THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS
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Beyond Basic Training Military officers advance their knowledge through graduate education in the College
Right: Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez joins the class of 2012, pg. 4.
1 Dean Speak New paths, new opportunities
2–12 Campus Briefs
News from around the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
including new programs, research highlights, faculty and student
honors, and new faculty
13 Cover Story: Beyond Basic Training: Programs in the College offer advanced education for military officers
17 Recipe for Success: Good flavor is only the start for running a successful restaurant or brewery
20 Alumni Briefs
College hits the road with alumni events around the U.S. // 20 Mini College expands to celebrate 5th year // 23
Giving Back: Alumni gifts support new science facility, internship opportunities // 25 Oread Encore: Rhodes Scholar living life in the moment // 27
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Energizing the Educational Environment Starting next fall, the undergraduate experience at KU will be unlike that of any students in the past 50 years. That’s when
we will introduce the KU Core, the most significant alteration of general education at our university in several decades. Just as the generations of Jayhawks who have come
before them, our students today deserve a transformative
with the idea that we have a curriculum that will allow them
What classes or experiences at KU continue to serve you in
educational experience. We want to attract students to KU to pursue their academic dreams and succeed.
your professional pursuits? Your reflections will help us consider
In reviewing our longstanding curriculum, university
the core values that sustain the tradition of excellence at KU.
general education hours were inhibiting our students.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the mailing address in the
Students want the opportunity to challenge themselves.
Table of Contents.
committees found that the quantity and rigidity of required
The new KU Core curriculum balances the need to ensure all students are educated in essential competencies while providing the flexibility they have sought to chart an academic path that stimulates and challenges them.
The KU Core cuts the general education hours in half to 36,
freeing up more time for exploration in one or more majors. It also steers away from prescribing a specific class as the only avenue to satisfy a learning goal.
The KU Core will be the first time in our history that we will
have a common undergraduate curriculum. Whether they are English majors or physics majors, all students will complete the same set of six learning goals.
Their paths will be unique, as they will have courses across the university from which to choose. For example, where
In the College, our intent is to balance the need to maintain
the integrity of a Bachelor of Arts degree while also respecting
the goal of flexibility sought by the KU Core. A liberal arts and sciences degree is, at its center, a well-rounded experience that
prepares students for a variety of options that are too vast to begin to list here. (Just look at the range of accomplishments of our Distinguished Alumni, pg. 21.)
In addition to the KU Core, faculty in the College have approved three components that will round out our BA degree: foreign
language proficiency, quantitative literacy beyond college algebra, and a laboratory or field experience.
Western Civilization courses were once the only way to
It is a disservice if we do not continuously consider whether
our society, those courses are now one of several options to
challenging world that awaits them. Curricular changes in the
satisfy the need to learn about cultural roots that permeate
attain goals in “culture and diversity” and “critical thinking.” Once they have settled on an area of study, students will spend the rest of their course time completing major requirements
the education we provide prepares students to succeed in the
1950s, ’70s and ’80s adapted to the contemporary needs of our
students. It is time yet again to redefine the academic experience at KU, to prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.
and electives. It is up to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the professional schools to consider what
additional requirements are essential for their undergraduates. Danny J. Anderson
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Faculty selected as distinguished professors
ACCELERATED PROGRAM SHORTENS PATH TO BACHELOR’S AND LAW DEGREES The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Law, noted there are benefits in the
program that will allow undergraduates
students and KU.
new degree track for both prospective
and the School of Law introduced a
the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s
“It will lower students’ total costs and
degree and a law degree in six years.
will help ensure that great KU students stay at KU,” Mazza said.
The partnership between liberal arts
and sciences and law is a natural fit, said
Students will spend three years on
Danny Anderson, dean of the College.
requirements for a bachelor’s degree from the College and three years on
“No matter their major, our students
requirements for a law degree. The
have broad knowledge across a variety
first year of law school will also count
of subjects and essential skills for a legal career, including research, analysis and Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of
Two of the three professors named
University Distinguished Professors
at KU this year hold appointments in the College.
Ann Cudd has been with the
Department of Philosophy since 1988. Cudd also teaches in the
Department of Women, Gender,
and Sexuality Studies, where she
was director from 2001 to 2008 and was instrumental in developing its
graduate program. She has published more than 40 philosophical articles
and co-founded a national mentoring program for women faculty in
philosophy. She has served as
associate dean for the humanities in the College since 2008.
toward requirements for the bachelor’s
Maryemma Graham has been a
English since 1998. In 1983, she
communication,” Anderson said.
professor in the Department of founded and continues to direct
the Project on the History of Black
Writing. She is the author or editor
Liz Kowalchuk, associate dean of the School of the Arts, shows off the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ new mission statement at a game in Allen Fieldhouse with Shade Little, the chancellor’s husband. The College’s mission to learn without boundaries reflects its strengths in interdisciplinarity and international studies.
of 10 books. At KU, Graham founded the Langston Hughes National
Poetry Project. While president of the Toni Morrison Society, she created
Language Matters, an international
teaching initiative. Most recently, she
convened the Haiti Research Initiative at KU.
Student awarded selective fellowship
“Russian” Jayhawk finds a home
A graduate student who earned a
Nesting matreshka dolls featuring KU
the top-ranked School of Public
in Moscow. Nothing surprises us any
Master of Public Administration from Affairs and Administration last
May was named a 2012 Presidential Management Fellow. Fewer than 1 percent of applicants are selected.
basketball stars can be found today longer in the hyper-globalized 21st
century. But could a KU Jayhawk have
emerged from Russia’s 1917 Revolution? Strange to imagine, but true.
The fellowship provides a two-year
Presented to the University of Kansas in
and benefits, classroom training
Senior American YMCA WPA Secretary
federal appointment with full salary and opportunities after program
completion. Brian Handshy is serving as the special assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner in the
Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington. He
plans to use his experience to better
understand the government from the inside.
“It was humbling and exciting to be selected,” Handshy said. “My
university education really prepared
1921 from Professor Conrad Hoffman, in Germany during World War I, a
carving of a Jayhawk was a token of
friendship from a Russian carver. The Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures, with the generous
assistance of the University Archives
and School of Journalism (the original recipient of the gift), has adopted the
Jayhawk as its mascot. The department is displaying it in a glass case, in
accordance with Hoffman’s request in 1921.
glass nor a gilded cage, but was put into boxed storage, from which it reemerged
in 2009. The Slavic department introduced the restored Jayhawk to campus with a
me to speak the language of public
According to a 1921 Kansas City Star
by a “Bolshevik Russian” prisoner of
affairs, which enabled me to have this
As it turns out, the bird had neither a
article the Jayhawk was manufactured war in Germany and presented to the Daily Kansan by Hoffman, asking that the bird be “inclosed [sic] in a
glass case and have a prominent place
reception last spring.
Although the identity of the carver is unknown, likely candidates include a master Russian woodcarver at the
hospital of a prison camp in Worms, Germany, or his apprentices.
in the museum of the department of
journalism of the University of Kansas.”
“We created a world-class environmental disaster in a matter of 40 or 50 years.” Don Worster, professor emeritus of history, on the dust bowl “THE DUST BOWL” DOCUMENTARY BY KEN BURNS
Marilu Goodyear, director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and Brian Handshy
Navajo Code Talker receives degree Decades after he last set foot on campus, Chester Nez can proudly call himself
a war hero and a University of Kansas graduate. Back in 1952, he could not
proclaim either. When Nez began his studies at KU after World War II, he carried a great secret.
Nez was one of the original members of the all-Navajo 382nd Marine Platoon –
better known as the Navajo Code Talkers. He served as a Marine in the Pacific
Programs celebrate decades at KU Two programs in the College celebrated significant anniversaries in 2012.
The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies celebrated
40 years at KU in conjunction with
the 40th anniversary of the February
Sisters movement, which prompted the establishment of the program. Since its founding in 1972, the department has
introduced an undergraduate degree, a
graduate certificate and a doctoral degree,
The Clinical Child Psychology
Program marked 20 years at KU with a
reception to recognize its longtime first director. Michael Roberts, professor of applied behavioral science, oversaw the development and accreditation of the program. The program has
produced about 60 graduates, and is ranked in the top 10 clinical
psychology doctoral programs by U.S. News and World Report.
one of about 20 such degrees in the U.S.
Theater from 1942 until 1945, transmitting
New arts engagement certificate
language that was never broken by the
In fall 2012, the College’s School of
messages in a code based on the Navajo
Japanese. They could not talk about their
service, not even to family, until the project was unclassified in 1968.
the Arts launched an arts engagement certification as part of broader efforts
at KU to encourage undergraduates to
After the war, Nez took advantage of
seek learning opportunities beyond the
Nez pursued studies in visual art. He
No matter their major, any student can
funding through the GI Bill to attend KU. took classes for 10 semesters, with a break to serve in the Korean War, all the while unknown to classmates as a war hero. Before he could finish his degree,
participate. The goal is to help them
fully immerse themselves in the rich art culture at KU. Students complete the
certification through a combination of
Nez’s GI Bill funding ran out. He had
coursework, event attendance and a final reflection essay.
Course requirements can be fulfilled
across a variety of interests, including
the School of the Arts’ four departments: Dance, Film and Media Studies,
Theatre, and Visual Art. Other partners
include the Departments of Architecture, Art History, and Design, and the School of Music.
to abandon his studies at KU without earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree and return to his home state of New Mexico
Sixty years later, in November 2012,
Nez finally received his KU degree. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presented Nez with his Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree in front of a crowd of hundreds at the Lied Center pavilion.
After the long trajectory of his life, Nez said he never expected to receive his degree. He stated his feelings at the ceremony succinctly.
“I’m very happy about it,” Nez said.
snapshots Dean Danny Anderson claims victory for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the campus energy challenge. The College (represented by its departments in Bailey Hall), School of Law (Green Hall) and School of Business (Summerfield Hall) competed to determine which school could reduce its energy usage and costs by the most. Bailey Hall won, cutting energy usage over 12 weeks by 17.2%.
Department organizes February Sisters recognition Step back to February 1972. The feminist
Sexuality Studies coordinated a week of
MS. Magazine was about to debut, and
scholar Angela Davis on “Feminism and
Congress was debating an Equal Rights Amendment.
At the University of Kansas, 20 women had seized a campus building to bring
about changes to benefit women. Known
activities, including a lecture by activistActivism.” Some of the February Sisters, who originally maintained anonymity, fearing reprisals by the university or
other agencies, joined together in a panel discussion about the experience.
as the February Sisters, the women —
Their half-dozen demands resulted in KU
— risked arrest by occupying a building
studies degree programs in the nation;
representing faculty, staff and students to demand changes long discussed but never happening.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of
the February Sisters’ occupation, the
establishing one of the first 50 women’s
movement had gained national attention,
the establishment of a campus child care center; full health care services for KU women and the appointment of more women administrators on campus.
Department of Women, Gender, and
Interests in environmental history rooted in professor’s Kansas upbringing Edmund Russell is the new Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of United States
History. Russell is returning home, in a way: He grew up in Great Bend, Kansas, and later, Nebraska.
He’s an environmental historian who studies the ways technological advancements have affected the evolution of human and nonhuman populations. He came to KU from the University of Virginia.
Q: Why did you choose to come to KU? A: The emphasis on interdisciplinary
collaboration at KU is a big attraction for me. I’m looking forward to collaborating
Q: Your family lineage goes back five generations in Kansas and the Plains
region. What’s the significance for you in returning home?
with the faculty and students here.
A: My family’s history is intertwined with
American and environmental history
One grandmother grew up on a ranch in
Also, KU has been a world leader in
and I’m excited to join the team. Kansas’ leadership is largely due to Don Worster
(professor emeritus, history). He’s been a giant in the field.
the environmental history of the Plains.
Wyoming. Another grew up on a farm in Minnesota. And my father worked for a
natural gas pipeline company. So, ranching, farming, the fossil fuel industry are of
course major facets of the environmental history of the Plains.
Q: What are you working on? A: The main thing I’m working on is
what I’m calling evolutionary history,
which is looking at the co-evolution of
human and non-human populations. At the moment, I’m writing a book about
dogs as a case study. It looks like rapid social change among human beings
appears to have led to rapid evolutionary change in dogs [in 19th century Britain].
New types were appearing and old types were disappearing.
Musical Theatre for Kansas takes show on the road
For many Kansans, getting to see
Staniunas, associate professor of
stage requires a long drive to Lawrence.
opportunity for some of our
University of Kansas theatre students on But KU has a solution: Take the theatre directly to Kansas communities.
That’s the idea behind Musical Theatre for Kansas, a student troupe from the
theatre department that’s traveling the state and performing in communities across Kansas. Last year, the seven-
member troupe performed the original production “Boy Meets Girl.”
“We created Musical Theatre for Kansas specifically for communities that don’t
typically get to see KU theatre or don’t
theatre. “In addition, it’s a great students to perform in or near their hometowns.”
The troupe has performed in
Colby, Dodge City, Garden City,
Hugoton, Liberal, Salina, Topeka and Winfield. The next season of appearances will be announced soon.
Musical Theatre for Kansas is sponsored by the theatre
department and the KU Alumni Association.
have their own theatre,” said John
New certificate in indigenous studies
Jayhawks in high places
College supports launch of journal
The College’s Indigenous Studies
It doesn’t take much digging to find a
A ground-breaking scholarly journal
certificate beginning in Fall 2013.
of Illinois Press in cooperation with
Program will offer a new graduate The certificate is an extension of the program’s master’s degree.
The certification is designed to provide students with knowledge of events, laws, policies and treaties that have defined the relationship between
the United States and indigenous
nations and peoples. The program
will provide preparation for doctoral
study or employment in areas such as
government, museum, or archival work. KU is the only Big 12 university to offer a graduate certificate in
indigenous studies. The only other Big 12 school with a graduate degree in
the area of indigenous/native studies is the University of Oklahoma.
Jayhawk among the top ranks in the field Two faculty and an alumnus of the
Department of Geology are presidents of professional societies: Don Steeples,
McGee Distinguished Professor, Society
for Exploration Geophysics; Evan Franseen,
professor, Society for Sedimentary Geology (president-elect); and Ted Beaumont, 1977 M.S. in geology, American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Two faculty are co-editors of the journals
published by the Society for Sedimentary
the University of Kansas. Women, Gender, and Families of Color
expands the mission of the now
defunct Black Women, Gender, and Families. The new title explicitly
includes black, Latina, indigenous and Asian-American women, gender and families.
The journal is edited by Professor
Jennifer Hamer in the Department of American Studies.
Geology. Steve Hasiotis, professor, Palaios;
“African-American, Latino, indigenous
Journal of Sedimentary Research.
families serve as a national and global
and Gene Rankey, associate professor,
“KU Geology has long been known as a leader in the nation in sedimentary
geology and oil and gas research,” said
Bob Goldstein, associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics in the College
and professor of geology. “This impressive
has been launched by the University
roster further enforces that reputation.”
and Asian-American women and
bellwether for our future. WGFC offers a cross-field venue that challenges
readers to take seriously their social, cultural, political and economic significance,” Hamer said.
Three times the charm: Siblings join the ranks of the Honors Program
Since just after her freshman
Many students find their second family
traveling to Switzerland to
while at KU. Through honors classes, honors extracurricular activities and
honors floors in residence halls, many
of the 1,200 members of the University
Honors Program, a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, discover their
KU kin in the program. For three honors students, the idea of an Honors Program family is more literal than usual.
Three siblings of the Krutty family are members of the Honors Program this
year. Brittany Krutty, a senior in physics, Mark Krutty, a junior in mechanical engineering, and Jessica Krutty, a
freshman in aerospace engineering, are all active in the academic program.
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, director
of the Honors Program, said that this is the first time three siblings have been
in the Honors Program concurrently in
recent memory. She said several families have had three siblings in the program
eventually, but having three at the same time is rare.
Converging paths The self-described close siblings pursue varied interests and activities, but still find ways to connect through their involvement at KU.
Brittany Krutty says her two focuses
during her time at KU have been her
research and her work with Habitat for
Humanity. She has put in more than 400 hours a year volunteering with Habitat
for Humanity, even serving as president of the organization at KU last year.
year, Brittany has conducted research with the nuclear
physics research group at
KU. Her research interests lay in lead-lead collisions with
compact muon solenoid (CMS)
experiments. This involvement
has taken her across the world, work with CERN in Geneva
twice, where she lived for more than a month.
Brittany says the Honors
Program helped her obtain
these opportunities through advising and assistance in applying for scholarships
and grants. She should know; Brittany received a 2012
Goldwater Scholarship after
applying through the Honors Program.
Mark has helped his sister Brittany with
From left, Brittany, Jessica and Mark Krutty.
Habitat for Humanity work, but on
Jessica also worked with Engineers
his own projects. He helped re-establish
group open to all majors that uses
on KU’s campus in 2012. He became
the world. When she signed up for a trip
Leadership Fellow (SELF) program,
invited her sister Brittany along to share
students mentoring, leadership and
The Honors Program embraces the
campus he has focused on pioneering
Without Borders, a student volunteer
the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity chapter
engineering to aid communities around
a member of the Self Engineering
to work with Rebuild Joplin, Mo., she
which gives exemplary engineering
in the experience.
novelty of a set of three sibling members,
Mark is not alone in the SELF program.
but most values their contributions to the
Kruttys, was selected as one of the
associate director of the Honors Program,
followed in her siblings’ footsteps in
Goldwater application and praised the
niche in her first semester at KU. Jessica
Jessica, the newest Jayhawk of the
program and the university. Chris Wiles,
freshman fellows this year. She has
worked closely with Brittany on her
some respects, but she found her own
scholastic accomplishments of all three
joined this year’s successful KU Women’s
“They’re all just extremely bright and
Club Soccer team; a team that won the
regional tournament and traveled to the
national competition in Nashville as one of the top 16 teams in the nation.
well-rounded students. All three are in
STEM fields and doing very well,” Wiles said.
Leadership training brings women from Middle East, Africa and Asia to KU The U.S. State Department awarded
Nabila Wafeq from
its Women’s Civic Leadership in the
was the experience of a
a third consecutive grant to KU for
Afghanistan said that it
Heartland, part of the U.S. Institute
for Women’s Leadership. Held over the summer, it gave 18 young women from Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan training and
experience designed to promote a better understanding of the United States
continue to benefit her in her educational pursuits and women’s rights.
“I am using the experience study visit in my university
Faculty, staff and students from across
campus were involved in the program. Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies and director of KU’s minor in leadership studies,
was academic director for the institute at KU. Sessions included faculty from communication studies, political
thesis, which is on women
leadership as well as in my professional life,” Wafeq
said. “As a board member of
Maay Mahmoud, a participant from Egypt, and Allison Colburn, a senior in sociology
medica Afghanistan I was able to influence
connections with institute participants
reduction or elimination of child and forced
women’s leadership conference in Dubai
the management of medica to consider the
marriages in Afghanistan as a top priority.” KU students working with the institute
science, public administration and
social welfare. Becky Eason at KU’s
Institute for Educational Research and
Public Service provided administrative support for the grant.
Wichita focused directly on leadership or
will help inform her research, as will a
on human trafficking that she attended over spring break.
also discovered new opportunities. Allison
After graduating in May, Colburn
involved with the program as a nursing
embassies or NGOs focused on women’s
Colburn, a senior from Manhattan, first got student pursuing a leadership studies minor. Her involvement with the institute as
The program also included various
area cultural life.
and friendships that will
and knowledge of the
abroad and to help develop future
activities in Lawrence, Topeka and
lifetime, with knowledge
hopes to work for the State Department,
rights. She traces her new passion to her involvement with the institute.
an intern has led to a different major –
“All those girls brought their stories
interests. She is working on an honors
to make a change,” Colburn said.
sociology – and new ideas about her career project in which she is studying women’s NGOs in the Middle East and South Asia and how they empower women. Her
and it was so interesting. I want
“[It’s] rewarding to develop a lot of relationships and see change in a
community, not just in one person. “
“All those girls brought their stories and it was so interesting. I want to make a change.” Allison Colburn SENIOR, MANHATTAN
University Theatre performs at international festival in Shanghai
Arthur Miller is one of America’s great
especially well with the current culture
American. Yet the themes he addresses
chair and professor of the Department
playwrights and his plays are inherently in his works cut across national lines,
speaking to universal characteristics of
humanity. A group of KU students and
alumni found this to be true when they transported to China one of his most famous plays, All My Sons.
The group, made up of about a dozen
students, alumni and faculty from the
Department of Theatre, performed Nov. 10 and 11 at the month-long Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre
Festival to nearly sold-out crowds. Their
group was the only one from the U.S. and one of only three university groups.
Their journey began several months
earlier, when the play was produced
in Lawrence. Even then, the play had a Chinese flair.
of China, according to Mechele Leon,
of Theatre, who produced the play and accompanied the group overseas.
“The way Lei directed this play made
very explicit references to the modern
dilemma and challenges in China today,” Leon said. “They [the Shanghai audience] saw clear connections between post-war America and modern China.”
Adapting to Shanghai Traveling to an international festival
challenged and ultimately rewarded the actors and production crew. The group
consisted of students of all levels, from
undergraduates to doctoral candidates. The difficulties of adapting the
production from the U.S. to China were amplified by the break of almost a year
Guest artist Lei Guo-Hua directed the
between the two performances. Some of
with University Theatre. Lei serves as
doctoral candidate in theatre, replaced a
Dramatic Arts Center and holds China’s
son of Joe Keller.
Lasting impact The short timeframe of the performance in Shanghai created a tricky situation for the crew. According to Julia Ubert, lighting
designer for All My Sons and MFA student in scenography, a normal production allows the crew one to two weeks to
perfect the lighting for a performance. In Shanghai she had two days.
“Because of the condensed time and
atmosphere, particularly not speaking the language, that made it interesting,” Ubert said. “Luckily, another [KU] student was from China, and I learned a few words in Chinese for lighting design that I
used with other professionals to make
the design a reality. I really have never
worked with a more professional group of people in my life.”
The performance was resoundingly
successful. The festival performances had nearly 1,000 attendees, and question-and-
play at KU during a six-week residency
the cast even changed. Danny Devlin,
the principal director of the Shanghai
cast member in the role of Chris Keller,
highest directorial rank. She selected
As a professional actor, Devlin adapted
stage, Ubert and Devlin both expressed
the U.S. production added a unique
Miller’s All My Sons for the group to
answer sessions after the performances
were lengthy and thoughtful, Leon said.
Following the opportunity to present All My Sons on such a large international
to his role quickly. Joining the cast after
their desire to continue working in
The play tells the story of businessman
aspect to his task – he had never worked
“I think this was certainly an experience
had produced and sold faulty airplane
arrived in Shanghai, mere days before the
II. The men and their families face the
“Any choices I made as the character
if we could spread the message of KU’s
as we got to China,” Devlin said. “We
university—to spots all over the world.”
perform at the festival.
Joe Keller, who, with his business partner,
with director Lei until the cast and crew
parts to the military during World War
truth of the past as the play questions responsibility, loyalty and greed.
All My Sons addresses common themes
of humanity and modernity that register
I’d have to be ready to change as soon
that would only happen at KU,” Devlin said. “There are theatrical festivals all
over the world, and I think it’d be great values—of the theatre department and the
had to do all that [rehearsing] with the
understanding that we get to China and the director has the final say.”
College Research in Review $11 million grant funds research on neurogenerative disorders An $11 million grant will enable
researchers to better understand the molecular basis of diseases such as
cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and
Huntington’s. Funding from the National Institutes of Health will create a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
(COBRE): the Center for the Molecular
Analysis of Disease Pathways. The grant was awarded to Susan Lunte, the Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and
Pharmaceutical Chemistry and director of the Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry. The grant will facilitate the
use of modern, cutting-edge technologies to investigate the pathways that underlie human diseases.
Faith’s influence on Naismith, basketball Michael Zogry, an associate professor
of religious studies, is examining the
influence of religion on James Naismith, his creation of basketball and the
commemoration of his legacy. Zogry, who also directs KU’s Indigenous Studies
Program, is working on a book on the subject titled Religion and Basketball:
Naismith’s Game. In 1891 when Naismith
invented basketball, physical fitness and religion were entwined in a movement
transplanted from England that came to be known as muscular Christianity.
diversity in the biomedical workforce
after a 2011 NIH-commissioned study led by Donna Ginther, professor of
economics, found that black scientists are much less likely to receive NIH
grants than their white counterparts.
Study leads to change in federal awards
Ginther’s study found that black
The world’s foremost biomedical
to whites — even after taking
funding agency has announced a series of initiatives in response to a study
that found race-based discrepancies in
research awards. The National Institutes of Health has unveiled plans to address
Above: Professor Glen White (center, in yellow) and senior Sam Ho (second row, in green) traveled to Peru to provide training. Bottom: A professor’s book will consider the influence of religion on James Naismith (left) and basketball; a professor and an alumnus have explained the mystery behind an ancient solar flare.
researchers were one-third less
likely to receive funding compared into consideration demographics,
education and training, employer
characteristics, NIH experience and research productivity.
New tool assesses communication of people with severe disabilities A team of researchers led by Nancy
Brady, assistant professor of speech-
language-hearing, has developed the Communications Complexity Scale to
measure the communication development of both children and adults with
disabilities as diverse as autism spectrum disorders, deaf-blindness and cerebral
palsy for the purposes of assessment and intervention. They often communicate with gestures, body movements and
vocalizations instead of spoken words.
Book explores lowrider cars’ cultural rumble
Spinal cord injury care training in Peru
Documenting endangered languages in China
Ben Chappell, assistant professor of
Glen White, professor of applied
Arienne Dwyer, associate professor of
Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics
KU’s Research and Training Center
alumnus, Professor W. Ma, in Qinghai,
American studies, recently published of Mexican American Custom Cars with
the University of Texas Press. The book explores the lowrider phenomenon
through the lens of Chappell’s own
experiences with car clubs and cruising
around Austin, Texas. Chappell describes lowriding as loaded with political and cultural identification that can signify
rebellion and a sense of belonging. He found that the meaning of lowriders
often could be warped by stereotype,
including gang culture and violence. But he found that
the enthusiasts he got to know well bucked
and wanted to be a positive
force in their
behavioral science and director of
on Independent Living, made three
trips to Peru in 2012 to teach medical rehabilitation professionals how to
better care for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). People with SCI often
experience secondary health conditions
such as pressure sores and urinary tract infections. On one of his trips he was accompanied by Sam Ho, an Honors Program student who is majoring in biology and plans to attend medical
school. More than 100 people attended the
trainings, including medical rehabilitation professionals, physical therapists,
physicians, occupational therapists,
speech language therapists, psychologists
and physical therapy students. The project is supported by a Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
anthropology, and her colleague and KU China, have been documenting Salar,
spoken in a region settled by Mongols, Turks, Tibetans and Chinese along the
ancient Silk Road. Dwyer launched The Interactive Inner Asia website with a
$260,000 grant from the Documenting Endangered Languages Program
jointly supported by the National
Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The
new website also allows simultaneous research on Salar and four more Silk Road languages Dwyer has been
documenting. Recent dam construction along the Yellow River has resulted
in many speakers of these languages being relocated when their villages
were flooded. Dwyer developed the Interactive Inner Asia website with
Carlos M. Nash, assistant professor of anthropology.
Effort focuses on algae as biofuel source
Explanation found for ancient mystery
Study looks at protein’s role in Alzheimer’s
Val Smith, professor of ecology and
In 2012, a team of scientists in Japan
Alzheimer’s disease has long baffled
major effort to develop algal biofuels
deposits within the rings of trees from
hallmark of the disease involves a
evolutionary biology, is involved in a at KU as part of its multidisciplinary
Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative, which is overseen and supported by KU’s
Transportation Research Institute. Smith said that algae have many advantages as
a biofuel source: Their yield rate per acre is 100 times greater than corn, they can be grown in closed “photobioreactors”
or in shallow ponds on marginal lands that don’t compete with food crops or
take up valuable farmland, and they can even be grown on wastewater. In fact,
some of the research is being carried out with the Lawrence domestic wastewater treatment plant.
discovered a baffling spike in carbon-14 the years 774 and 775. Because cosmic
rays are tied to carbon-14 concentrations, scientists wondered about the cause: a supernova, a gamma ray burst in the
Milky Way or an intense solar superflare? Adrian Melott, professor of physics
and astronomy, and Brian Thomas, KU alumnus and professor of physics and astronomy at Washburn University,
examined the evidence and zeroed in
on the likely source — a coronal mass
ejection from the Sun. Melott said that
something similar to this ancient solar
flare would have disastrous consequences for today’s technology-dependent world. Work by Melott and Thomas appears online via Nature Magazine.
researchers with its complexity. One deformed protein called tau that
spreads from brain cell to brain cell.
Within the brain cells of Alzheimer’s sufferers, tau builds up and forms tangles that eventually cause the
cell to die. Chris Gamblin, associate
professor of molecular biosciences,
and his colleague Mel Feany of Harvard University received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health
to study tau. Gamblin said the eventual goal of his investigation would be to
develop new and effective therapies to treat the disease.
MORE RESEARCH ONLINE
College welcomes new faculty members Marie Grace Brown (Department of History, assistant professor) – cultural history of the modern Middle East
Cathy Joritz (Department of Film and Media Studies, assistant professor) – animation and its history, new media and digital imaging
Jonathan Brumberg (Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, assistant professor) – neurological underpinnings of speech motor control
Jason Kandybowicz (Department of Linguistics, assistant professor) – syntaxphonology interface and its implications for understanding the language faculty and its architecture
Gail Buttorff (Department of Political Science, assistant professor) – comparative politics – especially in the Middle East and North Africa Wai-Lun Chan (Department of Physics and Astronomy, assistant professor) – ultrafast electronic processes in organic semiconductors, metals and oxide materials Alexander Diener (Department of Geography, assistant professor) – geopolitics, migration, transnationalism, mobilities, borders and borderlands, and urban landscape change Jessica Gerschultz (Department of African and African-American Studies, assistant professor) – modern tapestry, textile histories, the intersection of gender and state patronage of the arts and the sociopolitical dynamics of artists’ networks Sara Gregg (Department of History, assistant professor) – environmental history of North America Jennifer Hamer (Department of American Studies, professor) – sociological and qualitative aspects of families, particularly African-American fathers, mothers and families Anne Hedeman (Department of Art History, distinguished professor) – relationships between text and image in vernacular late medieval French manuscripts Marike Janzen (Humanities and Western Civilization Program, assistant professor) – intersections of solidarity, human rights and ideas of “world literature” David Jarmolowicz (Department of Applied Behavioral Science, assistant professor) – behavioral and neurobehavioral process of addiction Kij Johnson (Department of English, assistant professor) – animal narratives, scientific writing and natural history before 1800, and foundational fantasy and 12science fiction
Erik Scott (Department of History, assistant professor) – new interpretations of migration, diaspora and empire in the multiethnic Soviet Union Hamsa Stainton (Department of Religious Studies, assistant professor) – religious traditions of South Asia, especially Sanskrit devotional poetry and types of Hindu prayer
Clarence Lang (Department of African and African-American Studies, associate professor) – African-American workingclass history, social movements and the 20th century urban Midwest
Paul Stock (Department of Sociology and Environmental Studies Program, assistant professor) – environmental and rural sociology focusing on family farmers and alternative agriculture
Andrew McKenzie (Department of Linguistics, assistant professor) – interaction of linguistic meaning and structure throughout discourse
John Symons (Department of Philosophy, chairperson and professor) – role of computational modeling in contemporary science
James Moreno (Department of Dance, assistant professor) – José Limon’s storyballets of the 1950s
Annie Tremblay (Department of Linguistics, assistant professor) – adult learning of a second or foreign language
Rebecca Nesbit (School of Public Affairs and Administration, assistant professor) – nonprofit studies, philanthropy, voluntarism and public policy in these areas
Amber Watts (Department of Psychology, assistant professor) – health behaviors and prevention strategies associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease
Rosemary O’Leary (School of Public Affairs and Administration, distinguished professor) – public management, collaboration, conflict resolution, environmental and natural resources management and public law
Peter Welsh (Museum Studies Program, director and professor) – historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects and the public representation and interpretation of culture
David Rahn (Department of Geography, assistant professor) – marine atmospheric boundary layer and the modification of the low-level wind by the topography along the western coast of the Americas
Yong Zeng (Department of Chemistry, assistant professor) – analytical chemistry and bioengineering
Emily Rauscher (Department of Sociology, assistant professor) – education, children and youth, stratification and occupationism Benjamin Rosenthal (Department of Visual Art, assistant professor) – strategies of how people perform including the systems of control set in place and the ways psychological, tangible and virtual positions are negotiated Jarron Saint Onge (Department of Sociology and Department of Health Policy Management at KU Medical Center, assistant professor) – social determinants of population health and health disparities by race, ethnic and socioeconomic status
New faculty introduce themselves at a reception at the Kansas Union. From left, Annie Tremblay, Jason Kandybowicz, Amber Watts and Cathy Joritz.
Beyond basic training
N A CAREER THAT TAKES THEM
of an opportunity to earn another
unpredictable challenges, military
In 2009, Miani was part of the first class
around the world and presents
officers like Maj. Lino Miani can never be too prepared. Even with a master’s degree and 12 years’ experience in
the Army, when Miani came to Fort Leavenworth for advanced officer
education he was eager to take advantage
of a new master’s degree program in interagency studies, a collaboration
between Fort Leavenworth’s U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer
College (CGSOC), and the University of Kansas. The degree was developed in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “What we got was some of the best
professors in the world who weren’t willing to give us any slack,” Miani
said. “What they got out of that was motivated, experienced guys who
were engaged and didn’t have the ability to quit.”
Wayne Larabee, an alumnus of the College, painted this and other military scenes for the Army. Shown here are soldiers in Hanoi in 1946 on a mission to find remains of American pilots and air crew who were shot down.
studies, and equally important, in public administration, political science, law, philosophy and more.
“I can look at a complex situation in
a broader manner than someone who hasn’t benefited from the program,” Miani said.
John Kennedy, director of CGIS and
associate professor of political science,
said the partnership between the Army and an external institution like KU
reflects a trend in the military to help
officers break through group think and In just 10 months, Miani was a graduate
“Possessing a master’s degree from a
Kansas. Following a Special Operations
a lot about an officer when viewed by
of both the CGSOC and the University of tour of almost two years, he is now an
aide to the commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Belgium.
Broad knowledge for a complex job Officers in the interagency studies
program come from the CGSOC course at Fort Leavenworth. The course is the
third of four tiers in the Army’s Officer
Education System. Its goal is to improve officers’ abilities to conduct operations that encompass multiple agencies
and regions, and to enhance their competencies as higher officers.
With its short time span, the Army
course on its own is an intensive training. Officers typically come directly from
an operational unit overseas, spend 10
months at the CGSOC course, then go on to their next assignment, most often to another operational unit overseas.
Although the course is enough to keep them busy, some officers elect to take
advantage of opportunities to complete
a master’s degree at the same time. Their time to pursue advanced training is
limited amid assignments all over the globe. A master’s degree can pave the
way for new assignments down the road.
serious academic institution like KU says
“One thing I heard almost everyone
superiors in the Army,” said Maj. Duane
was really able to get a sense of the big
Mosier, a current master’s student with 17 years’ experience in the military.
The KU program is designed specifically for Army Special Operations officers, which is made up of Special Forces,
coming out of the program say is, ‘I
picture,’ ” Kennedy said. “They really felt they were getting an education independent of the military.”
Building a reputation
Military Information Support Operations,
For three decades, offerings in the College
personnel from other agencies, including
higher education for officers at Fort
Warfare officers (SEALs) and Marine
of Defense. Hundreds of students have
students are nominated by the Army
affairs and administration, and foreign
and Civil Affairs. It’s also open to
have helped KU meet the demand for
government civilians, Navy Special
Leavenworth and across the Department
Special Operations officers. Eligible
pursued tracks in military history, public
CGSOC and admitted by KU.
area officer training.
To meet the needs of military students,
Programs that have been active in
field experience, the Center for Global
the Departments of History and Political
College was an ideal match to design and
Administration, and international area
East European and Eurasian studies and
who have extensive international and
military training in the College include
and International Studies (CGIS) in the
Science, the School of Public Affairs and
coordinate the new KU master’s degree in
studies centers that focus on Russian,
Special Operations Forces conducts
East Asian studies.
unconventional warfare strategies that
The College’s offerings have also played
regions, and an ability to communicate
the most military friendly universities
agencies to ensure successful completion
Military Times among the Top 10 public
require broad knowledge of cultures and
a major role in KU’s reputation as one of
and coordinate with other military
in the nation. KU has been named by
of assigned missions.
universities that are “Best for Vets.”
CGIS’ connections across KU ensure the program includes courses from faculty
with expertise in international cultural
think outside the box.
The university has also been named
as one of 20 military friendly colleges
and universities by Military Advanced Education magazine.
The interagency studies program is one of
Officers agree that the program is
because much of their work is
officers and is closely coordinated with
the demands and responsibilities they
with other organizations.”
the newest graduate programs at KU for the military.
The program is funded through the
challenging but manageable, given
are accustomed to managing in their military careers.
Army’s Special Operations Command,
“After the demands of combat…task
planned by KU faculty.
become vital facets in my way of life,”
but the content of coursework is entirely Because it is customized for Special Operations Forces, the interagency
studies master’s degree has attracted a
strong following among officers. It is also known for educational excellence.
“We compete for it because we know
it’s tailor made for Special Forces and it’s going to be the most rigorous and enriching,” said Maj. Tom Craig, a
current student with experience in Iraq,
Afghanistan and across the Middle East. “KU has the best program. That was the right choice for me.”
Since the program launched in 2009, at
least 15 officers have enrolled each year, with a capacity for 25.
“They’re coming back in droves,” Kennedy said.
An intense year To accommodate the Fort Leavenworth
course schedule, the interagency studies program takes about half the typical amount of time spent pursuing a
master’s degree. It requires significant
commitment on the part of the officers and the faculty teaching courses.
The classes are condensed to eight-week
sessions. In the fall, when coursework at Fort Leavenworth is most demanding,
faculty travel to the base to teach courses
there. In the spring, students travel to the Lawrence campus to take courses.
“They structured our classes so that we were only at KU twice a week,” Miani said. “The tradeoff to that is you go to school for nine hours a day.”
prioritization and time management have Mosier said. “I think I speak for all ISP
students when I say that the program is
very challenging, and yet reasonable when placed in context with our experiences in austere places of the world.”
“No matter what stresses the program places on us, we still get to hug our
families and sleep in our own beds every night. There’s something relaxing about that perspective,” he said.
Mutual benefits Faculty have been enthusiastic partners in
accomplishing things together Students list several classes and
professors as among their favorites,
including Goodyear and other public administration faculty. A course on Islamic law taught by Raj Bhala, a
distinguished professor in the School of
Law, was commonly noted as a valuable experience, as well.
“A fantastic and passionate professor,” said Maj. Pat McCarthy, a current
student who has served since 1998 with tours in Iraq and throughout Europe
and the Pacific. “Having experienced the culture of Muslims firsthand and
not fully understanding the history of
Islam fully, I appreciate his explanation and research. A lot of prior experiences became clearer to me upon his
the program, viewing their participation
instruction and my reflection.”
skills and knowledge that enable them
Self-portrait of Wayne Larabee. Larabee was an official artist and combat photographer for the Army. His artwork is archived in the Army Art Collection.
as a contribution that gives officers
to come up with diplomatic solutions to complicated problems on the ground. They also appreciate the depth of experience the officers bring to KU classrooms.
“The students at the Fort are highly
motivated and bring a variety of real-
world experiences into class,” said Marilu Goodyear, director of the School of Public
Affairs and Administration in the College. Goodyear added that the wealth of experience enhances faculty’s
understanding and knowledge of how
the principles they teach can be applied outside the classroom, as well.
“I have learned that the Army is
much less command and control than I assumed,” she said. “The
officers are anxious to learn successful
techniques for collaboration with other military units, the State Department,
and non-governmental organizations
Other Graduate Military Programs in the College 4
Visit www.gmp.ku.edu for more information.
FOREIGN AREA OFFICER (FAO)
Providing courses in more than 40 foreign languages, 12-month MA programs deepen regional knowledge for well-prepared FAOs in the Americas, South Asia, Europe, Eurasia, China, North Africa, Middle East and
Ready for the future The benefits of the master’s degree from KU can be both
immediate and long-term for the officers. For those who plan to head back to assignments overseas, officers expect to be prepared with a better understanding of the culture and
history in regions where they’re stationed. They also plan to utilize lessons in organizational change and analysis to be better leaders.
“I’ll be a much more effective team builder and change
manager,” Craig said. “There’s no question I’ll be able to
North Asia. More than 150 FAOs have graduated from
apply the education I’ve had.”
KU since 1968.
Miani can confirm the value of the program in advancing his
Over the past 30 years, more than 35 students have completed M.A. degrees emphasizing military history, and more than 20 students have earned Ph.D. degrees in this subfield of the Department of History. KU faculty and graduate students have access to the extensive holdings of the Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth. U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES PH.D.
Launched in Fall 2012 for the Special Forces
career. The activities that Special Forces officers are expected to facilitate include coordination on missions among various agencies, ranging from the CIA to the FBI to Health and
Human Services. The knowledge Miani built in negotiation,
organizational communication, and team building are among the skills he uses in his post at NATO.
“In general, having a master’s, especially one like the KU
interagency, which is so broad, in a way, you really have a
number of frameworks to approach different problems from,” he said.
For long-range plans, officers see a variety of options
ahead. Graduates are prepared to work in many capacities,
continuing as Special Operations Forces leaders in the Army,
community, this degree in the Department of Political
coordinating efforts of multiple agencies, or as educators.
Science offers specializations in American politics,
For some, their future could even include more time at KU.
Public Policy, International Relations, or Comparative Politics. Graduates will contribute to Special Operations Forces at the institutional and strategic level of command. PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION
Based in the theories of social science disciplines, the Master’s of Public Administration develops each student’s knowledge and understanding of issues in public service and effective administration of public organizations, providing flexibility to the student in career choices.
The success of the master’s degree program has spurred
the development of a Ph.D. in Political Science for Special Operations Forces.
McCarthy plans to take advantage of the College’s newest
offering. He has applied for the Ph.D. program, which starts
its second cohort in fall 2013. McCarthy said his experience at KU sparked a newfound interest in higher education.
“Adding graduate school at a later age has provided a much deeper appreciation for education,” he said.
Staying at KU for two more years is an exciting prospect
for McCarthy in another respect, too. Like fellow officers,
he became a fan of KU and the Jayhawks. He’s enjoyed the
extracurricular activities at KU as much as his time in class. “My family and I visit Lawrence often. We tailgated at a
football game. My daughter and I often catch student theatre productions,” McCarthy said. “I feel included and able to
participate actively in the Jayhawk Family. I am glad to have so much fun with KU.”
RECIPE SUCCESS Passion, flexibility and savvy are key ingredients for alumni’s careers in restaurant, brewery businesses
OOKING FROM THE OUTSIDE
in, owning a restaurant or a brewery may seem like a glamorous career. Good food
and drink are abundant, as are interesting customers and co-workers. While they
don’t deny those are significant benefits
in their line of work, alumni R.J. Melman, John McDonald and Melanie Tusquellas
know the industry can be among the most demanding out there. Yet there’s nothing else they would rather do.
instrumental in their careers: passion, flexibility and savvy. And they can
each trace their success, in part, to their
education in the liberal arts and sciences.
An entertainer at heart As a student, Melanie Tusquellas knew where she was headed: a career in the music industry. She built her college
experience around that goal, with jobs as a DJ at KJHK, the student radio station,
These three alumni of the KU College of
and a concert coordinator for Student
and brewers who put in long hours and
the School of Journalism, she switched her
maintain thriving businesses. Melman
for a broad knowledge base to help her on
across the country; McDonald is the
“It’s a very social job in the music industry.
Liberal Arts and Sciences are restaurateurs
Union Activities. Originally a student in
manage a plethora of daily challenges to
major to English because she was looking
owns and manages seven restaurants
founder and president of Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City; and
Tusquellas is the owner of a restaurant, bar and inn in Hollywood.
When you’re dealing with artistic
and creative people, the conversation
needs to be more geared toward those interests,” Tusquellas said. “I learned
Although their businesses and
how to work with a team and worked
qualities and skills that have been
major supplemented that by giving me
backgrounds vary, they each list similar
with negotiating contracts with SUA. My
that informed artistic background in art history, English, film, history.”
After graduating in 1990, her experiences at KU paid off. She headed home to Los Angeles and landed a job in the music
business. After 10 years in the industry, when the switch to digital music was beginning, Tusquellas looked for a
change. It was only natural that she
turned to restaurants: her father owns
restaurants and a seafood market and her grandfather owned one of the most wellknown meat markets in L.A.
Tusquellas opened her first restaurant, Edendale, in 2002 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A. Following its
success, she began operating a fixture among Silver Lake eateries, El Chavo. It’s known for its green corn tamales,
margaritas and one of its loyal patrons. “I inherited a very strong and loyal
customer base, which included Dolly Parton,” Tusquellas said.
Tusquellas has continued her success
Melanie Tusquellas’ restaurant El Chavo is known for its margaritas, green corn tamales and frequent celebrity patron, Dolly Parton. Right: R.J. Melman opened RPM Italian in Chicago last year with his brother and sister and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic.
ALUMNI BRIEFS // on the road
with a three-room inn, El Tres, built
runner at age 13 at Bub City, one of the
He and his siblings manage the
bar. She’s also planning more projects: a
group, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
1,000 people. His day usually starts
over the restaurant and its adjoining
gourmet grocery store with goods from Mexico and another small hotel. And
when her father retires, she plans to take over his businesses.
One of the things Tusquellas enjoys most
about the industry, its unpredictability, is also what can make it so challenging.
“Every day in the restaurant business
something breaks. There’s a lot of problem solving required on the spot,” she said.
Although the work is hard, the end result is worth it in Tusquellas’ view. She’s glad to still have the opportunity to provide entertainment, just as she did in the music industry.
“I enjoy providing entertainment and
escape from everyday life to people,” she
said. “That’s one of the best parts of the job that’s rewarding.”
By high school, he was cooking at several of his father’s restaurants.
Yet, when Melman chose where to go
to college, other interests were at play.
country. Melman, a talented high school
debater, came from Chicago to KU to work with champion coach Scott Harris.
After completing his bachelor’s degree
in communication studies and political science in 2001, Melman returned to
Chicago and gained more experience
as general manger of the first Lettuce
Entertain You restaurant, R.J. Grunts. He joined the ranks of one of the largest KU alumni contingents outside the Kansas City metro.
“There’s a huge alumni base in Chicago,” customers and some of my best friends
His father built a dining empire based in
Today, Melman is a managing partner
his son taking on jobs starting as a young
with his brother Jerrod and sister Molly.
followed in his father’s footsteps.
venture, Hub 51 restaurant and Sub 51
“I think that if your parents are doctors,
he has opened four more restaurants in
Chicago over the past four decades, with
of seven restaurants and nightclubs
boy. So, it’s no surprise to Melman that he
He and his brother opened their first
Melman started out as a bus boy and food
with meetings, tastings, interviews and food development.
said. “It’s highly competitive. There are
come from KU.”
and understand how it works.”
or 2 in the morning. The hours are filled
the best debate teams and coaches in the
R.J. Melman has been immersed in the
probably greater,” he said. “You grow up
around 9 and often doesn’t end until 1
“You’re working when everyone else is off
management program, it does have one of
The family business
the chance of your child being a doctor is
restaurants they own, employing about
Although KU has no restaurant hospitality
Melman said. “Some of our best
business of restaurants his whole life.
establishments in his father’s restaurant
nightclub, in Chicago in 2008. Since then,
always. That doesn’t bother me,” Melman lots of choices for people to eat at. You
need a pretty high success rate. From the inside, it’s really not that glamorous. It’s really blue collar.”
Melman said his KU debate experience serves him well in these ventures.
“Every day, debate skills come into play,” he said. “Argument is at the core of what we do. Even with my partners, we’re
trying to present the best case for what we do.”
Homegrown and handcrafted If anyone had told John McDonald as a
KU art student that he would someday be the founder and president of the largest
craft brewery in the Midwest, it’s unlikely he would have believed you.
“Like every artist, I suppose I wanted to be an artist,” he said. “Probably the last
thing I thought I would be was a brewer.”
Chicago and two in Santa Monica, Calif.,
Yet, it’s McDonald’s time as an art student
that set him toward a path of launching
with another restaurant planned for Los
and a cabinet maker right out of college
Boulevard Brewing Company. That, and a love of beer.
John McDonald, founder and president of Boulevard Brewing Company
“Like every artist, I suppose I wanted to be an artist. Probably the last thing I thought I would be was a brewer.”
As the business grew, McDonald
expanded on the building on Southwest Boulevard, rather than finding a larger space elsewhere. The brewery now has
capacity to produce about 600,000 barrels of beer a year. “Really when I started the brewery, it was a lot of the same things I learned in art and cabinet making; seeing and doing and making things happen,” he said. McDonald applied his experience as a home-brewer and know-how as a
craftsman to launch Boulevard in 1989 in Kansas City. What started with a
single brand, Pale Ale, has expanded to
While McDonald is happy to see his brewery branch out nationally and
internationally, the most important market will continue to be local and regional.
“Things change as things get bigger. It’s harder to maintain that small business mentality as it gets bigger,” McDonald
said. “We have a great crew of people here and we’re proud of our beer.”
seven year-round brews, five seasonal
McDonald has used the success with
support his local environs. The company
brews and several artisanal brews in the Although he’s a loyal KU alumnus,
basketball fan and father to a KU student, he said not to expect a Jayhawk beer any time soon. Lawrence is a strong market, however, so is Columbia, Mo., home of longtime rival University of Missouri. As the business expands, McDonald’s commitment to Kansas City is firmly
planted. He built his business in the same
building where he made cabinets. It’s also the same building where his father, a KU
Boulevard to expand the opportunities to donates beer for charity fundraisers and
hosts charitable functions in its hospitality
rooms. He and other Boulevard employees also started a recycling operation, called Ripple Glass, to keep glass from going to the landfill by repurposing it for insulation and beer bottles.
“I think it’s an industry you need to work in. Go get a job cooking, go get a job serving tables.” —R.J. Melman “You have to be a little crazy to be in the restaurant business and you have to be a people person.” —Melanie Tusquellas “If you like to make things and do things, it’s a great way to go.” —John McDonald
The success of his brewery makes
McDonald proud but what’s equally
important is that he’s making a difference in his community.
alum, ran an industrial supply business.
“You’ve got to look at the important side of
2 years old.
It’s creating jobs and livelihoods,” he said.
And it’s where his son lived until he was
Tips from the Pros
business, that money isn’t the only thing.
“Not just following the dollar but making
sure you’re doing the right thing socially.”
ALUMNI // on the road
Coming soon to a city near you: College hosts alumni events around U.S.
TO BRING THE BEST OF KU
to alumni near and far, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
has launched a series of events
around the country. The College has hosted events for Jayhawks
in New York, Houston, Chicago,
Minneapolis, Phoenix, Hollywood and Overland Park, with future
events planned for New York and Washington, D.C.
The events take two forms. One is
receptions that honor the Collegeâ€™s Distinguished Alumni Award
winners; the other is presentations that feature faculty discussing real-world implications and
applications of their research.
Above, top to bottom: Alumni at an event in Chicago; University Distinguished Professor Ann Cudd, College Advisory Board member Richard Rothfelder, and alumni panelist and Advisory Board member Mike Rome in Houston; alumni taking a break between sessions at Winter Mini College in Phoenix.
2012 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Learn more: Bios at college.ku.edu/ alumni/change
Juan Manuel Santos
Longtime civic leader in greater Kansas City
Metropolitan Museum of Art curator
MacArthur “Genius,” renowned bee researcher
President of the Republic of Colombia
Master’s in Public Administration, ’56
B.A. in art history and French, ’78; M.A. in art history, ’81
Ph.D. in entomology, ’89
B.S. in economics and business, ’73
2013 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
B. Lynn Pascoe
Retired four-star general, U.S. Air Force
Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor
Senior executive at Sesame Workshop
B.G.S., ’75, M.A., ’76, in Latin American studies
B.A. in geology, ’74; M.A. in anthropology, ’79
B.A. in film, ’03
United Nations and U.S. Foreign Service diplomat
Distinguished alumni In 2012, the College honored four
Distinguished Alumni, listed above. The College hosted three recognition events off-campus in spring 2012:
Overland Park for Robert Kipp, New York for Marla Prather and Minneapolis for
Marla Spivak. Several alumni attended the events, featuring panel discussions
and Q&A sessions that expounded upon
B.A. in East Asian studies, international studies and mathematics, ’64
M.A. in human development and family life, ’86; Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology, ’90
the accomplishments and career paths
Martin was honored in an event at the
recognized during a visit to the Lawrence
“Hollywood” sign. Future events are
of the awardees. President Santos was
campus in October, which included talks with students and the public.
Loews Hotel, with views of the famed
being planned in New York, Washington, D.C., and Lawrence.
In 2013, the College will honor five
Alumni will receive invitations via email.
Jessica Beeson, director of community
Distinguished Alumni awardees, listed The first recognition event took place
To be sure you’re on the list, contact engagement, at email@example.com.
in Hollywood on March 17. Chris
ALUMNI // on the road
Face-to-face with faculty Researchers with expertise in argumentation, philosophy, environmental
science, mental well-being and art discussed the topics they’re passionate about with alumni at events over the past year.
An event in September in Houston featured a discussion on the merits
and pitfalls of competition, featuring University Distinguished Professor of philosophy, Ann Cudd, and Houston alumnus and Bridgeway Capital
partner Mike Rome (B.A., ’76, psychology). An event in Chicago in October explored the benefits of argumentation in everyday life, featuring Scott Harris, coach of KU’s top-ranked debate team. It was hosted at Hub
51, a restaurant managed by former KU debater R.J. Melman (B.A., ’01, communication studies and political science).
In Phoenix this February, the College and the KU Alumni Association
hosted Winter Mini College, a two-day program of lectures by faculty and
area alumni. The event was a condensed version of the popular Mini College event that the College has hosted in Lawrence for the past four summers. Attendees learned about strategies to manage depression and aging, presidential rhetoric, environmental impacts of development in
Brazil, Navajo blanket weaving, bird-watching, art rock, faith healers, and collections.
The event was an opportunity to learn and also expand the Jayhawk family: an alumna brought her son, who attended another university, to give him a glimpse of the KU student experience; another attendee was curious about the KU experience, after being admitted to KU decades ago but ultimately
attending another university. The College is already planning future editions of Winter Mini College.
The original lifelong learning experience, Mini College, will celebrate its fifth year this summer. The weeklong program on the Lawrence campus runs from June 3-6. See next page for more details.
Right: Randal Wagoner (B.S., ‘76, accounting) listens to the Winter Mini College presentation by Steve Ilardi, professor of psychology. Ilardi discussed his research on strategies to combat depression. The program in Phoenix featured presentations by about a dozen faculty and alumni.
Above, top to bottom: In Houston, Professor Ann Cudd explained why despite its bad rap, competition is actually good for us; in Chicago, Professor and Debate Coach Scott Harris caught up with former KU debater R.J. Melman; in Phoenix, alumni enjoyed sunny weather and lifelong learning.
mini college // ALUMNI
MINI COLLEGE EXPANDS IN ITS 5TH YEAR THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY
open to alumni and non-alumni alike.
The range of courses has expanded to
as the summer months ensue. Many
from several faculty in the College, and
of Kansas becomes decidedly less busy students head home or take sabbaticals from courses.
For a growing number of lifelong learners, however, summer at KU marks the beginning of class.
Class in this instance is Mini College,
The only requirement is a passion for
“The Mini College experience has taught us that learning is fun at any age, and
being back on campus is a delight,” Kali Standish said. She and her husband,
Tom, have attended every session of Mini College since it began in 2009.
which has become known as a “summer
Mini College this summer will celebrate
by the College of Liberal Arts and
experience to participants like the
camp” for adults. Established and hosted Sciences, the Mini College program offers
a week of multidisciplinary classes, social events and extracurricular opportunities,
five years of offering a unique KU
Standishes with even more options
to choose from. It takes place on the Lawrence campus from June 3-6.
nearly campus-wide, with offerings
from partners including the School of
Architecture, the School of Business, the
School of Education, the KU Libraries and the Dole Institute of Politics.
The College has sought new
collaborations each year for Mini College to give participants a greater variety of
course options, allowing them to further explore and expand their knowledge during the week.
This year will also include a Dean’s Panel, for the first time featuring the deans of nearly every school at KU.
ALUMNI // mini college
Decisions, decisions A sampling of Mini College 2013 classes •
Biography of a City: London
Americans in Paris, Part Deux: The Jazz Age
Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Parmigiano: Building Blocks of Italian Cooking
• • • • •
Myths and Realities of Dementia
Above: The 2012 class of Mini College poses for their group photo. About 135 participants have attended each year.
Outside of Class As any college student knows, time spent outside of class can be just as important as the coursework. Mini
Collegians enjoy rekindling their college experience by revisiting the KU campus or discovering it for the first time.
For those who want the full student experience, Mini College partners with the KU scholarship halls to provide housing.
Many look forward to the graduation
party at the end of the week, this year
Struggle Over Social Security
held at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts
One Renegade Cell: Understanding Cancer
to celebrate their week in a beautiful
How the Internet Changed the World Stand and Deliver: Stand-up Comedy
St. With food, music, dancing, awards and revelry, the students will be able
Join Us! Mini College 2013 June 3-6 $250 Register now at www.minicollege.ku.edu.
landmark and enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Lawrence.
The lasting impact of the variety of
experiences offered at Mini College has inspired many, like the Standishes, to return for multiple years.
“We keep coming back each year
because of the varied course content,
the campus experience and the quality teachers,” Tom Standish said.
Registration includes all classes, light breakfasts, all lunches and two dinners. Contact Jessica Beeson at (785) 864-1767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Learning is fun at any age, and being back on campus is a delight.” Kali Standish MINI COLLEGE ATTENDEE
why i give // ALUMNI
Energy and Environment Center fulfills vision of cutting-edge facilities SCOTT RITCHIE, LIKE HIS FELLOW
Environment Center, is a 40,000-square-
Museum of Art, School of Medicine-
members, wants to ensure faculty and
will accommodate the labs and technology
was on the KU Endowment Board of
Geology Associates Advisory Board
students in the Department of Geology
are equipped to succeed. Over the years, he has seen researchers make the best of a difficult situation – conducting their
work in three or four buildings because
their home facility, Lindley Hall, is a 20th century building that can’t accommodate 21st century needs.
“The infrastructure inside Lindley
wouldn’t allow researchers to do the
things they needed for today’s research.
We finally have a chance to do something
that will approach the problems that I saw 10 years ago,” Ritchie said.
That chance comes in the form of a new
research hub next to Lindley Hall, which has made a significant leap forward
thanks to a lead gift of $10 million from
Ritchie and his wife, Carol. The center is
expected to cost $28 million. Chesapeake Energy also committed $5 million toward construction.
The new facility, the Energy and
foot expansion next to Lindley Hall that that researchers need.
The labs and software will be primarily
of use in studying oil and gas production.
Wichita and student scholarships. Scott Trustees and Carol was on the KU Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as chairman.
However, the building itself will serve
Scott Ritchie graduated from KU in 1954
impacts. Designs include plans for a green
He is chair of Ritchie Exploration Inc.
as a subject for studying environmental
roof, a rainwater harvesting system and a light shelf that will enhance the reach of sunlight in the building and reduce the need for overhead lighting.
“Maintaining a research environment where they can do their research and
move forward with it is very important
with a bachelor’s degree in geology.
and Hallrich Company, and president of Highland Ranch Company. Carol
Ritchie graduated from KU in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She
is active in community and civic causes in Wichita, including the botanical garden, historical museum and symphony.
for attracting top professors and grad
students,” Ritchie said. “The new building will give the (geology) department the
ship on which it can ride to new horizons.” The Ritchies are long-time supporters
of KU. The couple met at KU, married
three weeks after graduation, and sent their three children to KU. They have extended their generosity to the KU
Alumni Association, Lied Center, Spencer
A $10 million lead gift from Scott and Carol Ritchie will help KU build a new research facility.
ALUMNI // why i give
Make a Difference The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to make a great university even better. We invite you to take pride in all that KU has achieved and join with us to build our future. Give online at www.kuendowment.org/college Call 800-444-4201, ext 316
Support provides financial flexibility for students in D.C. internship program
By mail, use the envelope included in the magazine
Our KU Endowment Team Don and Kay Brada gave $15,000 to the Department
of Political Science’s D.C. Internship Program. Their expendable fund covers an intern’s living expenses while in Washington, D.C.
Why They Gave: Kay Brada B.A. in personnel administration and political science (’61) Don Brada B.A. in psychology (’61), MD and residency in psychiatry (’65, ’72)
Nancy Jackson, Development Director and Team Leader
Brian Friedman, Development Officer
Jenna Goodman, Development Director
LaRisa Lochner, Development Director
A self-proclaimed “poli-sci junkie,” Kay hopes to help
others discover a passion for the world of public policy and service that revolves around D.C.
“We hope the intern will enjoy some freedom from
the financial burdens to enjoy the most exciting and beautiful city in the world,” Kay said.
Don added that he and his wife are motivated to help
future Jayhawks benefit from a KU education as much as they did.
“We both enjoyed receiving our education and
intellectual stimulation from KU and hope, through our support, to help make those available to the younger generations that follow us,” Don said.
OREAD ENCORE Kelsey Murrell is a 2012 graduate in English. She
received a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which provides funding to study at Oxford
University in England. She is pursuing graduate degrees in
migration studies and refugee and forced migration studies.
Left to right: Kelsey Murrell with Mary Klayder, professor of English, in Costa Rica, 2011; Murrell in London, 2011; Murrell with fellow KU Study Abroad students Ann Wilson and Will Dale in 2011 in London.
Life is best experienced in the moment I, ALONG WITH PROBABLY ALL OF MY
Costa Rica that I was experiencing it in
on my shoulder. They are experiences
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) syndrome.
than living in those moments. Now, I
fellow Oxonians, have had a major case of Which club to join? How much time
should I make for my friends and, oh
yeah, who will my friends be? The fact is, we are going to miss out on something.
This is true of anyone anywhere. It’s not
as though if we choose one club over the other, we might irreparably damage our
happiness in life. In fact, some of the best things in our lives happen without any
of our own planning. So this column isn’t just about choice. It’s about perspective. I went to Costa Rica on a travel writing program withMary Klayder (associate director of undergraduate studies in the Department of English) through
the University of Kansas Study Abroad program and the University Honors
Program. My camera was stolen there. I was initially very upset. How was I
going to document every leaf cutter ant I saw? What If I saw a sloth?! A really
amazing lady watched me pout for about five minutes. Then she handed me a piña colada and told me to sit by the water,
look at that iguana over there, and get over it.
As it turned out, I saw better without a camera in front of my face. I was so focused on documenting my time in
terms of what I could bring home rather see losing that camera as one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I
didn’t just hear the national motto, “Pura Vida.” I learned to live it.
To bring it back to Oxford: Tonight I
walked to a group dinner at a friend’s
house. It was cold. The rain rendered my umbrella completely useless as it misted at me from all directions. But actually,
I loved the walk. I took time to listen to
music and reflect. I watched the rain/mist glisten in the light of the street lamps. I stopped to admire the river.
I have never in my life been so
incredibly happy. On my walk I thought
about how this happened. I remembered
that inform my perspective on life. They I said I learned to live the national motto of Costa Rica. Pura Vida translates as “pure life” but it means much more
including “full of life” or, as I understand it, loving and appreciating all that life has to offer. Oxford is teaching me to
appreciate all of the details. It’s teaching me the importance of hospitality and
taking time to get to know someone and what he or she is passionate about. I’m frequently overwhelmed by how little
I know and even more so by how little
I will ever know. How lucky I am to be
in a city with so many great minds who
can share with me the revelations of their work over a glass of wine or cup of tea.
that camera. I’ve been living life in
If we stop thinking about what we can or
all in and embracing it. Even the mist.
appreciate it, I think we’ll be surprised in
Oxford without the shield, letting it
Looking back on myself in high school and even my first couple years in
college, I recognize how negatively I
viewed everything. I held onto painful experiences and bitterness.
At KU I learned not only to forgive but
to reconceptualize negative experiences
cannot get out of something and simply retrospect how much those experiences can change us. I’m choosing to be
conscious of the ways I separate myself from living life to its fullest. I want to
experience and appreciate every minute of it.
to see the beauty in them. All of the
Are you a CLAS graduate with a story about
considered obstacles are no longer chips
where you are today? Send column ideas to
experiences in my life that could be
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ALUMNI // bookshelf
Alumni, faculty and students pen noteworthy books
Louise Amended Louise Krug Black Balloon Publishing (2012) Publishers Weekly top 20 nonfiction title of 2012 Alumna Louise Krug recounts her experiences surviving and recovering from a brain bleed that disrupted her ability to walk, see, and move half her face. Krug completed her MFA in creative writing in 2009 and is a Ph.D. candidate and teacher at KU.
At the Mouth of the River of Bees Kij Johnson Small Beer Press (2012) Publishers Weekly top 20 sci-fi/fantasty/horror title of 2012 Kij Johnson, assistant professor of English at KU, released her debut collection of science fiction stories to great critical acclaim. The short stories in this collection feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even humans.
Favela de Rocinha, Brazil Sarah Stern and Gary Mark Smith Self-published Sarah Stern, a senior in journalism and Latin American studies, created this book with Gary Mark Smith, a two-time American Photo Magazine International Competition winner and KU alumnus. The book features photographs and essays about Rocinha, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, and its cultural significance as Brazil emerges as a world power.
More authors online at college.ku.edu/books
Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself Sheila Bair Free Press (2012) New York Times bestseller As the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, alumna Sheila Bair witnessed the origins of the financial crisis and in 2008 became one of the key players trying to repair the damage to our economy. Bull by the Horns is her account of that time and the struggle for reform that continues to this day. Bair received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975 and a law degree in 1978.
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Crown Publishing (2012) New York Times bestseller Marriage can be a real killer. Alumna Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this thriller about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. Flynn completed bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism in 1993.
The Chaperone Laura Moriarty Riverhead Books (2012) New York Times bestseller, USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick The Chaperone is a novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Laura Moriarty, assistant professor of English, draws on the history of the 1920s and ’30s in her fourth book. Moriarty is also an alumna, earning a bachelor of social work in 1993 and a master’s in English in 1999.
Kansas City and How it Grew, 1822-2011 James Shortridge University of Kansas Press (2012) Think of Kansas City and you’ll probably think of barbecue, jazz, or the Chiefs. But for James Shortridge, professor of geography, this heartland city is more than the sum of its cultural beacons. In his sixth book, prize-winning geographer Shortridge traces the historical geography of a place that has developed over 200 years from a cowtown into a metropolis.
Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK Larry Welch University of Kansas Press (2012) Alumnus Larry Welch, 10th director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, provides readers with the first history of that agency, spanning the years 1939–2007. Welch completed his bachelor’s degree from the College in 1958 and a law degree in 1961.
Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement Randal Jelks University of North Carolina Press (2012) Randal Jelks, associate professor of American studies and African and African-American studies, chronicles the life of Benjamin Mays. Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, president of Morehouse College, and mentor to influential black leaders, he had a profound impact on the education of the leadership of the black church and of a generation of change-makers, including Martin Luther King Jr.
“I am interested in education reform and needed experience to further my career goals. I wouldn’t have been able to intern at the non-profit Education Pioneers in Boston without the mentoring and grants from the Honors Program.” Bailey Reimer Class of 2013 Major in American Studies and Linguistics Scholarship recipient
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