Jayhawks in the News | February 24

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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KU provost introduces new program to help break down barriers for first-time students | Leader & Times

KU Provost Neeli Bendapudi visited southwest Kansas recently to discuss efforts made at the University of Kansas to alleviate transfer issues as well as a program to help Pell Grant and first-generation college students acclimate to a large campus. Alumnus Al Shank, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, is also mentioned in the article.
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Dole Institute unveils full slate of spring programs | The University of Kansas

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced additional public programs for the spring 2017 semester. A group of distinguished KU alumni will headline the semester’s programming, including 2017 Dole Lecture guest Robert Kaplan.
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Filling the Federal Reserve Board Vacancies? | The Beacon, Independent Institute

Sheila Bair has been mentioned as a potential candidate for one of three vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board. Bair, c’75, l’78, is currently the president of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
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Sook joins Jeter Law Firm as a partner | Hays Post

Christopher W. Sook has joined Jeter Law Firm LLP in Hays as a partner. Sook, l’02, has a general civil practice.
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University alumnus and Guinness World Record holder determined to win Taco Bell wedding | University Daily Kansan

Dan Ryckert, an alumnus who holds two Guiness World Records and is a well-established voice in the gaming community, and his fiancee are competing to become the first couple to be married in the new Taco Bell Chapel in Las Vegas. Ryckert, c’08, has also published six books, including one about his experiences at KU.
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Spencer Fane Reunites With Lovett-Bowman, Expands Litigation Practice | Market Wired

Stephanie A. Lovett-Bowman, c’05, j’05, l’10, has rejoined the Spencer Fane’s litigation practice after serving with the U.S. Department of Education. Previous to her time at the DoE, Stephanie served with Spencer Fane for five years.
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Virtual reality field trips offer black history experiences for KC students | Startland

Catina Taylor, a co-founder of the V Form Alliance, uses virtual reality that allows elementary and middle school students to take a “field trip” exploring landmarks in Kansas and Missouri that are relevant to black history. Taylor earned a degree from the KU School of Law in 1999.
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School board veteran Mary Loveland among candidates for vacant seat | LJWorld.com

Mary Loveland, a member of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors from 1977-1982, is a candidate for the open seat on the Lawrence school board. Loveland, c’70, previously served on the board from 1987-2003 and again from 2007-2011.
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National champion, KU basketball alum Brandon Rush set for jersey retirement | Topeka Capital-Journal

Former KU basketball star Brandon Rush, ’09, was honored at the Feb. 22 basketball game when his jersey was retired at halftime.
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Sweepstakes winner revels in KU’s historic hoops victory

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Carole Haggard, Membership Mania Sweepstakes winner
Carole Haggard, a retired teacher in Olathe, could not believe her good luck in January, when she learned she had won the grand prize in the Alumni Association’s Membership Mania Sweepstakes. Haggard, g’94, who renewed her annual membership to enter the drawing, scored a $1,000 Visa gift card, a basketball autographed by the KU men’s basketball team and four tickets to a home game in Allen Field House.

Her good fortune continued Feb. 13, when Haggard, her daughter-in-law Calla Haggard and granddaughters Sara and Dorothy enjoyed prime seats for the Jayhawks’ improbable comeback 84-80 win in overtime against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The family rejoiced with the rest of the thunderous crowd, which set a new Guinness world record when the roar reached 130.4 decibels, the  loudest in an indoor arena.

“This was an unforgettable night, and I’m truly grateful,” Haggard said. Sharing the experience with her family made it all the sweeter.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

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Family negotiates fun into Sunflower State rivalry

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Justin and Kelly Law | www.kualumni.org

Justin Law is the first to admit that his spouse is much better at compromising than he is—especially when it comes to watching college sports. But he’s no stranger to compromise either.

Justin, b’99, g’04, a diehard Jayhawk, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kelly, a K-State graduate. They met in Kansas City in 2004, thanks to a friend who played matchmaker. An engagement soon followed, and the young couple decided to ditch the big city and move to a smaller town.

“Manhattan wasn’t necessarily on the list at the time,” Justin recalls wryly.

That changed when Kelly accepted a job at the K-State Alumni Association. The Laws have been in the Little Apple ever since.

The Laws | www.kualumni.orgDespite the fact that Justin bleeds crimson and blue, and Kelly’s pride is purple, the two make it work. “She’s come to KU basketball games with me but not against K-State,” says Justin. “I’ve been to K-State football games when they’re not playing KU. I’m a little more competitive and more interested in the outcome of sporting events, especially against K-State—especially living in Manhattan.”

Kelly, who now works at USI Insurance Services and counts the KU Alumni Association as one of her clients, has softened her stance against her intrastate rival. “I will willingly go to KU games when they’re not playing K-State, and I’ll cheer for KU,” she says. “But I typically wear pretty neutral colors.”

Justin gets a little support from their daughter, Kherington, who’s almost 7. The young girl, who at first favored the Wildcats over the Jayhawks, has been singing a different tune lately. The future Jayhawk, who is a big fan of Baby Jay and can easily recite KU’s alma mater, proudly sports her Jayhawk cheerleading outfit to school and willingly endures teasing from her teachers and classmates.

“She actually started out a K-State fan,” says Justin. “Around the age of 4, she switched allegiances. I’m honestly not sure how that happened. I wish I knew how, so if she started wavering I could bring her back.”

The Laws keep the family rivalry fun by placing wagers, which include dinner duty or a household chore for the losing fan, on KU vs. K-State games. “We have a lot of family bets,” says Kelly. “It’s always Kherington and Justin against me.”

Although Justin and his daughter often don’t fare well during football season, they look forward to basketball season and rely on their ’Hawks to outplay the Wildcats—if for no other reason than to dodge dinner duty. Here’s hoping they get their win.

—Heather Biele

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Jayhawks in the News | January 13

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Curtain call: Artistic factotum Ric Averill to retire from Lawrence Arts Center | LJWorld.com

Ric Averill retired at the end of December as artistic director of the Lawrence Arts Center, where he worked for more than 16 years. But Averill, f’72, g’85, clarified that he’s not retiring from the arts.
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Sara Matthews named University of Delaware Head Volleyball Coach | Delaware Blue Hens

Former KU volleyball standout Sara Matthews was named head volleyball coach at the University of Delaware. Matthews, d’02, served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at TCU and has also previously served on the staffs at USC and West Virginia. She was a Jayhawk Scholar in 1999, and earned Big 12 All-Academic First Team honors in 2000.
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Three long-acquainted Kansas City actors reveal brief tips for local success | KCUR.org

Kathleen Warfel, c’79, is among the three actors starring in Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady, which opened Jan. 11 at Union Station’s H&R Block City Stage, who reminisced about their careers and shared tips for success.
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KU alumnus’ startup making inroads in sports tech industry | LJWorld.com

A year ago Austin Barone finished up a 21-hour semester, having crammed in enough hours to graduate in December. This year, his startup business, Just Play Sports Solutions, has clients nationwide. Barone, b’16, is a former kicker on the KU football team and credits The Catalyst, KU’s student business accelerator with helping boost his business.
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Jayhawks in the News | Nov. 18

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee named AP executive editor | AP.org

Sally Buzbee, j’88, has been named executive editor of The Associated Press effective Jan. 1, 2017. Buzbee is currently AP Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief. She began her career with AP as a reporter in Kansas in 1988.
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Pick named head coach at Fort Scott | Dodge City Daily Globe

Former KU football player Kale Pick was named head coach of the Fort Scott Community College football team Wednesday night after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator this fall. Pick, c’13, graduated from Dodge City High School in 2008 and played at KU from 2008-2012.
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Former Kroger CEO David Dillon will head KU chancellor search committee | LJWorld.com

David Dillon, retired chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co. and a University of Kansas alumnus, will head the search committee for a new KU chancellor. Dillon was student body president at KU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 1973.
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Jayhawks in New York City keep KU allegiance alive | University Daily Kansan

New York City alumni network board members Kellie Johnson, a’06, and Brandon Snook, f’05, are both featured in this article from the campus paper highlighting Cornerstone Tavern, where Jayhawks in the Big Apple gather to watch KU basketball and football.
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Up and Coming: Jason Romero | Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Jason P. Romero says his biggest accomplishment for the year had nothing to do with the law. It was a restoration of a ceramics studio he assisted with at the Mattie Rhodes Center, a non-profit for families where he sits on the board of directors. Romero, c’06, l’09, g’09, g’14, is an associate with Husch Blackwell in Kansas City.
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Hughes hired at Wise and Reber | St. John News

Lauren G. Hughes has joined the Wise & Reber law firm in McPherson as an associate in the firm’s Estate Planning and Transactional practice groups. Hughes, a Texas native, received her Bachelor of Arts in both English and American Studies from KU in 2013 and earned her Juris Doctorate from the KY School of Law in 2016.
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Littler nabs two partners from KC competitor | Kansas City Business Journal

Curtis Summers, l’05, resigned as partner at Husch Blackwell LLP to become a shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC. Summers worked as a law clerk for Judge Kathryn Vratil in the U.S. District Court of Kansas and has spent the rest of his career at Husch Blackwell, where he became a partner in January 2014.
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Hovey Williams adds lawyer-engineers to its IP practice | Kansas City Business Journal

Aaron Vanderpool, l’16, is one of three attorneys with engineering and business backgrounds who recently joined Hovey Williams LLP, based on Overland Park.
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National health policy leader to join KC-based Center for Practice Bioethics | Kansas City Star

Kathy Greenlee, b’85, l’88, has been hired as vice president of aging and health policy at the Center for Practical Bioethics. Greenlee is a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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‘That’s So Raven’ to return to Disney Channel in spin-off series | University Daily Kansan

You may be wondering what this has to do with KU: one of the co-creators and executive producers on the show is 1988 alumnus Scott Thomas. He is beginning the process to revamp the show so many people loved.
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Texas judge Larry Meyers switched parties to become a Democrat, putting his job in jeopardy | Dallas News

Larry Meyers, who earned a law degree from KU in 1973, spent 24 years on the highest criminal court in Texas. He switched political parties in 2013 and ran for re-election this year and was defeated.
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Basketball pregame events scheduled for CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Alumni News and News

KU basketball goal

The KU men’s basketball team will play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Nov. 21 and 22.

KU alumni, fans and friends are invited to pregame festivities hosted by the KU Alumni Association and Williams Education Fund.

Monday, Nov. 21

Monday’s pregame party starts at 5:30 p.m., and the game against UAB tips off at 8:30 p.m. The pregame event takes place at McFadden’s, 1330 Grand Boulevard in the KC Live! block, across the street from the arena.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

On Tuesday, the pregame events runs from 4-6:30 p.m. at No Other Pub, also in the KC Live! block. The time and opponent for the second game will be determined after Monday’s game.

For tickets to the games, contact Kansas Athletics at 800.34.HAWKS.

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University National Bank proud sponsor of KU basketball pregame events

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Adams Alumni Center
University National Bank of Lawrence will sponsor University of Kansas men’s basketball pregame activities Dec. 3 and Feb. 4, 2017, for Presidents Club members of the KU Alumni Association. The exclusive events include a complimentary buffet and drinks at the Adams Alumni Center two hours before tip-off.

The Association created the Presidents Club as an opportunity for KU alumni and friends to support critical endeavors the Association provides to KU. Members contribute annual gifts of $1,000 or more to boost the Association’s goal of building a larger, more powerful network of Jayhawks worldwide.

“We are immensely grateful to University National Bank for our vital activities for donors,” said Heath Peterson, Association president. “The Association’s outreach is especially important during basketball season, when countless alumni gather to cheer the Jayhawks at events hosted by our 129 alumni networks.”

“University National Bank is thrilled to sponsor KU men’s basketball pregame events for Presidents Club members,” said Todd Sutherland, president of University National Bank. “This is a great way for us to support the Alumni Association, its generous donors and the Jayhawks during basketball season.”

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Cheer KU in the Champions Classic

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Allen Fieldhouse student section
The KU men’s basketball team takes on Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The game tips off at approximately 8 p.m. (CT), following the first matchup between Kentucky and Michigan State.

Pregame parties

We know lots of Jayhawks are in New York City for the game, so we’re hosting two pregame parties in the city. Both parties begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

American Whiskey
247 W. 30th St. between 7th and 8th
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Cornerstone Tavern
961 2nd Ave.
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Cornerstone Tavern is the official watch site for the New York City Metropolitan Area Alumni Network. If you don’t have tickets to the game, stay and watch it here with fellow Jayhawks.

Game watch parties

Watch the game with fellow alumni, fans and friends at an official KU Alumni watch site.

Click here for a list of official KU Alumni watch parties. These events are hosted by alumni volunteers and you’ll certainly be surrounded by crimson and blue.

Click here for a list of watch sites. Please note, if there isn’t an official party scheduled on our calendar for a site, we cannot guarantee that the watch sites will show the KU game, especially if there are other college or professional sporting events happening at the same time.

Watch and listen

The game will be televised on ESPN or you can listen to it on the Jayhawk Radio Network, ESPN Radio or Sirius/XM 80.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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Tailgate exhibit provides glimpse of football history

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Football from KU Libraries exhibit

Last fall, Presidents Club members enjoyed an extra treat at three football tailgates at the Adams Alumni Center: special exhibits about the sport’s history at KU presented by the University of Kansas Libraries.

At the Sept. 3 event, guests explored the history of KU football before the team defeated Rhode Island 55-6 in Memorial Stadium.

Football Tailgate, KU vs. Rhode Island

The following week the Jayhawks fell to Ohio 21-37, but tailgate attendees reminisced about the glory days while taking in the exhibit “60 Years of Bowl Game History.”

KU Football Tailgate, Sept. 10

And during the annual Homecoming celebration, “Memories of Homecomings Past” became a delightful trip down memory lane for members—and for one former Homecoming queen, who spotted her photo on display.

Stay tuned during basketball season for “The Kansas Basketball Legacy featuring Phog Allen” exhibit, which will make an appearance at watch parties around the country. Thank you to our friends and partners at KU Libraries for enhancing our events with a little bit of history.

Click through the slideshows above to see photos from the tailgates. Photos may be downloaded for personal use. Visit our calendar to find upcoming exhibit dates at future events.

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Basketball season tips off in Hawaii

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Big Jay in Allen Fieldhouse

The KU men’s basketball team has wrapped up two exhibition games against in-state opponents Washburn University and Emporia State University, and the 2016-17 season will tip off this Friday, Nov. 11, against Indiana in the State Farm Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii.

Pregame party in Honolulu

For Jayhawks heading to the islands for the game, be sure to join fellow KU alumni, fans and friends for the pregame party at Giovanni Pastrami, the official watch site of the KU Alumni Honolulu Network.

12:30 p.m. HT
Giovanni Pastrami
227 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI
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No reservation is necessary, just show up and join the party! The first game, Arizona vs. Michigan State, tips off at 2 p.m. HT, followed by KU vs. Indiana. If you don’t have tickets for the game, stay and watch it at Giovanni Pastrami.

Game watch parties

Not lucky enough to vacation in Hawaii? Catch the game at an official KU Alumni watch site.

Click here for a list of official KU Alumni watch parties. These events are hosted by alumni volunteers and you’ll certainly be surrounded by crimson and blue.

Click here for a list of watch sites. Please note, if there isn’t an official party scheduled on our calendar for a site, we cannot guarantee that the watch sites will show the KU game, especially if there are other college or professional sporting events happening at the same time.

Watch and listen

The game will be televised on ESPN or you can listen to it on the Jayhawk Radio Network or Sirius/XM 80.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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