Jayhawks in the News | September 9

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in 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.

Johnson County District Judge Gerald Elliott to retire in January | Kansas City Star

Johnson County District Court Judge Gerald T. Elliott, who was appointed to the bench in late 1990, will retire when his current term ends in January 2017. Elliott graduated from the KU School of Law in 1964.
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Married alumni continue 40-year involvement in Lawrence’s art community with ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

Ric, f’72, g’85, and Jeanne Averill, d’73, g’80, have been part of Lawrence’s art community for over 40 years. Both earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University, and credit the local community for their success over the years.
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Garvey Schubert Barer names Jeffrey Li Owner in its China practice | Garvey Schubert Barer

Jeffrey Quong Li has joined the firm as an Owner, focusing on its China practice. Li, l’04, will be based in Washington, D.C., and will advice Chinese companies in strategic business activities in the United States.
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Molded by Baltimore upbringing, Kansas safety Fish Smithson gives back ‘as much as I can’ | The Baltimore Sun

From his childhood in East Baltimore to his days playing safety for the University of Kansas football team, Smithson has witnessed the plight of men, women and children facing hardship. Smithson has tried to give back to the Lawrence community as much as he can — reading to students at elementary schools, visiting patients in the hospital, even ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.
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Douglas County chief judge looks back over his career, prepares for retirement | Lawrence Journal-World

On Sept. 9, Robert Fairchild will step down from his position as the district’s chief judge, one he has held for about 14 years, and into the position of senior judge. Fairchild, l’73, worked as an attorney for 23 years and was appointed Division One judge in Douglas County in 1996.
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Keary named chief of KU Police | KU Office of the Provost

Chris Keary, who has been serving since Jan. 1 as interim director of the Public Safety Office and chief of KU Police, will assume the role in an ongoing capacity. Keary, c’83, holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from KU and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University.
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KU alumni continues to serve cross country and track teams | KUJH-TV

University of Kansas alumna Jean Kerich has been retired for over nine years, but that doesn’t mean she has retired from her passions. Kerich, ’60, still serves as a bus driver for the University of Kansas’s track and cross country teams.
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Flying Jayhawks Guest Post: Fifty Shades of Green

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in News

The eight-night “Celtic Lands” Flying Jayhawks voyage took passengers to historic sites in France, Ireland and Scotland. Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, hosted several educational talks aboard the ship. Jean Kerich, ’60, shared her memories and photos of the trip.


It’s no mystery why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle.  That description becomes immediately obvious the moment you sight land. The landscape featured the green hills, more often than not squared off by ancient rock fences, but also spectacular cliffs and barren rock expanses.  During our ‘Celtic Lands’ Flying Jayhawks trip we were treated with ample opportunity to enjoy all of Ireland’s beautiful scenery as well as many other uniquely Irish experiences.


For example, we had a taste of mead, one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. Meade is made from honey and water via fermented yeast. We also sampled Irish whisky and Guinness (perhaps more than just a taste!)

We had a look at castles, extraordinary manor houses, churches and thatched roof huts.  We enjoyed a pair of Irish dancers (who provided a lesson for two of the younger members of our group), a whistling cook, and a demonstration of sheep herding by two unbelievably clever dogs.


Our tour guides taught us about the ecology of the island, the history, the politics, and the origins along with the uses and gathering techniques of peat, a type of vegetation natural to the area. There was talk (and a brief lesson) of hurling, one of the national sports of Ireland, and of rugby and horse racing. We traveled impossibly narrow roads while our extremely knowledgeable bus driver and tour guide gave us the lessons of the land. Additionally, the food, the accommodations and the other passengers in the group were all excellent! This was truly an unforgettable trip.


Read a diary of the Celtic Lands trip by Heather Hawkins, j’06, and see more pictures from the group’s adventures. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks program, including the 2017 schedule, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.

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