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Jeff Handlin
Chair, Honors Program Advisory Board, Founder, Manager of Oread Capital & Development

Jeff Handlin (C'98) received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Duke University.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
John Mark Hansen
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
773-834-2485
Chicago, IL

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Kansas, John Mark Hansen (C’81) received his M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University. 

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Mary Klayder
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and University Honors Lecturer, KU Department of English
785-864-2582
Wescoe Hall, Room 3019

Mary Klayder (C’72, D’75, G’82, Ph.D.’09) graduated from KU with bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History. She taught high school English before becoming a faculty member at KU. 

David Lambertson
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Foreign Service Officer, Retired
Winchester, KS

David Lambertson was a Foreign Service Officer for 32 years, serving primarily in East and Southeast Asia.  He retired in 1995, following four years as Ambassador to Thailand.  Since then, Lamberts

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Aroop Pal
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Hospitalist and Associate Professor, KU Medical Center.
913-588-6005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66160

Aroop Pal (C'98, M'02) completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Biology from the University of Kansas.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Vice-President, Pull Pans, LLC
303-710-2099
Denver, CO

Ben Palen Jr., (C'75) graduated from the University of Kansas with honors with degrees in history and political science. While a student at the University of Kansas,

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Del Shankel
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Chancellor Emeritus, KU Chancellor's Office, Professor Emeritus, KU Molecular Biosciences

Del Shankel received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Walla Walla University. In 1952 he was drafted into the Army, and participated in the Lab Technology Training program.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Michael Wade Smith
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Executive Director of Marketing & Advancement, Office of the Provost
Newark, NJ

Michael Wade Smith is a 2011 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with degrees in English Literature and American Studies.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, President, Royal Street Investment and Innovation Center
Park City, UT

Jeffrey Stowell (C’97, L’01) received his undergraduate degree with honors and law degree from the University of Kansas.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Sarah Warner
Member, Honors Program Advisory Board, Attorney, Thompson, Ramsdell & Qualseth, P.A., Adjunct Professor, Washburn University School of Law
Lenexa, KS

Sarah Warner (C'03) graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Kansas with degrees in Mathematics, Political Science, French, and International Studies. At Ave Maria School of Law


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40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
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