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William Allen White Day events

Students, faculty, staff and alumni: Please make plans to attend a full slate of events April 24-27 to commemorate the 150th birth year of William Allen White. Read the news release.

April 24
  • Pete Souza, White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, will give a lecture and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center. Free and open to the public. Read the news release. Read a Q&A with Souza in the Lawrence Journal-World.
April 25
April 26
  • Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff, alumni and special guests. 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery, Stauffer-Flint Hall.
  • William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism" panel discussion with previous National Citation award winners and J-School students. 3:30 p.m., Ballroom, Kansas Union. Free and open to the public.
April 27
  • Scholarships and Awards presentation, luncheon and Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards. Noon, Ballroom, Kansas Union. (RSVP required)
Note: The University Theatre is offering a special discount to the April 27 showing of  "Spring Awakening"  for anyone attending the WAW150 events. Adult tickets are $15 at the box office or on the phone (785-864-3982) with mention of the William Allen White 150th Anniversary. Use the code WAW150 if  ordering online.
Faculty and staff
Associate Dean Scott Reinardy will be honored by the South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication as one of its distinguished alumni on April 18. Reinardy earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and history from SDSU in 1987.

Associate Professor Max Utsler attended the Broadcast Education Association convention where he chaired a Sports Division panel titled: "Careers in Sports: If You Don't Know Where You Are Going Most Any Route Will Get You There." He also attended the past presidents council meeting and sessions on TV news and sports.

Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, visited with approximately 100 students to discuss journalism opportunities at the Cowley County High School Career Expo on April 11 in Arkansas City.
At right, students were invited to practice their interviewing skills at the J-School booth. 

Nominations for the John Katich Award for Creativity are due to the dean's office by the end of the day today. The Katich award goes to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas. The award will be presented at the last faculty meeting of the year on May 4.
Research and presentations
Smithsonian Magazine  interviewed Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen on "Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobacco ." Chen's fMRI research was prominently featured to support e-cigarette ads' particular appeal to kids. Read the article here.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation on North Korea to the Global Studies Symposium at the Kansas Union on April 12. Seo also served as a panelist at the Faculty Development Program workshop on planning for promotion and tenure at KU on April 16.

Associate Professor Doug Ward led two workshops last week at the Learning Analytics Summit at Indiana University. The workshops focused on getting started with the use of data in analyzing classes, curricula and learning. Ward also made a presentation on KU's work on a learning analytics project funded by a mini-grant from the Association of American Universities. Ward also led discussions earlier this month at a knowledge exchange among four universities that are working to create a new approach to evaluating teaching. That project, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, involves KU, Colorado, the University of Massachusetts and Michigan State. The meeting was held at the University of Colorado, Boulder.    

The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) invites the submission of proposals for the 2018-2019 Applied Research Award. The award is open to faculty as well as doctoral candidates. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. April 23. Get the details.
Student news and opportunities
In the Kansas Collegiate Media contest, the University Daily Kansan won 15 individual awards, plus it was named All Kansas in the online division (the highest honor for a website), and the print edition earned a Bronze medal.

Individual print winners were: 
Roxy Townsend, first place, front page design
Conner Mitchell, second place, editorial writing
Omar Sanchez, third place, feature writing
Rebekah Lodos, third place, news writing
Darby VanHoutan, honorable mention, news writing
Missy Minear, third place, news photo
Gus Hellinghake, honorable mention, review writing
Shaun Goodwin, honorable mention and third place, sports feature writing
Sean Collins, second place, sports feature writing
Skylar Rolstad, honorable mention, sports news writing

Individual online winners were:
Sean Collins, first place, interactive storytelling
Angie Baldelomar, Chandler Boese, McKenna Harford, Darby VanHoutan, second place, interactive storytelling
Amie Just, third place, interactive storytelling
Brandon Cotter, second place, video
Internships and jobs
Find job and internship opportunities on the J-School's jobs and internships web page. You can filter by job or internship and full or part time. And don't forget that our career and outreach coordinator, Steve Rottinghaus, can help you with your search. Some recent opportunities include:

Reporter, Junction City Daily Union (Junction City, Kansas)
Promotional event marketing, (part time), Alenco (Kansas City)
Social content manager, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing coordinator, Finkle + Williams (Overland Park, Kansas)
Operations and recruiting coordinator, Keyhole Software (Leawood, Kansas)
Weekend meteorologist/multimedia journalist, KSNB-TV (Hastings, Nebraska)
News anchor, KCEC (Denver, Colorado)
Sales assistant, Entercom (Houston, Texas)

Strategic marketing and events intern, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications internship, Kansas Land Trust (Lawrence, Kansas)
Summer intern, Olathe Chamber of Commerce (Olathe, Kansas)

See more job and internship opportunities here.

If you have recently accepted a job or internship, please share the news with Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator at
Informational booth

Michelle Harris, director of marketing at Alenco, will host an informational booth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 in the Clarkson Gallery to discuss job opportunities at the organization. Alenco is a family-owned home improvement business in Lenexa, Kansas.
Young Alumni Career Panel

Hear from recent KU graduates, including two in strategic communications, on how they landed their first post-college positions and how their international experience helped them achieve their goals. Alumni from a variety of majors will share how they used their study abroad experience to answer questions in their job interviews, how they've used their international experience in their jobs, and what their plans are for the future. The event is at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at the Burge Union, Forum C. Light snacks will be provided.
Scholarships and contests
The Association of LGBTQ Journalists has a number of opportunities for student scholarships. Download the flier or apply here.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will award up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to next semester's juniors and seniors. Application deadline is May 1. Get the details.

Students, staff and community members are invited to enter KU Endowment's campus illustration contest. Categories are: New KU Skyline, Fraser Hall, Potter Lake with Campanile, and Strong Hall with the Bronze Jayhawk. Winners will receive $500. Deadline is April 30. Learn more here. 
Visiting professionals
Brian Bracco, 1973 J-School graduate and former TV news executive, visited the J-
School last week. He reviewed graduating seniors' audition reels and resumes and offered job hunting tips.
Alumni update
Julie Johnson Staples, 1978 J-School graduate, was inducted in the KU Women's Hall of Fame last week. Staples is currently interim senior minister of the 116-year-old Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in Brooklyn, New York. As a KU student, she was the first African-American editor of the University Daily Kansan. She eventually became the White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and The New York Times. In 1994, she earned her law degree from Georgetown University and went on to serve as the Justice Department correspondent for ABC News. She later began a career in international investing at Warburg Pincus and became the firm's first African-American partner. Her career shifted again when she returned to graduate school to study theology and became ordained in the Congregational and American Baptist Church. She serves on the board of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. She is pictured above (at right) with Lynette Woodard, who also was inducted last week.

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, was quoted in this New York Times opinion piece, "Can Localism Restore Sanity to U.S. Politics?"  
Mark your calendars
A pril 24: Pete Souza lecture/presentation, 7 p.m., Lied Center
April 25: Panel discussion, "Media and Politics" with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners, 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25: Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25:
Susanne Shaw retirement reception, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 26: Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 26: William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism," with previous National Citation award winners, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 27: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards and Scholarships and Award Program, noon, Kansas Union, Ballroom
May 4: Stop day
May 4: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest
May 12: J-School Recognition ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

To see all J-School events, go to
University of Kansas | William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications 
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