Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 11

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks 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.

 

Release: Governor-elect Laura Kelly names choice for KDOT, Commerce secretaries | Kelly Transition Team

Citing her 25 years of experience building and leading high-performance teams, Governor-elect Laura Kelly named Julie Lorenz, g’89, as her interim choice to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kelly also named David Toland, c’99 g’01, as the permanent Secretary of Commerce, highlighting his decade of work on economic development issues in communities across Kansas.
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Following a family legacy in the arts, Lawrence native is singing opera in Germany | Lawrence Journal-World

Sarah Bodle, u’13, couldn’t just come to Lawrence and spend Christmas with her family; she had to squeeze in a performance. The 28-year-old opera singer, who lives and studies in Berlin, will give a winter-themed recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1263 North 1100 Road. She’ll be singing excerpts from German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden,” accompanied by Ellen Sommer, a University of Kansas lecturer in piano.
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Armstrong Teasdale Elects Three New Partners, Three Equity Partners | Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that the equity partners of the firm have elected Paul Croker, b’01 l’04, Scott Galt and Sarah Sise to equity partner. In addition, Jaimie Mansfield, Mark Thomas and Andrew Zimmerman have been elected partners by the firm’s Executive Committee. All of the aforementioned changes are effective Jan. 1, 2019. Croker is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. He is a trusted legal adviser to clients facing class action and business litigation throughout the country, including enforcement and class actions brought by private parties, attorneys general and governmental agencies.
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Meet Scot Wrighton, Decatur’s new city manager | Herald&Review

The Decatur City Council’s choice for the next city manager says he can be a “change agent” for the community and provide outside-the-box thinking to help find solutions for the city, once he takes the helm in the coming months. “If you’re looking for someone who can just mind the store and make sure the bills get paid, then hire somebody else,” said Scot Wrighton, g’83, who Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe introduced Wednesday as the next city manager for Decatur pending council approval next week. “Because helping the governing body make some fundamentally different directional changes, policy changes is what I can hopefully help them to do and bring together different elements in the community.”
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Salina Chamber of Commerce CEO announces retirement | Salina Journal

After serving the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce for 43 years, the last four as president and chief executive officer, Don L. Weiser, j’73, has announced his retirement effective May 1. In a statement released Thursday, Weiser said it is time for him to enjoy a quieter life and spend more time with his family, which includes wife Lynne, daughters Melissa and Laura and his grandchildren. “I am thankful that Lynne and I chose Salina those years ago,” he said. “We have raised our family here, and we are fortunate to have our children and grandchildren here also. We love this community, love this organization, and see nothing but great things ahead for the future of Salina.”
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Jayhawk great Holly Reynolds to be inducted in Vermont Sports Hall of Fame | KU Athletics

Former Kansas women’s golfer Holly Reynolds, d’94, will be inducted into the esteemed Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019, the board of directors announced earlier this week. Reynolds is one of 13 inductees being introduced at the 2019 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (VSHOF) Induction Dinner and Celebration which will be held at the Trader Duke’s Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, April 13.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 21

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Parson makes three Judicial appointments | The Missouri Times

Gov. Mike Parson announced three appointments to various Judicial Circuits on Tuesday, including Julie Highley, l’96. Highley was appointed as the Associate Circuit Judge for Bates County. She won the August 2018 primary election for the position and ran unopposed in the November 2018 general election. Highley will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Debra Hopkins.
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Meet the new Winnebago Industries: How Iowa’s icon is embracing luxury boats and sleek vans to attract younger buyers | Des Moines Register

In a Des Moines country club, Mary Gottschalk clicked her slideshow to show three recreational vehicles to a crowd of Rotarians breakfasting on scrambled eggs and oatmeal. On the screen appeared an antique, stainless steel teardrop trailer, a hulking, turquoise motorhome and a red camper van topped with a matching kayak. “Which of these are Winnebagos?” she asked her audience, before indicating the correct choice — the sleek, ruby-red van with a sporty bicycle hanging off the back door. “I was surprised, too,” she said before introducing Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe, j’94, and KU Alumni Association national board member, to the podium.
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Ann Selzer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | heavy.

Ann Selzer, c’78, has been called the best pollster in politics. She is the director of the Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll, one of the most closely-watched polls in American politics. She is also the president of Selzer & Co., a public opinion research firm, and a Jayhawk.
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Doctor starts life coaching service focused on weight management, disease prevention | The Wichita Eagle

After a quarter-century in health care, Dr. Delane Vaughn, m’11, couldn’t ignore the fact that many patients are their own worst enemies. “Eighty percent of what we deal with is self-inflicted, whether it be smoking, overeating or (excessive) drinking,” the Wichita family physician said. “I had multiple internal dialogues with myself about how do we fix this?” Vaughn’s answer was to start DelaneMD, a life coaching service focused on weight management and disease prevention that she recently launched with her husband, Dan Jacobs.
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From war zones to KU, older law students find they have much more in common than their age | Lawrence Journal-World

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Eric McMillin, l’20, and John Schoen, l’20, for law professors walking around Green Hall. But they’re not professors; they’re students — ones who, it turns out, lived oddly parallel lives before enrolling in the University of Kansas law school in their mid-50s. McMillin, 57, and Schoen, 58, were classmates at West Point, although they didn’t know that at the time; with 890 students in the 1982 graduating class, they simply never crossed paths. Their later tours of duty took them to some of the same countries and war zones, even at the same time, while serving as officers in the U.S. Army.
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Dentsu Acquires Digital Agency DEG | The Wall Street Journal

Dentsu Aegis Network, a unit of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc., has acquired digital agency DEG, the latest in a string of deals for the holding company. Overland Park, Kan.-based DEG, which has around $50 million in revenue and 300 employees including Dale Hazlett, g’02 l’02, chief financial officer and principal and Neal Sharma, g’02, chief executive and principal, is being sold for approximately $150 million, according to a person close to the deal.
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Protecting Kansans | KU Law Blog

“Your Honor, I represent the United States.” As U.S. attorney for Kansas, Stephen McAllister utters this phrase when making official appearances in federal courtrooms. The experience is humbling and exhilarating every time. “I get to be a part of the greatest ‘law firm’ in the United States, and every day I feel proud of and good about what I do,” said McAllister, l’88. “I love being an advocate, taking a side and articulating its positions. But being a prosecutor is even better than private party litigation because I also have an obligation to see that justice is done, to exercise the public trust appropriately and fairly.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 14

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Alumni Spotlight: Winter 2018 | Center for Undergraduate Research

Andrew Olive, c’07, an assistant professor at KU, reflects on his time as a student doing undergraduate research. Olive gives advice and insight for current students who might be wondering how to make the most of their time in undergrad and how to best prepare for the future.
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Harry Parker Honored as the Inaugural Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Recipient | KU Department of Theatre & Dance

Harry Parker, g’83 PhD’92, chair of Texas Christian University’s Department of Theatre, is the inaugural Ronald A. Willis Scholar/Artist as named by the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance. This position, made possible by the Ronald A. Willis Visiting Scholar/Artist Fund, brings master teachers to the university to contribute to the growth of students and the artistry of KU’s theatre production program.
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Justice after genocide | KU Law Blog

At least 800,000 people were killed in 100 days during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Deborah Wilkinson, l’82, helped bring some of the perpetrators of that violence to justice. As senior appeals counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, Wilkinson and a team of fellow prosecutors spent 5 years litigating the appeals of six high-level Rwandan political and military officials charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. All six were found guilty in 2011.
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IDan Monnat Named to Missouri & Kansas Top 10 and Top 100 Super Lawyers List; Sal Intagliata and Matt Gorney Also Recognized | Monnat & Spurrier

The 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list has honored three Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered attorneys: Dan Monnat, Sal Intagliata, c’92 l’95, and Matt Gorney, l’13 g’13. Sal Intagliata has practiced law more than 20 years, including 19 years in private practice and 4 years as Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting crimes in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division. His practice focuses on criminal, white-collar criminal, and DUI offenses, as well as appeals in federal, state and municipal courts throughout Kansas. Matt Gorney joined Monnat & Spurrier as an associate in 2016. Formerly a professional journalist, Gorney graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and Technology.
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My Dark Vanessa: Why this Lolita for the #MeToo era is the season’s biggest-selling debut | Entertainment Weekly

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, has just acquired Kate Russell’s novel “My Dark Vanessa.” The publisher made the deal for an eye-popping seven-figures in a competitive situation, making it the highest-selling debut of the season.  Russell, PhD’18,teaches creative writing and composition in the University of Kansas English department.
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Shared interests in ‘Klik’ exhibition | The Hutchinson News

Klik is an all-ceramic art show featuring artwork by Antonio Martinez, Emily Chamberlain, Joseph Rincones, and Garet Reynek. Martinez, g’18, was born and raised in Hutchinson, where he was first introduced to clay in high school. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University and later the University of Kansas, receiving his Master of Fine Arts. He currently teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence.
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‘BlacKkKlansman,’ co-written by KU prof, nominated for 4 Golden Globes | Lawrence Journal-World

“BlacKkKlansman,” a film co-written by a University of Kansas film professor, was recently nominated for four Golden Globes Awards, including best motion picture drama. Kevin Willmott, a director, screenwriter and KU professor, co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee. Lee was nominated for best director, and John David Washington was nominated for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama. Adam Driver was nominated for best supporting actor.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 7

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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The problem solver | KU Law Blog

In the summer of 2005, a jury found Lawrence carpenter and former Christian school board member Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. He was sentenced to life in prison. Charles Branson, b’93 l’96, should have been overjoyed, but he wasn’t. Not exactly. The newly elected Douglas County District Attorney had taken office six months prior, expecting jubilation when verdicts went his way. But two young children had lost their mother through violence. “And now, because we had been successful, they had also lost their father,” Branson recalled. “It was such a profound moment for me, realizing there’s not the joy in victory that I thought there would be. You’re still dealing with real people and real issues in the aftermath.”
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Stanford coach Jerod Haase recalls giving ‘blood, sweat, tears’ during his KU career | The Kansas City Star

A fan favorite during his playing days at the University of Kansas, Jerod Haase, b’97 g’01, received a hero’s welcome on Dec. 3, 2016 — the day he brought his Stanford basketball team to Allen Fieldhouse to face the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks. Many friends and former classmates approached the 1997 KU graduate during warmups to hug or grasp the hand of the gritty 6-foot-3 former Jayhawk guard, whose teams went 42-0 in an Allen Fieldhouse during his three-year KU career (1995-97).
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Audrey is an associate in Thompson Coburn’s business litigation group. | Thompson Coburn LLP

Mense, c’06, focuses on complex commercial litigation and her clients include local businesses, national banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and multi-national corporations. Audrey has extensive experience handling mass tort claims, contract disputes, business torts, fraud claims, and asbestos cases in state and federal courts across the country and she also serves a national counsel coordinating the defense of multi-jurisdictional product liability claims.
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International organization announces the Rosemary O’Leary Prize | The University of Kansas

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) announced they are seeking nominations for the first ever Rosemary O’Leary Prize for outstanding scholarship on women in public administration. Rosemary O’Leary, c’78 l’81 g’82, is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas. The inaugural award will be given at the society’s annual conference next year in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Bikes that build jobs: Chicago museum to feature KU professor’s unique bamboo bikes | University Daily Kansan

When picturing a build-it-yourself bike, one would probably assume the main material used is metal or wood; however, some “BIY” bikes created by a University of Kansas professor are made of locally-sourced bamboo from Greensboro, Alabama. Lance Rake, f’74, professor of industrial design, said his bamboo bikes were born out of the small Alabama town as the socioeconomic situation of the community needed a boost.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 30

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Kansas City-based magazine features KU visual arts alumnus, professor | University Daily Kansan

KC Studio magazine, a Kansas City publication that covers performing, literary, visual and cinematic arts, recently featured two local artists with ties to the University of Kansas. University professor Benjamin Rosenthal along with alumnus Ruben Castillo’s, g’17, portfolios were featured earlier in November.
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13th Judicial Circuit: Jacobs, Morrell win seats on bench | The Columbia Missourian

Incumbent Republican Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs narrowly retained his seat on the bench in Tuesday’s election, while Democrat Stephanie Morrell, c’97 l’00, defeated Republican Associate Circuit Judge Josh Devine. Jacobs, who was appointed to the bench in October 2017, will remain in the position after narrowly defeating Democrat Finley Gibbs. He and Morrell, an assistant Boone County prosecutor, will serve six-year terms.
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Long-time Kansas Lawyer inducted in Warren E. Burger Society | National Center for State Courts

Forrest James Robinson, Jr., l’83, a seasoned and decorated business litigator with 35 years of experience, in being inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society. The Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971.
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Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 – Dr. Chelsie Bright | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

As Senior Experience Management Scientists for Qualtrics, Chelsie Bright, g’14 g’15, understands the importance of quantitative data in politics. “There is a huge need for individuals with research skills in government and public policy. If we are going to solve some of today’s most pressing social and political issues, we need to expand research from the theoretical realm into the applied,” Bright says.
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Audus to step down as pharmacy dean; search for new dean to begin | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas will begin a search for a new dean of the School of Pharmacy. Kenneth Audus, PhD’84, has announced he will not seek reappointment at the conclusion of his current term, which ends in June 2019. When he started as dean, about 40 percent of pharmacists in Kansas were over 50 years of age. There was also a nationwide pharmacist shortage. Kansas needed more pharmacists and needed more graduating pharmacists to seek jobs in rural areas. Audus and his administration began a grass-roots effort to build support among working pharmacists in Kansas to expand the KU Pharm.D. program.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 23

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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30 Under 30 – Energy 2019 | Forbes

Sunny Sanwar, e’10, earned a degree in mechanical engineering at age 19. By 22 he developed and commercialized lithium-polymer battery packs, and has worked to scale them up from 1kwh to 1mwh. In 2016 he sold his battery venture Verd2Go for $2 million to Exergonix, where he now leads development of large-scale utility, rooftop solar and energy storage, having completed nearly 100 projects.
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Phyllis Bock: First Associated Students of Montana State University attorney | Montana State University

Phyllis Bock’s work is unmatched and of huge historical and cultural significance for anyone attending Montana State University between the 1970s and early 2010. Bock, c’73 l’78, was hired at MSU in 1982 to initiate the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU) student legal services program as a pilot project. The program was intended to provide low cost legal services to students in the areas of tenant and landlord law, family law, domestic abuse and misdemeanors.
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Day in the Life: Advocacy, poetry guide Raven Bookstore owner’s life | University Daily Kansan

The Raven Book Store has been around for 31 years on the corner of 7th and Massachusetts Streets. Danny Caine, a University of Kansas graduate, g’17, and published poet, bought the store in August 2017. Caine went from chaperoning high school dances in Smithville, Ohio, to owning the Raven Book Store, while getting a couple degrees and publishing a few poems along the way.
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Day in the Life: ACLU adviser Amii Castle says she has ‘the sweetest gig ever’ | University Daily Kansan

Amii Castle, c’94 l’97, always knew she wanted to teach. So a few years ago, after working for most of her career as a litigator in downtown Kansas City, the University of Kansas alumna decided to give her alma mater a call. “They said, ‘Well, we don’t really hire KU grads, so you’re kind of wasting your time,’” she said. Undiscouraged, Castle went ahead with advice to develop a class and get published. Within two years, she published nine articles — all while working full time.
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New chief judge appointed for 14th Judicial District | State of Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss announced today the Kansas Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Jeffrey Gettler, l’06, as chief judge of the 14th Judicial District from January 13 through December 31, 2019.
Gettler will succeed Chief Judge William Cullins, who will continue to serve as a district judge in the 14th Judicial District. The 14th Judicial District is composed of Chautauqua and Montgomery counties. “We are glad that Judge Gettler has agreed to serve as chief judge, providing continuity in capable leadership in the 14th Judicial District,” said Nuss.
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ADL Launches Task Force to Protect Minority Communities of Middle East | Press Release Point

ADL today announced the launch of a new task force focused on promoting the protection of minority communities in the Middle East. One member of the task for is Jomana Qaddour, c’06 l’09, who is a doctoral student at Georgetown University Law Center focusing on ethno-sectarian identities and their impact on legal and constitutional frameworks. She is also the co-founder of Syria Relief & Development, a humanitarian organization that has implemented over $50 million worth of humanitarian and emergency relief to Syrians in Syria and the region.
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Giving Thanks to KU Mentors

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks,

In honor of the season, the KU Alumni Association thanks the thousands of Jayhawk students and alumni who have joined KU Mentoring. When we launched the mentoring platform in the fall, we were excited to provide students, alumni, and Jayhawks everywhere a chance to connect with one another and strengthen the University’s legacy of excellence. More than 3,500 users have registered on the platform, and we’re excited to help the next 3,500 make a connection with the Jayhawk Career Network.

Special thanks are due to the mentors who have taken the time to share their wisdom and experiences with KU students and recent alumni. Your efforts to unite a global network of Jayhawks do not go unnoticed. For those who haven’t connected with a mentee yet, know that we are continuing to introduce the power of this platform throughout the student community.

If you haven’t joined KU mentoring yet, I invite you to do so today. With graduates of more than 200 academic fields of study leading to limitless career fields, Jayhawks’ career expertise can help students starting their professional journeys.

On behalf of everyone at the Alumni Association, thank you for your support.

Rock Chalk!

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Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President

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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 16

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Olympian, art historian and CEO to receive honorary degrees from KU | Lawrence Journal-World

The University of Kansas on Wednesday announced the names of those who will receive honorary degrees at KU’s 147th Commencement on May 19, 2019. The honorees include Billy Mills, d’62, Elizabeth Broun, c’68 g’69 g’74 PhD’76, and Teruhisa Ueda.
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Reeb Promoted To Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources | KU Athletics

Frank Reeb, c’83 l’92, director of human resources at Kansas Athletics since July 2009, has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources, Athletics Director Jeff Long announced Monday.
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KU Law alumnus teaches clinic students about consumer defense | KU Law Blog

KU Legal Aid Clinic alumnus Bill Walberg, l’15, believes all consumers should have appropriate counsel when defending their rights. He recently returned to Green Hall to teach students the fundamentals of debt collection defense as the clinic considers taking on consumer defense cases.
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JLT Specialty USA Announces Appointment of Samantha Levine as Senior Vice President | JLT

JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), the leading global specialist risk advisor and broker, is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Levine, l’12, as Senior Vice President of JLT’s Cyber / E&O Practice. Based in Denver, Levine will be responsible for advising JLT’s clients on complex areas of Errors & Omissions and Cyber risk, through exposure identification and assessment, prioritization of complex areas of risk, and the creation of solutions to minimize the impact to their reputation and balance sheet.
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Shanker promoted to Senior Woman Administrator | Colorado State University Athletics

Colorado State University Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced today that senior associate athletics director for compliance Shalini Shanker, c’03 l’06, will add the designation of senior woman administrator to her current set of responsibilities. The SWA responsibilities were previously handled by Christine Susemihl, who recently retired after 45 years with CSU Athletics.
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Polsinelli Elects 17 New Shareholders Nationwide and Adds 21 New Associates Leading Into New Fiscal Year | Polsinelli

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli announced the election of 17 attorneys to shareholder. The new shareholders were elected based on their superior client service and dedicated legal commitment. On Nov. 5, 21 new associates, including Cullin Hughes, c’06 l’09, join Polsinelli to support clients coast-to-coast, a result of increased client needs and focus. The new associates are located in 10 different offices and 12 practice areas.
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Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 | Center for Undergraduate Research

Amanda Pierce, c’10, describes her undergraduate research experience at KU and gives advice on how to be successful now and after graduation.
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Alumni provide new mentoring opportunity for Self Graduate Fellows | The University of Kansas

The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship at the University of Kansas was established in 1989 and accepted its first two doctoral fellows in 1991. Since that time, the fellowship has supported a growing alumni network, which now includes 149 members across 34 states and five countries. This group of alumni, or the “Society of Self Fellows,” holds a variety of career positions within higher education, government and across the private sector.
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Hawks to Watch: Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight, non-profit directors | KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When Jenny Peck, c’05, was placed in rural Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2006, the plan was to stay for a couple of years. Plans change. Jenny’s partner Geoff Knight, c’08, had followed shortly after Jenny arrived, and the couple felt so at home in Mufindi that two years became twelve. During this time, these KU College grads dedicated their energy and skills to directing Mufindi Orphans, a grassroots organization in rural Tanzania working with a community impacted by a very high prevalence of HIV to ensure care for all of its most vulnerable children and their families.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 9

Posted on Nov 9, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Alumna challenges superhero conventions with new YouTube series | University Daily Kansan

An episodic superhero comedy web-series, “The Adventures of Botfly,” is the work of current students and alumni and was conceptualized and written by Chloe Burns, a 2018 University alumna of Film and Media Studies. Burns, inspired by the recent superhero film renaissance, wanted to put her own take on the genre into action. In the series, she portrays the titular character, Botfly.
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History graduate students receive prestigious Fulbright-Hays fellowships | Illinois College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Cassandra Osei, c’15, and Billy Keniston, doctoral students in the Department of History at of Illinois, each applied for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship knowing that the chances they would win the competitive fellowship were extremely slim.
After months of waiting, however, they were surprised to learn that they both were accepted into the program.
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Lathrop Gage Adds Associates in Kansas City and Overland Park | Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage is pleased to welcome two new associates to the firm in two practice areas. Brian N. Lynn, l’18, joins the Wealth Strategies practice in Kansas City, and Kyle J. Craig, c’12 l’16, joins the Real Estate practice in Overland Park.
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Five Recent Law School Graduates Join Lathrop Gage | Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage is pleased to announce that five recent law school graduates have joined the firm as Associates: Mark K. Gum, Timothy (Tim) J. Hadachek, l’18, Alana M. McMullin, Andrew (Drew) J. Myers, and Nell A. Neary, c’13 l’18.
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Rob Riggle affirms love for KU in Distinguished Alumni speech | University Daily Kansan

Rob Riggle, c’93, affirmed his love for the University of Kansas and his home state during “An Evening with Rob Riggle” hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where he accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award. “I’m very proud to be a Jayhawk,” Riggle said. “Everywhere I go, I wear my Jayhawk hat or my Jayhawk shirt or I’m talking about the Jayhawks or I’m bragging about the Jayhawks because it is a wonderful place, and I want more people to know about it.”
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Alumni Spotlight: October 2018 – Dr. Hailey Drescher | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Hailey Drescher, PhD’17, explains her career, why she came to KU, and how to be successful as a graduate student.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 2

Posted on Nov 2, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

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.

 

KU student receives prestigious doctoral dissertation award | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is the only institution in the state to receive a 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. Taylor Tappan, c’10 g’16, doctoral student in geography from Brookings, South Dakota, has been granted the award from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct his fieldwork in Costa Rica. His research examines how Alto Chirripó, an autonomous indigenous territory collectively owned by its resident communities, has functioned over time as a forest conservation unit in the context of rural population growth and expansion of swidden-fallow (slash-and-burn) agriculture within its boundaries.
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Professor Tony Reames named JPB Environmental Health Fellow | University of Michigan: School for Environment and Sustainability

Professor Tony G. Reames, PhD’15, has been selected as a JPB Environmental Health (EH) Fellow by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Reames conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice and directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab at SEAS. During the JPB EH Fellowship, he will engage in community-based participatory research, primarily in Detroit, working to connect the dots between residential energy affordability, the built environment, and public health and well-being.
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KU Alumna finds passion in globetrotting adventures and travel blog | University Daily Kansan

Stephanie Craig, c’06, has loved history ever since she grew up reading children’s history books, playing with American Girl dolls and enjoying her social studies classes more than any others. Today, Craig runs her own history and travel blog and podcast, which are both called “History Fangirl.” She started her history and travel blog in 2015.
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Job automation could hinder diversity in public workforce, study finds | The University of Kansas

Potential future trends in job automation could eliminate positions that traditionally contribute to diversity in the public sector, according to a recent study by University of Kansas alumnus, Erin Borry, g’13, and KU professor who study government workforce demographics.
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