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in this issue: >> Alumni share recipe for success >> Mini College celebrates 5 years >> College hits the road with alumni events

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

28 Authors Aplenty: Fill your shelves with books by alumni, faculty and students KU Collegian is published for alumni and friends of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by students and graduates of the University of Kansas. Strong Hall 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard Room 200 Lawrence, KS 66045-7535 785.864.3661 FAX: 785.864.5331 email: EDITOR Kristi Henderson, ’03

DESIGN Susan Geiger, ’98 CONTRIBUTORS Ursula Rothrock, ’13 Madison Twombly, ’13 Dustin Johnson, ’14 KU Marketing Communications KU News Service

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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

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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.

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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

Ann Cudd


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.

Maryemma Graham

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.

Edmund Russell

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 geology.

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.

financial support.

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

world leadership.

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

theatre abroad.

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

festival performance.

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

the stereotype

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.





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



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

master’s degree.

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

interagency studies.

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

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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




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

the job.

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

Smokestack Series.

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 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 College’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 alumni/change

Robert Kipp

Marla Prather

Marla Spivak

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


Charles Boyd

John Gurche

Chris Martin

B. Lynn Pascoe

Rosemarie Truglio

Retired four-star general, U.S. Air Force

Award-winning paleo-artist

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

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


open to alumni and non-alumni alike.

The range of courses has expanded to

as the summer months ensue. Many

continued learning.

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

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

“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 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

enrich it.

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

how your KU experience helped get you


ALUMNI // bookshelf

Authors Aplenty:

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.

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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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The KU Collegian is the annual alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.