Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 3

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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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.

 

KU alumna’s new documentary explores what it’s like to be gay in Kansas | University Daily Kansan

After graduating in May of 2017, University alumna Savannah Rodgers became a producer on the project, “Out Here in Kansas.” The documentary revolves around the LGBTQ community and how it intersects with Christianity in Kansas.
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2018 Board of Directors | University of Kansas Sport Management Program

The University of Kansas Sport Management Program is thrilled to announce the inaugural Board of Directors. These eleven KU alumni will provide invaluable insight to the faculty and students as the program continually grows and adapts in a ever-changing sporting landscape.
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Alumni Spotlight | Center for Undergraduate Research

Marah Schlingensiepen-Malleck is a 2016 Public Affairs and Administration grad who is now a PhD Student at University of Florida. Following her time at KU, she is able to reflect on what she learned through her research and give advice of her own.
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A look behind the curtain of KU’s 2008 national title win from 5 players who were there | KUsports.com

By now, almost 10 full years after Mario’s Miracle and the Kansas men’s basketball team’s run to the 2008 national championship, many of the stories about that team, its tournament run and the title game against Memphis have been told.
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2017 Alumni Award recipients announced at Fort Hays State | Hays Post

Doug Richmond, who earned a Juris Doctor from the KU School of Law in 1989, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University during its Homecoming celebration. The award is the Alumni Association’s highest honor.
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KSU Receives $500K For At-Risk Youth | KSAL.com

Low-income, at-risk students will have a greater opportunity to graduate college in four years without crushing debt because of a new partnership between Kansas State University and the Peter and Veronica Mallouk Give Back Program. Peter Mallouk is president and chief investment officer of Creative Planning Inc., one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the country. A graduate of the University of Kansas and its Graduate School of Business, he and his wife, also a KU graduate, are co-founders of KC CAN!, an organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in Kansas City.
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Chiefs hire former Sprint, Sprint Center exec to new sales position | Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Chiefs created the position to oversee new business, renewals, activation and service for corporate partnerships, suites and media rights revenue streams. Kimberly Hobbs was hired to the new role of vice president of corporate partnerships and premium sales. She’s a 20-year veteran of the sports marketing industry and is also a member of the Greater Kansas City Network of the KU Alumni Association’s board of directors.
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County manager recognized with managerial excellence award | Johnson County Kansas

Johnson County manager Hannes Zacharias on Sunday, Oct. 22, was recognized with the Edwin O. Stene Award for Managerial Excellence. The honor was given at the KUCIMAT banquet — a yearly KU alumni event hosted at the International City/County Management Association annual conference.
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Allen Frame runs straight into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame | The Wichita Eagle

Allen Frame ran for simple reasons. “Because I won,” he said. “That’s the reason I enjoyed it.” Frame won plenty of races at East High and the University of Kansas during a golden era of track and field. He moved to Wichita from Iowa, following his father’s job at Beech, for his final three semesters and joined Fritz Snodgrass’ track team at East.
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Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Promotes Three Midwest Leaders | Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking announced today that it has promoted three executives within its Illinois commercial lending operations. The company named 21-year banking veteran Chris Nay to lead six teams statewide as division manager, effective immediately. Nay earned a degree from the KU School of Business in 1993.
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Former KU guard, who was booed at MU a lot, approves of Sunday’s exhibition game | The Kansas City Star

Former Kansas basketball guard Ryan Robertson, his wife Andrea — a former Missouri soccer player — and their three children are all Jayhawk fans. Robinson was unable to attend the charity exhibition game, but he shared his thoughts on the rivalry.
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Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 30

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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GSA steps up its focus on early career scientists | Genes to Genomes blog

Sonia Hall, c’11, PhD’16, works with the Genetics Society of America in a newly-created role as Program Director for Early Career Scientist Engagement. Read this Q&A with her to learn about why focusing on helping this group of scientists is so important.
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Martin Pringle attorney Zach Wiggins elected into partnership | Martin Pringle

Zach Wiggins, l’11, joined the firm in 2011 after clerking for two summers. He works out of the Wichita office and was recently elected into partnership.
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Fund created to help sustain the Kansan | Jayhawk Journalist

Former University Daily Kansan editor Rob Karwath, j’86, is leading a fundraising effort designed to preserve the Kansan so that other students have the same opportunities he had. The fund, called Kansan Editors’ Endowed Partnership, or KEEP, includes several journalism alumni on the steering committee.
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How a Lawrence businessman ended up hosting President Obama and family at an escape room business | LJWorld.com

Matt Baysinger, c’09, g’11, is the owner of Breakout Lawrence and has owned a location in Hawaii since late 2015. On Christmas Eve, he was notified that President Obama and his family would be visiting Breakout Waikiki that evening.
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J-School alumnus landed an exclusive interview with Donald Trump | Jayhawk Journalist

Matt Lindberg, managing editor of the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press, was the only journalist granted an exclusive interview with Trump during his campaign stop in Grand Junction, Colorado. Lindberg graduated from the KU School of Journalism in 2008.
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New downtown shop with Kansas and Lawrence apparel opens | LJWorld.com

Lawrence businessman Matt Lomshek, d’91, is a co-owner of Mass St. Mercantile, which recently opened at 738 Massachusetts. The store carries T-shirts and hats with Kansas and Lawrence slogans, as well as novelties ranging from wall hangings to decorative wine bottle stoppers.
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Voices of the Jayhawks | Jayhawk Journalist

Landing your dream job isn’t something everyone gets to realize, but this article highlights several KU School of Journalism alumni who had big goals, worked hard and found their dream jobs as voices of the Jayhawks.
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Jamari Traylor’s father is a candidate for clemency from President Obama, but will his request be read in time? | kuhoops.com

A pair of Jayhawk lawyers have been instrumental in Jessie Traylor’s petition for clemency to the United State Department of Justice. Carl Folsom III, c’02, l’05, spent 30-40 unpaid hours writing up the petition, and Lawrence lawyer Rebekah Gaston, b’01, l’05, submitted it as a volunteer attorney.
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Throwback Thursday Podcast: Ryan Robertson | KU Athletics

The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, periodically catches up with former KU student-athletes and staff members. Take a stroll down memory lane with Hanni as he’s joined by former KU basketball player Ryan Robertson.
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One Bad Game: Paul Pierce remembers ’97

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Alumni News and News

In a blog post titled “One Bad Loss” Paul Pierce shared his memories of the one that got away in 1997, and for Pierce, ’99, KU’s epic upset loss to Arizona still stings.

“Our team was just about unstoppable that season — we started the year 22-0,” Pierce noted. “ESPN was calling us the national title favorites. Our only loss during the regular season was against Mizzou in double OT, and we beat them by double-digits the next two times we faced them.”

The 1996-97 Jayhawks featured a line-up many consider the best in KU’s storied history, including future NBA stars like Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz and Scot Pollard, along with Jacque Vaughn, Jerod Hasse, Ryan Robertson and Billy Thomas to boot.

“We entered the 1997 NCAA tournament that year as the No. 1 overall seed and won our first two games convincingly. In the Sweet 16, we were set to face No. 4 Arizona. We had beaten them the previous season in the Sweet 16, so I felt like we were ready.”

But fate has a funny way of manifesting itself, and as KU relished the role of Cinderella in ’88, it would experience the madness of March in ’97 running headlong into eventual NCAA Tournament Champion Arizona, which had a date with destiny. Despite a thrilling comeback, KU would fall by three points, as a last-second shot clanged off the rim. As bad as the loss was for the rest of the team to take, it might have been harder on Pierce. Like all champions, Pierce wanted the ball in that clutch situation, and he remains haunted by those final seconds in which he never touched the ball.

Roy Williams in the UDK via kualumni.org

A University Daily Kansan clipping captured the heartbreaking loss

“Coming all the way back from a big deficit and me not having a crack at the final shot made it hurt that much worse. I just remember crying in the locker room after that game. All of us were crying — the entire team was completely devastated. To us, it was a wasted season.”

KU Alumni and fans also shed tears along with Head Coach Roy Williams, who would call it the most painful loss of his coaching career. But as Pierce concluded, that’s why they call it March Madness.

“The tournament is unforgiving. If you have one bad game, that’s it. Throughout my career I’ve had many losses, but all these years later, this is one that still stings.”

Pierce’s full post, including pictures and video clips, can be read online at theplayerstribune.com. Danny Manning’s reflection on the ’88 championship, titled “It’s Over,” was featured earlier this year.

– David Johnston

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