Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 18

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks 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.


Nick Collison’s No. 4 to be retired by Thunder | ESPN

Nick Collison’s No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder announced Saturday that they’ll retire Collison’s jersey in a ceremony on March 20. Collison, c’03, played basketball at the University of Kansas from 1999-2003 and helped the Jayhawks reach two Final Fours.
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A-State’s Mohajir named to CFP selection committee | KTHV 11

Terry Mohajir, g’98, Arkansas State’s vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, has been selected to serve on the prestigious College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee. Mohajir has experience as a student-athlete and football coach and is a well-respected administrator.
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Katie Briscoe Appointed President At MMGY Global | Hospitality Net

Katie Briscoe, j’04, a 10-year veteran of the agency, will serve as the first female president of MMGY Global. She will be responsible for helping lead the company’s strategic growth in both acquisitions and the development of core marketing services and talent. She will lead MMGY Global’s integrated marketing communications services, inclusive of advertising, creative, marketing technology and data, public relations and social media on behalf of its global client portfolio.
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Robservations: WTTW to air ‘Disco King of Skokie’ tonight | Robert Feder

Amanda Kaschube, j’01, who’s held a variety of roles in the sports department at the Chicago Tribune since 2002, has been named director of content/sports. As the Tribune’s top sports editor, she succeeds Joe Knowles, who took a buyout after 42 years at the paper. A south suburban Flossmoor native, Kaschube most recently was senior content editor.
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Hogan announces judicial appointment for St. Mary’s | The Bay Net

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Sidney Allen Butcher, l’05, to the District Court for Anne Arundel County. Butcher has worked as an attorney with the Office of the Attorney General since February 2018. He currently handles civil and criminal enforcement of Medicaid fraud matters in state and federal courts across Maryland.
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Lathrop Gage Advances Six Attorneys to Partnership | Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage announced that it has promoted six lawyers to Partner, effective January 1, 2019, including Andrew J. Ricke, c’07, l’10. Ricke focuses his practice on litigating personal injury, business and employment claims, providing representation through all phases of a dispute, including pre-suit investigation and consultation, mediation, arbitrations, trials and appeals.
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Clark receives Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, dedicates honor to former boss John McCain | The Decorah Newspapers

Samantha Clark, l’12, recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., earlier this month. Clark was recognized for her exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as deputy staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. .
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Governor-elect Kelly announces interim DCF and KDADS secretary, expresses concern about “grants” | WIBW News Now

Governor-elect Laura Kelly today announced Laura Howard, l’84, as the interim secretary of the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Howard will also serve as interim secretary of the Department for Aging and Disabilities Services (KDADS). “Laura Howard is the perfect expert to lead DCF and KDADS at this challenging time,” said Kelly. “She has a long history of building coalitions to better deliver services to vulnerable Kansans.”
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Idaho Press’ B.J. Rains Named Idaho Sportswriter of the Year for Second Straight Year | Idaho Press

B.J. Rains was awarded the 2018 Idaho Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. It’s the second straight year Rains, j’08, has taken home the prestigious award. He has been the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Press since 2013 and is the only Idaho Press reporter to win the award since it began in 1959. Rains also helps lead the Boise Jayhawk Alumni Network.
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