Jayhawks in the News | February 24

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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KU provost introduces new program to help break down barriers for first-time students | Leader & Times

KU Provost Neeli Bendapudi visited southwest Kansas recently to discuss efforts made at the University of Kansas to alleviate transfer issues as well as a program to help Pell Grant and first-generation college students acclimate to a large campus. Alumnus Al Shank, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, is also mentioned in the article.
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Dole Institute unveils full slate of spring programs | The University of Kansas

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced additional public programs for the spring 2017 semester. A group of distinguished KU alumni will headline the semester’s programming, including 2017 Dole Lecture guest Robert Kaplan.
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Filling the Federal Reserve Board Vacancies? | The Beacon, Independent Institute

Sheila Bair has been mentioned as a potential candidate for one of three vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board. Bair, c’75, l’78, is currently the president of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
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Sook joins Jeter Law Firm as a partner | Hays Post

Christopher W. Sook has joined Jeter Law Firm LLP in Hays as a partner. Sook, l’02, has a general civil practice.
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University alumnus and Guinness World Record holder determined to win Taco Bell wedding | University Daily Kansan

Dan Ryckert, an alumnus who holds two Guiness World Records and is a well-established voice in the gaming community, and his fiancee are competing to become the first couple to be married in the new Taco Bell Chapel in Las Vegas. Ryckert, c’08, has also published six books, including one about his experiences at KU.
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Spencer Fane Reunites With Lovett-Bowman, Expands Litigation Practice | Market Wired

Stephanie A. Lovett-Bowman, c’05, j’05, l’10, has rejoined the Spencer Fane’s litigation practice after serving with the U.S. Department of Education. Previous to her time at the DoE, Stephanie served with Spencer Fane for five years.
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Virtual reality field trips offer black history experiences for KC students | Startland

Catina Taylor, a co-founder of the V Form Alliance, uses virtual reality that allows elementary and middle school students to take a “field trip” exploring landmarks in Kansas and Missouri that are relevant to black history. Taylor earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1999.
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School board veteran Mary Loveland among candidates for vacant seat | LJWorld.com

Mary Loveland, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors from 1977-1982, is a candidate for the open seat on the Lawrence school board. Loveland, c’70, previously served on the board from 1987-2003 and again from 2007-2011.
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National champion, KU basketball alum Brandon Rush set for jersey retirement | Topeka Capital-Journal

Former KU basketball star Brandon Rush, ’09, was honored at the Feb. 22 basketball game when his jersey was retired at halftime.
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Sweepstakes winner revels in KU’s historic hoops victory

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Carole Haggard, Membership Mania Sweepstakes winner
Carole Haggard, a retired teacher in Olathe, could not believe her good luck in January, when she learned she had won the grand prize in the Alumni Association’s Membership Mania Sweepstakes. Haggard, g’94, who renewed her annual membership to enter the drawing, scored a $1,000 Visa gift card, a basketball autographed by the KU men’s basketball team and four tickets to a home game in Allen Field House.

Her good fortune continued Feb. 13, when Haggard, her daughter-in-law Calla Haggard and granddaughters Sara and Dorothy enjoyed prime seats for the Jayhawks’ improbable comeback 84-80 win in overtime against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The family rejoiced with the rest of the thunderous crowd, which set a new Guinness world record when the roar reached 130.4 decibels, the  loudest in an indoor arena.

“This was an unforgettable night, and I’m truly grateful,” Haggard said. Sharing the experience with her family made it all the sweeter.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

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Family negotiates fun into Sunflower State rivalry

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Justin and Kelly Law | www.kualumni.org

Justin Law is the first to admit that his spouse is much better at compromising than he is—especially when it comes to watching college sports. But he’s no stranger to compromise either.

Justin, b’99, g’04, a diehard Jayhawk, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kelly, a K-State graduate. They met in Kansas City in 2004, thanks to a friend who played matchmaker. An engagement soon followed, and the young couple decided to ditch the big city and move to a smaller town.

“Manhattan wasn’t necessarily on the list at the time,” Justin recalls wryly.

That changed when Kelly accepted a job at the K-State Alumni Association. The Laws have been in the Little Apple ever since.

The Laws | www.kualumni.orgDespite the fact that Justin bleeds crimson and blue, and Kelly’s pride is purple, the two make it work. “She’s come to KU basketball games with me but not against K-State,” says Justin. “I’ve been to K-State football games when they’re not playing KU. I’m a little more competitive and more interested in the outcome of sporting events, especially against K-State—especially living in Manhattan.”

Kelly, who now works at USI Insurance Services and counts the KU Alumni Association as one of her clients, has softened her stance against her intrastate rival. “I will willingly go to KU games when they’re not playing K-State, and I’ll cheer for KU,” she says. “But I typically wear pretty neutral colors.”

Justin gets a little support from their daughter, Kherington, who’s almost 7. The young girl, who at first favored the Wildcats over the Jayhawks, has been singing a different tune lately. The future Jayhawk, who is a big fan of Baby Jay and can easily recite KU’s alma mater, proudly sports her Jayhawk cheerleading outfit to school and willingly endures teasing from her teachers and classmates.

“She actually started out a K-State fan,” says Justin. “Around the age of 4, she switched allegiances. I’m honestly not sure how that happened. I wish I knew how, so if she started wavering I could bring her back.”

The Laws keep the family rivalry fun by placing wagers, which include dinner duty or a household chore for the losing fan, on KU vs. K-State games. “We have a lot of family bets,” says Kelly. “It’s always Kherington and Justin against me.”

Although Justin and his daughter often don’t fare well during football season, they look forward to basketball season and rely on their ’Hawks to outplay the Wildcats—if for no other reason than to dodge dinner duty. Here’s hoping they get their win.

—Heather Biele

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Battle of the blue bloods

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Alumni News and News

KU basketball goal

There’s a big basketball game this Saturday, Jayhawks.

The KU men’s basketball team takes on the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sonic SEC-Big 12 Challenge. The game tips off at 5:15 p.m. CT at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

It’s the perfect opportunity to gather with fellow alumni, fans and friends!

Pregame Party

Hang out with staff members from the KU Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and the Williams Fund before the game at the Magnolia Room in the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

We’ll have light snacks, a cash bar and TVs showing other games.

2:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 28
Magnolia Room, Hilton Lexington Downtown
369 W. Vine St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Watch Parties

More than 50 watch parties are scheduled around the country, from Albany to Wichita—it’s close to a record number.

Check out our online calendar to find a watch party near you. And if you haven’t connected with a local alumni network, you can find a list of all networks plus links to their websites and Facebook groups here.

Share your photos

We’d love to see your photos from the pregame party, the game or your watch parties! Share them on social media using the #KUalumni hashtag, or post them to our Facebook page. We’ll share the best ones with our followers!

If you don’t have an alumni network or watch site in your area, and would like to start one, contact Nick Kallail, assistant vice president of alumni and career programs, at nickkallail@kualumni.org.

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Self a First-Time Naismith Hall of Fame Nominee

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Coach Bill Self
 
Men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday was announced as a first-time nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I certainly didn’t expect this,” Self said during preparations for Thursday’s game at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “I’m proud, mainly because of the teams’ successes we’ve had in the various stops that put me in a position to be considered.”

Self, a Life Joint member of the KU Alumni Association, is 395-84 in his 14 seasons at KU, and his 82.5 KU winning percentage is the best in school history. Including his coaching stints at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois, Self is 602-189 in 24 years as a head coach. At KU, where he has taken his Jayhawks to 18-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Self has recorded more conference titles (12) than home losses (9).

Finalists will be announced during NBA All-Star festivities Feb. 18 in New Orleans, and the hall of fame’s Class of 2017 will be unveiled April 3 at the NCAA Tournament’s championship game in Glendale, Arizona.

—Chris Lazzarino

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Top Ten KU stories of 2016

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Top 10 stories of 2016 via kualumni.org
 
We’re recounting the most memorable moments and biggest KU stories of the past year. With help from our crack team of KU experts, a.k.a. your hard-working KU Alumni Association staff, we’ve assembled and ranked the top ten of 2016. Read on as we present the best of KU…

 

10. Basketball Rules

The new home of Naismith’s original rules of basketball hosted a housewarming party when the DeBruce Center held its official grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 23. Hundreds of loyal fans and alumni made the pilgrimage to Lawrence to pay tribute to the game’s inventor and tour the new building connected to Allen Fieldhouse.

9. Winning week

A big basketball win over Duke, a double-overtime Border War win for soccer, KU’s first Big 12 volleyball title and an upset football victory over Texas. It was more than just a great week to be a Jayhawk. From Sunday to Sunday, it was a week for the athletics ages.

8. Open for Business

In May, we took a sneak peek inside the School of Business’ new building, Capitol Federal Hall, where expansive, flexible design encourages collaborative learning and innovation is welcome. More details and images of the school’s new space can be found in the May issue of Kansas Alumni magazine.

7. KU Endowment announces results of Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas

The largest higher education fundraising effort to date in the state, Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, raised $1.66 billion, far exceeding its $1.2 billion goal. The campaign, which ended June 30, boosted student support, faculty, facilities and programs at the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.

6. Twelve straight Big 12 Conference titles

Highlights of the 2015-16 season included a gold medal at the World University Games in South Korea; the championship trophy at the 2015 Maui Invitational in November; a 12th-straight Big 12 Conference regular season; and the Big 12 Postseason Championship title. It truly was an amazing year.
 

5. KU student earns Rhodes Scholarship

University of Kansas senior Shegufta Huma is one of 32 American students to win a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious recognitions of scholarly excellence. Shegufta HumaHuma, from Bel Aire, is majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish, and she is particularly interested in working toward justice for Muslim immigrants. Huma is KU’s 27th Rhodes Scholar.

4. KU School of Business dean Neeli Bendapudi named Provost

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve my alma mater in a new capacity and look forward to working with people across campus to make it an even better place for our students, our faculty and our staff to learn and to work,” Bendapudi said. “This is a truly wonderful place that means so much to me and my family, and this opportunity is a dream come true for me.”

3. KU Sesquicentennial

In 2016, KU celebrated a 150-year tradition of educating leaders and serving the state of Kansas. The KU Alumni Association contributed to the momentous occasion with a number of commemorative activities, including a KU150-themed birthday celebration at the 2015 Jayhawk Roundup in Wichita, a special edition of our annual alumni calendar with historic images of KU and a reprise of our popular Jayhawks on Parade with three one-of-a-kind Jayhawks to celebrate KU.

2. Chancellor Gray-Little to step down in summer 2017

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, has announced she will step down from the position in summer 2017. “It has been an honor to lead the University of Kansas,” said Chancellor Gray-Little. “KU has always been a special place with terrific people and an instinctive spirit to change our world for the better. Leading this remarkable institution is a privilege I always will cherish, and I’m grateful to the entire KU community for believing in our mission.”

…and the biggest KU story of 2016 (drumroll please)…

1. KU alumnus wins Nobel Peace Prize

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at ending a civil war that has ravaged his country for more than 50 years. “This great honor only adds to the immense pride KU alumni around the world have felt for their fellow Jayhawk since President Santos devoted himself to the cause of peace in Colombia,” said KU Alumni Association President Heath Peterson. “This Nobel Peace Prize also brings honor to the long-established mission of University of Kansas faculty, administrators, students, staff and alumni to make our heartland campus a welcome home to students from around the world. Our international missions, as educators and alumni advocates, will continue with an energized pace thanks to President Santos, whom we are proud to call one of our own.”

How did we do? Was your favorite KU moment mentioned or did we forget another unforgettable moment? Let us know by emailing us at share@kualumni.org, and check out more stories while you’re here. It’s been a great year worth celebrating, and we know our chant will rise in 2017!

–David Johnston

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Basketball pregame events scheduled for CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Alumni News and News

KU basketball goal

The KU men’s basketball team will play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Nov. 21 and 22.

KU alumni, fans and friends are invited to pregame festivities hosted by the KU Alumni Association and Williams Education Fund.

Monday, Nov. 21

Monday’s pregame party starts at 5:30 p.m., and the game against UAB tips off at 8:30 p.m. The pregame event takes place at McFadden’s, 1330 Grand Boulevard in the KC Live! block, across the street from the arena.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

On Tuesday, the pregame events runs from 4-6:30 p.m. at No Other Pub, also in the KC Live! block. The time and opponent for the second game will be determined after Monday’s game.

For tickets to the games, contact Kansas Athletics at 800.34.HAWKS.

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Cheer KU in the Champions Classic

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Allen Fieldhouse student section
The KU men’s basketball team takes on Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The game tips off at approximately 8 p.m. (CT), following the first matchup between Kentucky and Michigan State.

Pregame parties

We know lots of Jayhawks are in New York City for the game, so we’re hosting two pregame parties in the city. Both parties begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

American Whiskey
247 W. 30th St. between 7th and 8th
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Cornerstone Tavern
961 2nd Ave.
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Cornerstone Tavern is the official watch site for the New York City Metropolitan Area Alumni Network. If you don’t have tickets to the game, stay and watch it here with fellow Jayhawks.

Game watch parties

Watch the game with fellow alumni, fans and friends at an official KU Alumni watch site.

Click here for a list of official KU Alumni watch parties. These events are hosted by alumni volunteers and you’ll certainly be surrounded by crimson and blue.

Click here for a list of watch sites. Please note, if there isn’t an official party scheduled on our calendar for a site, we cannot guarantee that the watch sites will show the KU game, especially if there are other college or professional sporting events happening at the same time.

Watch and listen

The game will be televised on ESPN or you can listen to it on the Jayhawk Radio Network, ESPN Radio or Sirius/XM 80.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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Basketball season tips off in Hawaii

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Big Jay in Allen Fieldhouse

The KU men’s basketball team has wrapped up two exhibition games against in-state opponents Washburn University and Emporia State University, and the 2016-17 season will tip off this Friday, Nov. 11, against Indiana in the State Farm Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii.

Pregame party in Honolulu

For Jayhawks heading to the islands for the game, be sure to join fellow KU alumni, fans and friends for the pregame party at Giovanni Pastrami, the official watch site of the KU Alumni Honolulu Network.

12:30 p.m. HT
Giovanni Pastrami
227 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI
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No reservation is necessary, just show up and join the party! The first game, Arizona vs. Michigan State, tips off at 2 p.m. HT, followed by KU vs. Indiana. If you don’t have tickets for the game, stay and watch it at Giovanni Pastrami.

Game watch parties

Not lucky enough to vacation in Hawaii? Catch the game at an official KU Alumni watch site.

Click here for a list of official KU Alumni watch parties. These events are hosted by alumni volunteers and you’ll certainly be surrounded by crimson and blue.

Click here for a list of watch sites. Please note, if there isn’t an official party scheduled on our calendar for a site, we cannot guarantee that the watch sites will show the KU game, especially if there are other college or professional sporting events happening at the same time.

Watch and listen

The game will be televised on ESPN or you can listen to it on the Jayhawk Radio Network or Sirius/XM 80.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 21

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 in Alumni News and News

KU campus graphics | www.kualumni.org

 

KU alumnus, Colombia leader Juan Manuel Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize | Lawrence Journal-World

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a five-decade civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people — and said he received the award in the name of the Colombian people. Santos, b’73, earned degrees in business and economics from the University.
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University alumnus funds film ‘Stadium’ through Kickstarter | University Daily Kansan

Caleb Knueven, c’11, is writing and directing a new short film titled “Stadium” about the beginning of a breakup. On Aug. 19, the film received funding through Kickstarter and surpassed its goal of $6,000, with a final tally of $8,075.
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Alumna’s role as CEO of design firm started with KU business education | KU School of Business on Medium

Jesse Hufft describes her position as co-founder and CEO of Hufft Projects as the job she never knew she always wanted. She and her husband, Matthew Hufft — a KU architecture graduate — started the architecture firm, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2005. He serves as the firm’s creative director.
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KU Student Housing leader Diana Robertson to retire | KU Student Housing

Diana Robertson, director of Student Housing at the University of Kansas, has announced her retirement effective June 27. In her 17 years at KU she has served as director for 11 years and associate director for residence life for six.
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A booster paid $4.3 million for Naismith’s rules, then KU built this palace for them | Kansas City Star

A video from the Kansas City star narrated by KU alumnus and television journalist Bill Kurtis describes the DeBruce Center, built adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse to house the historic rules of basketball purchased by alumnus David Booth.
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Making billions with one belief: The markets can’t be beat  |  The Wall Street Journal

Speaking of David Booth, the Wall Street Journal published an article about his company, Dimensional Fund Advisors, LP, the fastest-growing major mutual-fund company in the United States. The company was launched in 1981.
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David Jaynes living proof that Kansas can beat the best in football recruiting | Lawrence Journal-World

Legendary KU football player David Jaynes, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Barbara, was in town for a KU football reunion he organized for former KU coach Pepper Rodgers’ 85th birthday, which coincided with Saturday’s 24-23 loss to TCU. Jaynes placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1973.
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