Jayhawks in the News | May 3

Posted on May 3, 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.


PYA Adds Three new Principals | Nashville Medical News

PYA has announced three new Principals are joining the Firm in first quarter: Brian Fuller, Kathy Greenlee, b’85 l’88, and Merle Glasgow. “PYA is pleased to have added these three high-impact industry professionals,” said PYA President Marty Brown. “Their years of experience span industries, all levels of government, and various populations. We are eager to demonstrate the many ways their skills can not only benefit our clients, but those they serve.” Kathy Greenlee has joined PYA as a Healthcare Consulting Principal. She is a visionary thought leader and innovator and brings to the Firm three decades of state, federal, and international executive experience. Greenlee is a nationally recognized leader in aging and long-term care; and, through legislative and administrative management, has supported significant growth in various organizations.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer, KU alumnus contributes to autism inclusivity initiative as voice of Samuel | The University Daily Kansan

Spencer Lott, c’10, wanted to be a puppeteer from a young age, but little did he know that one day he’d be on “Sesame Street,” working on one of the show’s most impactful initiatives. On April 10, 2017, Julia was introduced as the first character on the autism spectrum as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Since then, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially after she was featured in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two years after her introduction, “Sesame Street” is expanding that initiative by introducing a few more characters: a family for Julia.
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Markley Joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Partner in Kansas City Office | Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Markley, l’95, to the firm’s Kansas City office. He will be a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Markley is an experienced litigator with a practice primarily focused on the agriculture, chemical, financial and publishing industries, and he has extensive experience with antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, employment and other commercial claims. He also defends clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation.
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Theatre Alumna Inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame | KU School of the Arts

In 1970 the University of Kansas founded the Women’s Hall of Fame to shine a spotlight on the exemplary women of our society for their overall impact and outstanding character. This year theatre alumna Gigi Gibson Bolt, c’65, will join the ranks of outstanding women for her career in the field of the performing arts. Bolt’s career has been prolific and varied. The School of the Arts was lucky enough to chat with her recently about her time at KU, her multi-facted career, and her advice for students studying the creative and performing arts today.
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The rom-com that saved my life | TED

Growing up queer in Kansas, Savannah Rodgers had limited exposure to positive portrayals of LGBTQ+ individuals in everyday life. In this personal talk, she examines the influence one queer film from the 90s had on her adolescence. She wanted to make movies after seeing her favorite film, Chasing Amy (1997), for the first time at age 12.
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Area judge to sit with KS Supreme Court | Many Signals Communications

According to a press release from the Kansas Courts, District Judge Jeff Elder, b’80 l’83, of the 2nd Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Supreme Court Wednesday, May 1 to hear a case on the court’s summary calendar. Elder will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting in the Johnson County case. Elder said it’s privilege and honor to be asked to be of assistance to the Kansas Supreme Court. He added he’s deeply humbled at receiving the assignment.
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Lenexa council appoints Community Development Director Beccy Yocham as new city manager | Shawnee Mission Post

The Lenexa council last night unanimously appointed Beccy Yocham, l’96, currently the community development director, as the fourth top administrator in city history. Yocham replaces outgoing City Manager Eric Wade, who is retiring in June after 15 years with the city. Following a national recruitment and selection process, the council voted 7-0 to approve Yocham’s contract. Councilman Dan Roh was absent. In her newly appointed role, Yocham will work with the mayor and council to set and achieve goals for the city and also oversee the city’s professional staff. “I just want to thank the entire governing body for your confidence in me and for this opportunity,” Yocham said. “I am so excited to work with Lenexa’s outstanding employees in a new capacity going forward.
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