Jayhawks in the News | August 12

Posted on Aug 12, 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.


From Rio Rico to Rio de Janeiro | Nogales International

Luis Muñoz, Jr., d’12, attended KU on a track scholarship and earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees on the Hill. Two years ago, he interned with USA Track & Field, and this summer the United States Olympic Committee offered him a volunteer position at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Muñoz shared some his photos from Rio with us last week.
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Alumnus nominated to federal judgeship | Concordia College

Terrence Campbell, a Lawrence attorney who received his undergraduate degree from Concordia College and his juris doctor from the KU School of Law in 1997, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
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WSJ names Seib executive Washington editor | Talking Biz News

Jerry Seib, j’78, currently serves as the Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. In January, he will assume the role of executive Washington editor and chief commentator.
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Former Jayhawk Brett Ballard uses basketball to promote peace in Israel | KUSports.com

Former Kansas guard Brett Ballard, a third-year assistant coach for Danny Manning at Wake Forest University, recently spent six days in Israel. Ballard, d’04, participated in the PeacePlayers international initiative, which lists its mission as “uniting communities in conflict through sport.”
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Alumna becomes first woman to serve as chief bankruptcy judge in Kansas | KU School of Law

The Hon. Janice Miller Karlin of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas has been appointed chief judge of the court, becoming the first woman to serve in the role. Karlin, a Life Member, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctor in 1980, both from the University of Kansas.
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Science Coalition presents two awards | The Science Coalition

The Science Coalition presented a Champion of Science Award to Rep. Kevin Yoder, c’99, l’02. The award recognizes members of Congress for their commitment to funding scientific research. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, KU Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Doug Girod and Dr. Roy Jensen, Director of the KU Cancer Center, were in attendance.
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New Englewood city attorney talks about the job | Englewood Herald

Alison McKenney Brown, who earned a juris doctor from the KU School of Law in 1993, was recently appointed as city attorney for Englewood, Colorado. She shares more about her career, family, and why she went to law school in this Q and A with the local paper.
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Former Douglas County counselor remembered by mourners as community-minded problem solver | LJWorld.com

Evan Ice, a graduate of the KU School of Law, passed away August 5 from ALS. Ice, e’86, l’93, was an attorney with the Lawrence firm of Stevens and Brand since 1993 and served as Douglas County counselor for 15 years.
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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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Union hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new event space, the Jay

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 in Alumni News and News

img_news_jay_ribbon_cuttingKU Memorial Unions and Student Union Activities opened the doors Sept. 3 for the Jay, a new, 4,200-square foot event space in the former Jaybowl site.

Jessie Pringle, student body president; Lauren Arney, KU Memorial Unions Corporation board president; and Kassandra Valles, Student Union Activities president, performed the ribbon-cutting as David Mucci, KU Memorial Unions director, welcomed students, faculty and staff into the renovated space.

“I think you’re going to like what you see,” Mucci said, “and there will be more to come.”

Among the ceremony participants were U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, c’99, l’02, past president of the KU Memorial Unions board, and Dan Sabatini, a’86, whose architecture firm, Sabatini Architects, designed the renovation.

“We maintained some of the Jaybowl’s original character,” Sabatini says. “The ceilings still have the black lights, and those special projectors for cosmic bowling are still here.”

Fans of the old Jaybowl, which closed its doors May 9, will also find memorabilia and photographs of the 62-year-old campus fixture displayed in cases outside the entrance of the new Jay.

See more pictures from the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Flickr.

—Heather Biele

Photos by Dan Storey

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Who knew Washington, D.C., was the place to mend fences?

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Rep. Kevin Yoder and Rep. Sam GravesAs he has each year since his election in 2010, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, c’99, l’02, of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, once again participated in a recent Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park proudly outfitted in his alma mater’s full baseball kit—as was his cross-border colleague and baseball teammate, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, of Missouri’s 6th Congressional District.

The annual charity event, where the capital’s partisan rivalries play out only on the field, benefits the Washington Liberty Council, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

—Chris Lazzarino

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