Jayhawks in the News | July 5

Posted on Jul 5, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Copiah-Lincoln Community College announces new leader for Natchez campus | Natchez Democrat

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Sandra Barnes, Ph.D., of Natchez as the new Vice President of the Natchez Campus during a recent special meeting, school officials said. Barnes, PhD’99, will begin her new role as vice president at Co-Lin, Natchez on July 15.
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New United professor brings unique perspective to pastoral theology | Winslow Evans & Crocker, Inc.

Rev. Gary F. Green II, c’09, joined United theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as assistant professor of pastoral theology and social transformation. Green is a Ph.D candidate in pastoral theology at Brite Divinity School. His undergraduate degree is in applied behavior science.
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City attorney named VP at Colorado Municipal League | Centennial Citizen

Centennial city attorney Robert “Bob” Widner was elected by the Colorado Municipal League executive board to serve as vice president for 2019-20. Widner is a 1989 graduate of the University of Kansas Law School.
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After a career as Marion County’s ‘fixer,’ John Lattimer steps into retirement | Statesman Journal

After 51 years of public service – including positions in Oregon such as Legislative Fiscal Officer, State Auditor and Chief Information Officer – John Lattimer, g’72, retired as chief administrative officer for Marion County in Oregon.
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Rick Wiedemann named next Tuthill Transfer Systems president | Pumps & Systems

Effective August 1, 2019, Rick Wiedemann will become President at Tuthill Transfer Systems. Wiedemann, g’08, has been with Tuthill since 2015 when he joined Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems in Springfield, Missouri as Director of Global Business Development & Americas Sales.
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Preston James IV shared how he impacts the lives of students | Rolling Out

Preston James IV, the executive director and founder of the Other Side of Sports organization, shares what attracted him to the legal profession and how he impacts the lives of students. James, l’00, g’00, is also the sports management program director at LaGrange College.
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Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida | Miami Herald

Tiffany M. Hurwitz is a new partner at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., based in the firm’s Coral Gables office. Hurwitz, j’00, focuses on construction law and heads the firm’s contract drafting department. She joined the firm in 2006.
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Dr. Maureen Weber joins staff at Wright Memorial Hospital | KTTN.com

Wright Memorial Hospital welcomed hospitalist, Maureen Weber, MD, to the medical team. Prior to joining Wright Memorial, Dr. Weber earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. She was a Chief Resident in the Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City, MO.
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Eastern Michigan University appoints dean of the Honors College and assistant vice president for academic affairs | Education Dive

Brian Pappas, a professor of law and public policy and administration with extensive experience in conflict management and resolution, has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs. Pappas earned a doctorate in public administration at the University of Kansas.
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Columbus’ Partners Dance Studio moves to new location, offers more classes | Columbus Journal

Sabrina Castillo begins teaching at Partners Dance Studio this fall. She recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business, including a minor in dance.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 28

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Public opinion on wrongful convictions swayed by entertainment series, study finds | University of Kansas

A new study suggests entertainment programs about cases of wrongful conviction actually change public opinion more effectively than facts or statistics. Kevin Mullinix, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas, co-wrote an article titled “Framing Innocence: An Experimental Test of the Effects of Wrongful Convictions on Public Opinion.” Mullinix is an expert in public opinion and public policy and earned his master’s degree at KU in 2011.
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Meet Dr. Brenda Walker, interim associate dean of the College of Education | University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Dr. Brenda L. Walker began her tenure as the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education at USF St. Petersburg on June 3, 2019. She has spent the past 28 years at the USF Tampa campus, where she advanced through the ranks from Assistant Professor to full Professor. Walker earned a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 1992.
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announces new appointments and curatorial promotions | Art Daily

Christopher Atkins, c’92, has been named as the inaugural Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA), an innovative center for scholarship on Dutch and Flemish art of the early modern period at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He comes to the MFA from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Horsley elected to INACSL board | The Brookings Register

Leann Horsley, assistant dean for South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing, was recently elected to the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s board of directors as vice president for programs. She earned a doctorate from the University of Kansas.
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Dr. Shaw’s career spans 4 decades, numerous AAP leadership roles | AAP Publications

Since joining the AAP in 1985, Pamela Shaw has dreamed of becoming president. She took a significant step closer to that goal when she accepted the nomination as a candidate for president-elect. Shaw, c’82, m’86, is a professor of pediatrics at KU Medical Center and assistant dean for clinical sciences and associate vice chancellor for student services.
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Ayesha Mehdi chosen for leadership program with national health care law association | Nevada Business

Las Vegas health care attorney Ayesha Mehdi of Frontier Health Law has been selected for the Leadership Development Program of the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, starting July 1. Mehdi, l’10, g’10, and her physician husband spent five years in Kansas before moving to Las Vegas.
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KSU president named among most influential Atlantans | PublicNow

Kennesaw State University President Pamela Whitten was named this month to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100, a list compiling the most influential and important leaders across metro Atlanta. Whitten holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.
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Proper Title LLC promotes Wheatland, hires Gore | Daily Herald

Stacy Gore has joined Proper Title after a 10-year tenure as a real estate broker focusing on Chicago’s Gold Coast and surrounding neighborhoods. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a background in high net worth management.
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Unconditional love meets unbearable conditions in ‘Chasing Gods’ | University of Kansas

“Chasing Gods” opens July 12 under the direction of Markus Potter, co-artistic director of Kansas Repertory Theatre. DeAngelo Davis, c’19, has a role in the production, along with current KU students Gabrielle Smith and Jané Franklin.
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Three new district court judges appointed to the 17th Judicial District | Broomfield Enterprise

Patrick H. Pugh, l’05, was appointed to the 17th Judicial District Court in Colorado. Pugh is Of Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, a position he has held since 2007.
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New chief judge appointed for 21st Judicial District | Kansas Courts News Release

Hon. Grant Bannister, l’97, has been appointed chief judge of the 21st Judicial District by the Kansas Supreme Court. Bannister will serve in the role, which covers Clay and Riley counties, through the end of the year.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 21

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Neosho athletics director Cori Reid steps down to return to assistant AD role at MSSU | The Joplin Globe

Cori Reid, the first female to serve as athletics director at Neosho High School, has stepped down. She’ll return to her former role as an assistant athletics director at Missouri Southern State University. Reid is a 2005 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Thomas Alan Kutscher Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who | 24-7 Press Release

Thomas Kutscher was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a registered professional engineer who earned an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1982. Kutscher worked many years for Black & Veatch in Kansas City and later served as president of Kutscher Research. He retired in 2004.
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Hays native, TMP and FHSU graduate pens book describing 33 years in education | Hays Post

Chuck Schmidt recently published his first book “Tales from School: You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up!.” It’s a chronological narrative of his career experiences as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at the University of Kansas in 1972.
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David Whan’s human impact | American Builder’s Quarterly

David Whan, chief human resources officer for TopBuild Corporation, unifies the company’s 290 branches through humanitarian strategies. He’s been with TopBuild for 18 months, and previously spent 20 years at John Deere. Whan earned an MPA in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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President Nyre reflects on his eight-years at Iona College with The Ionian | Iona College

Iona College’s eighth President, Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., completes his eight-year tenure in New Rochelle at the end of this month. He reflects on his time at Iona in this article. Nyre earned two doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas.
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Juneteenth: Creative couple make book of expressive images, words | Winston-Salem Journal

Cornelia Webster and her husband, James, have co-authored a book, “Society Conscious,” that’s designed around her artwork and expressionist writing and his poetry. Cornelia received a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kansas.
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Meet the founder of NYC’s newest fitness obsession | Coveteur

Kristin Sudeikis wants to take you on a spiritual (and sweaty) journey. She opened Forward_Space, a fitness studio, in Nolita in late 2018. Sudeikis grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Kansas.
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Board announces Machalek as finalist for town administrator position | Estes Park News

The Estes Park Town Board announced Travis Machalek as the single finalist for the position of Town Administrator. Machalek has served as Assistant Town Administrator since April 2015. He earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas.
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Brothers behind Blackhall Woodworks bonded by a shared love for design | St. Louis Magazine

nside Matt and Josh Bender’s 120-square-foot woodworking shop, in the basement of Matt’s house in Rock Hill, the two meet regularly after their day jobs—Josh is an architect, Matt a graphic designer. Josh studied architecture at the University of Kansas. The brothers’ interest in furniture making began to dovetail after college.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 14

Posted on Jun 14, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Rusted oil cans you’ll want to drink out of and other ceramic delights | Missoulian

Mitchell Span, a ceramic artist from Des Moines, Iowa, is participating in the Radius Gallery’s Ceramics Invitational show. He forages vintage labels from the Internet or books and catalogs to find these labels for his functional mugs, flasks and shot glasses. In graduate school at the University of Kansas, he spent several months developing his process through slip-casting, a molding process with liquid clay.
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LEAD1 Association Announces Institute Scholarship Winners | The Punxsutawney Spirit

The LEAD1 Association today announced the recipients of the minority scholarship award for the 2019 LEAD1 Institute. Mike Harrity, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas, is one of the recipients. Harrity serves as a Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the areas that directly impact the student-athlete experience. He formerly worked for Kansas Athletics.
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Lisa Marie Thalhammer launches ‘Spirit of Stonewall’ mural | Lesbian News

Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted a brand new mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots that launched the LGBTQ rights movement. The mural, entitled “Spirit of Stonewall,” is located outside the Aqua Bar and Nightclub in Key West. Thalhammer received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in painting with a double minor in women’s studies and art history from the University of Kansas.
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John Colombo to become interim dean of CLAS | University Daily Kansan

John Colombo, director of the Life Span Institute, has worn many hats over his 37 years at the University of Kansas. Now, he’s preparing to start a one-year term as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences July 1.
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Tenet Board appoints Chris Lynch as new independent director | University Daily Kansan

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced the appointment of Christopher S. Lynch to its Board of Directors. Lynch’s appointment will become effective August 7, 2019. He received a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Kansas.
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KU selects former faculty member, alumnus to serve as pharmacy school dean | Lawrence Journal-World

The University of Kansas selected a former faculty member and university alumnus to lead its School of Pharmacy. Ronald Ragan, who served in several positions at KU from 1997 to 2012, will return to the university on Aug. 1 to become the new dean of the school. Ragan received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from KU.
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On the Move: Leslie Doyle | Diverse Education

Leslie Doyle has been named chief inclusion officer at Rockhurst University. Previously, she was director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University. Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Fontbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Former student makes living playing Fortnite | University Daily Kansan

Amidst the pressure of earning a college degree, a former University of Kansas business student turned his gaming skills into a full-time paying job. Jack Schneider decided to break off from the traditional route of college and prioritize his passion in “Fortnite Battle Royale” competitive gaming.
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Ready to Rock | The Daily Sentinel

One year after a second-place finish in the Pioneer League, the Grand Junction Rockies are ready to take the field in 2019. For one new player, joining the Rockies is a homecoming. Owen Taylor was drafted by Toronto in the 27th round of the 2014 draft. Instead,he opted to play college ball at the University of Kansas, starting 42 games as a senior.
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Cherokee Global Brands appoints Evan Hengel to additional role of Chairman of its Board of Directors | AZCentral

Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ: CHKE), a global brand marketing platform that manages a growing portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands, announced that the Company has appointed current Director Evan Hengel to Chairman of the Board of Directors. Hengel received a B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas.
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Sabetha Community Hospital welcomes new director of physical therapy | Hiawatha World Online

Sabetha Community Hospital announced that physical therapist Brian Voos will be the new director of the Physical Therapy program at SCH effective July 1. Voos graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center and is in his 20th year of providing physical therapy services.
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KU School of Nursing-Salina graduates first class of students | KU Medical Center News

When Sarah Medlock begins her job as a registered nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, in June, she’ll be fulfilling a dream that began in childhood. Medlock is one of nine students who compose this first class from the Salina campus, who, along with more than 100 nursing students from KU School of Nursing main campus in Kansas City, received their bachelor of science in nursing diplomas at graduation ceremonies last month.
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Bruce Scott receives ASHP’s 2019 Whitney Award | ASHP

Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, a pharmacy leader noted for his efforts to expand patient access to pharmacists’ services, commitment to developing future generations of pharmacy leaders, and active service to the profession, is the recipient of ASHP’s 2019 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Scott received a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas where he also completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency.
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How these fathers inspired their daughters to become radiologists | MarketScreener

Dr. Ashley Huppe’s dad’s passion for radiology and breast imaging inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Huppe is a breat imager in an academic practice at the University of Kansas, while her father, Dr. Marc Inciardi is an assistant professor of radiology at KU. In this article, she shares how her dad’s work inspired her to enter the field.
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Canadian rookies to watch this CFL season | TSN

TSN highlights a Canadian rookie on each CFL team, including Alex Fontana of the Ottawa Redblacks. Fontana started nine of 12 games last season at the University of Kansas.
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President Donald J. Trump announces intent to nominate personnel to key administration posts | PublicNow.com

President President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Matthew Keenan to be a member of the board of directors of the Legal Service Corporation. Keenan is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon and graduated from the University of Kansas and the KU School of Law.
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USC Upstate names student affairs vice chancellor | GoUpstate.com

The University of South Carolina Upstate announced Thursday that Andre Fortune has been named new vice chancellor for student affairs. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Fortune earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a master of science degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.
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Barnaby Bright come out of a crisis with ‘Fight or Fly’ | Billboard

Barnaby Bright’s upcoming album came from what the married Kansas City duo of Becky and Nathan Bliss calls “a crisis point.” It’s the duo’s third album. Becky Bliss earned a degree in opera from the University of Kansas.
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Knipp & Liberman join culture marketing council board | HispanicAd.com

Gregg Knipp, CEP of Dieste, has joined the board of directors of the Culture Marketing Council. Knipp graduated from KU’s school of journalism in 1989 and has spent the past twenty years marketing to U.S. Hispanics.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 7

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Ross A. Hollander ranked among top Kansas labor & employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2019 | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Ross A. Hollander, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, has been ranked among the state’s top band of labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2019. This is the 11th consecutive year Hollander has received a top ranking from Chambers USA, which surveys clients and lawyers then ranks attorneys based on pre-eminence in their practice areas.
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Women’s World Cup soccer player Estelle Johnson got her start in Fort Collins | Coloradoan

Estelle Johnson joined Cameroon’s national team on a trial basis a month ago and last week was named to its World Cup team. Johnson, 30, grew up in Fort Collins and played soccer at the University of Kansas. She’s payed nine seasons of professional women’s soccer.
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Napa Valley winery Chappellet names David Francke new managing director | North Bay Business Journal

David Francke has been named managing director of Chappellet, a 52-year-old winery in upper Napa Valley. After studying at University of Kansas and University of Bordeaux, Francke, c’88, began his career in wine sales in Kansas City. He then went to work at Robert Mondavi Winery, where he rose to general manager and vice president. In his new role, he oversees sales and marketing including direct-to-consumer initiatives, hospitality, strategic planning, and operations in the vineyard and winery.
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Nick Collison, Perry Ellis honored by separate Kansas Halls of Fame | KUsports.com

It’s been a big week for former Kansas basketball greats and Halls of Fame, with Nick Collison and Perry Ellis both receiving career honors in the past seven days. Collison will be inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame later this year. Ellis was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the state track meet in Wichita.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 24

Posted on May 24, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Pittsburg State University announces new provost | Pittsburg State University

After a nationwide search, Pittsburg State University has announced its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Howard Smith, g’79, currently the associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success, will assume the position on July 1. He follows Lynette Olson, who is retiring after having served in the position since March 2010.
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Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist | KU College Stories

Wisdom and The Wizard of Oz, LGBTQ+ rights and the legacy of Stonewall, family and the uneasy tension between memory and reality, time and the construction of personal identity. KU alum Carl Grauer, c’98, is using his background in biology to explore human nature, but not in the ways that you might expect.
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Leidos names Valerie Baldwin Government Affairs Senior Vice President | Tech Social Net

Leidos today announced the appointment of the Honorable Valerie L. Baldwin,  l’91, as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, effective immediately. In her new role, Baldwin will serve as the lead advocate for Leidos on Capitol Hill to educate and engender support for programs and capabilities that serve the national interest, advance governmental health research and patient care, and achieve efficiencies that benefit the taxpayer.
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Bioethicist Monica Gerrek receives Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring | Case Western Reserve University

Monica Gerrek, PhD’08, assistant professor of bioethics, had taken a philosophy course as an undergraduate but opted for the ostensibly safer choice of pursuing a business degree. “Once I completed my degree, I quickly recognized that my real interest was not in the world of business,” she recalls. That realization led to a life re-boot, beginning by casually taking three philosophy courses during a “gap year.” They resonated, and her love for philosophical ideas led to a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas.

Fast forward two decades and Gerrek, who joined the faculty in 2016, has been recognized with the 2019 J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
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KU Law banner carrier graduates with a J.D. and a Ph.D. | KU Law Blog

Michael Hayes graduated from the University of Kansas with not one, but two, doctoral degrees this past weekend. He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from KU’s Department of Philosophy. At the University Commencement ceremony on May 19, Hayes was the banner carrier for KU Law. Hayes was selected by the law faculty for this honor because of his exemplification of student excellence.
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Attorney joins Arthur-Green Law | The Manhattan Mercury

Matthew B. Sondergard has joined Arthur-Green Law Firm of Manhattan as an associate attorney. Originally from Wichita, Sondergard earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University in 2015, and his juris doctorate from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. He will be joined in Manhattan by his wife, Jessica. Sondergard has a general civil practice.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 10

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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Anita Welch named dean of the College of Education | Wayne State University

Wayne State University Provost Keith E. Whitfield announced the appointment of Anita G. Welch, PhD ’07, as the next dean of the College of Education. Her appointment was approved by the Wayne State Board of Governors at its May 1 meeting, with a start date of July 1, 2019. Welch brings with her to the role administrative expertise, a strong scholarly background and passion for education. “Her addition to the administrative leadership of the college and university will contribute significantly to our future success in promoting education within the city and state,” said Whitfield.
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Director of KU TRIO Talent Search Inducted into Mid-America Education Hall of Fame | The University of Kansas

Rebecca Dukstein, g’94, director of the TRIO Talent Search program at the University of Kansas, was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation, April 27 at the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Awards and Scholarship Event. “It’s amazing and humbling to be honored alongside so many community and educational leaders I’ve admired over the years,” Dukstein said. “In the field of college access and success, we help youths walk through the doors of opportunity toward higher education. Every day, we support students in becoming who they are meant to be, and that feels pretty incredible.”
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New Principals Selected | Gardner Edge

The USD 231 Board of Education is pleased to announce new lead principals for the 2019-2020 school year. Board members approved the hires of Jennie Adrian for Edgerton Elementary, Katie Beach for Moonlight Elementary, and John McIntire, d’90, for Pioneer Ridge Middle School at the monthly board meeting on May 6. McIntire has served as an assistant principal at Wheatridge Middle School for the past three school years. He earned the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Assistant Principal of the Year award for 2017-18 academic year.
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See inside a coworking space for seniors | Fast Company

Anna Meyer, c’18 j’18, is a Minneapolis native with a keen interest in how technology and innovation will shape tomorrow. When I walked into Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, I notice people at computers tweaking fonts on their Wix websites and others chatting about their latest projects. It’s like any other coworking space: busy, lively, and without an empty table around. But the difference is that at 22 years old, I am pretty much the youngest person around–by decades. The center is the flagship coworking space and learning center of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Dedicated to people 60 or older, it offer members classes like “Start Up!” or “Connecting in the Digital Age” to advance their business skills.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 3

Posted on May 3, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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PYA Adds Three new Principals | Nashville Medical News

PYA has announced three new Principals are joining the Firm in first quarter: Brian Fuller, Kathy Greenlee, b’85 l’88, and Merle Glasgow. “PYA is pleased to have added these three high-impact industry professionals,” said PYA President Marty Brown. “Their years of experience span industries, all levels of government, and various populations. We are eager to demonstrate the many ways their skills can not only benefit our clients, but those they serve.” Kathy Greenlee has joined PYA as a Healthcare Consulting Principal. She is a visionary thought leader and innovator and brings to the Firm three decades of state, federal, and international executive experience. Greenlee is a nationally recognized leader in aging and long-term care; and, through legislative and administrative management, has supported significant growth in various organizations.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer, KU alumnus contributes to autism inclusivity initiative as voice of Samuel | The University Daily Kansan

Spencer Lott, c’10, wanted to be a puppeteer from a young age, but little did he know that one day he’d be on “Sesame Street,” working on one of the show’s most impactful initiatives. On April 10, 2017, Julia was introduced as the first character on the autism spectrum as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Since then, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially after she was featured in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two years after her introduction, “Sesame Street” is expanding that initiative by introducing a few more characters: a family for Julia.
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Markley Joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Partner in Kansas City Office | Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Markley, l’95, to the firm’s Kansas City office. He will be a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Markley is an experienced litigator with a practice primarily focused on the agriculture, chemical, financial and publishing industries, and he has extensive experience with antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, employment and other commercial claims. He also defends clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation.
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Theatre Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of the Arts

In 1970 the University of Kansas founded the Women’s Hall of Fame to shine a spotlight on the exemplary women of our society for their overall impact and outstanding character. This year theatre alumna Gigi Gibson Bolt, c’65, will join the ranks of outstanding women for her career in the field of the performing arts. Bolt’s career has been prolific and varied. The School of the Arts was lucky enough to chat with her recently about her time at KU, her multi-facted career, and her advice for students studying the creative and performing arts today.
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The rom-com that saved my life | TED

Growing up queer in Kansas, Savannah Rodgers had limited exposure to positive portrayals of LGBTQ+ individuals in everyday life. In this personal talk, she examines the influence one queer film from the 90s had on her adolescence. She wanted to make movies after seeing her favorite film, Chasing Amy (1997), for the first time at age 12.
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Area judge to sit with KS Supreme Court | Many Signals Communications

According to a press release from the Kansas Courts, District Judge Jeff Elder, b’80 l’83, of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Supreme Court Wednesday, May 1 to hear a case on the court’s summary calendar. Elder will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting in the Johnson County case. Elder said it’s privilege and honor to be asked to be of assistance to the Kansas Supreme Court. He added he’s deeply humbled at receiving the assignment.
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Lenexa council appoints Community Development Director Beccy Yocham as new city manager | Shawnee Mission Post

The Lenexa council last night unanimously appointed Beccy Yocham, l’96, currently the community development director, as the fourth top administrator in city history. Yocham replaces outgoing City Manager Eric Wade, who is retiring in June after 15 years with the city. Following a national recruitment and selection process, the council voted 7-0 to approve Yocham’s contract. Councilman Dan Roh was absent. In her newly appointed role, Yocham will work with the mayor and council to set and achieve goals for the city and also oversee the city’s professional staff. “I just want to thank the entire governing body for your confidence in me and for this opportunity,” Yocham said. “I am so excited to work with Lenexa’s outstanding employees in a new capacity going forward.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Business people briefs | Leavenworth Times

Joseph L. Uhlman, l’18, is a new attorney at Adrian & Pankratz, P.A. Uhlman graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. During law school, he was the Chief Justice of the Court of Parking Appeals, a Justice on the Student Senate Court of Appeals, was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court, and Mock Trial councils. He served both as an intern in the Harvey County Attorney’s office, and as a prosecutor in the McPherson County Attorney’s office before joining the firm.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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KU mechanical engineering class working to cut down on package delivery time, costs | The University Daily Kansan

From the U.S. Postal Service to Amazon, last-mile delivery, or the “out for delivery” portion when tracking a package, presents a significant challenge in online shopping logistics, but one University of Kansas School of Engineering class is attempting to deliver a more efficient solution. Last year Chanje, a California-based, original equipment manufacturing company, paired up with the University’s Mechanical Engineering Design Process capstone class to find a solution for more efficient last-mile delivery logistics, which according to a 2018 study, is the least efficient stage of the supply chain, comprising 28% of total delivery cost. The result is an autonomous robotic arm nested in the back of delivery vehicles. “When we proposed the idea to the students, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be,” said Austin Hausmann, e’10 g’13, Chanje’s vice president of engineering.
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Gov. Laura Kelly prepares for second round on Court of Appeals vacancy | Kiowa County Signal

A nominating committee assembled by Gov. Laura Kelly recommended the list of three finalists for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals include an assistant solicitor general with extensive experience arguing appellate cases. Kelly said Steve Obermeier, of Olathe, would be considered along with previous finalists Lenexa attorney Sarah Warner and Wichita lawyer Marcia Wood, c’89 l’92. The governor plans to submit the appointment to the Kansas Senate in time for a confirmation review during the Legislature’s so-called veto session starting in May. Her previous nominee, Labette County District Court Judge Jeffry Jack, withdrew in March after disclosure of his insulting social media commentary on political figures and public policy. “I look forward to working with the Senate to consider and confirm one of these three distinguished attorneys to the Court of Appeals,” Kelly said.
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Kansas Senate confirms woman to lead two state agencies | JC Post

The Kansas Senate voted, 37 – 1, Monday to confirm the appointment of Laura Howard, l’84, to serve as Secretary for both the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, according to a media release from DCF. “It is a great honor to serve the people of Kansas,” said Secretary Howard. “With the support of Governor Kelly and the Kansas Legislature, I look forward to doing the important work of protecting children and families and promoting adult self-sufficiency.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 19

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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New KCK Municipal Court judge named | Wyandotte Daily

Meaghan Shultz, l’04, was named a Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court judge at the Thursday, March 7, Unified Government Commission meeting. Shultz, currently in the UG prosecutor’s office, has worked at the UG for 13 years, and prior to that, worked at a private law firm. A majority of the UG Commission voted for Shultz after she and another finalist made presentations at the March 7 meeting.
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School of Business Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Business will honor Tom Bené, b’84, and Frank Friedman, b’79, with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Bené and Friedman will receive the award for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU on Thursday, April 18, during a private reception at The Jayhawk Club.
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Tiger Woods’s victory was no personal redemption story. It didn’t need to be. | The Washington Post

Patricia E. Gaston, j’81, is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas and a former editor at The Post. I was in the car, scrolling through the radio for news Sunday, when I learned that the fist-pumping Tiger Woods of old had returned, winning his fifth Masters to wild applause from the crowd at Augusta National. I could envision him in his familiar red Nike shirt and black pants heading toward his family. Of course, a couple hours later, I was glued to my television and could see and feel the roar of the crowd, that warm embrace between him and his son, Charlie, the daps and hugs from other golfers in the gallery. My eyes moistened with tears.
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Dr. Leslie Doyle Named Inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University | Diverse Education

Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri has appointed Dr. Leslie Doyle, g’00, as the school’s inaugural chief inclusion officer where she will lead the newly established Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Kansas City native who grew up across the street from Rockhurst, Doyle has more than two decades of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University, where she has worked for the past 13 years. Doyle received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in business and leadership from Fotbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Dr. Nancy Damron Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs | Mid-American Nazarene University

President David Spittal announced the appointment of Dr. Nancy L. Damron, PhD ’05, as Vice President of Academic Affairs effective immediately. Dr. Damron has served in this role in an interim capacity since February 1. Prior to that, she was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after serving as Dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Damron is an outstanding educator and leader who brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this new role,” Spittal said. “Her commitment to high standards of excellence, quality teaching and learning and innovative programs will support and enhance our university’s strategic goals.”
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