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The Water Cooler, January 2020

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




We’re celebrating National Mentoring Month

KU Mentoring helps to assure Jayhawks of all career stages that they’re not navigating this big, real world alone.

KU Mentoring by the numbers:






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Give back with your time and talents—help a fellow Jayhawk expand their professional network by making a connection on KU Mentoring today.


Student finds internship, career opportunity through CareerUP networking event

Valery Villarroel, BBA student, and Roxanne Sabatino, senior recruiting manager at CBIZ MHM, share the power of building your network, taking risks and seeking out career opportunities as a nontraditional student.


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KU students, industry professionals connect at blockchain conference

A spring semester gift to the University of Kansas is already paying dividends.


In 2019 Silicon Valley financial technology company Ripple awarded a $2 million grant to KU as part of the University Blockchain Research Initiative​. Ripple is led by Brad Garlinghouse, c’94, who serves as CEO of the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency and digital-payment processing firm.


One of the programs benefiting from the grant is the KU Blockchain Institute, a student-led organization that focuses on advancing KU’s standing in the fast- developing field of blockchain.


What is blockchain, again?


Curated content for the career-minded Jayhawk


Making time for self-care

Achieving that work-life balance becomes even harder during seasons filled with finals, family gatherings and social obligations.


With thoughtful time management and adjusting your mindset around time, productivity and busyness, it’s possible to accomplish the things that need to be done, while also taking good care of yourself.


Here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your schedule and prepare you for moments where time is of the essence.


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How your loved ones might be your best unexpected mentors

Your best career mentors might be closer than you think—like, sleeping next to you close.


That’s right. Sometimes, your best mentors are a phone call—or even a nudge—away. Here’s why your loved ones can make some of your best mentors (and a few notes of caution when seeking professional advice from a loved one.)


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Meet the KU Coding Boot Camp alumni who are paving the way for other women in technology

Three Kansas City Women in Technology show those from all backgrounds can jump into programming and advance their career with the KU Coding Boot Camp.


Despite the remarkable strides women have made in today’s workplace, some industries remain stubbornly male-dominated; STEM is one such field. Kansas City Women in Technology (KCWIT) is one organization that empowers women in tech to connect through networking events, programs, and more—carving out a community where women in the industry can grow together.


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Upcoming Events


Hawk Happenings | Greater KC Happy Hour

5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16
The Clubhouse Experience
1101 Walnut St.
Suite 101
Kansas City, MO

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Rock Chalk Connect | Houston Jayhawks & Java

7 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Le Peep – Galleria
4340 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX

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Find an event near you!

Check out all of the upcoming events on the KU Alumni calendar to find an event in your Jayhawk Alumni Network.


From happy hours to watch parties to professional sports games, all KU Alumni events are opportunities to expand your Jayhawk network.


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Post your open job on KU Mentoring

Looking to hire a Jayhawk? From psychologist to software developer to finance director, KU Mentoring holds the connection to Jayhawks of all skill sets.

Post your job


Featured company: KU Endowment Association

Looking at coming back to the Hill? There are multiple position openings at KU Endowment in Lawrence.


Check out the open positions plus see all job postings across the country.

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KU mascots coach, Brian Carpenter, c’02 joins Austin Johanning, g’20 to discuss what it takes
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The Hawks & Highways series is stopping in Pittsburg, Garden City, and Salina
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Copy the Leader: Jon Sabillón

Talking leadership with Jon Sabillón, International DJ, Entrepreneur, and Music Futurist
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Welcome to the University of Kansas Alumni Association

Your membership in the KU Alumni Association is the single most powerful way to make all of KU stronger, including the value of your own degree. Through your membership, the Association: