KU connection brings confetti new life

Posted on Feb 11, 2020 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Super Bowl Confetti

The clock hit zero in Miami and red, yellow and white confetti rained down, some featuring tweets from Kansas City Chiefs fans and players. While every Chiefs fan would love to get their hands on a piece as a souvenir, a KU connection landed a full bag in the hands of a local artist with big plans.

Allison Smith, d’05, n’07, g’08, had a previous connection with Ryan Toma, a groundskeeper for the Chiefs and was keeping up with his experience in Miami through Instagram. She saw him post about the tweet confetti and loved it.

Fast forward to the next day, and Kansas City-based artist Megh Knappenberger, f’04, above, asked on Instagram how she could get her hands on some confetti for a project.

“I was on my way to the KU hoops game and happened to see Megh’s Instagram story asking if anyone had a ‘hookup’ or ‘connection’ for the confetti,” Smith says. “So, I messaged Ryan to see if he could spare some. They messaged each other and met up in person on Tuesday afternoon!”

As for the end result … we’ll see! That’s a lot of confetti to clean and dry.

Here’s hoping that this isn’t the last celebration for local teams this year. “Fingers crossed for another championship for KU in April 2020,” Smith says. “I’ve got a good feeling!”

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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 20

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

KU campus graphics | www.kualumni.org | Jayhawks in the news
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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