The KU School of Journalism is excited to announce its inaugural "J-School Generations" networking and reunion event was a success. Held March 31 and April 1, 2011, this two-day event brought more than 80 alumni back to the KU campus for a series of interactive activities.
Photos and a video from the event will be posted online soon. "J-School Generations" will become an annual event.
The event kicked off Thursday, March 31, with 11 alumni teaching School of Journalism classes.
The alumni in the classroom included: Mike Goff, vice president, corporate marketing, Sprint Nextel; Joel Zeff, president, Joel Zeff Creative, Dallas; Mike Swenson, executive vice president, Barkley, Kansas City; Eric Morgenstern, president, Morningstar Communications, Overland Park; John Montgomery, editor and publisher, Hutchinson News; Cindy Maude, president/CEO, Callahan Creek, Lawrence; Tom Hansen, president/CEO, Heelys, Dallas; Brian Bracco, vice president, Hearst TV, Kansas City; Honorable Carol Beier, Justice, Kansas Supreme Court, Topeka; Traci Moore Clay, principal, TMG, St. Louis; and Patti Regan, president /CEO, The Regan Group.
The J-School hosted a faculty luncheon for the visiting alumni, followed by a special career advice roundtable session for more than 30 J-School students in the afternoon. Thursday activities ended with an alumni reunion reception at the Adams Alumni Center, which drew more than 80 alumni back to the KU campus.
The event continued on Friday, April 1, with an interactive alumni, student and faculty challenge. Six teams were posed with different industry questions and challenged with developing an innovative solution. The teams presented ideas to an audience of nearly 60 alumni, faculty and students in Alderson Auditorium of the Kansas Union.
The winning idea for "inKUbator" was announced at the end of the presentations. Judges were Dean Ann Brill, graduate Mary Ann Powell and Nick Gerik, editor of the Kansan.
Sponsorship for J-School Generations was provided by the generous contributions of the School of Journalism; Macdonald Visiting Professionals Fund; Morningstar Communications; Joel Zeff Creative; KU Alumni
Association; The Kansas City Star; Kansas Athletics Department; KU Bookstore; the Kansas Union; and other donations made by anonymous donors.
A special thank you to the event planning committee: Cindy Belot, Brian Bracco, Jennifer Kinnard, Abby Leeper, Corrie Moore, Eric Morgenstern, Patty Noland, Alex Tilson, Mike Williams and Joel Zeff.