Scholarship available for KU students

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Campus News and News

KU Student Alumni Association, Student Alumni Leadership Board members | www.kualumni.org
Now in its 10th year, the iModules Scholarship Program annually provides individual financial scholarships to eligible students enrolled in secondary or higher education institutions that are current iModules clients.

The KU Alumni Association is a partner of the Leawood-based company, so students who will attend the university during the 2017-18 school year are eligible to apply.

The company will award 17 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Full-time student for the Fall 2017 semester
  • Attending or will be attending a school that is an iModules client for Fall 2017
  • A minimum “C” grade point average

How to apply:

  • Go to scholarships.imodules.com
  • Create an account
  • Fill out an application form
  • Submit an essay answering the two questions listed on the website

Applications and essays must be submitted by midnight (Central time) on April 1, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 1, 2017.

Good luck!

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Alumni Association partner offers scholarship opportunity to students

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in Campus News and News

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Know any KU students who could use extra money for school?

The iModules Scholarship Program can help. Now in its ninth year, the program will award 17 scholarships of $1,500 each for the 2016-17 school year to students of iModules client institutions. The Alumni Association is a client of the Overland Park-based technology company, so students who will attend KU during the upcoming school year are eligible to apply.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Full-time student for fall 2016
  • Attending a school that is an iModules client
  • A minimum “C” grade point average
  • High school, college, graduate and postgraduate students are welcome to apply

How to apply:

  • Create an online account
  • Submit an application form
  • Submit a response to two essay question

Applications are due by midnight (CT) April 1, 2016. Visit scholarships.imodules.com for more information and to apply. Two KU students have won the scholarship in the past—you could be next!

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Annual iModules scholarship opportunity for students

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 in Campus News and News

KU Student Alumni Association, Student Alumni Leadership Board members | www.kualumni.org

We’re excited to present an opportunity to provide students with a few extra bucks to pay for school!

iModules, an Overland Park-based technology company and close partner of the KU Alumni Association, is offering 15 scholarships of $1,500 each for the 2015-2016 school year.

Are you eligible?

  • Full-time KU student for the Fall 2015 semester
  • A minimum C grade point average
  • Attendance at a school that is an iModules client (KU is!)

How to apply

One reason we’re excited about this scholarship is the simplicity of the application.

  • Create an online account
  • Submit an application form
  • Submit an essay in response to two quetions

It’s as easy as that! Please encourage KU students to apply for this scholarship; winners will be announced May 1, 2015.

Visit scholarships.imodules.com for more information and the application.

We’d love to see more KU students win the scholarship!

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Hashie arrives at the University of Kansas

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Campus News and News

Hashie has arrived!

You’re probably asking, “Who’s Hashie?” That’s a great question.

At the KU Alumni Association, we partner with iModules, a company in Overland Park that provides some of our online services, including our online directory. All those pretty emails you receive from us? We create and send those using iModules’ email marketing platform.

Every summer, iModules hosts an annual conference for their clients. It’s appropriately called “Sizzler,” which is either a reference to the typically hot, steamy Kansas weather in late July or the hot topics covered at the conference. At last year’s conference, a giant cutout of the #Sizzler hashtag was featured prominently at the front of the ballroom—until it mysteriously disappeared one night.

Pictures of the missing hashtag started popping up on Twitter and Instagram, and it soon became clear that conference attendees had kidnapped “Hashie” and taken him on a tour of Kansas City.

This year, iModules embraced the idea and created the Hashie roadshow. The hashtag has been shipped to places like the University of San Diego, Creighton University and the University of Virginia all summer, and the goal is for clients to take pictures with Hashie that show off their offices, campuses and cities in all their glory. The pictures are posted on social media networks and hashtagged with #tourdehashie and #sizzler14, and then they’re aggregated on a Tagboard.

Now for the million-dollar question: why should you care?

Hashie is visiting our office for the next few days, leading up the start of the Sizzler conference on Sunday. Over the next four days, we’ll be sharing pictures of Hashie at the Adams Alumni Center, at iconic locations on the KU campus and in some of your favorite places in Lawrence.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for KU and Lawrence, be sure to check out the Tagboard and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see some of our favorite places on the Hill and in our community!

Adams Alumni Center

"Boots" Adams and HashieJayhawk and Hashie

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Protecting KU alumni

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Campus News and News

In response to the news this week about a massive Internet bug, the following update was shared with KU Alumni Association employees by email. In the spirit of transparency and our ongoing commitment to protect the privacy of alumni data, we wanted to share this update with alumni, from David Johnston, director of Internet services and marketing.

Good morning!

Some of you have seen news this week about “Heartbleed,” an Internet bug that exploits a common encryption tool called “OpenSSL.” Although the vulnerability has existed since December 2011, it made headlines Tuesday. Two days later, most providers have already addressed the issue.

We are fine.

Were we ever affected? It is impossible to know for sure, but our best defense is to stay current with software updates and change administrative passwords regularly. At some point we could have had the flawed version before the loophole was detected and patched with an update in April 2013, but we currently have the up-to-date version that corrects the flaw. To safeguard against attacks, we are diligent in following industry best practices. For example, last summer Webmaster Mike Wick recommended that we change our web hosting provider to industry leader RackSpace for greater support, security and speed. It was prioritized in the budget, and the transition went smoothly. That investment has paid off.

For those curious, our online presence is hosted primarily in two ways, through our online community vendor iModules and a managed private server with RackSpace. iModules, which connects to our private alumni data, uses a different secure protocol, so iModules was not affected by Heartbleed at all. The rest of our web pages, event registrations and membership forms are currently hosted at RackSpace. RackSpace is safe, and none of their related network devices were impacted. The OpenSSL we use is current and updated.

We will remain diligent and monitor situations like this that could potentially affect us and keep you posted. More information is below, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me, Mike Wick or John Stockham anytime. NOTE: It is generally a good idea for users to change passwords regularly, but we have not been instructed to do so in response to Heartbleed, yet. We’ll let you know of any new developments.

David

iModules announcement re: Heartbleed

Wall Street Journal article describing Heartbleed

New York Times Tech Blog guidance on passwords (thanks Lazz)

David Johnston, j’94, g’06
Director of Marketing & Internet Services
KU Alumni Association
785-864-4760
785-864-5397 fax
www.kualumni.org

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Scholarship opportunity for students

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Campus News and News

We know students are always looking for a few extra bucks to help pay for school, so we’re excited to share this scholarship opportunity with alumni.

iModules, an Overland Park-based technology company that the KU Alumni Association works closely with, is offering 13 scholarships of $1,500 each for the 2014 school year!

This is the seventh year of the scholarship program, and last year two KU students were fortunate to win scholarships: Jordann Bell, a sophomore from Kanopolis, and Robby Cowdrey, an incoming freshman from Overland Park.

Are you eligible?

Scholarship requirements include:

  • Full-time student status for the fall 2014 semester
  • A minimum C grade point average
  • Attendance at a school that is an iModules client (we are!)

How to apply

As far as scholarship applications go, this one is simpler than most. The application is completed entirely online and includes these steps:

  • Create an online account
  • Submit an application form
  • Submit an essay in response to two questions

That’s it! If you will be a KU student during the fall 2014 semester, or know someone who will be, please share this information with them.

Visit scholarships.imodules.com for more information and the application.

We’d love to see another KU student (or two!) win the scholarship!

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KU students receive iModules scholarships

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Campus News and News

Back in March, we shared a great scholarship opportunity for KU students. One of our partners, iModules, a technology company based in Overland Park, is in its sixth year of the iModules Scholarship Program, which provides ten scholarships of $1,500 each to students enrolled at client institutions like KU.

This year, we were excited to learn that two of the ten recipients are– or will be, in one case– KU students! Congratulations to Jordann Bell, a Kanopolis sophomore and a member of the Student Alumni Association, and Robby Cowdrey, an incoming freshman from Overland Park, on their scholarship awards.

Each student submitted an essay that answered two questions:

  • Articulate one goal you have established for yourself and the efforts you’ve made to accomplish this goal, giving specific examples that demonstrate your work ethic and diligence.
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?

The company received nearly 850 applications this year. According to Brenda Fraser with iModules, the evaluation process is completely anonymous, so the review committee has no idea who the applicants are or what school they attend until they tally the scores.

We’re proud of our outstanding students, and thank you to iModules for their commitment to education!

A winning submission

Robby gave us permission to print an excerpt of his essay, which you can read below. He learned about the iModules scholarship program through his high school, Saint Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park. Robby decided to attend KU because it’s close to home and has a fantastic engineering program. He plans to study computer engineering and will be part of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) program next fall.

Technology has always been my passion. As a student at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, I discovered that while the school excelled in many areas, technology wasn’t one of them.   I set out to change things and bring my school’s technology up-to-date. This began last year when I was a part of the school’s Cisco Networking Academy. After completing a site survey of the school’s network, I realized that its aging system had seen better days. A long-term plan to bring the school into the 21st century was developed. I presented the plan, which included the scope of work, equipment needed and cost estimates to the school’s network administrator and the rest of the technology department. Upon approval, $10,000 was allocated to complete phase I.   Phase I consisted of me and a fellow classmate installing over 11,000 feet of category 6 cabling, bringing gigabit connectivity to three computer labs, library, and wireless system. This on-going project is now approaching phase II. Throughout this extensive project, I learned the importance of accountability and reliability.   This was an actual project with real dollars attached to it and real deadlines to deliver an improved network uptime so that faculty and staff no longer would experience issues such as dead spots or inadequate speed due to outdated wiring and equipment. I also learned that in the world of technology, it’s not always about buying the most expensive equipment; it’s about making smart and cost-effective decisions and purchases, which help bring the school up-to-date.

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Scholarship opportunity for Jayhawks

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 in Campus News and News

KU students, are you looking for more money to help with school-related expenses? Of course you are. Here’s a scholarship opportunity for you, from one of the KU Alumni Association’s valued partners, iModules, a technology company based in Overland Park.

This is the sixth year of the iModules Scholarship Program, which annually provides scholarships to students enrolled in institutions that are current iModules clients. Since the Association is a client, that means KU students are eligible to apply!

Check out the information below, or visit scholarships.imodules.com to learn more. We’d love to see a KU student (or ten!) receive scholarship money!

iModules Scholarship Program via @kualumni.org

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