Jayhawks in the News | August 26

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly 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.


Kelly: His journey to a job with the Olympics started in Omaha | Omaha World-Herald

Michael Cain, who won a gold medal at a Nebraska high school meet, this year watched Americans go for the gold from a lofty perch—as director of business development for U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Cain, j’98, l’01, was featured on our blog a few weeks ago.
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Meet the woman who inspired Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’ |  CityPages

Mi-Ling Stone has always loved a good dance song. She, like everyone, found Prince’s 1983 hit “Little Red Corvette” an irresistible jam. Then she realized the song was about her. Stone, j’84, left Minnesota to attend the University of Kansas.
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Star hires Gary Bedore as Kansas Jayhawks basketball insider | Kansas City Star

Gary Bedore, who covered the Jayhawks for the first time as a KU student in 1978, has joined the Kansas City Star as the new “KU insider.” Bedore, j’79,  previously worked for newspapers in Emporia and Oklahoma City before joining the Lawrence Journal-World in 1979.
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Former KU PG Russell Robinson relishes overseas career | KUSports.com

Former Kansas point guard Russell Robinson was back in town recently for his annual pilgrimage to the place he calls his second home. Robinson, c’08, played with various NBA summer leagues for three summers following his KU career, and he’s set to begin his ninth season playing professionally overseas.
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KU alumna Kimberly Williams returns to Lawrence to serve as Lawrence Arts Center CEO | University Daily Kansan

Kimberly Williams, b’79, is coming full circle back to Lawrence this September. She’ll replace Susan Tate, d’84, g’00, who is retiring from the position she’s held since 2009.
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Water Works: A Tulsa Artist Fellow explores a global phenomenon | The Tulsa Voice

Read about Rena Detrixhe’s artistic process for depicting water in various mediums. Detrixhe, c’13, earned a fine arts degree from KU and currently works from a studio in the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa.
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The Star hires Pulitzer Prize winner to head editorial board | Kansas City Star

A pair of Jayhawk journalists are heading back to the Midwest. Colleen McCain Nelson, j’97, who received a Pulitzer Prize for her work in editorial writing in 2010, will serve as vice president of The Star’s editorial board. Her husband, Eric Nelson, j’93, will lead digital news operations for the organization.
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Gifts establish medical oncology professorship at KU Medical Center | KU Today

A $1.3 million challenge grant from the Hall Family Foundation and a commitment of $650,000 from the Sunderland Family Fund will establish the A. Drue Jennings Professorship in Medical Oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, named in honor of Drue Jennings, d’68, l’72.
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PRSM Association selects Yanek as new CEO | Benzinga

The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management,  announced that its Board of Directors has selected Bill Yanek, l’01, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the association.
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Karrie Clinkinbeard named managing attorney of Armstrong Teasdale’s Kansas City office | Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale announced that litigation partner Karrie Clinkinbeard has been elected to serve as managing attorney of the firm’s Kansas City office. Clinkinbeard, l’99, is the first woman elected to this role in the firm’s 115-year history.
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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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Jayhawks in Rio: Michael Cain

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Michael Cain has put his two degrees from KU to use helping Team USA get to Rio.

Cain, j’98, l’01, was a KU track and field student-athlete as an undergraduate but realized his speed might not be enough to take him to the Olympics. After arming himself with a degree from the KU School of Law, he set his sights on a volunteer opportunity at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002. Soon after, opportunity knocked with USA Track & Field, which took him to back to the Olympic Games at Athens in 2004. Working as part of the Team USA Track and Field delegation, he had the opportunity to march in the Opening Ceremonies, bumping into Team USA basketball coach and fellow Jayhawk, Larry Brown. He shared the memorable exchange with KU Law Magazine in this 2012 profile.

After his stint with USA Track & Field, Cain joined the Walt Disney Company, managing sports events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. He also was able to put his broadcast journalism skills to work for ESPN3 and others, providing lead commentary, sideline reporting and emceeing for a variety of sports events, including the Pop Warner Super Bowl, spring training baseball, MLS soccer and multiple track and field events. He often returned to Lawrence to volunteer at the Kansas Relays, broadcasting interviews with Olympians competing at the Relays.

Today, Cain is director of business development for the Olympic Training Centers. Based in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Committee headquarters, Cain still manages to employ his broadcast background, hosting a web series that takes viewers inside the OTC. Admittedly, the gig isn’t always fun and games. Cain frequently takes a beating for his craft at the hands of Olympians like Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore, taekwondo champion Steven Lopez and Paralympic Judo bronze medalist Dartanyan Crockett (episodes below, plus more at youtube.com/teamusa). Look for Mike broadcasting online during the Olympics, and join us in celebrating our #JayhawksinRio!

Watch Michael Cain host Team USA at the OTC

Episode 4: Take a look at the special collections room at the United States Olympic archives

Episode 5: Step into the ring with Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore

Episode 8: Paralympic judo bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett shows what his sport is all about


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