Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 8

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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How KU uses Twitter to provide campus updates and reach prospective students | The University Daily Kansan

The University has an active Twitter account with over 71.6 thousand followers, which is the biggest following as far as University accounts go.  “Our top five channels that we manage are really active,” said Katie McCurry, a University alumna and senior digital strategist for the University.
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Lawrence police Twitter account reaches an international audience | The University Daily Kansan

The popular twitter has attracted followers from all over the world with their humorous takes on public affairs. “I am constantly amazed at the reach that our account has,” Officer Drew Fennelly, ’09, said in an email with the Kansan. “When we started the account I never anticipated that our follower base would be so broad.”
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Husband, wife team to lead OBA, OBF | Tulsa Business & Legal News

The husband-and-wife team of Alan Souter, l’93, and Kimberly K. Hays, l’93, will make history with the state’s legal community in 2018. Souter is the incoming Oklahoma Bar Foundation president. Hays is the incoming Oklahoma Bar Association president.
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Lori Dougherty-Bichsel sworn in as administrative judge of Topeka Municipal Court | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, l’06, was sworn in as administrative judge of the Topeka Municipal Court. “I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the city of Topeka and the community,” Dougherty-Bichsel said. “I’m just looking forward to fostering the relationship that the prior administration has created.”
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Kansas City artist’s Jayhawk paintings show off rock chalk spirit — literally | The Kansas City Star

Megh Knappenberger, f’04, an artist in Kansas City who studied fine art at the University of Kansas, has created six paintings depicting each of the Jayhawk logos over the past 105 years. The paintings are on display at Niall, a luxury watch boutique on The Plaza owned by KU alumnus Michael Wilson.
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Local prosecutor moves a step closer to becoming a Kansas federal judge | Kansas City Business Journal

Holly Teeter, e’02, l’06, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is one step closer to becoming a judge for the U.S. District Court in Kansas.
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Using his grandfather’s story, alumnus shines light on Korean War in animated film | The University Daily Kansan

In April 2015, University alumnus and illustrator Tim McCabe came into possession of an old shoebox full of medals and a moth-eaten photo album. McCabe, f’00, transformed his grandfather’s incredible story into an animated film where it can continue to be appreciated for the coming ages.
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Saturday’s Help Portrait photo session to provide free portraits to families in need | The Lawrence Journal-World

The Lawrence Public Library will be transformed into an impromptu photo studio equipped with professional photographers, editors, makeup artists and hairstylists volunteering their time and skills to provide a simple gift that many people take for granted: family photos. Jessica Janasz, a’12, organized the Help Portrait event.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 1

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Former KU mascot wins big on Wheel of Fortune | WIBW.com

You may not recognize him with his bowtie instead of a giant Jayhawk head, but former Big Jay mascot and Kansan Phil Bennett, g’13, spun and won big bucks on Wheel of Fortune tonight.
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Lori Dougherty-Bichsel hired as Topeka’s new Municipal Court judge | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, a former state litigator, will lead the Topeka Municipal Court as administrative judge, the city announced Wednesday. Dougherty-Bichsel graduated from the KU School of Law in 2006.
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Acquisition expands KC law firm’s employer and insurance defense practice | Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City-based McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips PA has boosted its employer and insurance defense practice with the acquisition of a Springfield law firm. Brooke Smith, l’04, will work out of MVP’s Springfield office.
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Danny Manning signs lengthy contract extension at Wake Forest | KUsports.com

Wake Forest University has signed men’s basketball coach Danny Manning to a six-year contract extension that will take him through the 2024-25 season. Manning, c’92, is a former KU basketball star.
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Diane Yetter Named One of 100 Most Influential People in Accounting | yettertax.com

Diane Yetter was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for 2017 by Accounting Today, a leading accounting industry publication.  Yetter, b’85, is founder of YETTER™ and The Sales Tax Institute. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Business and is a member of KU Endowment’s Board of Trustees.
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Jay-Z-inspired syllabus praised by University of Kansas | Washington Examiner

A University of Kansas graduate student has formulated a class syllabus that reflects rapper Jay-Z’s hit album 4:44. Anthony Boynton, a PhD English candidate, came up with the idea of the “4:44 Syllabus” after listening to the album. He felt emboldened to depict “black masculinity” which he believes is highlighted throughout the album.
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$1M gift endows professorship at KU Medical Center | The University of Kansas

A gift commitment from longtime faculty member Dr. Dennis Diederich and his wife, Alice Diederich, will provide $1 million to endow a professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The Diederichs, both KU alumni who live in Overland Park, established the fund to support the professorship in the Nephrology and Hypertension Division of the Department of Internal Medicine within the KU School of Medicine.
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Alumnus’ love for Kansas led to award-winning short film | The University Daily Kansan

Film director Patrick Clement, c’15, is making a name for himself one short film at a time. His most recent film, “Rabbits,” about an isolated farmer in Kansas who uses the body of a young woman to keep a promise to his dead wife, has attracted attention from film festivals around the world.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 18

Posted on Nov 17, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Idaho State Bar recognizes Wood River and Magic valleys members at Annual Resolution Meeting | KMTV.com

Fifth Judicial District Judges Robert Elgee of Hailey and Michael Crabtree of Burley, will be recognized as Retiring Judges. Crabtree attended law school at the University of Kansas and was chambered in Cassia County.
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Hawks to Watch: Sarah Stern | KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sarah Stern was a Hawks to Watch even while still an undergraduate at KU. While studying for a B.A. in Latin American Studies and B.S. in Journalism, Sarah won a fellowship from Kansas Paraguay Partners that took her to Paraguay, where she mastered Spanish and Portuguese and conducted a study of poor women’s experiences with microfinance programs.
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KU business alumnus finds success at Amazon | KU Business

During his time at Amazon, alumnus Erik Hanssen has put his business education to use doing everything from managing fulfillment operations to helping launch ultrafast delivery offerings.
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Texas PG Grimes chooses Kansas | The Garden City Telegram

Elite Texas high school combo guard Quentin Grimes has decided to play basketball at Kansas, he announced Wednesday night at a signing ceremony at his high school. Grimes is a Jayhawk legacy: his mother, Tonja Stelly, is a KU graduate.
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KU Deputy Title IX coordinator creates first ever female majority on Lawrence City Commission | The University Daily Kansan

Jennifer Ananda helped make history in Lawrence. Ananda, c’04, l’10, s’10, fully expected to place fourth in the recent city commission campaign. Instead, she took second, earning a four-year term and becoming part of the first female majority commission in Lawrence history.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 10

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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$1.3M gift establishes 5 scholarships for KU students | The University of Kansas

A gift of more than $1.3 million from the estate of University of Kansas alumni Perry Rashleigh and Rosemary Jones Rashleigh will create five Rashleigh Family Scholarships for students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, math and English.
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Jones, Gordon-Ross, incumbent Johnson win Lawrence school board seats | Lawrence Journal-World

Voters returned incumbent Melissa Johnson, d’08, to the Lawrence school board and selected newcomers Kelly Jones, s’09, and Ronald “G.R.” Gordon-Ross, PharmD’02, to join her on the seven-member board.
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Dallas TV reporter, a KU grad from KC, becomes target in body shaming controversy | The Kansas City Star

Dallas TV reporter Demetria Obilor, a former Kansas City resident, felt the full sting of body shaming last week when a viewer wrote on Facebook that Obilor “looks ridiculous” on TV in clothes that seem too small for her. In a video response posted to her social media on Friday, Obilor, a 2012 University of Kansas graduate, said she doesn’t usually “clap back” at viewers. But she did this time.
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Local author to speak at public library about his latest true-crime novel | The University Daily Kansan

Lawrence author and University graduate Bill James will visit the Lawrence Public Library on Thursday to talk about his latest true-crime novel, “The Man from the Train.”
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Alumni Spotlight | Center for Undergraduate Research

Blaine Ragsdale is a 2015 Behavioral Neuroscience who is currently a clinical trial assistant. Following his graduation, he recounts some of his insights about the research world.
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Alumni Profile: Nolan T. Jones | KU School of the Arts

Nolan T. Jones, now a managing partner of The Orr Group, LLC, the company behind Roll20.net, shares how KU got him to where his is today after his graduation in 2007.
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MSI General strengthens its resources | BizTimes

Jay Craig, the leader of the Milwaukee network, has joined MSI General as vice president – Project Executive to further develop the growing portfolio of regional design/build accounts.
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New research looks at how ‘cosmic web’ of filaments alters star formation in galaxies | Phys.org

Astronomer Gregory Rudnick sees the universe crisscrossed by something like an interstellar superhighway system. Filaments—the strands of aggregated matter that stretch millions of light years across the universe to connect galaxy clusters—are the freeways.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 3

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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KU alumna’s new documentary explores what it’s like to be gay in Kansas | University Daily Kansan

After graduating in May of 2017, University alumna Savannah Rodgers became a producer on the project, “Out Here in Kansas.” The documentary revolves around the LGBTQ community and how it intersects with Christianity in Kansas.
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2018 Board of Directors | University of Kansas Sport Management Program

The University of Kansas Sport Management Program is thrilled to announce the inaugural Board of Directors. These eleven KU alumni will provide invaluable insight to the faculty and students as the program continually grows and adapts in a ever-changing sporting landscape.
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Alumni Spotlight | Center for Undergraduate Research

Marah Schlingensiepen-Malleck is a 2016 Public Affairs and Administration grad who is now a PhD Student at University of Florida. Following her time at KU, she is able to reflect on what she learned through her research and give advice of her own.
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A look behind the curtain of KU’s 2008 national title win from 5 players who were there | KUsports.com

By now, almost 10 full years after Mario’s Miracle and the Kansas men’s basketball team’s run to the 2008 national championship, many of the stories about that team, its tournament run and the title game against Memphis have been told.
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2017 Alumni Award recipients announced at Fort Hays State | Hays Post

Doug Richmond, who earned a Juris Doctor from the KU School of Law in 1989, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University during its Homecoming celebration. The award is the Alumni Association’s highest honor.
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KSU Receives $500K For At-Risk Youth | KSAL.com

Low-income, at-risk students will have a greater opportunity to graduate college in four years without crushing debt because of a new partnership between Kansas State University and the Peter and Veronica Mallouk Give Back Program. Peter Mallouk is president and chief investment officer of Creative Planning Inc., one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the country. A graduate of the University of Kansas and its Graduate School of Business, he and his wife, also a KU graduate, are co-founders of KC CAN!, an organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in Kansas City.
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Chiefs hire former Sprint, Sprint Center exec to new sales position | Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Chiefs created the position to oversee new business, renewals, activation and service for corporate partnerships, suites and media rights revenue streams. Kimberly Hobbs was hired to the new role of vice president of corporate partnerships and premium sales. She’s a 20-year veteran of the sports marketing industry and is also a member of the Greater Kansas City Network of the KU Alumni Association’s board of directors.
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County manager recognized with managerial excellence award | Johnson County Kansas

Johnson County manager Hannes Zacharias on Sunday, Oct. 22, was recognized with the Edwin O. Stene Award for Managerial Excellence. The honor was given at the KUCIMAT banquet — a yearly KU alumni event hosted at the International City/County Management Association annual conference.
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Allen Frame runs straight into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame | The Wichita Eagle

Allen Frame ran for simple reasons. “Because I won,” he said. “That’s the reason I enjoyed it.” Frame won plenty of races at East High and the University of Kansas during a golden era of track and field. He moved to Wichita from Iowa, following his father’s job at Beech, for his final three semesters and joined Fritz Snodgrass’ track team at East.
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Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Promotes Three Midwest Leaders | Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking announced today that it has promoted three executives within its Illinois commercial lending operations. The company named 21-year banking veteran Chris Nay to lead six teams statewide as division manager, effective immediately. Nay earned a degree from the KU School of Business in 1993.
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Former KU guard, who was booed at MU a lot, approves of Sunday’s exhibition game | The Kansas City Star

Former Kansas basketball guard Ryan Robertson, his wife Andrea — a former Missouri soccer player — and their three children are all Jayhawk fans. Robinson was unable to attend the charity exhibition game, but he shared his thoughts on the rivalry.
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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 20

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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The last rocket pilot | HistoryNet

Joe Engle flew everything from Super Sabres to the Space Shuttle, but it is as an X-15 pilot that he is perhaps best known. Born in Kansas in 1932, Engle graduated from the Univer­sity of Kansas at Lawrence in 1956 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. From the start he set his sights on the sky, joining Air Force ROTC and earning his wings in 1958.
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CAM Integrated Solutions to establish Denver presence | BusinessWire.com

CAM Integrated Solutions, LLC, a provider of EPCM services to the onshore oil and gas industry, recently hired Chris Reischman. He will lead the company’s new office in Denver. Reischman is a University of Kansas graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science in both Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.
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Home sweet home away from home | The Kansan

Kelly Breckunitch is a general assignment/county reporter for The Kansan. He headed back to his alma mater for Homecoming and alumni band and wrote a column about it.
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Cities taking narrow approach to start adapting to climate change see benefits | EurekAlert!

A new study led by a University of Kansas urban planning researcher sheds light on tradeoffs between taking a narrow approach focused on connections between climate change adaptation and reducing risks from hazards like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and taking a broader approach connecting adaptation to a wide array of city functions.
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Native American secrets lie buried in huge shell mounds | New York Times

KU alumna Jacque Miller, now a graduate student at the University of Maine, helps conduct research on shell middens along the coastline in Maine. The research was featured in the New York Times.
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Education is her choice of weapon | Fort Scott Tribune

Bernadette Gray-Little, former University of Kansas chancellor, was honored during the 14th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration Tribute Dinner. Kevin Willmott, the 2016 Choice of Weapons Award recipient, introduced Gray-Little and led a conversation with her.
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Alumna uses ground-up limestone to paint different iterations of the Jayhawk | University Daily Kansan

Thirteen years after graduation, artist Megh Knappenberger has returned to the University with “The Original Six” project. The six-piece display represents the six different iterations of the Jayhawk. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004 with a degree in visual communication.
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Green Light to Hollywood: A KU alum’s chase for the glimmering hope of making it big | University Daily Kansan

Kansas man and visual effects producer Barry St. John went from recreating a Beastie Boys music video for a class at KU to managing effects for films at Disney and Warner Bros. Now at 36, his career has continued to rise, with a timeline that includes work on the Oscar-winning 2016 animated feature “The Jungle Book” and the upcoming Spielberg flick “Ready Player One.”
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Christina Warinner uncovers ancient tales in dental plaque | Science News

At age 21, Christina Warinner cut her teeth on that incredibly complex sacrificial burial left behind by the Maya in a Belize rainforest. Today, at age 37, the molecular anthropologist scrapes at not-so-pearly whites to investigate similar questions. She splits her time between the University of Oklahoma in Norman and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 6

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Kansas releases rendering for stunning $300 million football renovation | HERO Sports

KU alumnus David Booth — who made headlines for purchasing James Naismith’s rules of basketball and donating them to the school — made a $50 million pledge to the fundraising campaign, the largest single donation in school history.
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Member of KU’s 2008 NCAA title team joins Texas Wesleyan hoops staff | Kansas City Star

Former Kansas guard Brady Morningstar was named assistant men’s basketball coach at defending NAIA Division I national champion Texas Wesleyan, Rams’ head coach Brennen Shingleton announced.
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Exhibition of Native American nude paintings hopes to ‘tear down’ a cultural taboo | Lawrence.com

Native American Body of Art is an exhibition featuring 30-plus nude paintings of Native Americans by nine Native American artists from different tribes. Brent Learned, a Cheyenne/Arapaho artist from Oklahoma City and a 1993 University of Kansas graduate, conceived the idea for the show.
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Donor David Booth explains his $50M gift for KU football stadium | KUSports.com

In a 20-minute interview shortly before the opening kickoff of Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium, won by West Virginia, 56-34, David Booth explained his gift, the biggest gift in the history of the athletic department.
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IRT receives largest individual gift to date, names artist residence in perpetuity | Indiana Repertory Theatre

John and Sarah Lechleiter have given $2.5 million to honor James Still’s 20th season as IRT’s Playwright-in-Residence and officially name the James Still Playwright-in-Residence position in perpetuity though the designation of The James Still Playwright-in-Residence Fund. Still is 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Ex-Jayhawk Tony Guy battled Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson | KUSports.com

Former KU basketball player Tony Guy was no stranger to guarding all-time great basketball players. He guarded both Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson during his KU career.
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Rock Chalk, Buffalo: McAlester to induct former Jayhawk Case | McAlester News-Capital

Former Kansas basketball player Jeremy Case was inducted into the McAlester Athletics Hall of Fame. Case — who majored in communications and was twice named to the academic All-Big 12 first team — ended his Kansas career in 2008, when the Jayhawks won the national championship.
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Band director reminisces on time as Marching Jayhawk | University Daily Kansan

Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands at the University, helps round up alumni for the halftime performance. Toulouse is an alumna herself and even performed with the KU Alumni Band in the past.
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Allan Allford learns business skills at the age of 12 | Phoenix Business Journal

Allan Allford, president and CEO of Delta Dental, explains how he ended up with a Jayhawk statue, lessons he’s learned in the business world, and what he does in his spare time.
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‘Lifelong KU cheerleader’ also remembered as dedicated Red Cross, election volunteer | LJWorld.com

Margaret Shirk, a longtime KU Alumni Association volunteer, died Sept. 15 at 100 years of age. Shirk was well known for her service to the Red Cross, local election duties, and her dedication to KU basketball. Alumni might remember parties at Shirk’s Barn.
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Alumnus’ $500,000 gift to fund new law professor at KU | LJWorld.com

A $500,000 gift from a University of Kansas School of Law alumnus will create a new professorship in honor of the late KU professor William R. Scott, KU Endowment recently announced.
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Debra MH McLaughlin sworn in as Eastern Panhandle’s newest judge | Herald-Mail Media

Debra MH McLaughlin was sworn in as the 23rd Judicial Circuit’s newest judge during a ceremony at the Morgan County, West Virginia, courthouse. She has served as Morgan County’s top prosecutor since 2002 and graduated from the KU School of Law in 1993.
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McLaughlin reflects, prepares to be sworn in | The Journal

As Debra MH McLaughlin packed up her office, she reflected on her career so far as an assistant prosecutor and prosecuting attorney for Morgan County since 2002.
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Public administration professor collects major awards | KU News

Distinguished Professor Rosemary O’Leary collected three lifetime achievement awards in public administration this summer. This makes her the only scholar to win all five major lifetime achievement awards in the field.
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Rockers assumes chair of ABA Business Law section | Husch Blackwell

Christopher J. Rockers, partner in Husch Blackwell’s Kansas City office, assumed the role of Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section during its annual meeting in Chicago September 14-16. He graduated from the KU School of Law in 1984.
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Catherine McGuire to retire after more than 40 years at the SEC | Mondovisione

Catherine McGuire, Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets, retired after 44 years at the SEC. McGuire is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas School of Law, which honored her with the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2004.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 22

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Judge Jack to sit with Kansas Supreme Court for one case on Tuesday | ParsonsSun.com

Labette County District Judge Jeffry L. Jack has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court’s Tuesday docket. Jack was appointed a Labette County district judge in 2005. He graduated from the KU School of Law in 1987.
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Benefiel elected Mac County attorney | McPherson Sentinel

Gregory Benefiel was confirmed as the next McPherson County Attorney Thursday evening. Benefiel, l’06, is currently an assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas in the criminal litigation division.
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School of Architecture & Design announces Distinguished Alumni Awards | University of Kansas

Mahesh Daas, dean of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design (Arc/D), and the school’s Dean’s Advisory Board have announced the names of Arc/D’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards. They are furniture designer Wendell Castle, designer and community planner Silvia Vargas, and architect Jim Walters. The Young Architect-Designer Award recipients are architects Justin Cratty and Kenneth Simmons.
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Art in Focus: Meet the alumnus who designed KU’s solar eclipse posters | University Daily Kansan

Visual artist Nick Strange’s life revolves around his art. Strange, a University graduate who majored in visual art with an emphasis on printmaking, recently returned to his alma mater to design the solar eclipse promotional posters seen around campus.
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KC area guy on ‘Jeopardy!’ gets a sports question right in his wheelhouse | Kansas City Star

Andy Hyland didn’t win when he appeared on “Jeopardy!” and in a way, maybe that’s a good thing. Hyland, who is an assistant director of strategic communications at the University of Kansas, was a contestant on the game show episode that aired Monday, Sept. 18.
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New restaurant Stonewall Restaurant & Pizzeria now open on Mass Street | University Daily Kansan

A new restaurant opened on Mass Street in downtown Lawrence recently. Stonewall Restaurant and Pizzeria features a unique combination of authentic New York-style pizza and home-cooked classics like fried chicken options. Joe Kieltyka, a University alumnus from New York City who opened and operated the original Stonewall Pizza in Lenexa in the late ’70s, co-owns and operates the restaurant.
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What do baseball stats and century-old ax murders have in common? This guy. | Kansas City Star

Bill James, baseball historian and analytics pioneer, and his daughter and researcher Rachel McCarthy James, chronicled a 15-year killing spree in small-town America that they believe was committed by one serial killer who hopped on and off trains.
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Law professor planning to leave University to serve as U.S. Attorney for Kansas | University Daily Kansan

Stephen McAllister, a distinguished professor at the University’s law school, was nominated to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8. McAllister earned his bachelor’s from the University in 1985, and went on to graduate from the University’s law school in 1988.
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Alumni reflect on campus changes since the 90’s | University Daily Kansan

The University of Kansas has changed significantly over the past 20 years. Alumni, including Alumni Association staff member Jennifer Sanner, reflect on the changes in this feature from the Kansan, part of a larger special feature about the decade.
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R.J. Melman takes over as president of Rich Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You | Eater Chicago

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has named R.J. Melman as the new president of Chicago’s largest restaurant group. His father, Rich Melman, founded the company 46 years ago. The younger Melman earned a degree in political science from KU in 2001.
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Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize | Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Allen County, Kansas, has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. Dave Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County and a graduate of the university, shares more about what the prize means.
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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 8

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Rob Riggle really is a diehard Kansas Jayhawks football fan | SBNation

Rob Riggle, the actor, comedian, Fox NFL Sunday contributor, and Dos Equis “Most Interesting Fan” spokesperson, is a Kansas Jayhawks football fan. He’s an alum of the school and passionate to the point that when he hosted the ESPYs a couple of years ago, he had the house band play the fight song and was flanked by KU cheerleaders for his entrance.
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Radio is the ultimate connector | RadioInk.com

Those are the words of Sarah Frazier, CBS Radio Houston market manager, who has her team working frantically to keep the community informed during Hurricane Harvey. Frazier, j’94, told Radio Ink that Monday morning it was clear there was a need to offer local residents a constant stream of evacuation and shelter information.
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Former KU guard Michael Lee to join Aaron Miles’ coaching staff in G-League | Kansas City Star

Former Kansas guard Michael Lee resigned his post as Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt High basketball coach in order to work on lifelong buddy/former KU guard Aaron Miles’ Santa Cruz Warriors NBA G-League staff. He and former KU point guard Miles are grads of Portland’s Jefferson High. They actually attended middle school, high school and college together — true definition of best friends.
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Hawks to Watch: Stephanie Downes | KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

When you think biology degree, you may picture someone sitting in a lab or collecting specimens outside. For Stephanie Downes, a biology degree led to a different path, where skills in analyzing and experimenting help her engage audiences with digital media.
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Prosecuting Attorney Debra McLaughlin takes place of late Judge Yoder | LocalDVM.com

Prosecuting Attorney Debra Mclaughlin was named as the judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court in the Eastern Panhandle. McLaughlin, l’93, came to West Virginia in the late 1990s, and since 2002, has been a Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney.
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Best Lawrence in America 2018 honors three from Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered | Monnat & Spurrier

The 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America® has honored two Jayhawk attorneys from Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered. Sal Intagliata was honored for his work in the sectors of general practice and white collar criminal defense, and Trevor Riddle was honored in the criminal defense general practice sector. Both earned juris doctor degrees from the KU School of Law.
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Former Kansas lieutenant governor Tom Docking dies at 63 | KMUW.org

Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking died Thursday night at age 63. Docking served with Democratic Gov. John Carlin from 1983 to 1987. He was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1986 but lost to Republican Mike Hayden.
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Jayhawks in the News | August 25

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Kansas Jayhawks Football: Todd Reesing reflects on the 2007 College Football Season | Rock Chalk Talk

Mike Plank of Rock Chalk Talk sat down with Todd Reesing, starting quarterback of the 2007 Orange Bowl champion football team, to reminisce about that season and share what he’s been up to in Austin.
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AASCU announces 2017 American Democracy Project Civic Engagement Award Winners | AASCU’s American Democracy Project

Shala Mills was awarded the Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement, which was established in 2014 to honor exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students. Mills, l’88, is chair and professor of political science at Fort Hays State University.
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Hail to Old KU | University Daily Kansan

From crunchy chicken cheddar wraps to walking down the Hill, several Jayhawks reflect on their time at the University in this special feature from the University Daily Kansan.
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Greitens appoints Guy Krause as director of the Office of Administration’s Division of Personnel | The Missouri Times

The Office of Administration announced that Governor Greitens has appointed Guy Krause as Director of the Office of Administration’s Division of Personnel. Krause, l’90, has worked for the Office of Administration in various human resource and personnel positions since 1995.
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Designer couple known for vast options of materials | AJC.com

Michelle Larrabee-Martin and Greg Martin, owners of Kolo Collection in Atlanta, are featured in this article. The couple offers materials and design services in their business. Greg is a Kansas native who holds a law degree from KU.
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Armstrong Teasdale adds team of corporate services lawyers | Kansas City Business Journal

David Grigsby, l’15, has joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as an associate. He spent the past two years at Van Osdol, and also spent seven years living and working in Hong Kong.
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Kristi Rivera named Blue KC Sporting Samaritan for August | SportingKC.com

Kristi Rivera, d’08, g’10, always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and she has taught at Delaware Ridge Elementary in the Bonner Springs School District since 2009. Her brother nominated her to be recognized as the Blue KC Sporting Samaritan.
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Three new UG Ethics Commissioners appointed | Wyandotte Daily

Three new Ethics Commissioners were selected and sworn in August 3 in Wyandotte County, including John J. Bukaty, Jr., who holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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2007 Kansas football team to be honored at Sept. 2 season-opener | KUsports.com

Nearly 10 years after the 2007 Kansas football team became the winningest in program history, members of the squad will see their names become permanent fixtures at the university. The entire team will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame, and Aqib Talib, ’09, Anthony Collins, ’09, and coach Mark Mangino will be inducted as individuals.
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Barry Slatt appoints San Diego SVP | Commercial Property Executive

Barry Slatt Mortgage has appointed Thomas Cohen as senior vice president in the firm’s San Diego office. Cohen, l’85, has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry.
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SUNY New Paltz hires new assistant V.P. for graduate and extended learning | Daily Freeman News

Shala Mills has been appointed assistant vice president for graduate and extended learning at SUNY New Paltz, according to the college. Mills, l’88, will join the college administration on Aug. 28. She currently is director of liberal education and the political science chairwoman at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
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County Line Ice House brings Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que to Power & Light | Feast Magazine

Kansas City’s culinary soulmates – barbecue and beer – are headed to the Power & Light District next spring in the form of a new locally owned restaurant. County Line Ice House is owned and operated by a newly-formed LLC that includes Jeff Stehney, j’84; Zach Marten, b’02, l’05, co-founder of Back Napkin Restaurant Group.
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The ocean is a strange place after dark | BBC.com

Some phenomena in the ocean can only be witnessed after dark. Matt Davis, assistant professor of biology at St. Cloud State University explains “milky seas” in this article. Davis earned a PhD in ecology and evolution from the university in 2010.
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