Access to library resources allows alumnus to continue life’s work

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Membership in the KU Alumni Association includes a number of perks and benefits, such as discounts on merchandise, access to special events and the ever-popular Kansas Alumni magazine. A relatively new and perhaps not-as-famous benefit is access to scholarly resources.

Thanks to a partnership with KU Libraries, members can access more than 50,000 magazines, journals and index records—invaluable library resources for alumni and friends who want to continue their professional and personal development.

One alumnus let us know just how valuable this benefit is to him:

My wife and I recently renewed our membership in the KU Alumni Association. As she read the reminder letter, Joanna called my attention to a new membership benefit: access to KU Libraries databases of academic and business journals and periodicals. I am writing to express my profound thanks for this access, since it is absolutely crucial to work I am doing. Let me explain.

I began my career in academe, and taught at the Wharton School and elsewhere. Some years later I joined the business world, where I helped senior executives understand and apply quantitative methods to improve their business decisions. A persistent goal of my work was bridging the gap between what is known in principle (e.g., somewhere in academe) and what is applied in practice (e.g., in business firms). In pursuing that goal I published some twenty-five technical articles (six of which won awards for excellence) addressed to academics and quantitative professionals (e.g., actuaries, investment quants). I also published some fifty more in which I attempted to explain technical issues and their implications to a predominantly nontechnical audience of senior executives.

Throughout my career an indispensable resource has been access to relevant business and scholarly journals, typically at the New York Public Library. Now that I’m retired and no longer work in New York, that resource is no longer available to me. I continue to write and publish work intended to bridge the gap between what is known and what is applied. But without access to essential library resources that has become considerably more difficult.

So imagine my absolute delight in learning of this new KU Alumni Association benefit, and subsequently discovering that KU’s libraries have resources that match or exceed those of the New York Public Library! I am incredibly grateful for this new benefit, and wanted to both thank you and explain that it has made a huge difference in my ability to continue pursuing the overarching goal of my life’s work.

Sincerely,

William H. Panning, c’65

Association members can access three databases within KU Libraries. These resources include the latest scholarly information in many areas of academic study, full-text business magazines and journals, and comprehensive, yet concise summaries of the best business books available.

Click here to learn more about the resources available for members and to register or log in to access them. We welcome your feedback on this new benefit, or any other membership benefits!

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Alumni take advantage of online networking

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Last year, we announced a brand-new benefit for members: a series of online networking events that allows Jayhawks around the world to connect and chat through an online platform. Members can log in from their computer, tablet or phone, no matter where they are—the office, the couch or the coffee shop—and meet fellow alumni in a speed-networking-style chat room.

Since the first event on Jan. 29, (Kansas Day!) which was a resounding success with more than 90 attendees, we’ve held 17 additional events: chats open to all members on the third Thursday of every month, as well as several smaller events tailored to specific degrees and industries, such as communications, business or healthcare. We even hosted an event designed for student members, which paired them with alumni during the chat.

We’re exploring even more ways to make this service valuable for our members, but in the meantime, take a look at the results of our efforts last year. If you’ve participated in an online networking event, your suggestions and feedback are valuable as we plan future chats. And if you haven’t participated, what are you waiting for? The next event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon (CST), and registration is now open.

Email David Johnston, vice president of marketing and internet services, at davidjohnston@kualumni.org or Brad Eland, vice president of alumni programs, at beland@kualumni.org if you have questions or comments about the online networking program. Additional career resources can be found at www.kualumni.org/career

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Historic campus scenes decorate Sesquicentennial calendar

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 in Alumni News and News

2016 KU Sesquicentennial Calendar

Happy 150th birthday, KU!

To celebrate the University’s momentous birthday, the Alumni Association has created a special edition of the annual color calendar. As the months of 2016 unfold, we will highlight iconic images from KU’s past, including favorite landmarks, watershed moments and beloved traditions. We’ll also share fun and fascinating facts about our noble alma mater.

If you’re already a member of the Association, you’ll receive the calendar with the November/December issue of Kansas Alumni magazine—look for it in your mailbox in November.

Not a member? Join the Association by November 8 to add the 2016 calendar to your KU keepsakes. Copies are also available for sale at the KU Bookstore.

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