Masten honored for service, impact at KU

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Randy Masten family at Sporting KC match
Randy Masten, assistant director of KU’s Office of Graduate Military Programs and retired Lieutenant Colonel, was honored for his service at a Sporting KC match on October 15. Masten’s career includes 22 years with the US Army, after which he returned to KU. He works with the Department of Defense to develop academic programs for military service members.

After arranging recognitions for nearly all military and veteran honorees at Sporting KC matches throughout the season, including KU alumnus Warren Corman, it was only appropriate for Colonel Masten, g’03, himself to be honored at the last game.

“The recognition itself was humbling and somewhat surreal to see my family on the big screens at SKC,” said Masten. “It was great to have my wife, Kathi, recognized as well for her service to our country as a military spouse. When I deployed, she took care of our home and the families of my soldiers. It is a very important and demanding volunteer job that often goes over looked. The recognition also gave us an opportunity to discuss our lives in the Army with our son, Kanak. I only served for three years after he joined our family, so he has limited memories of my military service.”

Masten also serves as secretary of the KU Veteran’s Alumni Network.

Watch the video that Sporting KC showed at the game below:


KU Cares Month of ServiceThe first KU Cares Month of Service initiative will take place throughout the month of November. A portion of all KU Alumni Association dues will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Scholarship Fund. Join, renew, or upgrade your membership to participate in this initiative! Jayhawks everywhere can also organize service projects and recruit volunteers to serve meals, help with yard work, build homes and more to help improve their communities.

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Army officers, civilians strengthen skills at seminar

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Adams Alumni Center

The Adams Alumni Center recently welcomed more than 30 U.S. Army officers and civilians for a three-week “strategic broadening seminar,” hosted by the Office of Graduate Military Programs and the School of Business’ Center for Business, Industry and National Security.

The University of Kansas was one of only four civilian universities in the nation to host the event, which prepares individuals to confront the national security challenges of the 21st century through a series of individual, organizational and global leadership courses taught by KU researchers and business leaders.

“The experience and the growth in their leadership ability is a direct outcome,” says Steve Leonard, director of National Security Programs at the School of Business. “That’s something that goes on their official file. They have a skillset that’s assigned to it for the rest of their careers.”

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