Jessica Nelson, managing director of TeamKC: Life+Talent, helps tell the Kansas City story to young professionals in an effort to recruit them to the area. Nelson, j’11, is executive vice president of the Greater Kansas City Area alumni network. Read full article.
Sara Shepherd, the LJWorld’s education reporter, shares a number of tidbits from the Hill in her column, including some honors and awards. Four KU graduate students recently completed international research in their respective fields; a research project manager received the KGS Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award; and KU received a $100,000 grant to help students pursue fieldwork in places like Wyoming and Turkey. Read full article.
Adrienne Rosel Bulinski, a motivational speaker and entertainer, will be the emcee for the 2017 Pancake Day Talent Show Feb. 25. Bulinski, j’05, is a Liberal native and former Miss Liberal, Miss Kansas. She currently lives in Denver. Read full article.
Jacob Burmood, a sculptor and 2013 University graduate in ceramics, recently received agrant from ArtsKC, a fund which makes grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs throughout the KC region, for his work with casting draped cloth into bronze. The grant gives him access to more of that bronze, a material that does not come cheap for most sculptors. Read full article.
Beginning this semester, the KU School of Business and the Business Analytics Club will present a monthly symposium on topics surrounding data analytics. The second symposium in the series will feature Ruben Sigala, b’97, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Caesars Entertainment Corp. Read full article.
Leawood-based Blooom raised $9.15 million in Series B financing, giving it the resources necessary to boost its marketing to reach more of its target audience of middle-class workers and grow even faster. Blooom CEO Chris Costello, b’95, told the Kansas City Business Journal that the $9.15 million gives the company plenty of time to prove that it has a business model that can grow. Read full article.
Students can now quickly and easily keep up with the actions of President Donald Trump, thanks in part to the work of a student here at the University. Peter Federman, who is working toward his Ph.D. in public administration, helped develop Track Trump, which is downloadable on smartphones and has a desktop version. Read full article.
Sixteen students, faculty and staff have been selected as University of Kansas Men of Merit, recognized for positively defining masculinity through challenging cultural norms, taking action and leading by example while making contributions to the university and/or the community. Read full article.
Two recent KU graduates, Austin Barone, b’16, and Lei Shi, e’05, PhD’17, were selected as part of Pipeline’s 2017 entrepreneurial fellowship class, announced at the Innovator of the Year event Jan. 26 in Kansas City. Both graduates’ startups were launched through The Catalyst, KU’s student business accelerator. Read full article.
The partners at McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC elected Kristie Remster Orme as the first woman president in the firm’s history. Orme is a 19-year veteran of the firm, a member of its Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Banking & Financial Services groups. She earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1997. Read full article.
Hissan Anis and Kate O’Hara Gasper were promoted to partner status at Lathrop & Gage, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Anis earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 2009; Gasper graduated in 2008. Read full article
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Why is the KU Natural History Museum on the road? Museum staff members are on their way to join a Tyrannosaurus Rex dig site in Montana, where KU paleontologists are busy finding and extracting fossils for KU. The #teamTrexKU effort began in May with a crowdfunding campaign that provided the resources for researchers and students to go to the excavation site for up to four weeks. The team arrived the first week of July and has already found part of a rib and part of a lower jaw, adding to the 15 percent of this T. rex already found during previous expeditions. The hope is to bring much more of this exciting find home to KU.
Join fellow Jayhawks at three upcoming events to learn more about this expedition, enjoy beer, and help create an exhibit about microbes for the KU Natural History Museum.
He was director of photography for National Geographic magazine, worked for many years as a freelance photographer for Sports Illustrated—a relationship launched with his iconic image of Wilt Chamberlain, ’59, then a young KU sensation, tying his shoes while seated in a folding chair—and spent many years as photo editor at both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Lawrence Journal-World. Few professionals can offer better perspective on technological changes revolutionizing visual communications than Rich Clarkson, j’55, and, while he admires the work that came before, Clarkson does not yearn for a return to the past.
“I view this as the best days of all of the photojournalism I’ve been involved with,” Clarkson says from his Denver photography, publishing and project management firm, Clarkson Creative. “This is the golden era, right now.”
Clarkson, a 2011 Fred Ellsworth Medallion honoree, has long maintained close ties with the University, including as a Presidents Club and life member of the Alumni Association, longtime trustee of the William Allen White Foundation and an Endowment Association life trustee. In 2011 he donated $200,000 to create the Rich Clarkson Multimedia Gallery in Stauffer-Flint Hall, and in 2014 he gave a $100,000 endowment to support Alumni Association communications, including Kansas Alumni magazine.
“It’s the greatest outreach that the University can possibly have,” Clarkson says, “and you all do it so well.”
He encourages others to follow his lead in nurturing their University legacies, in part by affiliation with the Alumni Association.
“It’s an extension of the University experience,” Clarkson says, “and a beautifully orchestrated extension at that.”
Clarkson in 2015 will photograph his 60th-consecutive men’s NCAA Final Four. It would be a bonus for him to again watch his beloved Jayhawks from his courtside perch, but regardless of KU’s tournament fortunes, he’s certain to savor an experience that never grows old.
“One never knows for sure who is going to win. It could be the best team on one really interesting night in a regional that then marches forward to the national championship. It’s the surprise, the unpredictability, and at the same time the excellence of play and the intrigue of all of the fans.”
This profile was originally published in the KU Alumni Association’s 2013-14 Annual Report, a supplement to Kansas Alumni magazine. Click here to view the full report and learn more about membership and alumni records, Presidents Club, the Association’s year-end financial report and highlights from the year.
Looking for a way to connect with fellow Jayhawks, expand your professional and social networks and learn a little KU history at the same time?
Don’t miss the latest program from KU Libraries and the KU Alumni Association: Evolution of the Jayhawk.
At this one-of-a-kind event, you’ll have the opportunity to see and hold rare KU archival materials that showcase the fascinating origins and the evolution of our beloved Jayhawk. View some of the most exclusive and intriguing iterations of our distinctive mascot, while making connections with fellow Jayhawks.
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Once again this year, we’re dispatching staff members to key cities across the United States to host watch parties for local Jayhawks.
Today, our fearless travelers are stationed in Denver, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Each location will have a KU Alumni Association table set up with free giveaways such as stickers and coasters. If you’re a member, though, be sure to show your card to receive a special gift! You can show your actual card, a digital copy of the card (it’s on some of our emails) or even a copy of a recent email that has your membership status at the bottom.
We’re already hearing reports from Teri Harris, director of membership, that Stoney’s Bar & Grill, our official alumni watch site in Denver, is packed with Jayhawk fans. The restaurant even put together a special Jayhawk menu with offerings that include “Naismith Nachos” and “Phog Allen Fries.”
And from Lottie’s Pub in Chicago, Tyler Rockers, coordinator of alumni programs, proclaimed that the sky is appropriately colored KU blue today.
Should KU win today over Eastern Kentucky and advance to Sunday’s game, staff members will host watch parties in Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Portland and New York City.
Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.
Today’s post features Elisa Krapcha, c’05, j’05, a native of Littleton, Colo. Elisa is the Colorado Regional Representative and recruits students from the states of Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the western half of Kansas.
What is your fondest memory of your time at KU? I often think about the last semester of my senior year at KU— enjoying basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse, finishing capstone classes while looking for a job, catching baseball games at Hoglund Ballpark, passing time on Massachusetts Street and just trying to do everything I could in Lawrence before I was no longer a KU student. Then everything culminated on a beautiful day in May as I walked down the Hill with my future husband and a great group of friends, as my family cheered me along. It was the perfect ending to an amazing four years!
What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student? My interests and involvement as a student ran the gamut— I was a KU Student Ambassador, an Orientation Assistant, a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) through the J-School, a Mount Oread Scholar, intramural sport enthusiast (including one championship!), a student worker at the KU Rec Center, a member of the Crimson Crew (part of the KU football program) and most importantly, an avid camper for basketball games!
Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I learned so much from my Journalism 101 class, and think the messages of the class about critical and creative thinking is something all students should learn. Plus, I think the course teaches students to be more informed citizens and better evaluators of news and information, which is very important as the way we receive our news and form and share opinions is constantly changing (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and it will probably continue to change!
When did you know you loved KU?
To preface, family means everything to me and when something catches on in my family, it becomes a part of us forever. During my freshman year, my parents came from Colorado to visit me for Family Weekend, which also happened to be Late Night in the Phog. No one in my family had ever attended KU and my parents had not experienced the traditions before. When the crowd in Allen Fieldhouse linked arms, swayed and sang the Alma Mater with such pride and passion, I looked over and my dad had tears in his eyes. He knew this place was special and could finally see in person why I thought it was special. We are now forever a Jayhawk family!
Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
Wake up, go for a jog through campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, eat breakfast at Milton’s, shop downtown, enjoy lunch at Free State Brewery and Sylas and Maddy’s for dessert, shop some more, have an early dinner at the Burger Stand before an evening basketball victory in Allen Fieldhouse, and wrap everything up with a night on Mass Street with friends!
What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students? I am always telling students how impactful it can be to go to college away from your home, specifically at KU. I often work with students who travel a good distance to move to Lawrence to attend KU, but I think this is also important advice for students that are from Lawrence, Kansas City or surrounding areas. Moving away for college allows you to step out of your comfort zone and develop a strong sense of independence. It lets you learn about yourself, your goals and ambitions and it expands your network of friends, colleagues, etc. You can still keep all your relationships back home with friends and family, and even return back home after college, but allowing yourself to go to a new environment and embracing that environment will change your life in more ways than you realize.
How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I would say that within 5 minutes of talking with anyone, whether they’re a perfect stranger or even my mother, I bring up something awesome that KU is doing. Whether its academics, a neat student accomplishment, a hilarious positing from the message boards, a basketball victory, or something from my job, I am always singing the praises of KU. I show my pride by sharing how KU positively impacts the world and my life every day. That, and I never board a plane without “wearing my colors,” as my husband puts it. Sporting the Jayhawk and crimson and blue is typical Krapcha airplane attire.
Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students. While I am not as actively involved in the local chapters in Colorado Springs and Denver as I would like to be, it is definitely a goal of mine to step this up! I know that alumni can help with KU presence at events KU Admissions hosts, like our Jayhawk Nights, and at college fairs around the area. Having alumni share their experiences with students and families at these events adds “real world” examples to what Admissions shares with students. If any KU alumni want to help out, they can contact Admissions and we will find a way for them to help!
How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life? While I think a college degree in general helps anyone navigate the world better and find greater success in personal and professional ventures, I think my KU degree specifically helps me think critically, have a better ability to see different perspectives on everything I encounter, and it has given me confidence and the work ethic to know that I can be successful in everything I put effort into. Plus, I expanded my basketball knowledge exponentially while at KU and you can really teach people a lot of things when they are watching a game. Do you know how many people don’t know what a triangle and two defense is?
Click here to visit Elisa’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Elisa at 719.344.9986 or by email at email@example.com.
The business school invites Jayhawks in business from all majors to reunite with KU at either event. The alumni breakfast will be held at the Denver Athletic Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and the alumni happy hour will be held at Shanahan’s from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Alumni can register for the breakfast or happy hour on Eventbrite.
Dean Neeli will share business school news including the progress of the $65.7 million building. The business school hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 18 to celebrate the beginning of construction on the building. Gov. Sam Brownback, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Dean Neeli spoke at the event. Construction crews are currently constructing new tennis courts to replace the courts that will be replaced by the new building. Progress on the project is being tracked on Vine.
Denver printmaking artist Michael Chavez, g’02, has spent most of his adult life working in art museums. Now he’s stepping out, way out, and redefining “public art” as the public art program manager for Arts and Venues Denver. Chavez is overseeing every piece of public art in the county of Denver: sculptures in city buildings, interactive digital art and even live performance pieces. “We’re a city agency and the collection technically belongs to the citizens of Denver, so I want there to be this feeling that it belongs to them,” Chavez says.
For each project, Chavez assembles a panel of community members and civic leaders to select the art. The panel issues an open call for artists, who then submit previous work for review. Chavez drives the selection process and advises the panel. Chavez also directs maintenance of existing works, many of which are out in the elements and more than 60 years old. He creates plans to repaint, repair or refurbish any art that needs attention.
Whether he’s helping select new commissions, taking care of old ones or orchestrating unusual outreach events, Chavez already has made a niche for himself in Denver’s art scene. “I hope that what I do brings an overall sense of pride in Denver–that the community knows their city values creativity and art and culture.”
–Adapted from story in Kansas Alumni magazine, No. 6, 2012, written by Lydia Benda
Our ‘Hawk Days of Summer tour this summer includes a partnership with our friends at the KU Libraries. The library provides so much more than just a place to check out a book or study; they offer a lot of educational programming that appeals to Jayhawks and helps enhance our own programs.
The first joint event this summer is An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend. KU basketball fans will enjoy the opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KU’s University Archives that relate to the life and legacy of James Naismith, KU’s first basketball coach and inventor of the game.
Alumni in Denver, Houston and Dallas are invited to join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an evening of KU camaraderie. The cost for each event is $15; current or incoming students can attend at no cost. We encourage you to bring potential Jayhawks to these events!
Also coming up: events that focus on KU Libraries’ rich jazz collection, including one of the largest sound archives west of the Mississippi. Stay tuned for more details about these events in Chicago, Omaha and St. Louis!
Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association have partnered to bring KU football to Jayhawks across the midwest this spring! If you’re a football fan, don’t miss this opportunity to meet Coach Weis.
You might remember that last spring we hosted several events around the state of Kansas that featured the newly-hired head coach. This year, we’re expanding the events to include a number of cities outside of Kansas.
All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to attend the events, which include free receptions, luncheons and happy hours in several cities. Sheahon Zenger, director of athletics, will also be in attendance, along with Kansas Athletics and KU Alumni Association staff members.
Here’s a list of the events, with a link to purchase tickets if there’s a cost involved:
Denver: Thurs., May 2, at Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern (free)
Topeka: Wed., May 22, at Ramada Inn Downtown Convention Center (free)
Commemorative KU football items will be available, and you’ll also have the chance to win autographed merchandise and football tickets. And, if you’re a KU Alumni Association member, be sure to show your membership card to receive a free members-only gift!
Don’t have your membership card handy? We’ve made it easy for you– our emails now include your membership status printed at the bottom, so you can show a recent email to our staff to get your gift. Not a member? Click here to join.
Click here to read about the KU football team’s spring game, held on Saturday, Apr. 13.