Jayhawks in the News | June 30

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Rambunctious performances by a solid ensemble make ‘Garfield’ a rollicking good time | Kansas City Star

“Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude” opened Friday night and, even at the matinee show the following day, the actors, including alumna Brianna Woods, gave energized performances that would make you think it was opening night all over again.
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Wendell Castle: Agent of Change | Surface Magazine

As one of the first American designers to challenge the boundary between utility and fine art, Wendell Castle creates an enticing breed of objects marked by superior craftsmanship and ingenuity in form, style, and technique. Castle, f’58, g’66, received an honorary degree from KU in 2013.
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Eastern Panhandle judge dies from complications after heart surgery | Herald-Mail Media

Circuit Judge John Christian Yoder, whose work in law and politics spanned more than 40 years, including two terms in the West Virginia Senate, died Friday as a result of complications from heart surgery. He began a career in government service in his native state of Kansas and graduated from KU School of Law in 1975.
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Meet KU grad Loral O’Hara, newly minted NASA astronaut candidate | Kansas City Star

NASA was slammed with a record number of astronaut applicants this year and out of more than 183,000 people, only 12 were given that proverbial golden ticket. The deserving dozen includes a Texan and University of Kansas graduate named Loral O’Hara.
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A Kansas Investment Firm Spurring Change on Wall Street | New York Times

Peter Mallouk, c’93, b’93, l’97, g’97, an estate planning attorney, started his business with an eye toward servicing medical professionals in suburban Kansas City. Today the company, Creative Planning, is at the vanguard of a profound shift in finance.
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Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson Announces Bo Anderson as Partner | PR.com

Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson llp (SBBO) announced the election of Bo Anderson to partner. Anderson, l’99, had previously been senior counsel at the Denver-based law firm.
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Getting to Know: David Seely | Wichita Eagle

David Seely, l’82, was elected the new president of the Wichita Bar Association. He joined Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in 1984 and focuses on civil litigation, especially cases involving oil and gas.
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For philosophy majors, the question after graduation is: What next? | Washington Post

Philosophy majors spend their college years pondering deep questions, such as: What is the meaning of life? Do we have free will? And what job am I going to get with this degree after graduation? As chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Sheila Bair, c’75, l’78, leaned on her philosophy degree from the University of Kansas to make crucial decisions during the financial crisis.
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In advance of her Free State Festival appearance, a Q&A with comedian and KU alumna Nikki Glaser | LJWorld.com

Nikki Glaser’s come a long way from her days as a reluctant college student at the University of Kansas. Eleven years after graduating with an English degree, Glaser’s back in Lawrence, this time as a headliner at the Free State Festival.
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New father Gary Woodland feeling relieved and ready to get back to work soon | KUSports.com

The highlight of Gary Woodland’s golf season arrived Friday when Gabby gave birth to the couple’s first child, son Jaxon Lynn Woodland, at 11:56 p.m.
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Awesome sauce: Olathe native is first to get married in new Taco Bell wedding chapel | Kansas City Star

The first couple to ever say “I do” in the new, upscale Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas, in a ceremony on Sunday, happened to be Olathe native Dan Ryckert and his beloved Bianca. Dan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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2017 WW Georgia Teaching Fellows Named | The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recognized the third class of Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, which includes KU graduate Justin Fairchild, g’13.
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Quiet, please!

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Joseph Ducreux’s painting “Le Discret,” one of the Spencer Museum’s iconic and most-popular paintings, will headline an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, beginning in May. This article was originally published in issue no. 2, 2017, of Kansas Alumni magazine.

Joseph Ducreux's painting "Le Discret," circa 1791, on display at the Spencer Museum of ArtIs he shushing noisy children, warning of dire political dangers, or something else? Even the title of Joseph Ducreaux’s “Le Discret” hints at ambiguity. Silence? Discretion? Shades of both?

Such range of content within an otherwise uncomplicated image helped establish “Le Discret,” which has been on near-continuous display at KU since it s951 acquisition, as an icon of the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Now it will take its charms to a larger audience as the headliner of “America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting,” an exhibition from May 21 to Aug. 20 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

“This work has a lot of personality,” says Susan Earle, the Spencer’s curator of European and American art. “It’s a great way to represent us, to share that Kansas is a place with a lot of interesting culture that people may not be aware of. That might just be a revelation to some people.”

As First Painter to Queen Marie Antoinette, Ducreux feared for his life during the French Revolution and fled for a time to London. Forced afterward to reinvent himself, Ducreux ventured beyond the norms of high-society portraiture by painting self-portraits that depicted expressions then rare in fine art: yawning, laughing, crying, mocking, shushing.

Earle describes the 1791 painting as a sort of 18th-century selfie, which helps explain Ducreux’s emergence as an internet superstar. The painter, who died in 1802, has two Twitter accounts and in 2013 won Reddit’s Tournament of Memes. “It hits that chord as a selfie in a way that others don’t,” Earle says. “This one somehow speaks to people.”

A long as they don’t speak back. Shush!

—Chris Lazzarino

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Artist reimagines 12th Street mural

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Ross Potter paints a mural at 12th and Indiana in Lawrence
The retaining-wall mural behind the big apartment house on the northeast corner of 12th and Louisiana Streets, for years a popular visual respite for hill hikers ascending from downtown, is finally getting fresh paint and a new look.

Artist Ross Potter, who lives in the neighboring apartment house and is paying his rent by painting for the landlord, on Wednesday spray-painted the wall in a fresh base of sky blue, over which he added a fanciful Jayhawk and an emerging array of sunflowers.

“I’ve been painting flowers,” says Potter, a Hutchinson native who hopes to study art at KU in the fall, “all over Kansas.”

According to his sketched plans, the flowers will gently nudge passersby with a tender touch of wisdom:
“Don’t worry about all the answers, all at once.”
“R U”
“grow”
“ing”
“beautifully?”

—Chris Lazzarino

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Jayhawks in the News | March 10

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Putting Kansas ‘on the map': University alumna brings major film and TV projects to the Midwest | University Daily Kansan

Audiences all over the world saw the Kansas City skyline last year in “American Honey.” The film, which received six nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards — including Best Feature and Female Lead — stars actor Shia LaBeouf. Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham, a 1999 graduate and University alumna, worked with the crew of “American Honey” for the duration of its stay in Kansas City.
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The Most Important Coach You’ve Never Heard Of | FountainCityFrequency.com

A documentary came out last year celebrating the life of that coach. “Fast Break: The Legend of John McLendon” was directed by University of Kansas film Professor Kevin Willmott who says McLendon is an American hero. In 1936, McLendon was the first black man to graduate from KU with a Physical Education degree.
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Law professor, practicing lawyer pens memoir on attaining third degree at age 72 | University of Kansas

Plenty of people go back to school at a nontraditional age. But most of them don’t take classes for a doctorate at a school in which they are also a professor. Or while they are practicing law full-time. Or at the age of 72. But that’s exactly what Bruce Hopkins did when he decided to get an SJD at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he also serves as a professor from practice.
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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Linwood | KU Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research highlights alumni accomplishments on their website. Rebecca Linwood, c’05, is featured this month. Linwood earned a degree in cell biology and is a senior scientist at Merck Animal Health.
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Greenberg Traurig Adds Powerhouse Attorneys to White Collar Practice | PRNewswire.com

Nathan Muyskens, former Co-Chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Practice at Loeb & Loeb, joined the Washington, D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig. Muyskens earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1995.
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Catina Taylor wants to restore Kansas City’s hopes and dreams in education with new tiny school | The Lean Lab on Medium.com

Kayla Smalley sat down with Catina Taylor, co-founder of the V Form Alliance and founder of Dreams KC, to hear about her entrepreneurial journey in building a new tiny school in Kansas City. Taylor is a 1999 graduate of the KU School of Law.
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Pelicans Sign D-League’s Wayne Selden Jr. | BlacktopTV

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed current D-League player and former Kansas star Wayne Selden Jr. The 6-5, 230-pound guard has averaged of 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists this season with the Iowa Energy.
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Former Kansas men’s basketball great Bill Hougland passes | KUAthletics.com

William “Bill” Hougland, former Kansas men’s basketball player and the first player in Olympic basketball history to win two gold medals, died March 6 in Lawrence. He was 86. Hougland, b’52, was a former member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors.
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New KU building illustrates ‘transparency’ | 6 News Lawrence

KU’s new School of Business building opened its doors last May—and it’s already received several awards and national recognition. David Broz, a’97, an architect for Gensler says while conceptualizing the building back in 2009, the country was in a recession—and staff wanted to bring nobility back to business.
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Jayhawks in the News | February 10

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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TeamKC initiative works to attract young professionals to the area | Ink KC

Jessica Nelson, managing director of TeamKC: Life+Talent, helps tell the Kansas City story to young professionals in an effort to recruit them to the area. Nelson, j’11, is executive vice president of the Greater Kansas City Area alumni network.
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Paleontology grant, Latin American research awards and other January accolades from KU | LJWorld.com

Sara Shepherd, the LJWorld’s education reporter, shares a number of tidbits from the Hill in her column, including some honors and awards. Four KU graduate students recently completed international research in their respective fields; a research project manager received the KGS Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award; and KU received a $100,000 grant to help students pursue fieldwork in places like Wyoming and Turkey.
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Adrienne Rosel Bulinski to emcee talent show | Leader & Times

Adrienne Rosel Bulinski, a motivational speaker and entertainer, will be the emcee for the 2017 Pancake Day Talent Show Feb. 25. Bulinski, j’05, is a Liberal native and former Miss Liberal, Miss Kansas. She currently lives in Denver.
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Local ceramics sculptor Jacob Burmood draws from his childhood to create art | University Daily Kansan

Jacob Burmood, a sculptor and 2013 University graduate in ceramics, recently received agrant from ArtsKC, a fund which makes grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs throughout the KC region, for his work with casting draped cloth into bronze. The grant gives him access to more of that bronze, a material that does not come cheap for most sculptors.
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Business school to host series of data analytics symposiums | Medium.com

Beginning this semester, the KU School of Business and the Business Analytics Club will present a monthly symposium on topics surrounding data analytics. The second symposium in the series will feature Ruben Sigala, b’97, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Caesars Entertainment Corp.
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Blooom raises $9.15M, surpasses $500M in AUM | Kansas City Business Journal

Leawood-based Blooom raised $9.15 million in Series B financing, giving it the resources necessary to boost its marketing to reach more of its target audience of middle-class workers and grow even faster. Blooom CEO Chris Costello, b’95, told the Kansas City Business Journal that the $9.15 million gives the company plenty of time to prove that it has a business model that can grow.
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KU Ph.D. student wants to help people track Trump’s promises | University Daily Kansan

Students can now quickly and easily keep up with the actions of President Donald Trump, thanks in part to the work of a student here at the University. Peter Federman, who is working toward his Ph.D. in public administration, helped develop Track Trump, which is downloadable on smartphones and has a desktop version.
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KU to recognize 2017 Men of Merit | KU News Service

Sixteen students, faculty and staff have been selected as University of Kansas Men of Merit, recognized for positively defining masculinity through challenging cultural norms, taking action and leading by example while making contributions to the university and/or the community.
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Two KU alumni named Pipeline Fellows | Medium.com

Two recent KU graduates, Austin Barone, b’16, and Lei Shi, e’05, PhD’17, were selected as part of Pipeline’s 2017 entrepreneurial fellowship class, announced at the Innovator of the Year event Jan. 26 in Kansas City. Both graduates’ startups were launched through The Catalyst, KU’s student business accelerator.
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Kansas City law firm elects first female president | Kansas City Business Journal

The partners at McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC elected Kristie Remster Orme as the first woman president in the firm’s history. Orme is a 19-year veteran of the firm, a member of its Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Banking & Financial Services groups. She earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1997.
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Lathrop & Gage promotes four to partner | Lathrop & Gage LLP

Hissan Anis and Kate O’Hara Gasper were promoted to partner status at Lathrop & Gage, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Anis earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 2009; Gasper graduated in 2008.
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Jayhawks in the News | January 13

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Curtain call: Artistic factotum Ric Averill to retire from Lawrence Arts Center | LJWorld.com

Ric Averill retired at the end of December as artistic director of the Lawrence Arts Center, where he worked for more than 16 years. But Averill, f’72, g’85, clarified that he’s not retiring from the arts.
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Sara Matthews named University of Delaware Head Volleyball Coach | Delaware Blue Hens

Former KU volleyball standout Sara Matthews was named head volleyball coach at the University of Delaware. Matthews, d’02, served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at TCU and has also previously served on the staffs at USC and West Virginia. She was a Jayhawk Scholar in 1999, and earned Big 12 All-Academic First Team honors in 2000.
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Three long-acquainted Kansas City actors reveal brief tips for local success | KCUR.org

Kathleen Warfel, c’79, is among the three actors starring in Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady, which opened Jan. 11 at Union Station’s H&R Block City Stage, who reminisced about their careers and shared tips for success.
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KU alumnus’ startup making inroads in sports tech industry | LJWorld.com

A year ago Austin Barone finished up a 21-hour semester, having crammed in enough hours to graduate in December. This year, his startup business, Just Play Sports Solutions, has clients nationwide. Barone, b’16, is a former kicker on the KU football team and credits The Catalyst, KU’s student business accelerator with helping boost his business.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 2

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Lawrence artist’s business grows out of campaign to cheer up hospitalized friend | LJWorld.com

Art has been central to Stacey Lamb’s identity since she was a child, and she went on to earn a degree in fine arts from KU and worked as a greeting card illustrator for thirty years. After a close friend was diagnosed with leukemia, she turned to art to deal with her emotions and help her friend.
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Walt Riker, former Topekan, still taking on challenges, tapping into adrenaline | Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Topekan Walt Riker spent much of his career traveling the world, first as press secretary for Sen. Bob Dole and then guiding McDonald’s Corp. as its vice president of corporate communications. Riker, c’70, j’78, also served on the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors.
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Koley Jessen enhances health law practice | Omaha World-Herald

Amanda Angell, a 2015 graduate of the KU School of Law, recently joined Koley Jessen, a full-service business law firm based in Omaha. Angell was previously a compliance consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
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KC chamber’s top honor goes to Hallmark CEO Donald J. Hall Jr. | Kansas City Star

Donald J. Hall Jr. was awarded the Kansas City area’s highest honor for civic leadership at the 129th annual dinner of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Hall, g’83, is the fourth member of the Hall family to receive the honor.
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Littler adds plateful of young attorneys to its Kansas City office | Kansas City Business Journal

KU Law School graduates Luke Hangge and Kyle Kitson have joined Littler Mendelson PC as associates in its employment and labor law practice. Hangge, l’16, served as a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court in Kansas City this past year. Kitson, l’13, was previously an attorney with two other firms in the Kansas City area.
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Q&A: Hank Driskill, University alumnus and technical supervisor for Disney’s ‘Moana’ | University Daily Kansan

The Kansan got a chance to have a conversation with Hank Driskill, c’88, a technical supervisor for the film. Read as he discusses his Kansas beginnings, his work at Disney and “Moana.”
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Richard Rogers, who spent 40 years as a federal judge in Kansas, dies at 94 | Topeka Capital-Journal

Richard Rogers was a decorated war veteran, mayor of Manhattan, and member of both chambers of the Kansas Legislature. He graduated from the KU School of Law in 1947 and entered private practice.
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University alumna Una Nowling talks Trans Awareness | University Daily Kansan

Una Nowling, e’93, g’93, was the keynote speaker for Trans Awareness Week, which was hosted by the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. She shared her experiences of her transition both in and out of her workplace in the STEM field with the audience.
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New DA to make changes in prosecutors | Wyandotte Daily

Damon Mitchell, a Kansas City native and 2000 graduate of the KU School of Law, was named chief deputy district attorney for Wyandotte County by the newly elected district attorney Mark Dupree.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 4

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Meet the man responsible for making sure Hillary Clinton’s strategy works | Los Angeles Times

Marlon Marshall, c’13, oversees the largest division of Clinton’s campaign and interacts with just about every other aspect of it. Officially, he’s the director of states and political engagement. A St. Louis native, Marshall is the most senior African American on either presidential campaign.
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For Native American women with breast cancer, finding quality medical services a difficult task | University Daily Kansan

Sarah Deer, a visiting law professor and alumna of the University, is part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago at the age of 33 and was “sidelined” for a year.
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KU alumni developing feature-length film | University Daily Kansan

Brothers Ben and Jacob Burghart have created their own short-action films, which will culminate with the production of “Follow the Leader,” the duo’s first feature-length film. They recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production process.
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Tocagen Strengthens Leadership Team: Martin Duvall Appointed as Chief Executive Officer | Tocagen.com

Marty Duvall, who earned a master’s of business administration degree from KU, was named chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Tocagen Inc., a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene company.
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University alumni find success in entrepreneurial journey | University Daily Kansan

Two University alumni have ventured into the realm of Los Angeles entrepreneurship and a documentary series that follows the journey of entrepreneurs throughout the world. Tyler Reynolds, c’10, and Philip Ozorkiewicz,c’14, met when they were both upperclassmen at the University.
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Mayra Aguirre named vice president and secretary of Hall Family Foundation | Kansas City Star

Mayra Aguirre will join the Hall Family Foundation in January as the new vice president and secretary, where she will build on her grant-making experience and community background. Aguirre earned a law degree from the University of Kansas.
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Alumni fund center to prepare students for careers in transactional law | KU School of Law

The Polsinelli Transactional Law Center at the KU School of Law was established with $250,000 in gifts and pledges from 67 KU Law alumni and friends employed by Polsinelli- representing a 100 percent alumni participation rate.
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The Broadmoor Hotel: Where Billionaire Phil Anschutz Fell In Love With Business | Forbes.com

Philip Anschutz, b’61, knew early in life that he was put on this earth to be a collector of businesses. When he was 10, he told his parents he would own the Broadmoor hotel one day—and in 2011 he finally acquired it.
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Are smartphones making players worse? Or do coaches just need to adjust? | Starters

The blog post features a conversation with Austin Barone, b’16 co-founder of Just Play Sports Solutions and former KU football player, who shares how a coaching staff can embrace smartphone usage in the locker room.
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Changing a space into a place

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Spencer Museum of ArtThe Spencer Museum of Art will reopen to the public Saturday, Oct. 15, after an 18-month renovation that has transformed exhibition and educational spaces. A weekend-long celebration featuring music and dance performances, art activities and new gallery installations will usher in a new era for the Spencer Museum.

Kansas Alumni magazine featured the Spencer renovation as the cover story of issue No. 5, 2016. The article is available online.

Click here to learn more about the renovation and to see a schedule of events for the grand opening celebration.

Saralyn Reece Hardy, c’76, g’94, director of the Spencer Museum, shares more in our new video below.

 

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Jayhawks in the News | October 7

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Education is a family affair: Mother and daughter graduate together | Indian Country Today Media Network

It’s the first time in KU history that a mother and daughter graduated together from the KU School of Social Welfare. Carole Painte Walker walked down the Hill last May with her daughter, Kelly. The pair earned Master of Science in Social Work degrees.
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Blue Valley Northwest journalism teacher earns major national award | Blue Valley Post

Jim McCrossen is one of eight journalism teachers from across the country who will receive the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Pioneer Award this year. McCrossen, j’84, has taught at the school for the past 24 years.
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Investigation points to Russian role in downed Malaysia Airlines jet | NPR

KU alumnus Aric Toler was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, where he discussed his work for Bellingcat.
KU Alum Aric Toler was on NPR’s All Things Considered today, discussing his work for Bellingcat. Toler, c’11, g’13, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Slavic languages and literatures.
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My Final Season | The Players’ Tribune

Former KU basketball star Paul Pierce announced that this season will be his last in a piece he wrote for the popular blog.
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Kansas City Chiefs award Mayra Aguirre the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award | Kansas City Chiefs

The professional football team announced Mayra Aguirre, Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Aguirre, l’07, was honored during a pregame ceremony on the field at the team’s Sept. 25 game against the New York Jets.
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Topeka West inducts four into 2016 Graduate Hall of Fame | Topeka Capitol-Journal

Alice Craig, b’90, l’95, was one of four graduates of Topeka West high school inducted into the hall of fame. Craig is currently a law professor at the KU School of Law.
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KU alumnus’ podcast explores culture of Lawrence | University Daily Kansan

Jason Barr created the Lawrence-based podcast A.D.D., which started out as an art podcast but morphed into a culture show with a real cast. Barr, c’10, ran an indie rock show at KJHK while he was a student at KU.
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KU alumnus’ documentary celebrates national prairie reserve in Flint Hills | University Daily Kansan

After learning that the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Dave Kendall started work on a film that explores the history of the eastern Kansas preserve. Kendall graduated with an undergraduate degree in cultural geography in 1975 and received master’s degrees in journalism and anthropology in 1983.
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Zika in the crosshairs: Hutch native on the front line in fight against virus | The Hutchinson News

Hutchinson native Rick Bright became intrigued with the devastating 1918 flu pandemic that started at the U.S. Army base at Fort Riley and spread globally. He spent a couple of years studying at the University of Kansas, and finished his bachelor’s degree in biology – medical technology – and physical sciences from Auburn University.
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