Jayhawks in the News | May 10

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Alumni News 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 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 and News

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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 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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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 12

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Special Education Department Announces 2019 Dole Humanitarian Award Winner | The University of Kansas

Shelly London, j’74 g’81, the innovative leader behind Understood.org, was selected to receive the 2019 Dole Humanitarian Award, presented by the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. The Dole Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals with connections to the state of Kansas whose efforts have enhanced the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
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Bob Dole gets honorary promotion to colonel | ABC News

Retired Army Capt. Bob Dole, ’45, has been promoted to colonel. President Donald Trump signed into law Monday a bill authorizing Dole’s honorary appointment to the position. The former senator, now 95 years old, registered for the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1942, when he was a student at the University of Kansas. The following year, he was called to active duty. Dole was severely wounded while deployed to Italy as an infantry lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division, and went on to receive two Purple Hearts and two awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his service.
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Marilynn Smith, an L.P.G.A. Founder and Tour Champion, Is Dead at 89 | The New York Times

Marilynn Smith, ’51, who help found the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950, when the women’s game was barely a blip on the national sports scene, and went on to win 21 tour events, including two major championships, died on Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz. She was 89. Her death, which was announced by the L.P.G.A. on its website, left Marlene Bauer Hagge and Shirley Spork as the last survivors among the 13 pioneers of the women’s tour.
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Firm Welcomes Stacey Janssen | Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.

Sandberg Phoenix welcomes Counsel Stacey Janssen, c’85 l’88, who brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm and its clients. As a member of the firm’s business practice group, Stacey will focus on elder law. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Stacey is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bars
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KU Announces Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees for Program’s 50th Anniversary | The University of Kansas

Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. For the 50th anniversary of this prestigious honor, the ETC will celebrate KU’s rich legacy of phenomenal women who have defied limiting stereotypes and barriers to pave the way for those who follow in their footsteps. Recipients include Nedra Patton Bonds, c’70, Stephanie Blackwood, j’74 g’83, Cynthia Hardin Milligan, c’67, and posthumously Dr. Esther Winkelman Overstreet, m’35.
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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 5

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker

One day sixty-six million years ago, life on Earth almost came to a shattering end. The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory. “We can trace our origins back to that event,” Robert DePalma, g’10, said. “To actually be there at this site, to see it, to be connected to that day, is a special thing. This is the last day of the Cretaceous. When you go one layer up—the very next day—that’s the Paleocene, that’s the age of mammals, that’s our age.”
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Kansas Senate approves controversial nominee to lead commerce department | The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee to lead the Kansas Department of Commerce amid skepticism about his economic development resume, personal attacks leveled by conservatives and criticism of health grants tied to an abortion doctor. David Toland, c’99 g’01, who prevailed 23-14 after a Senate committee rejected the nomination, survived an effort by the Kansas Republican Party, Kansans for Life, Americans for Prosperity and others to derail nomination of the former CEO of an Allen County nonprofit organization that worked on economic and quality-of-life projects in Iola. Kelly said Toland represented the “best and brightest this state has to offer. His energy, expertise and collaborative style will ensure that businesses have the partner they deserve.”
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E&P’s 25 Under 35 2019: The Next Generation of Newspaper Leaders Wants to Keep the Industry Moving | Editor & Publisher

As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our newsrooms. This year’s list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren’t afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they’re working hard to make sure it has a future. The list includes Hannah Wise, j’14 who is now the audience development editor for the Dallas Morning News.
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KC Fed announces promotion, retirement | Bank Beat

Tara Humston, b’96, has been promoted to senior vice president of the Supervision and Risk Management Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She was also named a member of its management committee, which is responsible for setting the Kansas City Fed’s strategic planning and policy direction, effective May 1.
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Your Neighborhood Breakfast Place Set to Crack its First Egg in Lawrence, KS | Franchising.com

Jimmy’s Egg® Franchise Group, JE WICHITA LLC, is set to open its first location at 945 Massachusetts Street, to the public on April 15, 2019. As the corporation’s largest franchise partner, JE Wichita, LLC owns and operates locations in Wichita & El Dorado and is currently working to open both the Massachusetts site as well as a location at Bob Billings Highway & Wakarusa within the coming months. Additionally, they have plans to expand into Topeka & Manhattan, KS over the next few years. The group is owned by KU graduate Morrie Sheets, c’82, & businessman, Wink Hartman Sr. and has been in operation for over a decade. This area will be overseen by Ashley Smith, the company’s Area Operations Manager.
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Master of Social Work Graduate Pursues Master of Public Administration to Maximize Public Service | KU Edwards Campus

We all are on a path, so to speak, to find our passion and purpose in life. Something truly magical occurs when one decision creates a spark and causes a chain of reactions, greatly impacting so many lives. In this case, Sheria Howard, s’18, a nontraditional student, wife and mother, chose to come to the KU Edwards Campus with the goal of earning a degree that would allow her to pursue her passion of serving others and extend a helping hand to communities in need. Howard achieved this goal and graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).
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Polsinelli Shareholder Denise Drake Earns Litigation Practitioner Award as Part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards | Polsinelli

Polsinelli is pleased to announce that Employment Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration Practice Chair Denise Drake, l’92, has been recognized with the Litigation Practitioner Award, as part of the elite Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards. Drake will be recognized on Thursday, April 25, during the annual Women’s Justice Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The ceremony recognizes women in the legal profession, including judges, legal scholars and private practitioners.
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Kansan brings new Sesame Street character to life, promotes autism awareness | WIBW

New characters on Sesame Street are making quite a splash – and a Kansas man is bringing one of them to life. Julia’s family debuted this week, in conjunction with April’s Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a little girl with autism who arrived on Sesame Street four years ago. The puppeteer behind her brother Samuel is University of Kansas and Lawrence Free State alum Spencer Lott. “It’s a dream come true,” Lott told 13 NEWS by telephone from New York City, where he now lives. “I grew up a kid in Kansas watching Sesame Street, and to be a small part of that legacy is exciting.”
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Sheila Bair: Is college really worth it? | CNBC

Sheila Bair, c’75 l’78, former Chair of the FDIC, shares key points for deciding if the financial burden of college is worth the cost. It is commonly said that a college degree will generate more than $1 million in additional income during a graduate’s lifetime. Indeed, that seductive statistic can even be found on the Department of Education’s website. Unfortunately, I fear many students and their families have borrowed heavily, lured by this seven-figure “college premium.” Yet this premium is an average and varies widely by the choice of major.
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Law school to honor 3 distinguished alumni with award | The University of Kansas

Three University of Kansas School of Law alumni will receive the law school’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, this year. Recipients include Myron Frans, l’83, Linda Legg, d’72 l’75, and Clyde “Butch” Tate, c’79 l’82.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 29

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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University alumna’s journey from hiding $1 eyeliner to Instagram makeup guru | The University Daily Kansan

For Mercedes Bounthapanya, c’18, being a makeup artist didn’t come naturally. “Growing up in a semi-strict Asian family, my mother actually never let me wear makeup,” Bounthapanya said. The Emporia native said her mom gradually allowed her to wear makeup in high school. Receiving a makeup palette as a graduation gift during her senior year was the impetus for her exploring and practicing doing makeup as a hobby in college. The rest is history.
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Playwrights Let Their Hair Down for BRUSHES | Broadway World

Brushes, by co-playwrights Cathy Hamilton, ’78, and Carol Starr Schneider, is set to open at the Whitefire March 30. Cathy and Carol met in 1997 when Carol read about Boyfriend in-a-Box in the Los Angeles Times and wound up optioning the movie rights. The movie didn’t happen, but a wonderful friendship did. They bonded over a warped sense of humor and their life.
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City of Lawrence announces two finalists for city manager position | Lawrence Journal-World

The City of Lawrence has announced final candidates for the position of city manager. The two finalists are Susan Sherman, g’90, and Craig Owens, g’93, according to a news release from the city Wednesday. Sherman is currently the assistant city manager for Olathe. Owens is the city manager of Clayton, Mo. Mayor Lisa Larsen said that all the candidates selected for interviews were strong candidates, but that Sherman and Owens stood out due to the depth of their city management service.
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Alumni Spotlight: March 2019 – Jay Bohanon, M.A. | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Jay Bohanon, g’18, is the Program Coordinator for the Office LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University. He explains how his time in the Department of Religious Studies prepared him for his current role and gives advice to current graduate students. “Jayhawks are everywhere! No matter where you go or end up doing; if you find yourself in a new city with no contacts, reach out to the local alumni association reps or attend basketball watch parties. My first connections and friends in Nashville were fellow KU alumni.”
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 22

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in Alumni News and News

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Artist who won rare Jayhawk licensing deal — scoring a $150K payday — set to rebound | Startland

Seemingly routine for many Kansas fans, crimson and blue are once again among the colors flooding the canvas of the 2019 NCAA tournament. But for artist Megh Knappenberger, f’04, the Jayhawks’ familiar palate has painted an entrepreneurial journey with as thrilling ups and downs as Big 12 basketball, she said. “It’s a pretty special and unique thing that I was able to do this,” Knappenberger, owner of Megh Makes Art, said of the way she obtained an official license to reproduce Jayhawk-related work — a rare and exciting achievement, she added.
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KU alumnus dives into aerial videography business Drone Lawrence | The University Daily Kansan

After watching famous YouTuber Casey Neistat’s videos in high school, University of Kansas alumnus and former University Daily Kansan social media coordinator Nathan Mize, j’19, was inspired. Neistat has created various films and vlogs, but Mize was mostly impressed with his aerial videography. “I figured if he could get these type of shots while riding a skateboard around downtown New York City, I could easily do the same with all this open space in Kansas,” Mize said.
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Loyola University Medical Center Names New President | Loyola University Medical Center

Tad A. Gomez, RPh, MS, FASHP, has been named president of Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, effective February 25, 2019.
Gomez, p’96, joins Loyola from Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in Gainesville, Georgia, where he was the vice president for professional and support services overseeing lab, pharmacy, radiology and imaging, facilities operations, biomedical engineering, and several other ancillary departments. Prior to joining NGHS, Gomez served as the vice president for professional services at Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier in his career, he held various pharmacy management positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and Harris Health in Houston, Texas.
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Iowa native and NBA veteran Nick Collison makes basketball history after a career of playing the right way | Des Moines Register

Nick Collison was a basketball star in high school at Iowa Falls and led the Cadets to back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999. He was an All-American and the 2003 Big 12 Conference player of the year at the University of Kansas and played in two Final Fours. It was expected that Iowa Falls retire his No. 44 and for KU to hang his No. 4 in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. Having his No. 4 retired by the only NBA franchise he played for over a 15-year career was much more unlikely. But Oklahoma City did just that Wednesday tonight. So, how does a player with career averages of 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game become the first player to have his number retired by the Thunder? By playing basketball the right way. By being a great teammate. By offering consistency to a franchise that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City after his fourth season.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 15

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the 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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