The Mighty ’Hawks

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 1, 2018 | Mighty Hawks club ice hockey

Club hockey returns, better than ever

Driven by their love for the game, a group of dedicated sports club athletes is leading a hockey resurgence at KU.

Yo juego hockey.

When his Spanish teacher asked students to introduce themselves to a classmate, Andy McConnell turned to an unknown guy seated nearby and said, en español, “I play hockey.”

When he arrived at KU, McConnell immediately sought out the men’s ice hockey club team. What he found here was not good. There were no prospects for the sport’s return, until McConnell heard his classmate’s reply:

Yo juego hockey.

McConnell closed out his playing career two years ago and has since volunteered his time as the club’s head coach.


Find out how KU’s ice hockey club team was reborn in Chris Lazzarino’s cover story for issue no. 1, 2018, of Kansas Alumni magazine.





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Creature feature: Tylosaurus proriger

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Tylosaurus proriger, a replica of a mosasaur fossil, installed at the Earth, Energy & Environment Center at the University of Kansas.

A famous fossil and its prey showcase the newest space on Mount Oread.

The Earth, Energy and Environment Center‘s atrium includes a spectacular and fitting scene from the cretaceous period of Kansas.

A Tylosaurus proriger specimen, essentially a sea monster with giant teeth, was installed. It preyed on sea turtles, so staff members came up with the idea of using a fossil sea turtle that was also quarried from Kansas by a former KU student.

Visitors driving or walking past the building on Naismith Drive can see the Tylosaurus through the large glass window.



About the Earth, Energy & Environment Center

The Earth, Energy & Environment Center (EEEC) sits next to Lindley Hall and will open for classes in spring 2018. The two buildings of the EEEC—Ritchie Hall and Slawson Hall— will feature bridges to Lindley Hall and Learned Hall.

The multidisciplinary center is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering. It will bring together faculty, students and researchers from geology and engineering to tackle energy and environmental research.

Read more about the December installation and see pictures.

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KLETC unveils ‘The Protector’

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center unveils 'The Protector' statue

When designing the 2006 expansion of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center south of Hutchinson, architects left a mound of dirt with a cement platform in the courtyard between the campus cafeteria and auditorium. The embankment would become the ideal location to honor the men and women sworn to protect and serve.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center unveils 'The Protector' statueThe knoll sat dormant until 2015, when Bob Senecal and his wife, Evelyn, visited the campus and told Director Ed Pavey of their desire to commission a monument for KLETC, which since 1968 has provided vital basic training for all law enforcement officers in Kansas. The KLETC is a division of KU Professional & Continuing Education, which Bob Senecal led for 21 years as dean during his KU career of more than 30 years.

The Senecals collaborated with Austin Weishel, a nationally recognized sculptor from Loveland, Colorado, and the KLETC staff to create a vision for “The Protector,” a bronze sculpture unveiled July 27 at a celebration that included Chancellor Douglas Girod and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, j’90, SJD’16.

“The work that our law enforcement provide across the state and region is absolutely critical in today’s society and certainly very challenging,” Girod said. “The preparation they get through this center is so important. Ultimately, it’s about a sworn duty to protect, which is why I think the name of this statue is so fitting.”

“While the training and the science of law enforcement is so critical, … it really is the art of law enforcement that makes a good cop,” Schmidt said, “so I think it’s really important that we’re here today celebrating the addition of a central piece of art to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.”

While the new statue is sure to catch the eye of those working and training at the KLETC, the campus also welcomes visitors. To schedule a tour between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, contact Lisa Webster, assistant to the director, at

—Dan Storey

KLETC unveils 'The Protector' statue. (l to r) Chancellor Girod; David Cook, vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus; Ed Pavey, KLETC director; Evelyn and Bob Senecal; Attorney General Derek Schmidt; and Sharon Graham, assistant vice chancellor of KU Professional & Continuing Education
Left to right: Chancellor Girod; David Cook, vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus; Ed Pavey, KLETC director; Evelyn and Bob Senecal; Attorney General Derek Schmidt; and Sharon Graham, assistant vice chancellor of KU Professional & Continuing Education



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Kansas City watchmaker creates wrist-sized tribute to Naismith’s rules

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and 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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KU Builds KC: Smart Cities Engineering Panel

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Panelists at the KU Builds KC: Smart Cities Engineering Panel, April 11, 2017

Five distinguished Jayhawks working in the world of engineering in Kansas City recently discussed the many challenges and questions facing the metro area now and in the very near future.

The event was hosted by Black & Veatch and held Tuesday, April 11. Clint Robinson, e’85, g’91, associate vice president of Black & Veatch, served as moderator.

The panelists included Kevin McGinnis, c’93, vice president at Pinsight Media; Angie Grant, e’04, vice president at Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Stephen Hardy, c’00, chief executive officer at mySidewalk; Herb Sih, ’89, managing partner at Think Big Partners; and Scott Stallard, e’81, b’81, vice president at Black & Veatch.

The Kansas City Network’s career networking committee helped organize the Smart Cities panel. The committee plans to host quarterly industry-specific events for KU students and alumni.

Watch the video below:


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Fortissimo Fan Fare

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Carrying on traditions that date back to the days when the Jayhawks played in Hoch Auditorium, the men’s basketball band fills Allen Field House with an energizing mix of musicianship, enthusiasm, school spirit and just plain fun. Hear director Sharon Toulouse, f’97, g’05, and many of her talented musicians explain the stories behind their rites and rituals, and read more about it in “Fortissimo Fan Fare,” in issue No. 2, 2017, of Kansas Alumni magazine.


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Charlie Hustle combines nostalgia and spirit

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

We partnered with Charlie Hustle for a fun opportunity during Member APPreciation Month: Association members have access to buy an exclusive KU gameday T-shirt for just $20 through the KU Alumni app. It’s only for members, and only in February.

Who is Charlie Hustle?

Jayhawks in the Kansas City area have likely heard the name or seen Charlie Hustle’s vintage-style T-shirts around town—especially its signature KC heart shirt. But the company’s products are visible worldwide, as evidenced by the stream of Instagram photos tagged with #CharlieTravels.

Watch our new video to learn more about the Kansas City-based company and its staff of Jayhawks, including what inspired its founder and CEO, Chase McAnulty, to create the company and where the name came from.



Get your shirt

There’s still time to take advantage of Member APPreciation Month!

Charlie Hustle shirt with logoDownload the KU Alumni app—free for iOS and Android—and register. You’ll need your 10-digit alumni ID, which you can find at the bottom of any email from us or on your membership card.

Look for the T-shirt button in the app and follow the instructions. Our exclusive T-shirts are available through the month of February only.

Better hustle!

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Goofy Jayhawk set for guest role on “Cake Wars”

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Bill Farmer, j’75, the actor who lends his voice to cartoon characters Goofy, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn, will appear as a guest judge on the popular Food Network show “Cake Wars.”

The episode, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. CT, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the classic basketball movie “Space Jam.” Four bakers will compete with their cake creations, and one winner will take home the $10,000 prize. The Food Network will replay the episode tomorrow at 11 p.m. CT.

Farmer, who was born in Pratt, Kansas, entertained fellow Jayhawks as emcee of the 2006 Rock Chalk Ball, themed “The Stars Come Out at Night.”

Watch the videos below to learn more about Farmer and hear him in character as Goofy. Enjoy!



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Blues Masters

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

“Blues Masters at the Crossroads,” which in October 2016 celebrated its 19th renewal, is an annual two-day blues concert at Salina’s Blue Heaven Studios, an acoustically perfect church outfitted with a modern control room and a few other recording and performance amenities but otherwise left in its original condition—including pews, balcony seats and stained-glass windows. The studio and festival are owned by Acoustic Sounds, a vinyl LP mail-order business founded in the 1980s by Louisianan Chad Kassem and now overseen by Chief Operating Officer Marc Sheforgen, j’99 [“In the Groove,” Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 6, 2016]. This video is a 22-minute film featuring the 2011 Blues Masters at the Crossroads.

Blues Masters at the Crossroads 2011 from Benjamin R Williams on Vimeo.

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Changing a space into a place

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Spencer Museum of ArtThe Spencer Museum of Art will reopen to the public Saturday, Oct. 15, after an 18-month renovation that has transformed exhibition and educational spaces. A weekend-long celebration featuring music and dance performances, art activities and new gallery installations will usher in a new era for the Spencer Museum.

Kansas Alumni magazine featured the Spencer renovation as the cover story of issue No. 5, 2016. The article is available online.

Click here to learn more about the renovation and to see a schedule of events for the grand opening celebration.

Saralyn Reece Hardy, c’76, g’94, director of the Spencer Museum, shares more in our new video below.


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