KU’s veteran resources flourish thanks to generosity of Jayhawks

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 in Alumni News and News

KU alumni and veterans at Kansas City's World War I museum
The KU Alumni Association and KU Endowment welcomed more than 100 veterans, alumni, students and military family members March 13 for a donor appreciation event at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

Jayhawks gathered on the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge, a stunning structure suspended over a field of 9,000 poppies, symbolic of the 9 million who perished in the war, before touring the museum and the Wylie Gallery, which currently features John Singer Sargent’s powerful masterpiece, “Gassed,” as part of a limited centennial exhibition.

University leaders attend

Several University leaders participated in the event, including Chancellor Douglas Girod, a former Naval surgeon; Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Reggie Robinson, c’80, l’87, who served in the Army; and retired Marine Corps. Col. Mike Denning, c’83, director of KU’s graduate military program and president of the Veterans Alumni Network.

Before delivering opening remarks, Denning playfully teased the crowd. “I have to admit,” he joked. “I think the Marines are probably outnumbering everybody else about five to one.”

Though Marines may have dominated the event in attendance, representatives from each branch of service turned out, including retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mike Flowers, c’77, an Alumni Association board member, and Col. Bob Ulin, g’79. Both men serve on the advisory board for the Veterans Alumni Network.

Top-five school

This year, KU was named the No. 5 school for veterans by the Military Times, up five spots from its top-10 ranking in 2016 and 2017. The Veterans Alumni Network has been instrumental in strengthening several resources for military students and veterans, including the Wounded Warriors Scholarship Fund, which since 2012 has provided $200,000 to military service members, veterans, primary caregivers and surviving spouses or children who want to attend KU.

Corey Leach, an Olathe senior majoring in exercise science, was one of 10 KU students awarded a 2017-’18 Wounded Warrior Scholarship. Leach enlisted in the Army in 2011 and was injured the following year in Afghanistan.

“The scholarship offered me a chance to actually be a student for the first time,” said Leach, a first-generation student. “It gave me access to advisers, mentors and the opportunity to network with other veterans who had the same experiences I did while I was in the military. I’m very thankful for that.”

Centralized resource for students

The network also helped fund the Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center, a centralized resource for more than 1,100 military-affiliated students on campus. The center opened in March 2017 in Summerfield Hall.

“As soon as you walk in there, it’s like you’re back in the service,” said JR Cadwallader, b’18, a Marine Corps veteran and past president of KU’s Student Veterans of America. “It’s like you’re at home with some of your greatest friends again.”

Chancellor Girod applauded Jayhawks for their generosity and commitment to funding programs like the Wounded Warrior Scholarship and the military-affiliated student center, emphasizing how critical these services are to military students and their families.

“You heard the students talk about how [the center] has become a core site and a home for our students—a very comforting home,” he said. “But more important, a lot of services take place in that center.”

Jeff Larkin, c’06, a Lawrence dentist who served in the Air Force, attended the event with his wife and daughter. He was pleased to learn his alma mater had established itself nationally as a top-ranking institution for military students and veterans.

“It makes me really proud,” he said.

—Heather Biele

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Reggie Robinson named vice chancellor for public affairs

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Strong Hall
Chancellor Douglas A. Girod sent the following message to University of Kansas faculty and staff members on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. The message was also posted on the chancellor’s website.

It is my pleasure to announce that Reggie Robinson has agreed to serve as our vice chancellor for public affairs. We are fortunate to have a leader of his experience and talents in this critical role for our campuses.

Reggie’s deep experience in higher education has made him an invaluable counselor to me since he began serving in this role in an interim capacity in August. In addition, he has already nurtured meaningful relationships inside and outside our campuses, and I know he will help us achieve our goals and raise our stature here and across the country.

Before his move to Strong Hall, Reggie had led our School of Public Affairs & Administration since 2014. From 2002-10, he served as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. Before assuming his position with the Regents, he served as chief of staff to KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and visiting professor at the KU School of Law. He has also worked as a law professor and director of the Center for Law and Government at Washburn University. From 1993-98, he served at senior levels in the U.S. Department of Justice, initially as a White House Fellow assigned as a special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno. He went on to serve in a number of senior executive posts in the department.

Reggie earned his undergraduate and law degrees from KU and was an intern for Sen. Bob Dole in 1978. Between college and law school, he served four years as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army.

The vice chancellor for public affairs oversees communications, outreach and government relations for KU. In this role, Reggie will be responsible for setting and carrying out a strategic communications agenda that elevates KU’s reputation at the international, national, state and local levels. He will also have responsibility for internal and external communications and the integration of messages across all KU campuses, affiliates and partners.

The Office of Public Affairs comprises the offices of Strategic Communications, Government Relations, Marketing Communications, the KU News Service, Event Management & Protocol, and Kansas Public Radio and Audio-Reader.


Reggie Robinson honored by Black Alumni Network

Last fall, the Alumni Association’s Black Alumni Network named Robinson among the recipients of the Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award. The project recognizes leaders from the KU community for their impact on society. These talented and sometimes controversial African-Americans helped shape the University as well as the cities, states and nations their work touched.

Watch the video below to learn more about Robinson.

 

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Jayhawks in the News | August 11

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Alumni News and News

KU campus graphics | www.kualumni.org

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.

 

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Woman nominated for Kansas federal judgeship | KAKE.com

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KU announces new interim vice chancellor for public affairs | LJWorld.com

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Kansas fan couple travel abroad with team spirit | LJWorld.com

Russ and Linda Sims, e’79, have sort of made it their signature move to take a bright blue flag that reads “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” to all of the historic and scenic places they’ve traveled to both capture the moment and represent the Jayhawks.
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John Bowman Honored With Institute for Energy Law’s Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award | King & Spalding

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