna Nancy Sims-West describes the communities within the 12 scholarship halls on campus, which house up to 50 students, as families. Sims-West, a 1980 graduate who lived in Miller Scholarship Hall, has one child who currently resides in a scholarship hall and one child who formerly lived in one. When she was approached by students about potential policy changes in the halls, she became concerned.
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Former Kansas vaulters embrace new roles at KU | The University Daily Kansan

“Friendliness off the track, competitors on the track.” Those were the words of Jake Albright, ’17, shortly after defeating Nick Maestretti, ’17, in a “jump-off.” Albright, wearing a plain black sleeveless shirt, and Maestretti, wearing blue, were the last two standing in the college open pole vault on Thursday afternoon at the Kansas Relays.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 13

Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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He went down in the Pacific in World War II. Now, his remains are coming home to Kansas. | The Wichita Eagle

After nearly three-quarters of a century, Irvin Edmund Rink, c’41, is returning home. The 25-year-old Kansan disappeared in the Russell Islands near Guadalcanal on Aug. 4, 1943. He was a Navy pilot flying in a squadron when his F4F-4 Wildcat plane was shot down at sea by Japanese fighter planes.
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Law Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of Law

Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. It honors and celebrates KU’s rich legacy of women who, through their transformational leadership and contributions, have changed the world.
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Woodard inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU Athletics

Kansas women’s basketball great Lynette Woodard, c’81, added to her list of accomplishments as a pioneer of the game after being inducted into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame as selected by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity on Thursday night.
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BioKansas Hires Recent KU Graduate to Lead Workforce Initiatives | BusinessWire

BioKansas today announced that it has hired Dr. Alex Erwin, PhD ’18, as the organization’s new Director of Talent Development & STEMM Education, effective April 2nd.
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Iowan Nick Collison gets special tribute from Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook | Des Moines Register

Iowan Nick Collison, c’03, got some love from one of his Oklahoma City teammates and the thousands packed inside Chesapeake Energy Arena at the start of the Thunder’s game Wednesday night versus Memphis. Collison, 37, played at Iowa Falls as a prep and led his team to back-to-back state championships in 1997 and 1998. He later went on to play at the University of Kansas, where his No. 4 jersey is retired.
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New KU fellow to link scholarship with nonprofits to help realize positive change | The University of Kansas

You can call her a humanities evangelist. Nancy Jackson, c’92 g’01, believes, contrary to certain national dialogues, that the humanities are vitally important to a vibrant society. She points especially to the nonprofit sector in the United States, which she characterizes as humanities — and humanity — in action.
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Wichita alumna earns Wintermote honor for stalwart service

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Camille Nyberg, 2017 Wintermote Award Recipient
As a local and national KU volunteer, Camille Bribiesca Nyberg is known for her warmth, dedication and hospitality—qualities that earned her a 2017 Dick Wintermote Volunteer of the Year Award. As her hometown Wichita Network alumni gather this week for the 15th annual Jayhawk Roundup, Alumni Association president Heath Peterson will honor Nyberg, c’96, g’98, who has contributed countless hours to the Roundup and, with her husband, Glenn, ’79, chaired the event in 2014 and 2015.

Nyberg’s guidance was critical for Danielle Lafferty Hoover, c’07, when she joined the Association staff in 2015 as assistant director of Wichita programs. “Camille was instrumental when I first began my role,” says Hoover, who is now director of donor relations and Wichita programs. “She spent a lot of time helping me get to know the other volunteers and network board members. Anyone who knows Camille would agree that she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.”

As a new KU graduate, Nyberg left her home state to live in Dallas, where she quickly became involved in the local network, helping to host alumni and athletic events and Jayhawk Generations picnics for new freshmen and their families. Her fellow alumni nominated her to serve on the Association’s National Board of Directors, which she joined in 2009. Nyberg led the Association as national chair from 2014-’15, shortly after she moved back to her hometown. Back in Wichita, she attended numerous activities in addition to the Roundup, and she hosted events for alumni mentors and Wichita North High School students through the Helpful Alumni Working for KU (HAWK) Mentor Program with KU’s Office of Admissions.

Peterson, d’04, g’09, credits Nyberg for strengthening the Wichita Network: “Camille has invested considerable time in our events. Thanks to her efforts, KU has a much more visible and active presence in the largest city in Kansas.”

Nyberg was one of three alumni in 2017 to receive the annual award named for Dick Wintermote, j’51, who served as the Association’s executive director from 1963 to 1983 and helped establish the strong Jayhawk tradition of volunteering to help alumni and current students as well as prospective Jayhawks. The other winners were Kate Feller McSwain, b’12, who leads the Dallas Network, and Brandon Petz, b’06, g’07, who leads the Lawrence Network.

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 | April 6

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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How to Get $29 Million for Classroom Projects? Just Ask | The New York Times

In Illinois, one educator wanted a set of laptops to better prepare her students for middle school, while a teacher in Massachusetts sought $41,000 to stock a library in an elementary school that serves low-income students, many of them refugees. This week, those requests, along with the more than 35,000 others listed on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website for school and classroom projects, were fully funded thanks to a single $29 million donation from Ripple. Brad Garlinghouse, c’94, is CEO of the virtual currency company.
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Kansas alum: ‘Never forget Kansas-Kentucky in 2016’ | The Eagle Tribune

The Eagle Tribune featured an alum from each school in the Final Four with ties back to Massachusetts. Check out their feature on alumna Marina Simons, g’16.
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A dud, a dinner and a roasting: Inside the 24 hours that changed KU basketball’s season | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Nick Bradford, c’02, didn’t know he was witnessing a turning point for this Kansas basketball team, nor was the former Jayhawk guard aware the speech he was listening to may be one that lives on in program lore depending on how the events of this weekend unfold.
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Mikki Brock, Historian of Religion, Demonology and Witchcraft | KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All of the research and ideas that went into writing her debut book, Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c. 1560-1700, gave Mikki Brock, c’06, away into contemporary discussions around witch hunts. In October 2017, she debunked the current use of the term witch hunt in a Washington Post article titled ‘No, there is no witch hunt against powerful men.‘
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How I’ll approach my new role as publisher of The Dallas Morning News | Dallas News

Shortly after becoming the publisher of The Dallas Morning News, Grant Moise, j’98, shared his perspective on approaching his new position.
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Jayhawks in the News | March 30

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Kansan Here’s how you can watch a KU-centric broadcast of the Final Four | Kansas City Star

Famous KU Jayhawks Rob Riggle, Scot Pollard, and Dave Armstrong will cover KU’s Final Four game against Villanova. The trio is part of the Kansas TeamCast, which will air on TNT.
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A former KU center analyzes the game of Jayhawks big man Udoka Azubuike | Kansas City Star

Mark Randall, a former third-team All-American, shares his thoughts on Azubuike. Randall is also a former member of the KU Alumni Association’s board of directors.
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Father, daughter share similar NCAA Tournament experiences in KU band, 30 years apart | KSN.com

Kellie Simerly plays baritone in the KU band. Her father, Mark, also played baritone in the band. The pair are comparing their NCAA Tournament experiences this week.
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Boise State CIO to present as 1st candidate for KU’s top tech post | University of Kansas

Max Davis-Johnson, chief information officer at Boise State University, will make a public presentation Monday, April 2, as a candidate for the chief information officer at the University of Kansas. David-Johnson is a KU graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
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KU alumnus establishes scholarship for art history students | University of Kansas

A gift commitment of $690,000 from University of Kansas alumnus Don Sloan will establish a scholarship fund for art history students at KU. Sloan received bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from KU in 1970 and entered the U.S. Army after graduation.
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KU fans in Lawrence take over Massachusetts Street after overtime Elite 8 win | Kansas City Star

KU alumni, students, and fans rushed to downtown Lawrence after the KU men’s basketball team defeated Duke in overtime.
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Basketball player Frank Mason to appear June 16 at charity softball game at T-Bones Stadium | Wyandotte Daily

Former Kansas University Jayhawk and current member of the NBA Sacramento Kings, Frank Mason III, will hold the inaugural Frank Mason III and Friends Charity Softball game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.
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Indianapolis Star editor named USA TODAY executive editor for news | USA Today

Jeff Taylor, a graduate of the University of Kansas, was named executive editor for news for USA Today this week. He is currently the Midwest regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK.
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Jayhawk car delights Omaha alumni

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Alumni News and News

KU Alumni staff with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
Before our staff members hit the road to the Sweet 16 in style in the Jayhawk car—courtesy of our postseason partner, Crown Toyota of Lawrence—they posed for a picture with the iconic ride.

Omaha, the site of the KU basketball team’s matchup tonight with No. 5 Clemson, is Nebraska’s largest city and home to more than 2,000 Jayhawks. We knew alumni would be thrilled to see the Jayhawk car in their city.

Danny Lewis, director of donor relations and athletic programs, mapped out a plan to visit as many local Jayhawks as possible so they could snap a photo and share a little bit of their KU story with us.

Baird Holm, LLP

Baird Holm Jayhawks with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car

Rick Putnam, former chair of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, rounded up a flock of Jayhawks at his law firm. Putnam, c’77, l’80, is a managing partner of Baird Holm, LLP. He even persuaded the firm’s marketing department to create a special banner for the occasion.

Union Pacific Railroad

Sierra Poulson, c'09, with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car

Next up on the tour of Omaha: a stop at Union Pacific Railroad, where Sierra Poulson, c’09, works as an attorney.

Poulson earned a degree in psychology with a minor in art history, and she lived in Templin Hall. After leaving the Hill, she earned her law degree at DePaul.

We asked her what she misses most about Lawrence, and she responded “’80s night at the Bottleneck and crunchy chicken cheddar wraps!”

As we were taking the photo, another Jayhawk walked by … Jayhawks are everywhere.

Susan Hunter with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
Susan Hunter works as a train dispatcher for Union Pacific. She earned a degree in business and accounting from KU in 1994.

She was a proud resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall, and her favorite memory of KU is Thursday night trips to Carlos O’Kelly’s and watching “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”

KU Office of Admissions

Angie Bass with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
No, KU’s Office of Admissions didn’t move to Omaha—but you may not know that it employs regional admissions representatives across the country, including Angie Bass, who received a degree in elementary education in 2016.

Her favorite memory of Lawrence is the atmosphere of the town when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. She heard fireworks all over town and ran to Massachusetts Street to celebrate.

Here’s hoping for another Mass Street celebration soon…

Jet Linx

Jamie Walker and Heath Peterson at Jet Linx
We drove the car out to Jet Linx, a personal private jet company started in Omaha in 1999, to see Jamie Walker.

Walker, c’97, is the president and CEO of the company. He earned a degree in English from KU and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Some of Walker’s favorite college memories include nights at the Bull, just down the street from his fraternity house. What does he miss most about Lawrence? The whole town. It’s a pretty special place, after all.

We hope you enjoyed meeting some Omaha Jayhawks! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more sights and sounds from the Midwest Regional. For more information about pregame events and watch parties during the NCAA Tournament, visit our ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub.

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Jayhawks in the News | March 23

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Kansan David Dary had a passion for telling great western stories | Wichita Eagle

David Dary, one of Kansas’ best storytellers, died March 15 in Norman, Oklahoma. Dary was a fourth-generation Kansan and earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He served on the faculty of the KU School of Journalism for 20 years.
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The most famous people at NCAA tournament games in Wichita on Thursday were… | Wichita Eagle

A variety of famous folks—including University of Kansas alumni— made appearances at the NCAA Tournament in Wichita, Kansas.
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Jayhawks in the News | March 16

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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ASU professor recognized for advancing gender equality in Phoenix theater | Arizona State University

The Bridge Initiative named Lance Gharavi, g’97, PhD’00, its 2018 Ally of the Year for his contributions toward gender parity in the theatrical field. Gharavi is the artistic director of theater for the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute.
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Former Topekan associate director of new Broadway musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ | Topeka Capital-Journal

Amy Corcoran, a Topeka native, was the associate director for the Broadway debut of the new musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.” Corcoran earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Kansas. This spring, she will direct an off-Broadway musical written by fellow KU alumnus Bill Russell.
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One year later: 5K heart attack survivor crosses finish line with med students that saved his life | Q13 Fox

Last year, David Houchin suffered a heart attack during the Big 12 5K race in Kansas City. Three KU medical students saved his life when they stopped running and administered CPR. This year, Houchin and the students—Sebastian Schoneich, Kelly Lembke, and Dakota Bunch— walked the race together.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 2

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Cole Aldrich calls jersey retirement ceremony ‘really humbling’ | KUSports

At halftime of 13th-ranked KU’s wild, 77-69 victory over No. 20 West Virginia, Aldrich stood in the tunnel he ran out of so many times as a player and watched quietly as a video chronicling his Kansas career played on the video board above midcourt.
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Fred’s adds to ranks of female board members with appointment of KU provost | BizJournal

The provost for the University of Kansas has joined the board of directors for a Memphis-based retail chain. Neeli Bendapudi — provost, executive vice chancellor and professor of marketing at the University of Kansas — will take a seat on the board of Fred’s Inc., effective Wednesday, March 21.
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KU graduate giving back to LGBTQ students in big way | KSTN News

Chad Leat, a ’78 KU grad student and retired Wall Street executive, is back on campus for the first time in nearly 40 years. Leat is donating $1 million in support of LGTBQ student scholarships at the university. The donation comes from Leat being one of the few openly gay executives on Wall Street and for his first time back to his old stomping grounds in decades.
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Lawrence school board approves changing name of South to Billy Mills Middle School | Lawrence Journal-World

In what was a surprise even to its members, the Lawrence school board voted unanimously Monday to change the name of South Middle School to honor Billy Mills. The school will be renamed Billy Mills Middle School in honor of the KU All-American, Olympian, and Native American.
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Lashly & Baer, P.C. Names Lisa O. Stump President | lashlybaer.com

Lashly & Baer, P.C., one of the oldest law firms in Downtown St. Louis, has named Lisa O. Stump, ’86, as President. She succeeds Kenneth C. Brostron, who is stepping aside as President of the Firm, after over 30 years. Stump, who has practiced at Lashly & Baer for her entire career, becomes the first woman President of the Firm. Stump, 53, is also Chair of the Firm’s Governmental and Education practice group.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 23

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Cole Aldrich calls jersey retirement ceremony ‘really humbling’ | KUSports

At halftime of 13th-ranked KU’s wild, 77-69 victory over No. 20 West Virginia, Aldrich stood in the tunnel he ran out of so many times as a player and watched quietly as a video chronicling his Kansas career played on the video board above midcourt.
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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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