Commencement 2018 remarks by Kevin Carroll, Chair of the KU Alumni Association

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Kevin Carroll commencement remarks 2018

Kevin Carroll, Chair of the KU Alumni Association, welcomed the class of 2018 to the Alumni Association at Commencement. His remarks were as follows:

I am Kevin Carroll and I am honored to serve as the volunteer Chairman of the Board of the KU Alumni Association. Welcome to the ranks of more than 250,000 proud graduates around the world!

KU is a special place with beauty all around—not just the beauty we see with our eyes, but the beauty we feel in our hearts. As you earned your degree, you have been influenced by countless other Jayhawks who share your passion for KU. Some have been professors or coaches or even roommates you would never have met had you not come to KU.

Many of you have selected mentors to guide you through your student years and beyond—but maybe, others sought you out and asked to mentor you. They saw in you something you did not even see in yourself, and they wanted you to succeed in ways you never imagined. As you leave KU, be one of those people, be a mentor to others. Share the Jayhawk spirit and help others as you have been helped. Share your knowledge and compassion with others. Be a Jayhawk!

Another way to show your school pride is to stay connected.  And, the best way to stay connected with all things KU is through membership to the Alumni Association.  Thanks to the Alumni Association and KU Endowment, I am happy to announce that all members of the Class of 2018 will receive one-year graduation gift memberships in the Alumni Association.

Your membership begins today, and you can download the KU Alumni App to learn about all of your benefits. And, after today’s ceremony, we invite you to stop by the Adams Alumni Center to toast your graduation at our Commencement Open House.

Please make the most of your membership by attending alumni events and watch parties with other successful Jayhawks wherever you are, all around the world.  You also can remain in touch with campus news and fellow Jayhawks through our digital communications, and you can learn more about our Jayhawk Career Network, which will benefit you throughout your life through KU Alumni Mentoring and many other connections. No matter where your journey takes you, you will find Jayhawks to help you feel at home—and we hope you’ll return often to this beautiful campus, your home on the Hill.

Rock Chalk and Congratulations, Class of 2018. Welcome to the KU Alumni Association.

For more about Commencement, read our feature on The Walk, or learn more about the medical researcher who received an honorary degree.

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KU Alumni Association welcomes new officers, national board members

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in Alumni News and News

New board members
New national board members are (l to r): Jay Kerutis, Portia Kibble Smith, Janet Murfin and Ryan Colaianni.

New officers and four new directors were among the University of Kansas alumni who gathered Sept. 9-10 at the Adams Alumni Center for the fall meeting of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors.

Scott SeyfarthThe national chair for 2016-’17 is Scott Seyfarth, Hinsdale, Illinois, and the chair-elect is Kevin Carroll, Johns Creek, Georgia. Both took office July 1. The new directors are Jay Kerutis, Mesa, Arizona; Janet Lusk Murfin, Wichita; Ryan Colaianni, Arlington, Virginia; and Portia Kibble Smith, Overland Park. Their five-year terms on the board began July 1.

Seyfarth earned his KU degree in accounting and business administration in 1983. A longtime volunteer leader for the Association’s Chicago Network, he joined the national board in 2010. He owns Hipskind Seyfarth Risk Solutions LLC in Chicago. He is an Association life member, and he and his wife, Eileen, are donors to the Presidents Club.

Kevin CarrollCarroll became part of the Jayhawk community in 1983, when he was hired as the first director of the Adams Alumni Center and manager of The Learned Club for the Association. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he is now chief operating officer and general manager of the Atlanta Athletic Club.

He joined the Association’s national board in 2012. He and his wife, Lisa, have hosted KU student recruitment events in Atlanta and Florida. They are life members and donors to the Presidents Club.

Colaianni completed KU bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism in 2007. Following graduation, he returned to his hometown of Arlington, Virginia, and began his career in Washington, D.C., where he is now vice president of Edelman public relations. He leads the Washington Network as president and has hosted numerous events to support the Association and student recruitment. He received the 2011 Dick Wintermote Award for his leadership. His wife, Erinn, earned her KU bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2007 and her master’s in 2008. The Colaiannis are Alumni Association life members and Presidents Club donors.

Kerutis earned his KU bachelor’s degree in personnel administration in 1982. He devoted his career to computer software, rising through the ranks at Digital River Inc. to become president of the software and digital commerce services division. Now retired, he is president of the Las Sendas Golf Club. He competed for KU as a swimmer and, as captain, led the team to two conference championships and organized a 25-year reunion of his teammates. He is a life member and Presidents Club donor. He is married to Pat Caldwell.

Murfin, a 1975 KU graduate in elementary education, helped create the annual Jayhawk Roundup in Wichita and with her husband, David, a 1975 KU graduate, has hosted the event every year at Murfin Stables. She is a member of the Wichita Network board and has volunteered for numerous programs. The Murfins are life members and Presidents Club donors. David Murfin is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kibble Smith earned her KU degree in personnel administration in 1978, and she owns PKS Executive Search & Consulting. She serves on the Kansas City Network board, and she has participated in numerous events, including the Rock Chalk Ball and ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars. She personally recruits students through her involvement in the local KU network as well as the Black Alumni Network, and she is an annual member of the Association.

The Alumni Association accepts nominations for the national board from January 1 through March 1 each year. The board’s nominating committee selects a slate of nominees in April, the board considers each member of the slate for election at its spring meeting. The board meets in the fall, winter and spring.

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