The Student Alumni Network recently partnered with Hawk Link to hold the first Hawk Link Alumni Lunch. The goal was to connect at-risk students with potential mentors from the vast network of KU alumni.
Hawk Link, a program based out of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, supports students of color, queer students and undocumented students while they navigate their first two years on campus. “It’s building on the components of what students need while they’re here and how we can set them up to be successful into the future,” said Jordan Brandt, academic advisor in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
One of their programs, Study in the States, takes students to different cities to explore historical sites that tie in with their curriculum. A recent field trip to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City brought a unique opportunity for Hawk Link students to connect with members of the Black Alumni Network in the area.
“It just made sense to invite the Alumni Association on our Study in the States trip,” said Brandt. “Students were already engaging with faculty, staff, and peers through Hawk Link but we were lacking an alumni piece. It’s great having folks who care about the population of students that we serve and want to invest in them.”
“I first learned about OMA through a tour with KU,” said Camille Moore, a freshman studying pre-med. “Through the Hawk Link program, we all live in Oliver on the third floor and have all gotten close with one another. I learned a lot talking to alumni about how to get through the process of college, and I now have the chance to reach out to them in the future.”
Jeainnie Brown, b’94, enjoyed the opportunity to both give back to students of color and connect with black alumni. Luke Bobo, Ph.D, e’82, was effusive in his praise for the students and their poise.
“The young people I interacted with are bright, articulate and aware,” Bobo said. “I look forward to these students making their mark on the KU community and I also look forward to them making a mark on our society-at-large.”
The Student Alumni Network is expanding its on campus reach with both KU and student organizations by offering usage of the Adams Alumni Center and helping connect students, alumni, and the Lawrence community. SAN’s other on-campus partnerships include a ‘trunk-or-treat’ for Lawrence area children with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, and Big Jay’s Recess, an upcoming event with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and SILC.
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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly 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 email@example.com.
Judy Nelson, a graduate of the KU School of Law and international leadership coach, released her book “Intentional Leadership: Using Strategy in Everything You Do and Say” to share wisdom she has gained over the past 30 years as a CEO and in other leadership roles. Read full article.
A winter break fundraising campaign raised more than $30,000 to help more students study abroad. The University Honors Program and KU Endowment created the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund, in honor of the professor who has coordinated Honors Program study abroad trips for 27 years. Read full article.
The University of Kansas will award an honorary doctoral degree at this spring’s commencement to alumnus William McNulty, a former Marine and co-founder of Team Rubicon. McNulty, c’01, was featured in Kansas Alumni magazine, issue no. 2, 2016. Read full article.
Marynell Reece, a late alumna with deep connections to the University, left a $100,000 donation when she passed away in July. The donation will be split between three University organizations that she had a strong connection to: the Dole Institute of Politics, the School of Nursing and the Spencer Art Museum. Read full article
A previous “Jayhawks in the News” post mentioned that former KU basketball player Jamari Traylor’s father was a candidate for clemency. On Jan. 17, Jessie Traylor received a commutation of his sentence from President Barack Obama. Read full article.
Amanda Wright will work on achieving two main goals this semester: to make students aware that her position exists and is there to advocate for them, and to establish more connections with faculty providing solid resources for them. Wright, g’15, is the new academic inclusion coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Read full article.
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Curtis Marsh, j’92, is director of KU Info and thus prepared to espouse a life’s worth of knowledge about the KU experience.
He shared his life’s lessons in a recent presentation at the Kansas Union in a room crowded with KU students, colleagues, alumni and friends. The Last Lecture Series, sponsored by the KU Office of Multicultural Affairs, invites campus figures to impart lasting words of wisdom. The program is patterned after the Last Lecture popularized by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, which was viewed by millions online, and later made into a best selling book.
Marsh is well known on campus as an authority on all things KU (he even contributed a story for this blog on the tradition of students camping for seats at Allen Fieldhouse). In his talk, titled “If only I’d been a better juggler — and had more pb&j …and other silly metaphors,” Marsh shared his sense of humor, balanced with perspective, and of course, a few facts from the archives of KU Info.
In addition to sharing quotations courtesy of Albus Dumbledore, delivered in a dead-on impression of Richard Harris’s character from Harry Potter, attendees learned that it would take approximately 6.4 trillion Allen Fieldhouses to fit inside the world’s oceans (yes, that was a KU Info question). Marsh noted that while many of questions fielded by his team of KU Info “superstars” ranged from silly to serious, finding the right answer always involves finding the right perspective. Someone who seems lost is more easily set on the right path once you know where they are coming from, Marsh told the audience. Such lessons kept the audience amused, inspired and certainly entertained.
At one point Marsh even showcased his juggling talent while making a point about finding balance in life and your career. Taking on more responsibilities, he explained, while (literally) keeping all of the balls in the air, sometimes means doing things an entirely different way. The result has something to do with PB&J, which he finally revealed is more than sandwich. The mnemonic device is meant to remind us that perspective, balance and juggling are life lessons worth remembering.
Don’t take my word for it. Mr. Marsh demonstrates how to juggle your responsibilities in this short video below.