Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 20

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our biweekly edition of “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.

The last rocket pilot | HistoryNet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At age 21, Christina Warinner cut her teeth on that incredibly complex sacrificial burial left behind by the Maya in a Belize rainforest. Today, at age 37, the molecular anthropologist scrapes at not-so-pearly whites to investigate similar questions. She splits her time between the University of Oklahoma in Norman and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
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Astronauts Joe Engle, Steven Hawley to serve as grand marshals for Homecoming parade

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Homecoming 2017
Retired NASA astronauts and University of Kansas alumni Joe Engle and Steven Hawley will be grand marshals of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A meet and greet with Kansas Athletics will precede the parade from 4 to 5 p.m. at South Park. The theme for KU’s 105th Homecoming is “Jayhawks of the Galaxy.”

Joe EngleEngle, a Chapman native and 1955 School of Engineering graduate, was a member of the NASA Class of 1966. He trained for the Apollo 14 and Apollo 17 moon missions before commanding Space Shuttle Columbia, the second shuttle mission, on Nov. 12, 1981. Four years later, he commanded Space Shuttle Discovery. He has been inducted in the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. In 1982, he received the University’s Distinguished Service Citation and was recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus.

Steven HawleyHawley, a Salina native who graduated in 1973 with a degree in astronomy, is a member of the NASA Class of 1978. He served as mission specialist on five space shuttle flights from 1984 to 1999 and logged more than 770 hours in space. He has received several awards from NASA and has been inducted in the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. In 1998, he received the University’s Distinguished Service Citation, and he received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at KU.

KU alumnus and former astronaut Ron Evans, who joined Engle in NASA’s Class of 1966 and served as command module pilot on Apollo 17, died in 1990. The University’s newest astronaut candidate, Loral O’Hara, graduated from the School of Engineering in 2006. She is currently in NASA’s two-year training program.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 1, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions, all of which lead up to the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 7, in Memorial Stadium. A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found at on the Homecoming website.

The student-led Homecoming Steering Committee is directed by Nellie Kassebaum, a Burdick junior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She works with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of membership and business development.

This year’s Homecoming celebration is sponsored by Crown Toyota-Volkswagen.

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