Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 15

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Alumnus joins KU Law development team | KU Law Blog

Matthew Richards — a KU Law graduate (l’99), former transactional attorney and business owner — recently joined KU Endowment as a development professional for the University of Kansas School of Law. Under the direction of Assistant Vice President of Development, Kristen Toner, l’06, Matt will work alongside Lauren Luhrs, l’13, in meeting with KU Law alumni and friends across the country.
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Disability Rights Oregon Names New Executive Director | Willamette Week

Disability Rights Oregon, the watchdog group that has won landmark settlements for disabled Oregonians, has named Jake Cornett, g’10, to be its new executive director. Cornett, who currently advises U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on policies relating to disabilities, will replace Bob Joondeph, who is retiring after 33 years at DRO.
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Lawrence attorney, nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei files for City Commission | Lawrence Journal-World

Attorney and nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei, l’99, has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Finkeldei graduated from the University of Kansas law school and has lived in Lawrence permanently since 2000. He has served on the boards of various local organizations and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission.
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Hawks to Watch: Marlon Marshall, Grassroots Campaign Organizer | KU College Stories

It’s no secret that politics, campaigns, and social movements can be contentious subjects, to say the least. So much so that it often feels as if there’s an ocean of ideological difference separating communities. Marlon Marshall, c’13, wants to help build bridges to mend those widening gaps, and his career is a testament to the power of authenticity, collective action, and connecting with the public on a personal level by running campaigns with both strategy and heart. And it’s clear to him where that vital, immensely challenging work must begin in order to catch fire and create visible change for the better: at the grassroots level.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 8

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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‘Goodnight everybody’: 50-year voice of Salthawk sports signs off | The Hutchinson News

The 50-year voice of the Hutchinson Salthawks, often interrupted by former students embracing their calculus teacher with a hug, has said his last “goodnight everybody.” Rusty Hilst, g’66, dabbled in radio for the first time in 1969 after a friend and then-Hutchinson High School basketball coach Dan Justice recommended Hilst to fill in for a sick broadcaster. “Some people would say I haven’t shut up since,” Hilst said.
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New novel sends powerful message to divorced people | Chicago Tribune

“The death of a dream” might be the hardest part about going through a divorce, according to Beth Bear Shields, c’92. “When my boys were 1 and 3, I was walking on the beach, and I saw a couple walking with a toddler on the husband’s shoulders and I thought to myself, ‘This is something I will never have.’ I was right,” said Shields, a North Shore-based mom, who went through a divorce in 2003.
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New Kansas Governor Picks Federal Prosecutor as Chief Lawyer | U.S. News & World Report

Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has picked a federal prosecutor to serve as her office’s top attorney and filled other key staff positions. The incoming Democratic governor announced Tuesday that Clay Britton, c’04 l’09, will be her chief counsel. He has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas since October 2016 and previously was an assistant Kansas attorney general and attorney in private practice. Cory Sheedy, c’03, will serve be Kelly’s legislative director after working as the Kansas House minority leader’s chief of staff.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 1

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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On the Job with J-School Grads | William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

On the Job blog features the new careers and advice from recent graduates of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Check out the recent post about Jackson Kurtz, j’18, to learn more about how he got his role as Reporter/Multimedia Journalist for WJCL News.
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Black-owned hair studio ‘Prestige’ reports success ahead of first anniversary | University Daily Kansan

For Prestige Hair Studio, celebrating one year in business means silencing doubters and creating more opportunities. Siblings Breanna and Isaiah Bell started their business, located on Sixth Street, on Feb. 21 of last year.  Breanna Bell, a current student at KU, said the journey didn’t come without people who didn’t believe they would make it this far.
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Evidence professor retires after more than 30 years on law faculty | KU Law Blog

From the beginning of his teaching career, Dennis Prater was committed to helping nervous law students transform into formidable advocates. That commitment didn’t waiver during his 34 years on the KU Law faculty. Prater retired in December. A 1973 graduate of KU Law, Prater had been a student director of the Legal Aid Clinic and knew how invaluable the experience could be for future lawyers. When he took the helm in 1984, he became the first practicing attorney to lead the Clinic.
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7 successful women explain how they got the sponsor that changed their careers | Fast Company

Just how do you identify and invest in the kind of relationship that gets you noticed by senior-level executives and considered for big promotions? Seven women share how they got the sponsorship that shaped their careers, including Jessica Palm, j’11.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 22

Posted on Feb 22, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Polsinelli Shareholders Dan Boulware and Greg Kratofil Named Influential Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly | Polsinelli LLP

Polsinelli Shareholders R. Dan Boulware, b’68 l’72, and Greg Kratofil, Jr. are among five honorees for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Influential Lawyers award, which recognizes Missouri lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the legal community this year. Boulware and Kratofil will be formally recognized this Friday, Jan. 25, during the annual Missouri Lawyers Awards luncheon at The Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 2019 Missouri Lawyers Awards recognize a collection of attorneys in several categories, including Lawyers of the Year, Influential Lawyers, Legal Champions, Influential Appellate Advocates and Law Firm Leaders. “Dan and Greg are among the most talented and experienced attorneys our firm has to offer,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Chase Simmons.
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Governor Parson Appoints Kyndra J. Stockdale as the Associate Circuit Judge of the 16th Circuit, Division 32 | Office of Governor Michael L. Parson

Governor Parson appointed Kyndra J. Stockdale, ’00 l’03, as the Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Circuit, Division 32. Mrs. Stockdale will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert L. Trout. Stockdale, of Kansas City, is a Senior Attorney at Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford P.C. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.
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IU East School of Business and Economics to welcome new dean | Indiana University East

Indiana University East will welcome a new dean of the School of Business and Economics. Denise Smith, g’94, will be the new dean beginning May 15, 2019. Currently Smith is the interim chair for the School of Business at the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at The Eastern Illinois University. She is also an associate dean and professor with the School of Business. As dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics Smith has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, providing leadership for student success and retention, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students.
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Devon Reese: City of Reno’s newest council member | KRNV News 4

A Reno attorney & father of three is taking his seat on the City of Reno Government council for the first time this Friday. We took a deep dive into City of Reno Government councilman Devon T. Reese, l’00, on KRNV News 4 last night. Hear why he says he wanted to get involved in local politics:
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Lawrence Group of Arborists Climbs, Suspends From Trees | U.S. News & World Report

Even on winter days, arborists around Lawrence are ascending taut ropes high into trees. When the branches are bare, it’s easier to examine a tree, making this a busy time for certified arborists. While some arborists keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, others work from a bucket truck. But those known as climbing arborists specialize in using ropes to access tree tops to prune, remove deadwood and examine the health of a tree, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It’s a skilled profession that’s also something of a sport. A local group of climbing arborists gathers during the arborists’ time off to practice their skills. Chris Johnson, c’03, owner of Tuft’s Tree Service, Erin and Eric Massie, with Massie Tree Service, and Ryan Rastok, District 1 Forester with the Kansas Forest Service, who also has a tree service, meet to try out different techniques — and just to literally hang out.
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Governor announces acting Secretary of Revenue | Kansas Office of the Governor

Governor Laura Kelly announced today Mark Burghart, b’76, as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of Revenue. Burghart will take over for Mark Beshears who led the agency for an interim period. “I’m pleased to have Mark Burghart on board to lead the Department of Revenue for my administration,” said Kelly. “His experience, knowledge and skills will be critical to addressing the significant challenges facing the department.” Burghart is a partner at Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard, LLC, in Topeka where he is responsible for litigation of state tax matters.
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HPU Names Woods as Chair of the Department of Biology | High Point University

High Point University has named Dr. Brett Woods, g’01, as chair of the Department of Biology. In his new role, Woods will head the department and teach courses in physiology and help pre-health professional students find their educational paths. Woods has been a member of HPU’s faculty since 2016 as associate professor of biology teaching animal physiology and biology. Woods is also director of HPU’s pre-health advising program. He helps students navigate their journey to the best professional health programs.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 15

Posted on Feb 15, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Kansas City-Area Family Law Attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen Merges with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Distinguished family law attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen, l’06, has merged her Kansas City-area practice with that of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, a 17-attorney firm serving clients throughout Missouri and Kansas through its offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. Rosengreen’s family law practice concentrates on divorce, paternity, custody and support modification, guardianship, Guardian ad Litem, and adoptions. “This is our second merger in Kansas City and our fourth overall since 2016,” said Julia A. Craft, chair of the firm’s family law division. “We’ve been fortunate to attract top-notch talent from area firms as we are expanding all practice sectors across the firm.”
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Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Mark White, g’16 PhD’18, is currently a Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. He shares what his job entails, why he loves what he does, and current graduate students can make the most of their time in school.
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KU alumnus helps voters gain access to provisional ballots | University Daily Kansan

A University of Kansas graduate is working to help an organization to ensure provisional ballots are not thrown out during elections. Lauren Bonds, c’09, Kansas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal director and interim executive director, is representing Loud Light, an organization which tries to increase voter turnout. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, requested the names of provisional ballot voters back in October in hopes of informing people what they need to do to fix their ballots, so they can avoid the situation in the future. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker denied the request. “Mr. Hammet reached out to us and said that he thought he should be entitled to this information. We took a look at the laws and agreed that this is something under the Kansas Open Records Act that he should have access to,” Bonds said.
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KU professor digitizes National Park Service typeface | University Daily Kansan

A new typeface called National Park — based on wooden signs in national parks — has been created by University of Kansas professor of design Jeremy Shellhorn, f’99. Shellhorn was introduced to the park signs during a sabbatical in 2012 where he worked for the National Park Service to help design Rocky Mountain National Park’s newspaper. He had been working on the newspaper for a short while when he began looking for a new typeface for the hiking section, and wanted to use the same typeface used in the signs around the park. “You see those signs everywhere. And most of the time, the lettering on those signs is all pretty consistent, all this same kind of typeface,” Shellhorn said.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 8

Posted on Feb 8, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Two Riley doctors. 25,000 heart surgeries. Many plaudits and lives saved. | Indianapolis Star

Normally, the two heart surgeons might have found work more pressing than an awards ceremony. Even that afternoon, Dr. John Brown had demurred, only agreeing at the last minute to attend what he thought was a celebration of his team at Riley Hospital for Children for achieving a coveted three-star rating from a professional society. His partner Dr. Mark Turrentine, m’83 m’89, however, had long had the Thursday event on his calendar. The three-star rating celebration provided cover for the true reason behind the gathering: Turrentine had successfully nominated Brown for a Sagamore of the Wabash award. Brown received the honor as planned but that was not all.
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Iona College President Joseph Nyre leaving for Seton Hall | Westfair Communications

Joseph E. Nyre, g’96 g’00, president of Iona College since 2011, will leave the New Rochelle Roman Catholic college this summer to take leadership of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Iona College announced Nyre’s planned departure this morning, shortly after a separate announcement from Seton Hall heralded Nyre’s appointment to its presidency. Iona said it will start a “nationwide search” for its ninth president, but has not yet provided details on the timeline for Nyre’s replacement. A college spokesperson said Nyre will remain in his role at Iona through June 30.
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University alum takes a break from feature film to direct music video | University Daily Kansan

University alumnus Josh Doke, c’12, got a pretty good grasp of what he could do with his next directorial effort after just one sit-down meeting before production started. This project won’t be seen on the big screen, though. Instead, it came as a music video for a cover of Sia’s “Underneath the Christmas Lights.” Music videos are a medium Doke’s explored before and thinks have plenty of room for experimentation. “You can try out things that you’ve been wanting to try out but don’t know if they’ll work for a full-length feature,” Doke said. “You can kind of flex your filmmaking muscles in music videos. It’s also one of the few forms you can get really experimental with anymore.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 1

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Perez Named Senior Vice President, Product Management at Motorists Insurance | Insurance Journal

Randy Perez, l’97, has been hired as senior vice president of product management for Columbus, Ohio-based Motorists Insurance Group. Perez comes to Motorists from Horace Mann, where he spent three years as vice president of pricing and product management. With more than 20 years of experience in the personal lines industry, Perez brings a new perspective to Motorists that will further its strategic focus on personal lines business.
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Goertzen joins Heartland Health Care Clinic | Salina Post

Memorial Health System has announced that Cayle Goertzen, M.D. has joined the medical staff of Heartland Health Care Clinic. He began seeing patients, of all ages, on Monday. Goertzen, h’97 MD’04 m’08, is an experienced family medicine physician with obstetric and surgical skills.
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Emily Taylor Center director to retire | The University of Kansas

The longtime director of the Emily Taylor Resource Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas will retire at the end of the fiscal year. Kathy Rose-Mockry, d’78 g’85 PhD’15, will retire from the university June 30. As director of the Emily Taylor Center since 1998, she has developed and presented innovative and significant programs. “Kathy has had an important impact on the university and Lawrence community through her leadership of the Emily Taylor Center,” said Jennifer Hamer, vice provost for diversity & equity.Read full article.

 

Bob Dole promoted to honorary colonel | Great Bend Tribune

Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall in the House Tuesday introduced legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, ’45, to the grade of colonel in the U.S. Army. Meanwhile, Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran submitted the same legislation on the Senate side. “Senator Bob Dole embodies what it means to be a Kansan and an American,” Marshall said. “He has dedicated his entire life to this country and our state. There is absolutely no man more deserving of this honorary promotion than Senator Dole. He has been a champion for our military and has the full support of the Kansas delegation and the U.S. Army.”Read full article.

 

2019 William Allen White award goes to AP’s Sally Buzbee | The State

Sally Buzbee, the executive editor of The Associated Press, is this year’s recipient of the William Allen White Foundation award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service. The foundation announced Tuesday that Buzbee, a Kansas native and 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas journalism school, will receive the award April 11 in Lawrence, Kansas. Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article225251190.html#storylink=cpyRead full article.

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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 25

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Couple donate $1 million to create new chemical engineering research lab at KU | Lawrence Journal-World

A $1 million gift from a University of Kansas alumni couple will help KU’s School of Engineering establish a new chemical engineering research lab. Richard, e’71, and Elizabeth Hoover, c’71, of Northport, Mich., made the donation to fund the creation of the Richard H. Hoover Chemical Engineering Applied Research Laboratory, which Richard hopes will give the students more hands-on experience, according to a KU news release. “I was looking for an opportunity to do something to bridge the academic experience at KU with the applied outside world to help better prepare students for what they would encounter on the job,” Richard said.
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BGE Promotes John Corse | The Daily Record

BGE has promoted John Corse, l’87, to vice president and general counsel for the company, replacing Dan Gahagan who announced his retirement in September. Corse most recently served as Associate General Counsel for BGE’s parent company Exelon where he oversaw litigation activities for many of Exelon’s operating companies, including the Maryland-based competitive business and Exelon utilities BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.
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Recent KU engineering graduate wins international recognition for dissertation | The University of Kansas

A recent University of Kansas graduate has won international recognition for his dissertation proposing innovative advances to radar technology. Patrick McCormick, e’08 e’13 PhD’18, an Olathe native who graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate in electrical engineering, won the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award from the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, which is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical organization in the world. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.
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Grossner dismissed as Baker football coach; LHS, KU alum Jason Thoren takes over on interim basis | Lawrence Journal-World

The powerhouse Baker University football program will be under new leadership in 2019. Exactly who that leader will be remains to be seen. BU Athletic Director Nate Houser on Tuesday night announced that Baker assistant coach Jason Thoren, d’00, a former all-league and all-conference linebacker at both Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, has been named BU football’s interim head coach, effective immediately.
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Stinson Leonard Street Elects 10 New Partners | Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 10 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The group of attorneys is spread out among four of the firm’s 14 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups. The new partners include Frank Basgall, l’11, a commercial litigator in the firm’s Business Litigation Division. He often represents corporate clients with contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and matters related to oil and gas exploration and refinery operations.
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PPL Electric Utilities names new Customer Services vice president | PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities announced today that Lori Mueller, l’06, will serve as vice president of Customer Services. “We’re pleased to welcome Lori to our team,” said Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Her ability to connect and collaborate at all levels, her contemporary thinking, and her commitment to her work and team will be an asset as PPL Electric Utilities continues to fulfill its promise of delivering exceptional service to its customers. In addition, Lori’s strong background and experience in the technology space will support our digital customer engagement strategy as we transform to become the leading utility in the country.”
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Long-time journalists named to Hall of Fame | Kansas Press Association

Three long-time journalists have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. They include  Ned Valentine, j’68, editor and publisher of the Clay Center Dispatch. Valentine is in his 50th year managing the daily Clay Center Dispatch, a newspaper in the Valentine family since 1882. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He and three other Valentines — great uncle Del Valentine, grandfather Lou Valentine, and father Harry E. Valentine — have served in leadership capacities with KPA during their careers.
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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 18

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Nick Collison’s No. 4 to be retired by Thunder | ESPN

Nick Collison’s No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder announced Saturday that they’ll retire Collison’s jersey in a ceremony on March 20. Collison, c’03, played basketball at the University of Kansas from 1999-2003 and helped the Jayhawks reach two Final Fours.
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A-State’s Mohajir named to CFP selection committee | KTHV 11

Terry Mohajir, g’98, Arkansas State’s vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, has been selected to serve on the prestigious College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee. Mohajir has experience as a student-athlete and football coach and is a well-respected administrator.
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Katie Briscoe Appointed President At MMGY Global | Hospitality Net

Katie Briscoe, j’04, a 10-year veteran of the agency, will serve as the first female president of MMGY Global. She will be responsible for helping lead the company’s strategic growth in both acquisitions and the development of core marketing services and talent. She will lead MMGY Global’s integrated marketing communications services, inclusive of advertising, creative, marketing technology and data, public relations and social media on behalf of its global client portfolio.
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Robservations: WTTW to air ‘Disco King of Skokie’ tonight | Robert Feder

Amanda Kaschube, j’01, who’s held a variety of roles in the sports department at the Chicago Tribune since 2002, has been named director of content/sports. As the Tribune’s top sports editor, she succeeds Joe Knowles, who took a buyout after 42 years at the paper. A south suburban Flossmoor native, Kaschube most recently was senior content editor.
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Hogan announces judicial appointment for St. Mary’s | The Bay Net

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Sidney Allen Butcher, l’05, to the District Court for Anne Arundel County. Butcher has worked as an attorney with the Office of the Attorney General since February 2018. He currently handles civil and criminal enforcement of Medicaid fraud matters in state and federal courts across Maryland.
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Lathrop Gage Advances Six Attorneys to Partnership | Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage announced that it has promoted six lawyers to Partner, effective January 1, 2019, including Andrew J. Ricke, c’07, l’10. Ricke focuses his practice on litigating personal injury, business and employment claims, providing representation through all phases of a dispute, including pre-suit investigation and consultation, mediation, arbitrations, trials and appeals.
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Clark receives Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, dedicates honor to former boss John McCain | The Decorah Newspapers

Samantha Clark, l’12, recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., earlier this month. Clark was recognized for her exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as deputy staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. .
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Governor-elect Kelly announces interim DCF and KDADS secretary, expresses concern about “grants” | WIBW News Now

Governor-elect Laura Kelly today announced Laura Howard, l’84, as the interim secretary of the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Howard will also serve as interim secretary of the Department for Aging and Disabilities Services (KDADS). “Laura Howard is the perfect expert to lead DCF and KDADS at this challenging time,” said Kelly. “She has a long history of building coalitions to better deliver services to vulnerable Kansans.”
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Idaho Press’ B.J. Rains Named Idaho Sportswriter of the Year for Second Straight Year | Idaho Press

B.J. Rains was awarded the 2018 Idaho Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. It’s the second straight year Rains, j’08, has taken home the prestigious award. He has been the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Press since 2013 and is the only Idaho Press reporter to win the award since it began in 1959. Rains also helps lead the Boise Jayhawk Alumni Network.
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Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 11

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Release: Governor-elect Laura Kelly names choice for KDOT, Commerce secretaries | Kelly Transition Team

Citing her 25 years of experience building and leading high-performance teams, Governor-elect Laura Kelly named Julie Lorenz, g’89, as her interim choice to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kelly also named David Toland, c’99 g’01, as the permanent Secretary of Commerce, highlighting his decade of work on economic development issues in communities across Kansas.
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Following a family legacy in the arts, Lawrence native is singing opera in Germany | Lawrence Journal-World

Sarah Bodle, u’13, couldn’t just come to Lawrence and spend Christmas with her family; she had to squeeze in a performance. The 28-year-old opera singer, who lives and studies in Berlin, will give a winter-themed recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1263 North 1100 Road. She’ll be singing excerpts from German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden,” accompanied by Ellen Sommer, a University of Kansas lecturer in piano.
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Armstrong Teasdale Elects Three New Partners, Three Equity Partners | Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that the equity partners of the firm have elected Paul Croker, b’01 l’04, Scott Galt and Sarah Sise to equity partner. In addition, Jaimie Mansfield, Mark Thomas and Andrew Zimmerman have been elected partners by the firm’s Executive Committee. All of the aforementioned changes are effective Jan. 1, 2019. Croker is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. He is a trusted legal adviser to clients facing class action and business litigation throughout the country, including enforcement and class actions brought by private parties, attorneys general and governmental agencies.
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Meet Scot Wrighton, Decatur’s new city manager | Herald&Review

The Decatur City Council’s choice for the next city manager says he can be a “change agent” for the community and provide outside-the-box thinking to help find solutions for the city, once he takes the helm in the coming months. “If you’re looking for someone who can just mind the store and make sure the bills get paid, then hire somebody else,” said Scot Wrighton, g’83, who Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe introduced Wednesday as the next city manager for Decatur pending council approval next week. “Because helping the governing body make some fundamentally different directional changes, policy changes is what I can hopefully help them to do and bring together different elements in the community.”
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Salina Chamber of Commerce CEO announces retirement | Salina Journal

After serving the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce for 43 years, the last four as president and chief executive officer, Don L. Weiser, j’73, has announced his retirement effective May 1. In a statement released Thursday, Weiser said it is time for him to enjoy a quieter life and spend more time with his family, which includes wife Lynne, daughters Melissa and Laura and his grandchildren. “I am thankful that Lynne and I chose Salina those years ago,” he said. “We have raised our family here, and we are fortunate to have our children and grandchildren here also. We love this community, love this organization, and see nothing but great things ahead for the future of Salina.”
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Jayhawk great Holly Reynolds to be inducted in Vermont Sports Hall of Fame | KU Athletics

Former Kansas women’s golfer Holly Reynolds, d’94, will be inducted into the esteemed Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019, the board of directors announced earlier this week. Reynolds is one of 13 inductees being introduced at the 2019 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (VSHOF) Induction Dinner and Celebration which will be held at the Trader Duke’s Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, April 13.
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