The Water Cooler

February 2020

Alumni Homepage News

Fill up on career resources and KU connections through the Jayhawk Career Network, a KU Alumni Association program.

One Day. One KU

On February 20, alumni and friends from all over the world will come together to support the University of Kansas during a 24-hour giving campaign.


Your support of the Alumni Association helps the Jayhawk Career Network continue to make a difference in the careers of both students and alumni.

Career Talk

How to find your why

A bulletin board in the hall leading to BEST Building recently captured the attention of KU Edwards Campus students with a simple question, “What’s your ‘why’?”


Celebrities, motivational speakers, entrepreneurs and especially fitness coaches harp on the importance of finding your “why” — to pinpoint your purpose for whatever actions or desires you want to take. But is it really so simple?

10 Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking

Imagine yourself in a large conference hall at a generic chain hotel packed with hundreds of mid-career professionals wearing nametags.


Your job, over the course of the next two hours, is to make a positive and lasting impression on as many of these people as possible. And maybe even find yourself a new job. Nauseated yet?

Jayhawks in the News

A laughing matter

A former University of Kansas aerospace engineering student has become one of his nation’s leading innovators in an unexpected field: comedy.


Ider-Od Bat-Erdene attended KU between 2006 and 2011. He returned to his home country of Mongolia to work on Boeing jets for an airline there before shifting his career into entrepreneurship — and, eventually, into telling jokes before audiences.

Hawks to Watch: Mugabi Byenkya, writer, poet and rapper

Life has a way of writing in unexpected plot twists. For KU grad Mugabi Byenkya, his journey to a career as a writer, poet and “occasional” rapper has been anything but predictable. Adapting to shifting circumstances, often brought on by debilitating bouts of chronic illness, has required equal amounts of personal determination and patience.

MBA student connects with alumni through KU Mentoring platform

Full-time MBA student Dan Coviello started his KU education knowing the university’s alumni network was a powerful tool. He wasted no time taking advantage of it through, a platform that connects students with alumni, faculty and staff.

Featured Job

Johnson County Director of Human Resources

Johnson County, KS is seeking a new Director of Human Resources.


The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.


Rock Chalk Connect | Houston Jayhawks & Java

7 a.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 19 & Mar. 18


Le Peep – Galleria
4340 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX

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Hawk Happenings | Greater KC Happy Hour

5:30-7 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 20


Nick & Jake’s on Main
5031 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112

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Linkedin Local – KC | Catalyzing Creative Thinking

6-8 p.m.


Thursday, Mar. 5


The Myer Event Space

1701 McGee St Suite 100

Kansas City, MO 64108

Media & the Law Seminar Caught in the Web: Social Media, Privacy and You(Tube)

April 2 and 3


Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St

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