KU senior relishes behind-the-scenes opportunity with the Blues

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jordan Kriete | Jayhawk Career Network
Jordan Kriete is a diehard St. Louis Blues fan. When the St. Louis native had the chance to go behind the scenes at the professional hockey team’s headquarters, she couldn’t resist.

Kriete, who will graduate in May with a degree in marketing, hopes to land a job in sports marketing, ideally with the Blues. When a friend mentioned Kriete’s goals to her own coworkers, one suggested Matt Gardner as a possible connection.

Using the Jayhawk Career Network’s mentoring platform, Kriete reached out to Gardner, j’01, the team’s vice president of digital media & emerging technology. He invited Kriete to spend a day with the hockey organization.

After a one-on-one visit with Gardner, Kriete met with staff in the Blues marketing and social media departments. She also had the opportunity to attend morning skate, sit in the press box and meet players before their interviews. “I’m a huge Blues fan, so I was going crazy,” she says.

Not only did Kriete catch a glimpse of her dream job, she also gained powerful insight into the sports industry. Gardner gave Kriete advice about landing her first job and offered to connect her with other professional hockey teams. The two continue to say in touch.

“The thing about KU is I didn’t even know him and he didn’t know me, but just because I’m a Jayhawk he wanted to help me out,” Kriete says. “That’s just what our alumni do, which is really awesome. I know when I graduate and someone reaches out to me, I’ll feel like that’s such an honor.”

—Brianna Mears

The Jayhawk Career Network gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawks in the News | May 10

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Anita Welch named dean of the College of Education | Wayne State University

Wayne State University Provost Keith E. Whitfield announced the appointment of Anita G. Welch, PhD ’07, as the next dean of the College of Education. Her appointment was approved by the Wayne State Board of Governors at its May 1 meeting, with a start date of July 1, 2019. Welch brings with her to the role administrative expertise, a strong scholarly background and passion for education. “Her addition to the administrative leadership of the college and university will contribute significantly to our future success in promoting education within the city and state,” said Whitfield.
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Director of KU TRIO Talent Search Inducted into Mid-America Education Hall of Fame | The University of Kansas

Rebecca Dukstein, g’94, director of the TRIO Talent Search program at the University of Kansas, was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation, April 27 at the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Awards and Scholarship Event. “It’s amazing and humbling to be honored alongside so many community and educational leaders I’ve admired over the years,” Dukstein said. “In the field of college access and success, we help youths walk through the doors of opportunity toward higher education. Every day, we support students in becoming who they are meant to be, and that feels pretty incredible.”
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New Principals Selected | Gardner Edge

The USD 231 Board of Education is pleased to announce new lead principals for the 2019-2020 school year. Board members approved the hires of Jennie Adrian for Edgerton Elementary, Katie Beach for Moonlight Elementary, and John McIntire, d’90, for Pioneer Ridge Middle School at the monthly board meeting on May 6. McIntire has served as an assistant principal at Wheatridge Middle School for the past three school years. He earned the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Assistant Principal of the Year award for 2017-18 academic year.
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See inside a coworking space for seniors | Fast Company

Anna Meyer, c’18 j’18, is a Minneapolis native with a keen interest in how technology and innovation will shape tomorrow. When I walked into Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, I notice people at computers tweaking fonts on their Wix websites and others chatting about their latest projects. It’s like any other coworking space: busy, lively, and without an empty table around. But the difference is that at 22 years old, I am pretty much the youngest person around–by decades. The center is the flagship coworking space and learning center of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Dedicated to people 60 or older, it offer members classes like “Start Up!” or “Connecting in the Digital Age” to advance their business skills.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 3

Posted on May 3, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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PYA Adds Three new Principals | Nashville Medical News

PYA has announced three new Principals are joining the Firm in first quarter: Brian Fuller, Kathy Greenlee, b’85 l’88, and Merle Glasgow. “PYA is pleased to have added these three high-impact industry professionals,” said PYA President Marty Brown. “Their years of experience span industries, all levels of government, and various populations. We are eager to demonstrate the many ways their skills can not only benefit our clients, but those they serve.” Kathy Greenlee has joined PYA as a Healthcare Consulting Principal. She is a visionary thought leader and innovator and brings to the Firm three decades of state, federal, and international executive experience. Greenlee is a nationally recognized leader in aging and long-term care; and, through legislative and administrative management, has supported significant growth in various organizations.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer, KU alumnus contributes to autism inclusivity initiative as voice of Samuel | The University Daily Kansan

Spencer Lott, c’10, wanted to be a puppeteer from a young age, but little did he know that one day he’d be on “Sesame Street,” working on one of the show’s most impactful initiatives. On April 10, 2017, Julia was introduced as the first character on the autism spectrum as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Since then, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially after she was featured in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two years after her introduction, “Sesame Street” is expanding that initiative by introducing a few more characters: a family for Julia.
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Markley Joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Partner in Kansas City Office | Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Markley, l’95, to the firm’s Kansas City office. He will be a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Markley is an experienced litigator with a practice primarily focused on the agriculture, chemical, financial and publishing industries, and he has extensive experience with antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, employment and other commercial claims. He also defends clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation.
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Theatre Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of the Arts

In 1970 the University of Kansas founded the Women’s Hall of Fame to shine a spotlight on the exemplary women of our society for their overall impact and outstanding character. This year theatre alumna Gigi Gibson Bolt, c’65, will join the ranks of outstanding women for her career in the field of the performing arts. Bolt’s career has been prolific and varied. The School of the Arts was lucky enough to chat with her recently about her time at KU, her multi-facted career, and her advice for students studying the creative and performing arts today.
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The rom-com that saved my life | TED

Growing up queer in Kansas, Savannah Rodgers had limited exposure to positive portrayals of LGBTQ+ individuals in everyday life. In this personal talk, she examines the influence one queer film from the 90s had on her adolescence. She wanted to make movies after seeing her favorite film, Chasing Amy (1997), for the first time at age 12.
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Area judge to sit with KS Supreme Court | Many Signals Communications

According to a press release from the Kansas Courts, District Judge Jeff Elder, b’80 l’83, of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Supreme Court Wednesday, May 1 to hear a case on the court’s summary calendar. Elder will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting in the Johnson County case. Elder said it’s privilege and honor to be asked to be of assistance to the Kansas Supreme Court. He added he’s deeply humbled at receiving the assignment.
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Lenexa council appoints Community Development Director Beccy Yocham as new city manager | Shawnee Mission Post

The Lenexa council last night unanimously appointed Beccy Yocham, l’96, currently the community development director, as the fourth top administrator in city history. Yocham replaces outgoing City Manager Eric Wade, who is retiring in June after 15 years with the city. Following a national recruitment and selection process, the council voted 7-0 to approve Yocham’s contract. Councilman Dan Roh was absent. In her newly appointed role, Yocham will work with the mayor and council to set and achieve goals for the city and also oversee the city’s professional staff. “I just want to thank the entire governing body for your confidence in me and for this opportunity,” Yocham said. “I am so excited to work with Lenexa’s outstanding employees in a new capacity going forward.
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Students, alumni describe how one Jayhawk connection helped them succeed

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Sun rising on the KU campus | one Jayhawk connection

The importance of giving back. How a chance to meet with professionals can jumpstart a career. And a friendship that naturally developed into a mentorship.

In a video that premiered at the 2019 Rock Chalk Ball, students and alumni shared stories of how one Jayhawk connection changed their world.

“It’s strength in numbers. The more people we have engaged in the Jayhawk Career Network in Kansas City will help everybody network,” Jason Booker, d’99 says. “It’s helped me in my career in KC, and there’s lots of people who would benefit from the same opportunity to connect and work together.”

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Six Jayhawks describe how mentoring and making connections has helped them to succeed. 

These stories are just a few of the many made possible through the Jayhawk Career Network. The Jayhawk Career Network gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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School of Engineering will honor two alumni with distinguished service award

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Career/Life and News

LEEP Engineering | Marv Nuss and Dave Ross receive engineering service award

A man who pioneered aircraft industry awareness for the importance of structural maintenance and fatigue and safety risk assessment, and another who has guided one of the most prominent and successful construction firms in the Kansas City area are the winners of the 2019 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.

Marv Nuss and Dave Ross will be honored for outstanding contributions to engineering and their dedication to the profession at a ceremony set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Burge Union.

“Marv and Dave have each demonstrated a remarkable dedication to the engineering profession. Both are also steadfast supporters of KU and the School of Engineering. It’s an honor to recognize their contributions to their respective fields,” said Arvin Agah, dean of engineering.

The School of Engineering Advisory Board has given the Distinguished Engineering Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the school, annually since 1980. The award honors KU engineering alumni or engineers who have maintained a close association with the university and for outstanding contributions to the profession of engineering and society.

The award is made on the basis of an individual’s contribution to the public good, governmental service or the educational system, or contributions to the theories and practices of engineering, research and development in new fields of engineering or direction of an organization that has made exceptional contributions in design, production and development.

About the honorees:

Marv Nuss

Marv NussThe U.S. boasts the safest airspace in the world, and Marv Nuss has played no small role in this accomplishment. His extensive background in solving age-related airworthiness problems enabled him to be one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s leaders in practical application of safety risk assessment and risk management to continued airworthiness. He championed structural fatigue and damage tolerance, creating policy, guidance and industry awareness for the importance of structural maintenance and sustainability.

Beyond his contributions to aircraft safety, his decades-long stalwart support of the KU School of Engineering and the aerospace engineering department have benefited past, present and future students, faculty and the broader KU Engineering community.

Nuss earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from KU in 1973. After graduation, Nuss worked four years at Bell Helicopter as a fatigue evaluation engineer. He then spent 14 years at McDonnell Aircraft on fighter aircraft projects, including more than a year in Madrid, Spain. His career progressed to a fracture and fatigue unit chief. In 1991, he moved to the FAA in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked in the Small Airplane Certification Directorate. He rose to assistant directorate manager, then was the directorate’s Continued Operational Safety Program manager. After his retirement from the FAA in 2011, Nuss founded NuSS Sustainment Solutions. His consulting and training focus on aircraft structures’ airworthiness, sustainment and aircraft certification.

Nuss has served on the KU Engineering advisory board since 2011 and became board chair in 2014. He has been on the aerospace engineering department advisory board since 1993, including 20 years as chair. He is known as “Mr. KU Aero,” in part for the breadth and the sustained duration of his commitment. He frequently provides insight to students by delivering colloquia, volunteering in the senior interview process and through mentoring. He is well-respected among students and is viewed as an approachable, caring and dedicated alumnus with a passion for cultivating success in the next generation of KU Engineering graduates.

Beyond committing his time to help students and professionals, Nuss and his wife, Hazel, have also provided generous financial support over the years, including the Jet Engineering Simulation Laboratory and the Howard Smith freezer for composite material storage. They have also supported student project experiences and faculty development.

Nuss is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and he is a private pilot. He was recognized with the FAA Central Region award for Technical Achievement in 2010, was named FAA Small Airplane Directorate Employee of the Year in 2004 and won NASA’s “Turning Goals into Reality” team award in 1999.

Nuss and his wife, a KU alumna, married in 1972. They’ve enjoyed travel in the U.S. and abroad as well as cheering for Jayhawk sports. Their son, Patrick, is a KU Engineering graduate and lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

Dave Ross

Dave RossKnown as calm, thoughtful and meticulous with a unique ability to excel in a variety of complex and highly technical projects, Dave Ross has been the driving force behind a top Kansas City construction firm for more than 40 years. As president and owner of David E. Ross Construction, Ross has built a reputation as a trusted adviser with an unwavering moral compass — while maintaining an enduring passion for the University of Kansas and the KU School of Engineering.

Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from KU in 1973 and a Masters of Business Administration from the KU School of Business in 1975. In 1978, after three years at C.F. Braun and Company, he moved back to Kansas City to work with his father at the construction company he founded in 1949 — David E. Ross Construction.

The company has a diverse and complex construction portfolio full of technically challenging projects. Ross is known for utilizing extensive engineering knowledge, precise execution, acute attention to detail and an innovative approach to ensure his teams complete projects on time and within budget. Through Ross’ leadership and principles, his company has earned a reputation as being concerned about long-term costs, quality and sustainability.

In his time at Ross Construction, the company has grown in volume and number of associates, with more than 60 employees today. Under his leadership, teams have stayed in front of potential problems by thoroughly analyzing plans to ensure that what looks good on paper is feasible in the real world — in terms of practicality and the bottom line. Ross emphasizes client satisfaction and teaches his employees to build as if they own a particular project by putting themselves in each client’s shoes.

Ross has also served KU and the Jayhawk Engineering community. He has a distinguished record of financial support to the university and the School of Engineering, including major gifts to the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering (CEAE) for renovation of the geotechnical laboratory and other equipment purchases. He has served on the CEAE department advisory board since 2012 and is a founding member of the CEAE Chair’s Council, which was established in 2018 to raise funds to retain outstanding faculty.

Ross is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society.

His wife, Patty, has worked alongside Ross for over 30 years at David E. Ross Construction as treasurer and secretary. His daughter Allison McClain joined the family business 11 years ago and serves as vice president. Dave and Patty Ross have four daughters and 10 grandchildren. They split their vacation time between Southern California and Table Rock Lake, surrounded by their kids and grandkids.

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Jayhawk veterans share mentorship story at Rock Chalk Ball

Posted on Apr 29, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Thomas Angel and H.C. Palmer | Jayhawk Career NetworkThomas Angel’s journey has been anything but normal.

A decade of overseas deployments, microfracture surgery, and an application to the University of Kansas on a whim have all contributed to his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Thanks to the power of the Jayhawk Career Network, Angel connected with H.C. Palmer, a veteran and retired physician.

“I just really think that our relationship, no matter what, is not a medicine mentorship,” Angel says. “I think it’s a life mentorship.”

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Palmer, c’59, m’63, and Angel discussed their relationship in a video that premiered at the 2019 Rock Chalk Ball.

Thomas and H.C.’s story is just one of many mentorships made possible through the Jayhawk Career Network. The Jayhawk Career Network gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Business people briefs | Leavenworth Times

Joseph L. Uhlman, l’18, is a new attorney at Adrian & Pankratz, P.A. Uhlman graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. During law school, he was the Chief Justice of the Court of Parking Appeals, a Justice on the Student Senate Court of Appeals, was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court, and Mock Trial councils. He served both as an intern in the Harvey County Attorney’s office, and as a prosecutor in the McPherson County Attorney’s office before joining the firm.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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KU mechanical engineering class working to cut down on package delivery time, costs | The University Daily Kansan

From the U.S. Postal Service to Amazon, last-mile delivery, or the “out for delivery” portion when tracking a package, presents a significant challenge in online shopping logistics, but one University of Kansas School of Engineering class is attempting to deliver a more efficient solution. Last year Chanje, a California-based, original equipment manufacturing company, paired up with the University’s Mechanical Engineering Design Process capstone class to find a solution for more efficient last-mile delivery logistics, which according to a 2018 study, is the least efficient stage of the supply chain, comprising 28% of total delivery cost. The result is an autonomous robotic arm nested in the back of delivery vehicles. “When we proposed the idea to the students, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be,” said Austin Hausmann, e’10 g’13, Chanje’s vice president of engineering.
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Gov. Laura Kelly prepares for second round on Court of Appeals vacancy | Kiowa County Signal

A nominating committee assembled by Gov. Laura Kelly recommended the list of three finalists for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals include an assistant solicitor general with extensive experience arguing appellate cases. Kelly said Steve Obermeier, of Olathe, would be considered along with previous finalists Lenexa attorney Sarah Warner and Wichita lawyer Marcia Wood, c’89 l’92. The governor plans to submit the appointment to the Kansas Senate in time for a confirmation review during the Legislature’s so-called veto session starting in May. Her previous nominee, Labette County District Court Judge Jeffry Jack, withdrew in March after disclosure of his insulting social media commentary on political figures and public policy. “I look forward to working with the Senate to consider and confirm one of these three distinguished attorneys to the Court of Appeals,” Kelly said.
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Kansas Senate confirms woman to lead two state agencies | JC Post

The Kansas Senate voted, 37 – 1, Monday to confirm the appointment of Laura Howard, l’84, to serve as Secretary for both the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, according to a media release from DCF. “It is a great honor to serve the people of Kansas,” said Secretary Howard. “With the support of Governor Kelly and the Kansas Legislature, I look forward to doing the important work of protecting children and families and promoting adult self-sufficiency.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 19

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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New KCK Municipal Court judge named | Wyandotte Daily

Meaghan Shultz, l’04, was named a Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court judge at the Thursday, March 7, Unified Government Commission meeting. Shultz, currently in the UG prosecutor’s office, has worked at the UG for 13 years, and prior to that, worked at a private law firm. A majority of the UG Commission voted for Shultz after she and another finalist made presentations at the March 7 meeting.
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School of Business Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Business will honor Tom Bené, b’84, and Frank Friedman, b’79, with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Bené and Friedman will receive the award for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU on Thursday, April 18, during a private reception at The Jayhawk Club.
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Tiger Woods’s victory was no personal redemption story. It didn’t need to be. | The Washington Post

Patricia E. Gaston, j’81, is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas and a former editor at The Post. I was in the car, scrolling through the radio for news Sunday, when I learned that the fist-pumping Tiger Woods of old had returned, winning his fifth Masters to wild applause from the crowd at Augusta National. I could envision him in his familiar red Nike shirt and black pants heading toward his family. Of course, a couple hours later, I was glued to my television and could see and feel the roar of the crowd, that warm embrace between him and his son, Charlie, the daps and hugs from other golfers in the gallery. My eyes moistened with tears.
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Dr. Leslie Doyle Named Inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University | Diverse Education

Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri has appointed Dr. Leslie Doyle, g’00, as the school’s inaugural chief inclusion officer where she will lead the newly established Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Kansas City native who grew up across the street from Rockhurst, Doyle has more than two decades of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University, where she has worked for the past 13 years. Doyle received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in business and leadership from Fotbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Dr. Nancy Damron Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs | Mid-American Nazarene University

President David Spittal announced the appointment of Dr. Nancy L. Damron, PhD ’05, as Vice President of Academic Affairs effective immediately. Dr. Damron has served in this role in an interim capacity since February 1. Prior to that, she was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after serving as Dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Damron is an outstanding educator and leader who brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this new role,” Spittal said. “Her commitment to high standards of excellence, quality teaching and learning and innovative programs will support and enhance our university’s strategic goals.”
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Jayhawk Career Network helps connect Ad Club, NYC Jayhawks

Posted on Apr 18, 2019 in Career/Life and News

KU Ad Club JCN

When a group of KU students needed help connecting with alumni in New York City, the Jayhawk Career Network was there to help.

The KU Ad Club is a student organization that hosts professionals in advertising and marketing to discuss their career journeys. In April, the group took its biennial trip to New York City, home to one of the largest networks of advertising agencies. With an assist from the Jayhawk Career Network, 11 students were able to meet with KU alumni at multiple agencies in the area.

“It was a lot of work planning the trip,” says Wilcox, a senior in journalism and president of the Ad Club.  “We had some connections from when we visited two years ago, and the Alumni Association helped us find more businesses with alumni. KU grads in New York are outnumbered by east coast schools, so when Jayhawks come by they really want to help you succeed.”

One of the highlights of the trip was a panel discussion at NBC, featuring five employees who got their start at KU. Jamie Cuthburth, b’95, senior vice president of integrated marketing at NBC, organized and moderated the panel.

“Some of the panelists didn’t even know their co-workers went to KU,” Wilcox says. “It was cool seeing them all working at such a prestigious company, and to know they were in our shoes at one point.”

The trip to New York also meant a chance to make a KU Mentoring connection in person. Wilcox had previously connected with Carol Journey Adler, b’09, an enterprise account executive at Apple.

“I spoke with her over the phone earlier in the semester, and she gave me good advice and recommended a couple of sales books to read,” Wilcox says. “We met at a KU alumni happy hour in New York, where I got a chance to meet her in person and continue the conversation.”

—Ryan Camenzind

If you want to make connections with alumni like Stephanie did, the Jayhawk Career Network give students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawk Career Network: Leveraging KU Mentoring as alumni

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Career/Life and News

KU Mentoring is just a platform to help students get jobs, right? Wrong.

Not only do students have access to an expansive network of alumni, alumni also have access to each other. Joel Balzer, c’09, took advantage of this opportunity to harness the power of the Jayhawk network.

Balzer is a development officer for major gifts at KU Endowment and works primarily with the School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business.

What exactly does that mean? “It’s really about having a conversation with a person and finding out what they’re passionate about, or what their family is passionate about,” Balzer says. “And if it happens to be in the realm of supporting KU philanthropically, then I facilitate that.”

Balzer says KU Mentoring was instrumental in helping him secure his new role. “Obviously I had my own initiative to want to work for KU Endowment, but I wouldn’t have been able to get there without the help of other Jayhawks,” he says.

Balzer has attended several networking events throughout his career, but it was often difficult to identify who else in the room was a Jayhawk. With KU Mentoring, Balzer didn’t have to guess, nor did he struggle to make a connection.

“I’ve never encountered a group that was so willing to help someone that they really didn’t know,” he says. “And to use a platform like KU Mentoring, that just opened up the sector for me even wider because it was an easier way to connect with people.”

There’s never a bad time to start making connections. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or years from now, Jayhawks help Jayhawks. Balzer believes these connections help get you where you want to go, but explains there’s more to it.

“Continue to reach out to people because the connections that you make are so imperative towards your future career, or your current career,” he says. “I truly believe that it’s the people that you know are going to get you in to the places that you want to get, and everything that makes up yourself is going to be the reason why they keep you.”

Whether you’re looking to move jobs, change careers, gain industry insights, or simply ask for advice, it’s all at your fingertips with KU Mentoring.

—Brianna Mears

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