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2019 Campus-Wide Leadership Series


What is the Campus-Wide Leadership Series?

The Campus-Wide Leadership Series presents highly successful professional leaders from all fields from our KUMC campus, the Kansas City community and beyond. Our primary goal with this leadership series is to teach people how to be leaders through the stories of other's experiences.

Who Should Attend? 

All employees (faculty and staff), trainees and learners are encouraged to attend. This includes KUMC, the University of Kansas Health System, KUMC RI and all others at the KUMC and Westwood campuses. Those from the Wichita, Salina and Westwood campuses are welcome to join via Live Stream.

How Do I Register? 

  • To attend the KUMC campus event, click on an upcoming blue title or "Register Now" button below to sign up. Lunch is provided to the first 75 registered participants who show up at each event.
  • LIVE STREAM AVAILABLEat  The link can be opened in any browser and on mobile devices during the hour of the presentation.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS - Access specific 2019 video recordings by clicking the video icon below, next to the title you wish to hear. To view presentations recorded between 2006-2018, visit our video archives. 

2019-2020 Schedule

**All events are held from 12-1pm in G013 School of Nursing Auditorium*

Annual Veterans Day Campus-Wide Leadership Series Lecture - November 15, 2019 - "Moral Courage: Marines and Medics" Mike Denning, Colonel, USMC (Ret.), Director of Graduate Military Programs at KU

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About Mike Denning, (Colonel, USMC Ret.) is the Director, Office of Graduate Military Programs at the University of Kansas

Mike graduated from KU in December 1983, attended the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, and commissioned as a second lieutenant of Marines in April 1983. His assignments included:

  • Command of two aviation squadrons;
  • Chief Operations Officer for a Marine Aircraft Wing during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
  • Senior aviation planner 2d Marine Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
  • Writer and staff officer for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
  • He served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In November 2009, he retired from the Marine Corps.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he served as an environmental consultant and Project Manager for Marstel-Day. In July 2011, he joined the University of Kansas and assumed his current duties as the Director, Office of Graduate Military Programs. In his position, he leads the University's efforts to promote education and research initiatives in support of the U.S. Armed Forces and Intelligence Community. He oversees the University's scholarship programs in support of wounded and disabled Veterans, and promotes the university's Veteran's and ROTC initiatives.

Mr. Denning earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in National Security Strategy, cum laude, from the Naval War College, and served as a post-graduate National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Denning met his wife, the former Karen Elaine Abram of Prairie Village, KS, at "The Wheel" in 1985 and they have been married for 39 years. They have five children (three of whom are Jayhawks) and four grandchildren. Mike resides with his family in Overland Park, KS.

Annual KUMC Emeritus Faculty Lecture - October 18, 2019 - The Shootings at Kent State University - "A 50 year Perspective from a Professor and Police Officer (First Annual KUMC Emeritus Faculty Lecture)" Allen Rawitch, PhD, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus

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About Allen Rawitch, PhD

Upon his retirement in 2016 from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) after 41 years of service, Dr. Allen Rawitch was appointed as Professor Emeritus and Vice Chancellor Emeritus. While at KUMC, his research focus was in molecular endocrinology where he authored multiple published papers and abstracts in the areas of thyroid function and pancreatic hormone structure and function. In addition to serving on the KUMC faculty for more than 40 years, Dr. Rawitch served in several administrative roles including 13 years as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

In 2016, Dr. Rawitch retired with the rank of Captain from the City of Overland Park Police Department after completing 37 years of part-time service. Dr. Rawitch worked as a patrol officer for over 25 years, receiving a number of awards for his work in addition to promotions in rank and before his retirement served as a detective in the Investigations Division.

About the KUMC Emeritus Faculty Lecture
This is the inaugural year for the KUMC Emeritus Faculty Lecture. Each fall, a KUMC emeritus faculty member will present a lecture to the KUMC community on a topic related to their area of experience and expertise. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Special Coming Out Day Campus-Wide Leadership Series - October 11, 2019 - "Accidental Leadership in LGBTQ Kansas" C. J. Janovy

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In this Campus-Wide Leadership Series presentation, C. J. Janovy, veteran journalist and author of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas will discuss the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naive Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country's most hostile states. In other words, a love story.

Series Background

The KUMC Campus Wide Leadership Series is an opportunity unlike any other on campus, It aims at all employees and trainees with the purpose of sharing stories of leaders in the community and beyond. The leadership series was one of our most consistently well attended programs for the last 14 years.

We look for three basic components in a Campus-Wide Leadership Series presentation.

  • First, we ask presenters to "tell their story"-- their background; what drives them; who their mentors were or who inspired them along the way; and what obstacles they had to overcome and how they overcame them to reach their level of success.
  • Second, "address their personal leadership style" -- present the challenges and solutions to keeping everyone focused on the goal simultaneous to overcoming inherited handicaps in their business or life's dream; obstacles and limitations imposed on the job or task at hand; public relations and scrutiny; the challenges one faces from a diverse world; and two or three tips about their personal methods, style or philosophy about how to lead a team to success. 
  • Lastly and for the majority of the presentation we ask them to provide a unique focus from their own field or business, whatever that may be.


The series is organized by the Office of Academic & Student Affairs (OASA) and co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Hospital, and the University of Kansas Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. All events are offered at no cost to the participants, and lunch is provided to the first 75 participants on the pre-registration list who show up. For questions or suggestions, please contact Jenny Memmott. 

Last modified: Nov 15, 2019