Jayhawks in the News | Jan. 25

Posted on Jan 25, 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.


Couple donate $1 million to create new chemical engineering research lab at KU | Lawrence Journal-World

A $1 million gift from a University of Kansas alumni couple will help KU’s School of Engineering establish a new chemical engineering research lab. Richard, e’71, and Elizabeth Hoover, c’71, of Northport, Mich., made the donation to fund the creation of the Richard H. Hoover Chemical Engineering Applied Research Laboratory, which Richard hopes will give the students more hands-on experience, according to a KU news release. “I was looking for an opportunity to do something to bridge the academic experience at KU with the applied outside world to help better prepare students for what they would encounter on the job,” Richard said.
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BGE Promotes John Corse | The Daily Record

BGE has promoted John Corse, l’87, to vice president and general counsel for the company, replacing Dan Gahagan who announced his retirement in September. Corse most recently served as Associate General Counsel for BGE’s parent company Exelon where he oversaw litigation activities for many of Exelon’s operating companies, including the Maryland-based competitive business and Exelon utilities BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.
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Recent KU engineering graduate wins international recognition for dissertation | The University of Kansas

A recent University of Kansas graduate has won international recognition for his dissertation proposing innovative advances to radar technology. Patrick McCormick, e’08 e’13 PhD’18, an Olathe native who graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate in electrical engineering, won the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award from the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, which is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical organization in the world. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.
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Grossner dismissed as Baker football coach; LHS, KU alum Jason Thoren takes over on interim basis | Lawrence Journal-World

The powerhouse Baker University football program will be under new leadership in 2019. Exactly who that leader will be remains to be seen. BU Athletic Director Nate Houser on Tuesday night announced that Baker assistant coach Jason Thoren, d’00, a former all-league and all-conference linebacker at both Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, has been named BU football’s interim head coach, effective immediately.
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Stinson Leonard Street Elects 10 New Partners | Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 10 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The group of attorneys is spread out among four of the firm’s 14 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups. The new partners include Frank Basgall, l’11, a commercial litigator in the firm’s Business Litigation Division. He often represents corporate clients with contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and matters related to oil and gas exploration and refinery operations.
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PPL Electric Utilities names new Customer Services vice president | PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities announced today that Lori Mueller, l’06, will serve as vice president of Customer Services. “We’re pleased to welcome Lori to our team,” said Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Her ability to connect and collaborate at all levels, her contemporary thinking, and her commitment to her work and team will be an asset as PPL Electric Utilities continues to fulfill its promise of delivering exceptional service to its customers. In addition, Lori’s strong background and experience in the technology space will support our digital customer engagement strategy as we transform to become the leading utility in the country.”
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Long-time journalists named to Hall of Fame | Kansas Press Association

Three long-time journalists have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. They include  Ned Valentine, j’68, editor and publisher of the Clay Center Dispatch. Valentine is in his 50th year managing the daily Clay Center Dispatch, a newspaper in the Valentine family since 1882. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He and three other Valentines — great uncle Del Valentine, grandfather Lou Valentine, and father Harry E. Valentine — have served in leadership capacities with KPA during their careers.
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