As a token of appreciation for his sustained service to the University, the KU Alumni Association presented Greg Ek, b’76 with the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award at the Wichita KU Kickoff event on August 15 at Beech Lake.
Ek, a Kansas Honor Scholar, came to KU from Emporia High School to study business administration. He also served as president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Ek has served on multiple boards for the Alumni Association, including the Kansas City, Wichita and national Board of Directors. He also chaired the Wichita Roundup, the network’s biggest annual event, in 2017.
Danielle Hoover, director of donor relations and Wichita programs, points to Ek as a valuable resource for the Wichita Jayhawk community.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Greg as I began my role with the Alumni Association and his help and guidance has been invaluable,” said Hoover. “He has put in many hours of service for the community of Wichita Jayhawks and alumni throughout the state. The University and I are forever grateful for his kindness.”
Greg and his wife Debby, a Kansas State alumna, have two children: Andy, a Jayhawk, and Allie, a Wildcat.
About the award
The Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award was created in 1987 to thank alumni and friends for sustained volunteer service to the University at the local level. The award honors Mildred Clodfelter, b’41, who worked for the University for 47 years, including 42 at the Alumni Association.
Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our biweekly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Manager Matt Allen was presented with Leadership Kansas’ Jim Edwards Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of what the organization viewed as his steady, innovative community leadership. Allen earned a master’s degree from KU in 1997. Read full article.
Frank Mack, who teaches arts administration at the University of Connecticut and previously led Shakespeare theater companies in California and New Jersey, has been named executive producer at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Mack earned a bachelor’s degree from KU in 1985. Read full article.
Henry Wear, g’14, received his Ph.D. in sport and entertainment management in May from South Carolina and earned his first postdoctoral position, as a lecturer in the sport management program at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Read full article.
The University of Kansas has selected Dr. Douglas Girod as its 18th chancellor. The search committee tasked with finding Gray-Miller’s successor has local ties. Greg Ek, b’76, was part of the 24-person search committee. He also serves as a board member for the KU Alumni Association and serves as the chairman of its audit committee. Read full article.
VIVUS, Inc., announced that Thomas B. King has been appointed to VIVUS’ board of directors. Mr. King’s nearly 40 years of pharmaceutical experience ranges from large to development-stage pharmaceutical companies. He received an MBA from the KU School of Business. Read full article.
Bernard Greenberg, a retired professor of entomology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, would assist law enforcement agencies in murder investigations by helping to determine details of the death from the presence or absence of bugs on the body. He earned a doctorate in entomology from the University of Kansas in 1953. Read full article.
Nate White, 39, was named chief operating officer of Sanford Health in 2012 and will become executive vice president, based in Fargo, beginning in August. he earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2004. Read full article.
Frank Mason, star point guard for the KU men’s basketball team, penned a goodbye letter to Jayhawk fans on the popular website. Read full article.
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A group of twenty Jayhawks are currently traveling throughout France as part of a Flying Jayhawks trip commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The travelers left the United States on Oct. 21 for an exclusive journey through Normandy, with excursions to the D-Day landing beaches, including poignant Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, the Peace Memorial at Caen and the German cemetery at La Cambe. The group also traveled to Monet’s home and studio in Giverny and the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, and they enjoyed a special tasting of Normandy’s famous Calvados brandy.
Flying Jayhawks trips not only provide travelers an opportunity to see beautiful and historic sites around the world and learn about their history, but it’s also a bonding experience for alumni and friends.
Several members of our Board of Directors are participating in this adventure: Greg Ek, b’76, and his wife, Debby; John Ballard III, b’73 and his wife, Cindy; and former board chairman Jeff Briley, d’74, and his wife, Jean, d’75.
Debby Ek sent us this picture of the KU contingent in front of the commune of Sainte Mére-Église, one of the first towns liberated on D-Day. The trip concludes on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Travel the world with fellow Jayhawks! Visit www.kualumni.org/travel for more information about upcoming trips and to sign up for emails about the Flying Jayhawks program.