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.
Full-time student for the Fall 2017 semester
Attending or will be attending a school that is an iModules client for Fall 2017
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!