Professor Chris Brown

Postcard from Abroad: Professor Chris Brown in Brazil

Chris Brown is a professor of environmental studies and geography Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil – My family and I have been here in Brazil for six months now, and there are six months to go. I’m on sabbatical, supported by grants from Fulbright and the São Paulo Research Foundation. I’ve been keeping in touch with colleagues and […]

Kierstin McMichael

Graduation profile: When opportunity knocks, senior answers

Kierstin McMichael is the definition of busy. Between leadership positions and jobs on campus, reading and studying hundreds of pages a week for her English major, working  with not just one but two distinguished professors, and advising fellow students, she finds little time for sleep, let alone downtime. But being tired is worth it to […]

Evan Traylor, KU senior

Graduation Profile: Setting goals and never looking back

Evan Traylor is the kind of person who goes after what he wants and doesn’t look back. From his first campus tour, Evan knew KU was the right fit – so it was the only college he applied to. He decided on his double major in political science and Jewish studies and minor in leadership […]

Gabriel Alaniz, KU senior

Graduation Profile: An accidental Jayhawk learns to shine behind the scenes

Four years ago Gabe Alaniz never would have agreed that a liberal arts degree at a large, research university would be the best place to study theatre. Now? This accidental Jayhawk wouldn’t change a thing. First-generation college students face numerous challenges when arriving on a college campus. Alaniz, a senior from Overland Park, faced the […]

RachaelBoothe

Graduation Profile: Trading in computer screens for nature scenes

One week into her first desk job, avid hiker and outdoorsman Rachael Boothe knew that she wanted to trade in her computer screen for fresh air and scenic views. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, Rachael spent her days coding in a cube. But during a trip to Rocky Mountain National […]

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Graduation Profile: A graduation ceremony 18 years in the making

In the six years Cindy Sexton has organized the Department of Psychology’s graduation ceremony, she’s seen hundreds of students walk across the stage. This year, she’ll be focused on one student in particular. Her daughter will walk across the stage, marking the completion of her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Watching her own daughter graduate in […]

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Alumni Q&A with Ann Birney, historian and performer

In the decades since her disappearance in the summer of 1937, famed aviator and Kansan Amelia Earhart has continued to captivate the interest of adventurers, historians, Kansans and more. Among her most dedicated fans is alumna Ann Birney, who performs as Earhart in historical monologues delivered across the state and country. Birney’s path to becoming […]