Jayhawks in the News | May 18

Posted on May 18, 2018 in News

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Local NASCAR race engineer learning on the job at Kansas Speedway | Kansas City Star

Lenexa native J.T. Adkins returned to Kansas City for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway. Adkins, e’11, is one of two race engineers for Daniel Suarez’s No. 19 team.
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HSSU Athletics Names Fred Lewis as Director of Track and Field | Hornets Athletics

Harris-Stowe State University is happy to announce the hiring of Fred Lewis, c’87 as the Director of Track and Field for the 2018-2019 season. Lewis is a well-known coach and athlete around the Saint Louis area where he has produced multiple Missouri State Champions as well as NAIA and Olympic athletes.
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Williams, former KU players laud Collison on retirement day | Topeka Capital-Journal

Nick Collison’s mom, Judy, and dad, Dave, summoned their son to a hallway of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena after a recent playoff game against the Utah Jazz. “We have a surprise visitor for you,” Judy informed the 37-year-old, 15-year NBA veteran, also the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in University of Kansas basketball history. The guest, Collison, c’03, discovered soon enough, was his former college coach, Roy Williams, the current head coach at North Carolina.
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Patriot Capital Expands Team | citybizlist

Kyle Griffith, b’06, joined Patriot Capital as an Associate Managing Director in April 2018. Kyle brings seven years of experience in middle-market commercial lending, including origination, underwriting, Sponsor Coverage Group providing lending and funding services to private equity firms.
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Everything Matters with Kevin Carroll | Lessons of Leaders Hospitality

Mr. Kevin Carroll, CCM, CCE, has been the GM/COO at the Atlanta Athletic Club since May 2013. Prior to the AAC, he was the GM/COO of The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, FL and Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Carroll is extremely involved with The University of Kansas as well as the Club Managers Association of America and Chair of the KU Alumni Association beyond his position at the Atlanta Athletic Club and is truly passionate about growing leaders.
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Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation celebrates hearing and speech month through May | Navajo-Hopi Observer

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) would like to present information about their audiology and speech therapy departments. TCRHCC offers speech and language services in its Physical Rehabilitation Center (PRC), which is located in the southeast corner of the TCRHCC campus. TCRHCC employs two full-time speech-language pathologists, Valerie Yazzie, MA, CCC-SLP and Cheryl Saganitso, G’05, MA, CCC-SLP.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 11

Posted on May 11, 2018 in News

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UW-Madison selects Indiana University administrator to fill student affairs post | Wisconsin State Journal

Lori Reesor, PhD’95, has been selected to fill the UW-Madison vice chancellor for student affairs position. Reesor will take over the role, created by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank in November, starting July 1. Reesor currently serves as the vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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Lawrence resident, former tech exec Brian McClendon files for Kansas secretary of state | Lawrence Journal-World

Brian McClendon, e’86, a former vice president at Google and Uber, officially filed paperwork Monday to run for Kansas secretary of state.
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KU announces 2018 KU Advisor of the Year | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas Office of Undergraduate Studies and the KU Advising Network selected Gretchen Heasty, s’94 c’95 s’98, director of TRIO Supportive Educational Services (SES) & STEM, as the 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year during an awards ceremony May 7 in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The award recognizes excellence in academic advising of undergraduate students by KU staff members.
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Jayhawks in the News | May 4

Posted on May 4, 2018 in News

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Announcing the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners | Society of Professional Journalists

Nicole Vap, j’91, and colleagues at KUSA News in Denver, Colorado, won a Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market) for a series exposing improper billing by medical providers in Colorado.
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Stunning dinosaur discovery: Experts may have unearthed a baby Tyrannosaur fossil in Montana | Fox News

Paleontologists in Montana have unearthed a fossil that may be the remains of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex. Researchers and students from the University of Kansas recently excavated the fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in central Montana. The remains include a complete section of the upper jaw with all of the teeth intact, as well as parts of the dinosaur’s skull, foot, hips and backbones, according to the University of Kansas.
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Study shows youths depend on dangerous, inaccurate information when searching for health info online | The University of Kansas

Research has shown that both adults and youths frequently use the internet to search for health information. However, little has been done to understand how young people find such information, where they look for it and if they are able to determine its credibility. Susan Harvey, d’02 g’06 PhD’09, assistant professor of health, sport & exercise sciences at KU, conducted “Just Google It: Observing Youth Searching for Health Information Online,” a study that observed eight youths. The results showed they almost never check to verify information, trust information from disreputable and even dangerous sites and are turned off by credible sites they deemed too difficult to understand.
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Spencer Museum receives grants from city, state for Haitian art exhibition at University of Kansas | H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art has received an award of $7,000 from Humanities Kansas and a $4,000 Community Arts Grant from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission to support an exhibition of Haitian art opening in September 2018. “‘The Ties That Bind’ marks the first time in over a decade that a significant display of Haitian paintings has taken place in Kansas,” said Spencer Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. “We are looking forward to sharing the stories embodied in these works of art with audiences in Lawrence and across the state.”
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The Kansas City Star, Cowley Courier Traveler recipients of Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award | The University of Kansas

Journalists from the Kansas City Star and the Cowley Courier Traveler are recipients of this year’s Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award from the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
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Unexpected Joy opens tonight | Broadway World

The musical “Unexpected Joy” opens May 3 in New York City. The musical features book and lyrics by Bill Russell, ’71, and is directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, c’98, a native of Topeka.
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Mayo Clinic researcher, KU alumnus to receive honorary degree | University of Kansas

Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, a KU alumnus, will receive an honorary degree during KU’s 146th Commencement ceremony on May 13. He is the director of pharmacogenomics and chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, and he is also the Mayo Clinic’s Mary Lou and John H. Dasburg Professor of Cancer Genomics.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 26

Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in News

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Corporations with strong reputations don’t recover as quickly from PR crises as previously thought, study shows | The University of Kansas

Matt Tidwell, j’88 g’17 PhD’17, faculty lecturer and director of the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications’ integrated marketing communications graduate program, led a study in which he analyzed the prior reputation of a handful of corporations that experienced a PR crisis and whether they quickly regained their previous status in the eyes of consumers.
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Researchers Find Evidence of Added Auditor Scrutiny Involving Credit Default Swaps | KU School of Business

Adi Masli, Felix Meschke and KU graduate Lijing Du, G’08 G’14, who is now an assistant professor at Towson University, provide evidence that auditors increase their professional scrutiny of companies when it becomes easier for the debtholders of those firms to insure against loss via credit default swaps, or CDS.
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Day in the Life: Ms. Amanda Love finds the self-expression, pride she needs in drag | The University Daily Kansan

During the day, Nate Stitt works as a manager in campus dining, where he deals with kitchen crises. But that’s just his “boy job.” At night, Stitt switches to a life of glitter and glamour as drag queen Ms. Amanda Love.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 20

Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in News

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Day in the Life: Evan Nichols enjoys his whirlwind routine as a Google software engineer | The University Daily Kansan

On a typical day, Evan Nichols, e’17, arrives to work in Google’s New York City office at around 8:30 a.m., stopping at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes that fill the fourteen floors for breakfast. Once he gets to his desk, he gets to work as a software engineer. “Forty percent of my job is coding, 20 percent is writing design documents, another 20 percent is reading other people’s design documents, and the last 20 percent is going to meetings,” Nichols said.
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Mario’s Miracle memorialized in downtown Kansas City mural | The University Daily Kansan

Mario Chalmers’ game-saving shot during the 2008 NCAA basketball championship has been engraved into the minds of Kansas basketball fans. Now, it’s plastered onto the side of the soon-to be opened Two Light Luxury Apartments in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Basketball, Marijuana And Poetry: These Police Tweet More Than Crime Alerts | NPR

Friday is April 20, a day that some people celebrate by smoking marijuana. The Police Department in Lawrence, Kan., is preparing for this week’s pot holiday by sending safety tips via their official Twitter account, run by officer Drew Fennelly.
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Student Housing: Changes to scholarship hall hiring process will uphold tradition of community | The University Daily Kansan

University alumna Nancy Sims-West describes the communities within the 12 scholarship halls on campus, which house up to 50 students, as families. Sims-West, a 1980 graduate who lived in Miller Scholarship Hall, has one child who currently resides in a scholarship hall and one child who formerly lived in one. When she was approached by students about potential policy changes in the halls, she became concerned.
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Former Kansas vaulters embrace new roles at KU | The University Daily Kansan

“Friendliness off the track, competitors on the track.” Those were the words of Jake Albright, ’17, shortly after defeating Nick Maestretti, ’17, in a “jump-off.” Albright, wearing a plain black sleeveless shirt, and Maestretti, wearing blue, were the last two standing in the college open pole vault on Thursday afternoon at the Kansas Relays.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 13

Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in News

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He went down in the Pacific in World War II. Now, his remains are coming home to Kansas. | The Wichita Eagle

After nearly three-quarters of a century, Irvin Edmund Rink, c’41, is returning home. The 25-year-old Kansan disappeared in the Russell Islands near Guadalcanal on Aug. 4, 1943. He was a Navy pilot flying in a squadron when his F4F-4 Wildcat plane was shot down at sea by Japanese fighter planes.
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Law Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of Law

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. It honors and celebrates KU’s rich legacy of women who, through their transformational leadership and contributions, have changed the world.
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Woodard inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU Athletics

Kansas women’s basketball great Lynette Woodard, c’81, added to her list of accomplishments as a pioneer of the game after being inducted into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame as selected by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity on Thursday night.
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BioKansas Hires Recent KU Graduate to Lead Workforce Initiatives | BusinessWire

BioKansas today announced that it has hired Dr. Alex Erwin, PhD ’18, as the organization’s new Director of Talent Development & STEMM Education, effective April 2nd.
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Iowan Nick Collison gets special tribute from Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook | Des Moines Register

Iowan Nick Collison, c’03, got some love from one of his Oklahoma City teammates and the thousands packed inside Chesapeake Energy Arena at the start of the Thunder’s game Wednesday night versus Memphis. Collison, 37, played at Iowa Falls as a prep and led his team to back-to-back state championships in 1997 and 1998. He later went on to play at the University of Kansas, where his No. 4 jersey is retired.
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New KU fellow to link scholarship with nonprofits to help realize positive change | The University of Kansas

You can call her a humanities evangelist. Nancy Jackson, c’92 g’01, believes, contrary to certain national dialogues, that the humanities are vitally important to a vibrant society. She points especially to the nonprofit sector in the United States, which she characterizes as humanities — and humanity — in action.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 6

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 in News

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How to Get $29 Million for Classroom Projects? Just Ask | The New York Times

In Illinois, one educator wanted a set of laptops to better prepare her students for middle school, while a teacher in Massachusetts sought $41,000 to stock a library in an elementary school that serves low-income students, many of them refugees. This week, those requests, along with the more than 35,000 others listed on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website for school and classroom projects, were fully funded thanks to a single $29 million donation from Ripple. Brad Garlinghouse, c’94, is CEO of the virtual currency company.
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Kansas alum: ‘Never forget Kansas-Kentucky in 2016’ | The Eagle Tribune

The Eagle Tribune featured an alum from each school in the Final Four with ties back to Massachusetts. Check out their feature on alumna Marina Simons, g’16.
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A dud, a dinner and a roasting: Inside the 24 hours that changed KU basketball’s season | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Nick Bradford, c’02, didn’t know he was witnessing a turning point for this Kansas basketball team, nor was the former Jayhawk guard aware the speech he was listening to may be one that lives on in program lore depending on how the events of this weekend unfold.
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Mikki Brock, Historian of Religion, Demonology and Witchcraft | KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All of the research and ideas that went into writing her debut book, Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c. 1560-1700, gave Mikki Brock, c’06, away into contemporary discussions around witch hunts. In October 2017, she debunked the current use of the term witch hunt in a Washington Post article titled ‘No, there is no witch hunt against powerful men.‘
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How I’ll approach my new role as publisher of The Dallas Morning News | Dallas News

Shortly after becoming the publisher of The Dallas Morning News, Grant Moise, j’98, shared his perspective on approaching his new position.
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Jayhawks in the News | March 30

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in News

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Kansan Here’s how you can watch a KU-centric broadcast of the Final Four | Kansas City Star

Famous KU Jayhawks Rob Riggle, Scot Pollard, and Dave Armstrong will cover KU’s Final Four game against Villanova. The trio is part of the Kansas TeamCast, which will air on TNT.
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A former KU center analyzes the game of Jayhawks big man Udoka Azubuike | Kansas City Star

Mark Randall, a former third-team All-American, shares his thoughts on Azubuike. Randall is also a former member of the KU Alumni Association’s board of directors.
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Father, daughter share similar NCAA Tournament experiences in KU band, 30 years apart | KSN.com

Kellie Simerly plays baritone in the KU band. Her father, Mark, also played baritone in the band. The pair are comparing their NCAA Tournament experiences this week.
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Boise State CIO to present as 1st candidate for KU’s top tech post | University of Kansas

Max Davis-Johnson, chief information officer at Boise State University, will make a public presentation Monday, April 2, as a candidate for the chief information officer at the University of Kansas. David-Johnson is a KU graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
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KU alumnus establishes scholarship for art history students | University of Kansas

A gift commitment of $690,000 from University of Kansas alumnus Don Sloan will establish a scholarship fund for art history students at KU. Sloan received bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from KU in 1970 and entered the U.S. Army after graduation.
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KU fans in Lawrence take over Massachusetts Street after overtime Elite 8 win | Kansas City Star

KU alumni, students, and fans rushed to downtown Lawrence after the KU men’s basketball team defeated Duke in overtime.
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Basketball player Frank Mason to appear June 16 at charity softball game at T-Bones Stadium | Wyandotte Daily

Former Kansas University Jayhawk and current member of the NBA Sacramento Kings, Frank Mason III, will hold the inaugural Frank Mason III and Friends Charity Softball game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.
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Indianapolis Star editor named USA TODAY executive editor for news | USA Today

Jeff Taylor, a graduate of the University of Kansas, was named executive editor for news for USA Today this week. He is currently the Midwest regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK.
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Jayhawks in the News | March 23

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in News

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Kansan David Dary had a passion for telling great western stories | Wichita Eagle

David Dary, one of Kansas’ best storytellers, died March 15 in Norman, Oklahoma. Dary was a fourth-generation Kansan and earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He served on the faculty of the KU School of Journalism for 20 years.
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The most famous people at NCAA tournament games in Wichita on Thursday were… | Wichita Eagle

A variety of famous folks—including University of Kansas alumni— made appearances at the NCAA Tournament in Wichita, Kansas.
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Jayhawks in the News | March 16

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in News

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ASU professor recognized for advancing gender equality in Phoenix theater | Arizona State University

The Bridge Initiative named Lance Gharavi, g’97, PhD’00, its 2018 Ally of the Year for his contributions toward gender parity in the theatrical field. Gharavi is the artistic director of theater for the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute.
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Former Topekan associate director of new Broadway musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ | Topeka Capital-Journal

Amy Corcoran, a Topeka native, was the associate director for the Broadway debut of the new musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.” Corcoran earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Kansas. This spring, she will direct an off-Broadway musical written by fellow KU alumnus Bill Russell.
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One year later: 5K heart attack survivor crosses finish line with med students that saved his life | Q13 Fox

Last year, David Houchin suffered a heart attack during the Big 12 5K race in Kansas City. Three KU medical students saved his life when they stopped running and administered CPR. This year, Houchin and the students—Sebastian Schoneich, Kelly Lembke, and Dakota Bunch— walked the race together.
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