Jayhawks in the News | October 7

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our biweekly edition of “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.


Education is a family affair: Mother and daughter graduate together | Indian Country Today Media Network

It’s the first time in KU history that a mother and daughter graduated together from the KU School of Social Welfare. Carole Painte Walker walked down the Hill last May with her daughter, Kelly. The pair earned Master of Science in Social Work degrees.
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Blue Valley Northwest journalism teacher earns major national award | Blue Valley Post

Jim McCrossen is one of eight journalism teachers from across the country who will receive the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Pioneer Award this year. McCrossen, j’84, has taught at the school for the past 24 years.
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Investigation points to Russian role in downed Malaysia Airlines jet | NPR

KU alumnus Aric Toler was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, where he discussed his work for Bellingcat.
KU Alum Aric Toler was on NPR’s All Things Considered today, discussing his work for Bellingcat. Toler, c’11, g’13, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Slavic languages and literatures.
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My Final Season | The Players’ Tribune

Former KU basketball star Paul Pierce announced that this season will be his last in a piece he wrote for the popular blog.
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Kansas City Chiefs award Mayra Aguirre the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award | Kansas City Chiefs

The professional football team announced Mayra Aguirre, Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Aguirre, l’07, was honored during a pregame ceremony on the field at the team’s Sept. 25 game against the New York Jets.
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Topeka West inducts four into 2016 Graduate Hall of Fame | Topeka Capitol-Journal

Alice Craig, b’90, l’95, was one of four graduates of Topeka West high school inducted into the hall of fame. Craig is currently a law professor at the KU School of Law.
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KU alumnus’ podcast explores culture of Lawrence | University Daily Kansan

Jason Barr created the Lawrence-based podcast A.D.D., which started out as an art podcast but morphed into a culture show with a real cast. Barr, c’10, ran an indie rock show at KJHK while he was a student at KU.
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KU alumnus’ documentary celebrates national prairie reserve in Flint Hills | University Daily Kansan

After learning that the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Dave Kendall started work on a film that explores the history of the eastern Kansas preserve. Kendall graduated with an undergraduate degree in cultural geography in 1975 and received master’s degrees in journalism and anthropology in 1983.
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Zika in the crosshairs: Hutch native on the front line in fight against virus | The Hutchinson News

Hutchinson native Rick Bright became intrigued with the devastating 1918 flu pandemic that started at the U.S. Army base at Fort Riley and spread globally. He spent a couple of years studying at the University of Kansas, and finished his bachelor’s degree in biology – medical technology – and physical sciences from Auburn University.
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Have you heard news about a fellow Jayhawk, or maybe you have news of your own to share? Email us at share@kualumni.org, or fill out our Class Notes form to be included in a future issue of Kansas Alumni magazine. Read more about newsworthy Jayhawks.

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