Jayhawks in the News | April 7

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 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.


Gary Woodland in Masters field for fifth time | LJWorld.com

Two-time PGA tour winner Gary Woodland, who ranks 10th on this season’s money list with four top 10 finishes in 11 events, is playing in his fifth Masters and first since 2015. He did not qualify for the tournament last year.
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Kala Stroup blazed a trail for women in higher education | University Daily Kansan

As a graduate of the University and the last dean of women, Kala Stroup, c’59 g’64 PhD’74, has held many positions in higher education and still works with students to make the University an inclusive place.
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Once A Jayhawk, Always a Jayhawk: Linda Ellis-Sims | Kansas Athletics

Linda Ellis-Sims spent her childhood in Independence, Missouri. Though her parents did not attend college themselves, they always placed a priority on education. Ellis-Sims gained an appreciation for math and science while achieving academic success in high school. An athlete in high school, Ellis-Sims also developed a strong passion for sports. Both of her interests factored into her decision to attend the University of Kansas.
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Susan Tabor inextricably connected to Audio-Reader, a program helping visually impaired people | University Daily Kansan

Susan Tabor, who was born blind, works for a service that provides both readings and information to those who are blind, visually impaired or print-disabled. After high school graduation, Tabor went on to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social welfare at the University of Kansas.
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Law school to honor four with Distinguished Alumni Award | KU School of Law

A veteran, a state government leader, a CEO and a managing partner will be recognized with the University of Kansas School of Law’s highest honor. The awards will be presented at a private dinner April 8 in Lawrence.
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To KU data guru Deb Teeter, it’s all about the people | University Daily Kansan

Teeter, b’71 g’75, has been working in analytics at KU for 45 years. Not only has she changed the way the University handles the data, but she has forever impacted the lives of those that work with her.
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Washburn hires Brett Ballard as head men’s basketball coach | Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn University has hired former University of Kansas player and Wake Forest assistant Brett Ballard, d’04, to succeed Bob Chipman as head men’s basketball coach, the school announced Thursday.
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UNCW names C.B. McGrath Head Coach of Men’s Basketball | University of North Carolina Wilmington

C.B. McGrath has been named UNCW’s 11th head coach of men’s basketball, the university announced today. His appointment is effective Tuesday, April 4. McGrath earned a B.A. in human biology and a master’s degree in education from KU.
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Brandee Caswell named 2017 ‘Top Litigator’ by Law Week Colorado | Faegre Baker Daniels

Faegre Baker Daniels partner Brandee Caswell, l’98, has been selected for the 2017 “Top Litigator” award by Law Week Colorado. The award is given to lawyers who excel inside and outside of the courtroom in plaintiff and defense work, and in trials and appeals.
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Cyclist Steve Tilford dies in crash involving three vehicles | LJWorld.com

Topeka native and University of Kansas graduate Steve Tilford, a popular figure at cycling events in Lawrence because of his outgoing personality and area roots, died early Wednesday morning on Interstate 70 near the Utah-Colorado border, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
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Audio-Reader’s new pavilion a sensory delight

Posted on May 19, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Audio Reader's Sensory Pavilion is dedicated
The Sensory Garden at KU’s Baehr Audio-Reader Center is a feast of stunning sights, sounds, smells and textures. Now visitors to the richly landscaped grounds can experience the new Sensory Pavilion, a structure designed and built last semester by 20 architecture students in the Dirt Works Studio of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning.

More than 100 people attended the pavilion’s May 13 dedication ceremony, including Randy Austin, c’63, l’67, and his sister, Colinda Austin Stailey, c’61. The siblings helped fund the project, which was built in memory of their uncle, Dr. Johnny P. Austin, who’s also depicted in a bronze bust in the garden.

Austin, a 30-year Audio-Reader volunteer and chair of its development committee, didn’t hesitate to help when he heard the garden’s old gazebo needed a replacement. “I thought we’d go over to Lowe’s and maybe pick out the 10-footer,” he joked, prompting laughter from the crowd.

The garden got something much better. Chad Kraus, associate professor of architecture who teaches the Dirt Works Studio, enlisted his third-year students to craft a distinctive pavilion made of rammed earth, steel and charred timber. Rammed earth is a signature component of all the studio’s structures and is created by combining locally harvested clay, cement and water and compacting the mixture using pneumatic ramming tools.

Kraus recognized his students and thanked everyone involved in the project. “If it weren’t for all of these generous and courageous people,” he said, “something like this could never have happened.”

Randy’s son, Ed Austin, e’94, also attended the event and passed out engraved bricks, which will be installed in the garden’s paths, to each student. “It’s just a really cool thing you all have done here,” he said. Also receiving bricks were Kraus, School of Architecture Dean Mahesh Daas and Frank Male Sr., a longtime Audio-Reader volunteer who maintains the garden.

Dan Skinner, ’79, director of Kansas Public Radio and Audio-Reader, explained that in addition to the bricks, a stone plaque commemorating Randy and Colinda’s generous gift will be added.

“This pavilion will be a signature part of this garden for many, many years to come,” he said. “It not only is the students’ good work, but it would not have been possible without the financial support of Randy and Colinda.”

—Heather Biele

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