KU Kickoff Pep Rally and Concert set for Friday, September 1

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 in News

KU Kickoff Live on Mass
Kansas football will open the 2017 season hosting Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 2—and Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association have partnered with LIVE ON MASS to get the weekend started off in exciting fashion by hosting a KU Kickoff pep rally and concert.

All ages are welcome to the event, which will be held at the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the pep rally with special appearances from Kansas football head coach David Beaty and the KU Spirit Squad and Pep Band will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Phantastics, a seven-member band from Kansas City specializing in tantalizing, genre-blending dance music, will headline the concert following the pep rally. The Phantastics, along with their opening acts, The Band That Saved The World, Lucas Parker Band and DJ Josh Powers, will entertain the crowd to close the evening.

For more information on LIVE ON MASS’ KU Kickoff, visit The Granada’s website, or contact Kansas Athletics at OneTeam@kuathletics.com or KU Alumni Association at kualumni@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawks in the News | July 14

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in News

KU campus graphics | www.kualumni.org

Spencer Fane Welcomes Peter Goplerud to Firm’s Business Transactions Practice | Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Goplerud, l’74, who joins the firm as Of Counsel and brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the firm’s Business Transactions practice.
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From hiding in a well to founding Round Corner Drug, New England family reconnects with Lawrence roots | LJWorld.com

The Woodward family has a deep history in Lawrence, including the Round Corner Drug Store, which they owned and leased for decades. Pete Woodward’s great-grandfather was an early member of the University of Kansas Board of Regents, and his grandfather was president of the KU Alumni Association.
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Ex-Jayhawk David Magley leaves Canada pro league for new venture in U.S. | Kansas City Star

Former Kansas forward David Magley has stepped down as commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada after fulfilling terms of his two-year contract and will serve as president/chief operating officer of the new North American Premier Basketball League.
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Jayhawks with New Jobs in Sport | Medium.com

Jordan Bass, associate chair of health, sport and science education and program director for sport management, shares updates about Jayhawks who graduated from the program.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 30

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in News

KU campus graphics | www.kualumni.org

GSA steps up its focus on early career scientists | Genes to Genomes blog

Sonia Hall, c’11, PhD’16, works with the Genetics Society of America in a newly-created role as Program Director for Early Career Scientist Engagement. Read this Q&A with her to learn about why focusing on helping this group of scientists is so important.
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Martin Pringle attorney Zach Wiggins elected into partnership | Martin Pringle

Zach Wiggins, l’11, joined the firm in 2011 after clerking for two summers. He works out of the Wichita office and was recently elected into partnership.
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Fund created to help sustain the Kansan | Jayhawk Journalist

Former University Daily Kansan editor Rob Karwath, j’86, is leading a fundraising effort designed to preserve the Kansan so that other students have the same opportunities he had. The fund, called Kansan Editors’ Endowed Partnership, or KEEP, includes several journalism alumni on the steering committee.
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How a Lawrence businessman ended up hosting President Obama and family at an escape room business | LJWorld.com

Matt Baysinger, c’09, g’11, is the owner of Breakout Lawrence and has owned a location in Hawaii since late 2015. On Christmas Eve, he was notified that President Obama and his family would be visiting Breakout Waikiki that evening.
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J-School alumnus landed an exclusive interview with Donald Trump | Jayhawk Journalist

Matt Lindberg, managing editor of the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press, was the only journalist granted an exclusive interview with Trump during his campaign stop in Grand Junction, Colorado. Lindberg graduated from the KU School of Journalism in 2008.
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New downtown shop with Kansas and Lawrence apparel opens | LJWorld.com

Lawrence businessman Matt Lomshek, d’91, is a co-owner of Mass St. Mercantile, which recently opened at 738 Massachusetts. The store carries T-shirts and hats with Kansas and Lawrence slogans, as well as novelties ranging from wall hangings to decorative wine bottle stoppers.
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Voices of the Jayhawks | Jayhawk Journalist

Landing your dream job isn’t something everyone gets to realize, but this article highlights several KU School of Journalism alumni who had big goals, worked hard and found their dream jobs as voices of the Jayhawks.
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Jamari Traylor’s father is a candidate for clemency from President Obama, but will his request be read in time? | kuhoops.com

A pair of Jayhawk lawyers have been instrumental in Jessie Traylor’s petition for clemency to the United State Department of Justice. Carl Folsom III, c’02, l’05, spent 30-40 unpaid hours writing up the petition, and Lawrence lawyer Rebekah Gaston, b’01, l’05, submitted it as a volunteer attorney.
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Throwback Thursday Podcast: Ryan Robertson | KU Athletics

The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, periodically catches up with former KU student-athletes and staff members. Take a stroll down memory lane with Hanni as he’s joined by former KU basketball player Ryan Robertson.
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More praise for alumni’s Lawrence Public Library design

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in News

Lawrence Public Library | Photograph by Tim Griffith / Gould Evans
The recently renovated Lawrence Public Library has made yet another high-profile list: this time a compilation of “10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth” put together by Wired magazine.

The 2014 renovation by Lawrence firm Gould Evans was led by Tony Rohr, a’85, and John Wilkins, a’86, and was overseen by library director Brad Allen, c’97. The $19-million project gutted the original building at 707 Vermont Street, built in 1972, and added 50 percent more interior space on top of the old building’s footprint, plus an outdoor plaza for performance and community events.

As reported in issue No. 4 of Kansas Alumni, the library earlier this year earned one of seven Library Building Awards from the American Institutes of Architects and the American Library Association. The Lawrence Public Library is one of only two U.S. libraries to make Wired’s international list, which draws heavily from Europe and Asia.

“A good library is more than a repository of books—it’s a community resource,” Wired notes. “Many of them function not just as singular temples to the written word, but community centers, auditoria, concert halls, and public gardens. All of them are works of art in themselves.”

In this case a work of art that’s meant to be enjoyed up close, not admired from afar.

“I hope that people see the library as a coming-together space,” Allen says, “that community living room that people talk about a good bit. I hope they see this is as really a place that we can all cherish for generations to come.”

Photograph by Tim Griffith / Gould Evans

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Homecoming parade marches on despite rain

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 in News

Homecoming parade 2015
Friday’s weather forecast threatened to cause cancellation of the annual Homecoming Parade, but ultimately the show went on.

The cold, soggy weather didn’t deter many of the student groups committed to participating in the parade. Colorful floats, banners and other special entries made their way down Massachusetts Street, to the delight of a small but dedicated crowd of Jayhawk fans.

Parade participants are eligible to compete for a number of awards, including best moving parts float, best non-moving parts float, best banner and best decorated vehicle.

A list of winners is available on the Homecoming website.

See more photos from the parade on Flickr, and watch our short video of the parade below.

 

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