Jayhawks in the News | August 25

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in News

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Kansas Jayhawks Football: Todd Reesing reflects on the 2007 College Football Season | Rock Chalk Talk

Mike Plank of Rock Chalk Talk sat down with Todd Reesing, starting quarterback of the 2007 Orange Bowl champion football team, to reminisce about that season and share what he’s been up to in Austin.
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AASCU announces 2017 American Democracy Project Civic Engagement Award Winners | AASCU’s American Democracy Project

Shala Mills was awarded the Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement, which was established in 2014 to honor exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students. Mills, l’88, is chair and professor of political science at Fort Hays State University.
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Hail to Old KU | University Daily Kansan

From crunchy chicken cheddar wraps to walking down the Hill, several Jayhawks reflect on their time at the University in this special feature from the University Daily Kansan.
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Greitens appoints Guy Krause as director of the Office of Administration’s Division of Personnel | The Missouri Times

The Office of Administration announced that Governor Greitens has appointed Guy Krause as Director of the Office of Administration’s Division of Personnel. Krause, l’90, has worked for the Office of Administration in various human resource and personnel positions since 1995.
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Designer couple known for vast options of materials | AJC.com

Michelle Larrabee-Martin and Greg Martin, owners of Kolo Collection in Atlanta, are featured in this article. The couple offers materials and design services in their business. Greg is a Kansas native who holds a law degree from KU.
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Armstrong Teasdale adds team of corporate services lawyers | Kansas City Business Journal

David Grigsby, l’15, has joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as an associate. He spent the past two years at Van Osdol, and also spent seven years living and working in Hong Kong.
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Kristi Rivera named Blue KC Sporting Samaritan for August | SportingKC.com

Kristi Rivera, d’08, g’10, always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and she has taught at Delaware Ridge Elementary in the Bonner Springs School District since 2009. Her brother nominated her to be recognized as the Blue KC Sporting Samaritan.
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Three new UG Ethics Commissioners appointed | Wyandotte Daily

Three new Ethics Commissioners were selected and sworn in August 3 in Wyandotte County, including John J. Bukaty, Jr., who holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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2007 Kansas football team to be honored at Sept. 2 season-opener | KUsports.com

Nearly 10 years after the 2007 Kansas football team became the winningest in program history, members of the squad will see their names become permanent fixtures at the university. The entire team will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame, and Aqib Talib, ’09, Anthony Collins, ’09, and coach Mark Mangino will be inducted as individuals.
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Barry Slatt appoints San Diego SVP | Commercial Property Executive

Barry Slatt Mortgage has appointed Thomas Cohen as senior vice president in the firm’s San Diego office. Cohen, l’85, has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry.
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SUNY New Paltz hires new assistant V.P. for graduate and extended learning | Daily Freeman News

Shala Mills has been appointed assistant vice president for graduate and extended learning at SUNY New Paltz, according to the college. Mills, l’88, will join the college administration on Aug. 28. She currently is director of liberal education and the political science chairwoman at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
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County Line Ice House brings Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que to Power & Light | Feast Magazine

Kansas City’s culinary soulmates – barbecue and beer – are headed to the Power & Light District next spring in the form of a new locally owned restaurant. County Line Ice House is owned and operated by a newly-formed LLC that includes Jeff Stehney, j’84; Zach Marten, b’02, l’05, co-founder of Back Napkin Restaurant Group.
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The ocean is a strange place after dark | BBC.com

Some phenomena in the ocean can only be witnessed after dark. Matt Davis, assistant professor of biology at St. Cloud State University explains “milky seas” in this article. Davis earned a PhD in ecology and evolution from the university in 2010.
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Former KU Volleyball athlete aces House Hunters premiere

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in News

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Ashlyn Driskill, a current graduate student in the KU School of Business’ MBA program and a member of KU Volleyball’s 2015 Final Four team, made her television debut Saturday night when House Hunters documented her and her husband’s search for a Kansas City home. She sat down with us in February for a Q&A about the experience, but after the episode premiered we asked a couple more questions about the show and got an update on the house (pictures included!).

Did they let you see the final version before it premiered?

No, they did not let us see even a scene from the episode before it aired! That’s why we were so nervous to announce the air date, we had no clue what it was going to look like.

What did you think of the final cut of the episode?

I think the final cut was great! They did a really good job of making everything look smooth and natural because it definitely did not feel like that during the filming process. They did cut clips that I was hoping would make the episode. We filmed for six full days and it’s crazy to think they were able to cut it down to 30 minutes. We would retry a scene four to five times because the crew thought it would be great, but we never got to see it!Backyard

What did your friends and family say?

All our friends and family loved the episode! Our realtor had a watch party the night it was aired and invited many of his clients. Everyone thought we were going to pick house #3, which was actually our least favorite, so I guess you could say our acting skills aren’t too bad!

​How is the MBA going?​

My MBA is going great. I decided to choose a focus in Management and will be graduating in December.

How did the remodeling turn out?

The remodel turned out great! It took a little longer than we initially planned and still have plenty of more things to do. Right when we closed on the house we did a whole kitchen remodel and had a full remodel of the downstairs bathroom. We did the exterior work all ourselves! It was a blast to do it, but took a lot of manual labor. We painted, made shutters, put up the privacy fence and did all new landscaping.

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Knowing all that you do now, would you do it again? Is a career in TV in your future?

I think it would be fun to do it again since I know how the process goes, but I definitely don’t have a future career in TV. I’m not a fan of a camera being six inches from my face all day and I do not have the personality for it. My realtor, Brett Budke, who is also a KU alumnus, would be perfect in a career in TV!

In case you missed it, search for “Young Couple Seeks Kansas City Starter Home” on your cable provider or on demand.

-Ryan Camenzind

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Jayhawks in the News | June 30

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in News

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Rambunctious performances by a solid ensemble make ‘Garfield’ a rollicking good time | Kansas City Star

“Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude” opened Friday night and, even at the matinee show the following day, the actors, including alumna Brianna Woods, gave energized performances that would make you think it was opening night all over again.
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Wendell Castle: Agent of Change | Surface Magazine

As one of the first American designers to challenge the boundary between utility and fine art, Wendell Castle creates an enticing breed of objects marked by superior craftsmanship and ingenuity in form, style, and technique. Castle, f’58, g’66, received an honorary degree from KU in 2013.
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Eastern Panhandle judge dies from complications after heart surgery | Herald-Mail Media

Circuit Judge John Christian Yoder, whose work in law and politics spanned more than 40 years, including two terms in the West Virginia Senate, died Friday as a result of complications from heart surgery. He began a career in government service in his native state of Kansas and graduated from KU School of Law in 1975.
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Meet KU grad Loral O’Hara, newly minted NASA astronaut candidate | Kansas City Star

NASA was slammed with a record number of astronaut applicants this year and out of more than 183,000 people, only 12 were given that proverbial golden ticket. The deserving dozen includes a Texan and University of Kansas graduate named Loral O’Hara.
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A Kansas Investment Firm Spurring Change on Wall Street | New York Times

Peter Mallouk, c’93, b’93, l’97, g’97, an estate planning attorney, started his business with an eye toward servicing medical professionals in suburban Kansas City. Today the company, Creative Planning, is at the vanguard of a profound shift in finance.
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Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson Announces Bo Anderson as Partner | PR.com

Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson llp (SBBO) announced the election of Bo Anderson to partner. Anderson, l’99, had previously been senior counsel at the Denver-based law firm.
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Getting to Know: David Seely | Wichita Eagle

David Seely, l’82, was elected the new president of the Wichita Bar Association. He joined Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in 1984 and focuses on civil litigation, especially cases involving oil and gas.
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For philosophy majors, the question after graduation is: What next? | Washington Post

Philosophy majors spend their college years pondering deep questions, such as: What is the meaning of life? Do we have free will? And what job am I going to get with this degree after graduation? As chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Sheila Bair, c’75, l’78, leaned on her philosophy degree from the University of Kansas to make crucial decisions during the financial crisis.
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In advance of her Free State Festival appearance, a Q&A with comedian and KU alumna Nikki Glaser | LJWorld.com

Nikki Glaser’s come a long way from her days as a reluctant college student at the University of Kansas. Eleven years after graduating with an English degree, Glaser’s back in Lawrence, this time as a headliner at the Free State Festival.
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New father Gary Woodland feeling relieved and ready to get back to work soon | KUSports.com

The highlight of Gary Woodland’s golf season arrived Friday when Gabby gave birth to the couple’s first child, son Jaxon Lynn Woodland, at 11:56 p.m.
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Awesome sauce: Olathe native is first to get married in new Taco Bell wedding chapel | Kansas City Star

The first couple to ever say “I do” in the new, upscale Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas, in a ceremony on Sunday, happened to be Olathe native Dan Ryckert and his beloved Bianca. Dan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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2017 WW Georgia Teaching Fellows Named | The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recognized the third class of Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, which includes KU graduate Justin Fairchild, g’13.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 16

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 in News

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#KSProud: Deaf Derby native defies odds with audiology doctorate from KU | KWCH.com

Derby native Casey Combs walked across the stage at KU earlier this month, as she earned her Doctorate in Audiology. Casey is profoundly, or totally for a more practical term, deaf.
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What a journey: Bryan Sperry is a former KU football player & World War II veteran | Four States Home Page

Bryan Sperry made national headlines two years ago at the KU football alumni game scoring a touchdown. The World War II veteran also spent 35 years at Pittsburg State as a math professor.
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A step toward greater diversity: New business school camp reaches out to under-represented populations | LJWorld.com

The Summer Venture in Business program is open to high-achieving 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade minority students or those who would be the first in their families to attend college. Former KU student body president Stephonn Alcorn and his Student Senate coalition had proposed such a camp last year as one way to help increase campus diversity.
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Devonté Graham and current Jayhawks edge KU alumni team 82-75 in scrimmage | Kansas City Star

The alumni team included Ben McLemore, Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins, Perry Ellis and Keith Langford, to name a handful of former KU stars.
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Tom Eblen, mentor to a generation of KU journalists, remembered as ‘old-school teacher’ | LJWorld.com

Tom Eblen, who mentored a generation of journalists as general manager and news adviser for the University Daily Kansan, died Saturday at age 80 in Prairie Village. As general manager and adviser of the Daily Kansan, Eblen oversaw the newspaper’s business affairs and provided lasting advice to students on writing and editing.
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Scot Pollard tells Bill Self ‘my ’97 team would dominate any of your teams’ | Kansas City Star

Former KU big man Scot Pollard tells current Jayhawks coach Bill Self that his teams would beat Self’s more current teams at the KVC Hero Luncheon on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
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Rock Chalk Roundball Classic turns into ‘KU Day’ at Lawrence Free State High’s gym | Kansas City Star

Perry Ellis was one of the many fan favorites participating in an exhibition game that featured more than 40 former KU players and coaches including 12 members of Kansas’ 2008 national title squad.
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Former KU vice chancellor dies at 91 | University Daily Kansan

Robert Cobb, a University faculty member and administrator for over 30 years, passed away last week at the age of 91. In his time at the University, Cobb was an English professor, department head, dean, executive vice chancellor, professor emeritus and more.
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Kings host College Player of the Year Frank Mason for second pre-draft workout | ABC10.com

The Sacramento Kings hosted a second pre-draft workout on Wednesday with last season’s National College Player of the Year – Kansas’ point guard Frank Mason III. Upon arriving in Sacramento on Tuesday, Mason caught the attention of social media for inviting a Jayhawks fan to meet him at his downtown hotel.
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Jayhawks in the News | June 2

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in News

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Garden City Manager Matt Allen honored with Leadership Kansas alumni award | The Garden City Telegram

City Manager Matt Allen was presented with Leadership Kansas’ Jim Edwards Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of what the organization viewed as his steady, innovative community leadership. Allen earned a master’s degree from KU in 1997.
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Utah Shakespeare Company hires new executive producer | The Salt Lake Tribune

Frank Mack, who teaches arts administration at the University of Connecticut and previously led Shakespeare theater companies in California and New Jersey, has been named executive producer at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Mack earned a bachelor’s degree from KU in 1985.
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Ph.D. takes USC grad from down South to Down Under | University of South Carolina

Henry Wear, g’14, received his Ph.D. in sport and entertainment management in May from South Carolina and earned his first postdoctoral position, as a lecturer in the sport management program at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
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KU Medical Center leader Douglas Girod named 18th chancellor of KU | LJWorld.com

A 25-member chancellor search committee, chaired by KU alumnus and former Kroger CEO David Dillon, b’73, vetted candidates and presented finalists to the board.
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KU selects its next chancellor | Wichita Business Journal

The University of Kansas has selected Dr. Douglas Girod as its 18th chancellor. The search committee tasked with finding Gray-Miller’s successor has local ties. Greg Ek, b’76, was part of the 24-person search committee. He also serves as a board member for the KU Alumni Association and serves as the chairman of its audit committee.
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Thomas B. King Joins VIVUS’ Board of Directors | MarketWired.com

VIVUS, Inc., announced that Thomas B. King has been appointed to VIVUS’ board of directors. Mr. King’s nearly 40 years of pharmaceutical experience ranges from large to development-stage pharmaceutical companies. He received an MBA from the KU School of Business.
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Bernard Greenberg, forensic entomologist who helped solve murders, dies at 95 | Chicago Tribune

Bernard Greenberg, a retired professor of entomology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, would assist law enforcement agencies in murder investigations by helping to determine details of the death from the presence or absence of bugs on the body. He earned a doctorate in entomology from the University of Kansas in 1953.
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Sanford Health names new top executive in Fargo | West Central Tribune

Nate White, 39, was named chief operating officer of Sanford Health in 2012 and will become executive vice president, based in Fargo, beginning in August. he earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2004.
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Blank Rome Expands Tax Group with Two Additions in New York | Enhanced Online News

Jill E. Misener has joined Blank Rome LLC in the Tax, Benefits, and Private Client group in New York. She graduated from the KU School of Law in 2005.
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Goodbye, Kansas | The Players’ Tribune

Frank Mason, star point guard for the KU men’s basketball team, penned a goodbye letter to Jayhawk fans on the popular website.
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Business school announces new dean appointment

Posted on May 19, 2017 in News

L. Paige Fields, new dean of the KU School of BusinessL. Paige Fields, professor and dean of the School of Business at Trinity University, has been named Henry D. Price professor and dean of the KU School of Business. She will begin her tenure July 1.

“I am truly excited to have Paige joining our faculty,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Neeli Bendapudi. “Dr. Fields has proven leadership skills that will continue the upward trajectory of the school and build important partnerships within the university as well as the across the state of Kansas and in the Kansas City region.”

“I am honored to be joining the KU family as the new dean of the School of Business,” Fields said. “With Capitol Federal Hall as our home, outstanding opportunities for the School of Business abound. I am absolutely thrilled to begin the process of working with the KU community to develop strategies, new ideas and cutting-edge programs that will enhance the school’s already outstanding reputation. We should look to invest, innovate and grow, and I am eager to help KU’s incredible group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and business community members do just that.”

Fields fills the vacancy created when Bendapudi, the previous dean of the School of Business, was selected to be KU’s provost and executive vice chancellor.

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Jayhawks in the News | May 19

Posted on May 19, 2017 in News

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Former KU and NBA forward Drew Gooden basks in joy on his college graduation day | KUHoops.com

Former KU and NBA basketball player Drew Gooden finished work on his communication studies degree in December and enjoyed the fruits of his academic labor walking down Campanile Hill on Sunday morning into Memorial Stadium for KU commencement exercises.
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MAcc alumna wins award from American Institute of CPAs | Medium.com

Devenie Ross, a 2016 School of Business graduate, is one of the winners of the American Institute of CPAs’ 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. A total of 102,323 individuals sat for the exam in 2016, and Ross was one of 58 candidates to meet the award criteria.
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It’s Your Business | Topeka Capital-Journal

Attorney Diane L. Bellquist, of Joseph, Hollander &Craft LLC, is the newly elected president-elect of the Topeka Bar Association. She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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Minnesota Justice David Stras, Trump’s pick for Eighth Circuit, enjoys broad swath of support | Star Tribune

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, nominated Monday by President Donald Trump to fill a vacancy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, is described by colleagues as a scholar who can build bridges with colleagues on the bench.
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Just Play Sports Solutions lands seven pro sports clients | Startland News

Just Play Sports Solutions announced it will partner with seven professional WNBA teams — the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Dallas Wings, LA Sparks, Seattle Storm and Washington Mystic. Austin Barone, a graduate of the KU School of Business, is a co-founder of the company.
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KU alum Pritchard ready to use agressive approach with Pacers | Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Pritchard — who played at Kansas and was the starting point guard on the Jayhawks’ 1988 national championship team — is the new president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers.
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Matriarch of ‘Jayhawk family’ from Saudi Arabia completes second KU degree | Lawrence Journal-World

Fatimah Al Ghafli, 53, is a University of Kansas student from Saudi Arabia, a mother of nine and a grandmother of nine. She celebrated her second degree from KU, a master’s in math. Her husband and two kids also have degrees from KU, and two more children currently attend the university.
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KU art history professor remembered for emphasis on learning through experience | Lawrence Journal-World

University of Kansas professor emeritus of art history Edmund Eglinski was known as an advocate for learning through direct experience. Eglinski, 85, died Sunday in Lawrence of a heart attack.
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With founding professor’s retirement, KU’s biological anthropology lab is changing hands | Lawrence Journal-World

Michael Crawford — professor of anthropology, founding director of the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and a founder of the field of anthropological genetics — has been at KU since 1971 and founded the lab in 1975. After more than 45 years on the Hill, Crawford is retiring and handing over leadership of the lab.
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Former KU guard Nick Bradford hired as girls hoops coach at Olathe North | KUHoops.com

Former Kansas basketball guard Nick Bradford remembers consulting two of his college mentors — former Jayhawks head coach Roy Williams and assistant Neil Dougherty — about his future career path. Bradford was announced as girls head basketball coach at Olathe North High School.
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Kansas City watchmaker creates wrist-sized tribute to Naismith’s rules

Posted on May 8, 2017 in News

If Michael Wilson has his way, Kansas City will become known for luxury watches as well as tasty barbecue. Wilson, b’05, has dedicated his hometown company, Niall, to manufacturing luxury watches with meticulous craftsmanship. Niall was the presenting sponsor for the April 29 Rock Chalk Ball, hosted by the Alumni Association’s Greater Kansas City Network. Watch our video to hear more about Wilson’s business philosophy and Niall’s creative and intricate tribute to KU’s distinctive basketball tradition.

 

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Jayhawks in the News | May 5

Posted on May 5, 2017 in News

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March for Science aims to rally support for research, policy | University Daily Kansan

Jessie Blakeborough, a freelance reporter, college adviser and University alumna, created a Facebook page in January to plan a march to speak out in support of scientific research and science-based policy. Blakeborough, j’13, is one of four administrators for the march.
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How KU alumnus Dan Ryckert and his fiancee are preparing for their Taco Bell wedding | University Daily Kansan

Dan Ryckert, c’08, and his fiancee, Biana Monda, won the the Love and Tacos contest and will be the first couple married in the Taco Bell Chapel in La Vegas.
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Melanie Morgan elected to co-chair Defender Services Advisory Group | Kansas Federal Public Defender

Melanie Morgan, l’93, is the CJA Representative for the District of Kansas and was recently elected to co-chair the Defender Services Advisory Group.
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New short film by former University student digs into unforgiving world of addiction, theft, extortion | University Daily Kansan

“E 1200,” a new short crime drama written and directed by University alumnus Kalee Forsythe, will premiere at Liberty Hall. After going back and forth between getting her degree in film studies or architecture while at the University, Forsythe eventually decided to take a break from classes.
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SouthLaw Hires New Associate Bankruptcy Attorney | MortgageOrb

Lisa C. Billman has joined SouthLaw PC as an associate attorney for the bankruptcy department located in the firm’s corporate office in Overland Park, Kan. She earned her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2011.
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OZ Associate Dan Kalkman One of the Few WELL Accredited Professionals in Colorado | OzArch.com

Dan Kalkman, g’15, associate at OZ Architecture, earned his WELL AP credentials in January 2017. The WELL Building Standard comprises seven categories, or concepts, of wellness.
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New Englewood city attorney is on the job | Englewood Herald

Alison McKenney Brown, l’93, received official Colorado Supreme Court approval to practice law in Colorado and assumed the duties of Englewood’s city attorney on April 1.
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After working on ’22 Jump Street’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ a KU alumnus is coming back to Lawrence | University Daily Kansan

Grant Babbit, c’12, jumped straight out of the film and media studies program and into Los Angeles as a successful freelance cinematographer after graduating in 2011. He plans to come to the University next fall to talk to the current film students about his experiences.
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Corporate Finance Partner Scott Gootee Named to Ingram’s Magazine “40 Under Forty” List | Stinson Leonard Street

Scott Gootee, b’03, l’05, a corporate finance partner in the Kansas City office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, was named to the 2017 40 Under Forty list by Ingram’s Magazine, the leading business publication covering Missouri and Kansas.
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Former Johnson County attorney named new district judge | News Channel Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts announced his appointment of Julie D. Smith to the First Judicial District Court of Nebraska. Smith earned her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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Simpson University prepares for spring commencement | Daily News Lifestyle

The keynote speaker will be Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall, appointed to the court in 2014. Stegall is a graduate of Geneva College, Pennsylvania, and the University of Kansas School of Law.
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Jayhawks in the News | April 21

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in News

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Sarah Smarsh: Reporting on Rural America and Class | Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate and a reporter on socioeconomic class, politics, and policy for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Harper’s online, and other publications, discussed media coverage of class in the United States in this Harvard University Shorenstein Center program.
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Inductees announced for KU Women’s Hall of Fame | University of Kansas

Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Sarah Deer, Terry Hoyt Evans, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Colleen McCain Nelson and Jan Bowen Sheldon.
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Overland Park-based company to add 100 jobs in downtown Lawrence | LJWorld.com

Inside Ventures, based in Overland Park, will expand to the former Riverfront Mall building in Lawrence and add 100 jobs. Trevor Nohe, b’07, is president of the company.
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Alumna, MacArthur ‘genius’ to join KU faculty | University of Kansas

Starting in fall 2017, Sarah Deer will join the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the School of Public Affairs & Administration in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as a professor. Deer earned a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and philosophy from KU in 1995 and a juris doctor from the KU School of Law in 1999.
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Songwriter, Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly dies at 37 | LJWorld.com

Lisa Donnelly, a Lawrence native and singer-songwriter, died Friday, April 7, in San Francisco. She earned degrees in psychology and theatre in 2002 from KU and was featured in issue no. 5, 2009, of Kansas Alumni magazine.
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Startup scores with mobile app that helps coaches connect with players digitally | Kansas City Star

In 2014, Austin Barone launched Just Play Sports Solutions while he was still a student at the University of Kansas School of Business studying finance and accounting. The idea for a new company came to Barone, b’16, while he was a kicker for the Kansas Jayhawks football team.
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Dentons wins litigation partner in Frankfurt | Dentons.com

Global law firm Dentons has strengthened its Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practices with the recruitment of Heiko Heppner, l’08, who will join as a partner in Frankfurt. He joins Dentons from Clifford Chance.
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Former Uber exec and KU grad Brian McClendon joins university as research professor | LJWorld.com

Brian McClendon, who recently left his post as a vice president at Uber, has joined the University of Kansas as a research professor in electrical engineering and computer science. McClendon, e’86, is a former vice president at Google and co-founded Google Earth.
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School of Business names 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients | KU School of Business

The University of Kansas School of Business will honor Gary Padgett and Mike Thompson with its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.Padgett and Thompson received the award for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU on Thursday, April 20, during a private reception at the Kansas Union.
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Whirlwinds of crystals called gravel devils spotted in Andes Mountains | Science News

Towering, crystal-filled twisters periodically swirl in a valley nestled between two volcanoes in the Andes Mountains, newly reported observations show. Geologist Kathleen Benison, PhD’98, of West Virginia University in Morgantown spotted the whirlwinds during an expedition in 2007 to an otherworldly region of northern Chile.
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Law school communications director named Employee of the Month | KU School of Law

Mindie Paget, c’98, g’01, and Joanne Eden, c’96, have been named Employees of the Month by the University of Kansas. Paget is the director of communications and marketing for the KU School of Law. Eden, c’96, is a grant officer with the Office of Research.
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Attorney Cody Wamsley joins the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins | Yahoo! Finance

Cody Wamsley has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. Wamsley holds an LL.M. in intellectual property law from The George Washington University Law School, a J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Kansas.
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NIC CEO Honored as a Top Doer, Dreamer & Driver of Digital Government | Business Wire

Harry Herington, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of NIC Inc., was honored by Government Technology magazine as one of its “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” of 2017. Mr. Herington, l’93, is the only individual honoree recognized this year from the private sector.
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KU alum and social media producer of CBS’s ‘The Talk’ impresses celebrities with incredible mustache, social media savvy | University Daily Kansan

Jordy Altman, a social media producer for CBS’s “The Talk” and 2008 University graduate, has worked for the multi-time Emmy nominated show since September 2016. Altman, c’06, coined the hashtag #EverybodyTalks to get followers involved online.
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Boise’s Sen. Burgoyne among a dozen vying for Court of Appeals slot | Idaho Statesman

Boise State Sen. Grant Burgoyne is one of 12 candidates seeking to fill a coming vacancy on the state Court of Appeals, Idaho’s second highest court. Burgoyne, 62, has a 26-year litigation practice and now concentrates on alternative dispute resolution and mediation. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho and the University of Kansas School of Law and has lived in Idaho since 1975.
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New Feature: Friday Five | Medium.com

Justin Bauman, a 2004 and 2006 graduate of the Sport Management program, answered five questions for department chair Jordan Bass. Justin currently serves as the Director of Operations for the the Wake Forest Men’s Basketball team and head coach Danny Manning.
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Kurt Russell, Mr. Nobody in ‘The Fate Of The Furious,’ Wears USA-Based Niall Watch In Movie | Forbes.com

Golden Globe nominated actor Kurt Russell, AKA Mr. Nobody, dons a Niall GMT “Noir” watch in the eighth sequel in the Fast and Furious series. Niall was founded five years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, by Michael Wilson, a graduate of the KU School of Business.
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County manager named 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator | Johnson County Government

Hannes Zacharias, county manager of Johnson County, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator by the Kansas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He is a native of Dodge City, Kansas.
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