Jayhawks in the News | May 24

Posted on May 24, 2019 in Alumni News, Career/Life, 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 an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.


Pittsburg State University announces new provost | Pittsburg State University

After a nationwide search, Pittsburg State University has announced its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Howard Smith, g’79, currently the associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success, will assume the position on July 1. He follows Lynette Olson, who is retiring after having served in the position since March 2010.
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Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist | KU College Stories

Wisdom and The Wizard of Oz, LGBTQ+ rights and the legacy of Stonewall, family and the uneasy tension between memory and reality, time and the construction of personal identity. KU alum Carl Grauer, c’98, is using his background in biology to explore human nature, but not in the ways that you might expect.
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Leidos names Valerie Baldwin Government Affairs Senior Vice President | Tech Social Net

Leidos today announced the appointment of the Honorable Valerie L. Baldwin,  l’91, as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, effective immediately. In her new role, Baldwin will serve as the lead advocate for Leidos on Capitol Hill to educate and engender support for programs and capabilities that serve the national interest, advance governmental health research and patient care, and achieve efficiencies that benefit the taxpayer.
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Bioethicist Monica Gerrek receives Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring | Case Western Reserve University

Monica Gerrek, PhD’08, assistant professor of bioethics, had taken a philosophy course as an undergraduate but opted for the ostensibly safer choice of pursuing a business degree. “Once I completed my degree, I quickly recognized that my real interest was not in the world of business,” she recalls. That realization led to a life re-boot, beginning by casually taking three philosophy courses during a “gap year.” They resonated, and her love for philosophical ideas led to a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas.

Fast forward two decades and Gerrek, who joined the faculty in 2016, has been recognized with the 2019 J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
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KU Law banner carrier graduates with a J.D. and a Ph.D. | KU Law Blog

Michael Hayes graduated from the University of Kansas with not one, but two, doctoral degrees this past weekend. He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from KU’s Department of Philosophy. At the University Commencement ceremony on May 19, Hayes was the banner carrier for KU Law. Hayes was selected by the law faculty for this honor because of his exemplification of student excellence.
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Attorney joins Arthur-Green Law | The Manhattan Mercury

Matthew B. Sondergard has joined Arthur-Green Law Firm of Manhattan as an associate attorney. Originally from Wichita, Sondergard earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University in 2015, and his juris doctorate from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. He will be joined in Manhattan by his wife, Jessica. Sondergard has a general civil practice.
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