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The Water Cooler, December 2020

This month’s Water Cooler includes numerous stories of Jayhawk generosity and achievement that fit the season of giving and celebration. We join a chorus of campus and community partners in praising and thanking Jayhawks for their magnanimity and work. If you know of a student or an alum who is making a difference in their community, big and small, let us know through our new Jayhawks Give Back initiative.


We are particularly thankful for our featured Jayhawk business, KJO Media, whose partnership, expertise and work helped Jayhawks Flock Together, the Alumni Association’s November fundraising event that you can read about in this issue, become a great success. Among other accomplishments, the event raised $20,000 for Campus Cupboard, which seeks to address issues of student food insecurity.  


As always, you will find articles and podcasts that can benefit your business operations and strategies including pieces on “slow work”, managing a remote workforce and addressing organizational inequities. We feature an open engineering associate position with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, information about upcoming professional development webinars, and bring you an update on the Jayhawk Business Directory. We are also pleased to share wonderful online degree opportunities in Education and Health Science.


As we look forward to the New Year and celebrating, amongst other things, mentors during National Mentoring Month in January, we end by sending you and yours best wishes for health and happiness this holiday season.

 

Rock Chalk.

 

Howard Graham, g’08, PhD’19

Director of the Jayhawk Career Network

The event raised $20,000 for Campus Cupboard, which seeks to address issues of student food insecurity.

News

 

FAST COMPANY

Why this pandemic winter is the perfect time to try out ‘slow work’

The “slow work” movement prioritizes meaningful and measured productivity, alongside dedicated time for breaks. The work style places importance on concentrated work, especially on individual tasks.

 

Hopping from assignment to assignment is not part of the slow work philosophy. However, wiping the slate clean, so your schedule is less packed, is a key part of slow work.

 

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TRELLO

How to spot the signs of team overwhelm (and what to do about it)

In your eyes, your team is a group of productivity superstars. They get top-notch projects across the finish line. They tackle their to-do lists with strategy and confidence. They put out fires without breaking a sweat.

 

At least, that’s what you like to think. Unfortunately, overwhelm on teams has become frighteningly common. In one survey, 52% of workers admit that they’re stressed out at work on a daily basis. And, research from Deloitte found that 64% of executives say overwhelmed employees are an urgent or important issue.

 

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THRIVE GLOBAL

Drew Carter of Maritz Motivation on expectations and culture

“I’m a big believer in these three things, which I think help to not only avoid burnout amongst colleagues, but will also help to maintain engagement and authenticity:

 1. Clarity

 2. Compassion

 3. Control

 

Incentive Magazine named Carter, b’97, one of the most influential leaders in the incentive and recognition industry. He’s spent more than 20 years in senior advisory and executive roles, transforming some of the largest companies in the world.

 

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KU COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Hawks to Watch: Don Davis, senior director of player affairs for the NFLPA

Don Davis’s love for the game of football runs deep. With two Super Bowl rings to his name and 11 years of professional playing experience under his belt, the Kansas native is continuing to leave his mark on the sport — this time, off the field.

 

Born and raised in Olathe, Don played as a three-year starter with the Kansas Football team, racking up 238 tackles and 9.5 sacks during his time at KU. A College graduate, he earned his B.G.S. in Human Development in 1997, a focus, he says, that sharpened his communication skills and shaped his outlook on the value of lifelong learning.

 

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IN KANSAS CITY

IN conversation with directors Kevin Smith & Sav Rodgers

Call it mutual admiration society or perhaps a bro-mance—or even the ultimate ongoing mentorship. Whatever you call it, one thing is certain—filmmakers Kevin Smith and Sav Rodgers, c’17, have an affinity and appreciation for each other.

 

The two directors met in the unlikeliest of ways. In 2019, Rodgers was featured in a TED Talk where he broke down how Smith’s film Chasing Amy (1997) had a profound impact on his life. The title of Rodgers’s talk? “The Rom-Com That Saved My life.”

 

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Compassionate Conversations

 

KU COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Unwinding: Emily Vietti works to close leadership gender gaps

August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. 100 years later, women still lag behind men in holding elected office both nationally and regionally.

 

Institute for Leadership Studies Lecturer/Program Associate and Communication Studies Ph.D. Candidate Emily Vietti is working to close the gaps. Hear about her research on gender gaps in politics, her work with Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series, and how she is hoping to inspire more women to run for office on the latest Unwinding.

 

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HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Race at Work: Lessons in diversity and culture from Mastercard

Race at Work is an HBR Presents podcast hosted by Porter Braswell about the role race plays in our careers and lives. In this episode, he speaks with Donna Johnson, former chief diversity officer at Mastercard, about leading the charge on changing company culture and how diversity can drive real business results.

 

Listen

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Study shows microaggression trainings overlook deeper, harmful assumptions

Microaggressions, which are words or actions linked to stereotypes that can cause offense, have received increased attention in recent years. But a new study from KU finds that as the concept gains popularity, people tend to view microaggressions as something easily fixed by learning what not to say in the presence of certain others rather than critically examining the racist, sexist and otherwise harmful assumptions revealed by their communication.

 

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Campus Connections

 

KU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Jayhawks Flock Together brings in $100k for University programs

Thank you! Our first-ever virtual fundraising event, Jayhawks Flock Together, raised $100,000 on Nov. 19 in support of student and alumni programs and KU’s Campus Cupboard, a food pantry for students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

 

Nearly 750 Jayhawks worldwide participated in the event, which raised $80,000 from sponsorships and the silent auction to support the association’s Jayhawk Career Network and the Student Alumni Network, and $20,000 from the Fund-the-Future portion of the live program to benefit the Campus Cupboard, which the chancellor selected to highlight the seriousness of food insecurity and its effect on Jayhawks.

 

The event was presented in partnership with Dimensional Innovations, Helix Architecture + Design and McCownGordon Construction and supported by video production sponsor KJO Media.

 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Campus awards

We’re proud to showcase the numerous students and alumni have both earned and received nominations for prestigious scholarships, fellowships and awards for 2020 and 2021.
 

American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Founder’s Award
Charles B. Rangel Fellowship
Gilman Scholarships for International Study
2021 Global Scholars
Newman Civic Fellow
Skadden Fellowship
Winston Churchill Scholarship
 

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Law School alumna creates scholarship for southwest Kansas students

Elizabeth Schartz has established the Elizabeth A. Schartz Law Scholarship with a $57,500 pledge to KU Endowment. The scholarship fund is intended to support students from less populated areas of the state, with a preference for students who live in or graduated high school in Finney, Ford, Gray or Hodgeman counties.

 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Anonymous donation funds doctoral fellowship in Pharmacy School

An anonymous donation of $300,000 to the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology was inspired by the donor’s niece and her experience as a doctoral student.

 

“I hope the gift will aid others who passionately devote their time and effort to vital scientific research,” the donor said. “Students often face financial hardship, which has been compounded by the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.”

 

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KU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Support Jayhawk businesses during the holidays

Help support Jayhawks this holiday season! Whether you’re searching for restaurants or retail shops, entertainment or consultants, you’re sure to find a holly jolly Jayhawk business in the New Jayhawk Business Directory.

 

Search the directory

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

New online health science degree prepares students to work in a growing field

The University of Kansas has launched an online Bachelor of Health Sciences program as community health and medical research take center stage in public life. Available through the new School of Professional Studies, this all-online degree completion program provides an opportunity for students interested in the health science professions to strengthen their knowledge in specialized areas such as nutrition, public and population health, and health management and policy.

 

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Featured Job

 

KU ALUMNI JOB BOARD

Engineering Associate

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking an engineer position involving specialized aspects of water resources engineering. The work includes independent review of engineering calculations and construction documents. The work includes field inspection of completed projects, resolution of conflicts, and communication with landowners, contractors and other engineers.

 

Apply!

 

Featured Jayhawk Business

 

JAYHAWK BUSINESS DIRECTORY

KJO Media

Jayhawk: T.J. Kilian, j’01

Location: Westwood, KS

 

KJO is a full service video production company based in Kansas City. Specializing in corporate video production, marketing video production, commercial advertising, social media and more.

 

Support KJO Media and more KU businesses on the Jayhawk Business Directory.

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Events

 

A Great Leader Is Not What You Think: Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Captains in Sports History

Sam Walker shares the seven traits of the greatest captains in sports history–from extreme doggedness to a knack for nonverbal communication to the courage to stand apart. Learn how to identify and cultivate these same types of people in your own organization and how to partner with them to be a more effective leader.

11 a.m. CT

Wednesday, Jan. 13

 

The Empathy Edge: Why Compassion Fuels Leadership Success and How to Build Your Empathy Muscle

Join brand strategist Maria Ross as she shares the value of compassion as an engine for success. You’ll learn five concrete ways to flex your empathy muscles for tremendous success and how you can amplify empathy through your work to create a better world.

11 a.m. CT
Thursday, Jan. 21

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Trail’s end

This most-unusual school year started in a most-unexpected fashion, when we were joined at The Wheel’s first chicken-fried steak lunch by a fit young trekker making his way from Delaware to California.
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Papa Keno’s historic feel in luxurious new digs

Lifetimes of daily adult decisions begin the day freshmen arrive in Lawrence. Many are cursory; others resonate for years. So it is, of course, with the choice of a favored downtown pizza joint.
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