Faculty and Staff
Retirement celebration
On Friday, the J-School celebrated the careers of four professors who are retiring at the end of this semester. Congratulations and best wishes to Jimmy Gentry , Barbara Barnett , John Broholm and Max Utsler .
Associate Professor Mike Williams has been elected to the executive board of the Kansas Union Memorial Corporation Board of Directors, and he was re-elected as chair of the University Core Curriculum Committee for academic year 2020.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen , who is the recipient of the 2019 John Katich Award for Creativity. The annual Katich Award is given to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications who demonstrates creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Curriculum Innovation Program poster
Assistant Professor Hyejin Bang  and  Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo  presented the J-School Curriculum Innovation Program team’s poster on transforming the social media curriculum and creating a social media data hub during the Celebration of Teaching hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence on May 10. Other members of the project team include  Assistant Professor Joseph Erba  and  Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen .
Professor Tien Lee ’s paper, co-authored with Gary Hicks of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and titled "Learning to be inclusive? Testing the effects of media diet on attitudes toward LGT equality,” has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in August 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  Another paper by Lee, titled "Learning to be More or Less Prejudiced? How News Media Moderate the Effects of Ideologies and Partisanship on Attitudes toward Migrants,” co-authored with Yuki Fujioka of Georgia State University, also was accepted for presentation to the annual AEJMC conference.
Student News and Opportunities
Top honor for Kansan.com
Kansan.com was named best student news website last week in the Tulsa Press Club's Great Plains Journalism Awards. The annual Great Plains awards cover professional and student media in eight states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Strategic Campaigns and IMC presentations
Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen 's Strategic Campaigns class wrapped up its semester on May 7. Students pitched their creative executions to Azzie Amani-Taleshi , founder of Pishkesh Market, which offers premium Fair Trade USA certified saffron.
Students in Professor of the Practice Angie Hendershot ’s Capstone in Marketing Communications course presented strategic marketing plans to their clients in Kansas City. Ritz Chatterjee Dasgupta , Brenda Poor and Tammy Dodderidge (at right) shared a plan for the future Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center event space to Bob Kendrick , president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and his staff. Tim Dodderidge , Katie Pike and Whitney White delivered a fund development plan to CEO Tom Petrizzo and team at Tri-County Mental Health Services.
Reduce stress during finals with mindful meditation
Mindfulness and meditation activities can help evoke relaxation responses and reduce stress.  Mike Thibodeau, president of the Mindfulness & Meditation Club, and Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen have curated digital mindfulness resources to help combat stress during finals week. 
During finals week, Stauffer-Flint 312 will be one of the Reflection Rooms available on campus. Other Reflection Rooms are in Anschutz 320L; Burge Union; Danforth Chapel; and Watson Library, level 5.
Citizen journalism organization seeks program manager
Paper Airplanes, an online citizen journalism class, is searching for a program manager for the Fall 2019 semester. If you are a journalist who is passionate about the potential of citizen journalism and the role storytelling can play in bridging cultures and conflicts, this opportunity may be for you. Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Stay connected over the summer with JSchool Tech
Students, help determine workshops and training for JSchoolTech next year! Complete our survey. You also can get on the VIP list for JSchool Tech Fall 2019 workshop teams and other events. Email  halawrenz@ku.edu  and you can help set dates, events and get first access to sign up. 

Need to boost your Adobe skills? On campus for summer classes? Sign up for JSchool Tech Topics. These four-week intensives will help you develop basic knowledge in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. Email  halawrenz@ku.edu to work out a schedule.

Save the date! Adobe Creative Jam comes to KU next fall on Oct. 25.
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work 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. See more job and internship opportunities on the J-School's website and check out the University Career Center’s job and internship board .
Radio engineer , Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Part-time web producer , KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Social media strategist, MMGY (Kansas City, Missouri)
Traffic manager , Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
Weekend meteorologist , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
News photographer , Nextstar (Joplin, Missouri)
E-commerce manager , WallyGro (Kansas City)
Video production assistant , KOLN/KGIN (Lincoln, Nebraska)
General assignment reporter , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Monetization communications extern , Facebook (San Francisco, California)
Student graphic design specialist , KU School of Music (Lawrence, Kansas)

Communications/graphic design intern , Helmerich & Payne (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Marketing communications intern , KU School of Business (Lawrence, Kansas)
Video content creator , Rumbl (Remote)
Intern/reporter , Forbes (Washington, D.C.)
Jobs report for 2019 graduates
Courtney Gehrke : KSNT-TV, producer, Topeka, Kansas
Ellen Terhune : KWCH-TV, weekend sports/news multimedia journalist, Wichita, Kansas
In Memoriam
Delbert Kehr , 1972 J-School graduate, died Dec. 3 in Aurora, Colorado, at the age of 76. Read his obituary.
Alumni Update
Book award finalist
A book edited by retired J-School Professor Rick Musser was a finalist in the 28th annual Midwest Book Awards, regional history category, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association. "A People’s History of the Seward Neighborhood," released last December by Nodin Press in Minneapolis, was one of three books on local history recognized by the Association from publishers in 12 states , including Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota. Musser served as developmental editor for the project, which relied on neighborhood writers and locally gathered oral histories to tell the story of a nationally recognized South Minneapolis community — from its pioneer roots to its working class Scandinavians to the East African refugees who live there today. 
Musser retired in 2008 and has lived in Minnesota since then. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble .
Melvin Dunston , 1998 J-School graduate, is sales manager at PSAV (audiovisual company) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amy O'Hara , 2005 J-School graduate, is associate director of communications at Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying used cars, which unveiled its Kansas City Car Vending Machine last week.
May 17:  Last day of finals
May 18:  J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center
May 19: KU Commencement, 10:30 a.m., Memorial Stadium
June 4: First day of summer classes

Note: This is the last edition of the Monday Memo for the spring semester. The Monday Memo is published monthly during the summer. The next Monday Memo will be distributed June 17.
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