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Alumni Reunion Weekend Schedule

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University Activities
School of Health Professions Department Activities
School of Health Professions Class Events
School of Medicine Class Events
School of Nursing Class Events

Registration is required to attend all events. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 24. 

Once you register, you will have access to the exclusive Alumni Reunion Weekend app! You'll receive information to access the app in follow-up communications.

University Activities - Friday, October 1

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All university activities will be virtual and hosted via Zoom. All listed event times are Central Time Zone.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
KUMC Then & Now: Panel Featuring Students and Alumni
How have things changed since 1971? And what has stayed the same? Even before a global pandemic, health care education looked very different when compared to several decades ago. Virtual learning and other safety precautions have added new challenges and new opportunities for current students. Bring your own memories and questions to this interactive discussion!


10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Leadership Welcome & Town Hall
Executive Vice Chancellor, Robert D. Simari, MD'86, will kick off Alumni Reunion Weekend with a virtual town hall featuring updates from:

  • Abiodun Akinwuntan, PhD, MPH, MBA, FASAHP, dean of the School of Health Professions
  • Akinlolu Ojo, MD, PhD, MBA, executive dean of the School of Medicine
  • Sally Maliski, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing

Find out how KU Medical Center has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as leadership visions for the future...and be prepared to ask questions!


11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Alumni Awards Recognition Ceremony
Join us in honoring nine remarkable alumni (and honorary alumni) during the 2021 Alumni Awards celebration. These are the highest honors the KU Medical Center Alumni Association bestows upon graduates and those who have made outstanding contributions to health care. Read more about the awardees.


12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
Care of Patients at the Simulation Hospital
Today's students have the opportunity to provide hands-on care for patients in a simulated hospital throughout their training KU Medical Center. Hear from a panel of faculty, Laura Klenke-Borgmann, PhD, RN, Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD'12, OTR/L, Emily Diederich, MD and Mike Rouse, DO'14, about the experiences of students from all three schools using the Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL). Guests will have the opportunity to ask faculty questions and dive into the experience with them.

  • Laura Klenke-Borgmann, PhD, RN, CHSE is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Dr. Klenke-Borgmann has been on faculty since 2013 and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omicron Chapter, as well as The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. She received her doctorate degree from Villanova University, College of Nursing.

  • Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L has more than 20 years of experience working in various adult settings within the medical model including acute hospitalization, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Reiling Ott graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. She earned her doctorate from KU in 2012.

  • Emily Diederich, MD is an associate professor and assistant vice chancellor of simulation in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine division at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has a specific area of interest in the science of training individuals and teams in health care. Dr. Diederich completed her fellowship training at the KU School of Medicine in 2013.

  • Michael Rouse, DO, FACP is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and currently practicing Hospital Medicine with a primary focus on resident and student-based teams. He additionally serves as an assistant clerkship director for Internal Medicine rotations. Dr. Rouse is a graduate of KCUMB and completed his residency at the University of Kansas in 2014.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Community Impact Panel
Hear from a panel of KU and KUMC alumni who have made a significant community impact over the past year. This event will be featuring moderator Allen Greiner, MD and panelists Matthew Kleinmann, Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS and Megha Ramaswamy, PhD. Please be prepared to ask questions about their different specialties.

  • Allen Greiner, MD'95, MPH'00, is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has a secondary appointment and teaches in the MPH and MS in Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He is a practicing family physician and is the Medical Officer for the Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department. He completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and medical school and a Family Medicine residency at KU School of Medicine. In 2000, he completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship and a Master in Public Health degree.

  • Matt Kleinmann, M.Arch'09, is currently a PhD candidate in architecture with a focus on public health and community development at the University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Design. Matt uses participatory design to serve community-led initiatives in Wyandotte County, Kansas. In 2016, Matt co-founded Dotte Agency, a community-based design collaborative at KU that was nationally recognized for its collaborative practice in 2017, and internationally recognized for its public scholarship in service-learning in 2019. At Dotte Agency, Matt's work has supported community-led efforts through mapping and storytelling; improving sidewalks, parks, and trails; and increasing access to healthy food. Prior to his doctoral studies, Matt taught architecture and urban design as an adjunct professor at KU; worked for Helix Architecture + Design on urban design and historic preservation projects in Kansas City; received his Masters in Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011; and was a member of the 2008 KU Men's Basketball team that won a NCAA National Championship.

  • Jill Peltzer, PhD'12, MS'00, BSN' 92, ARPN-CNS, is currently an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, teaching in the PhD and DNP programs. Her research focuses on health equity, using participatory methods. Dr. Peltzer co-leads the Frontiers Clinical & Translational Science Institute's Integrating Special Populations program. She is a member of Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, International Philosophy of Nursing Society, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Dr. Peltzer received her Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the KU School of Nursing.

  • Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH'04, is currently a professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For the last 15 years, she has worked studying how the intersection of urban living, race, class, and gender structure health and social risk for women and men involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Ramaswamy received her Master of Public Health degree from the KU School of Medicine.


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Continuing Education Event
Compassionate Listening: A Vital Skill for Everyone

What is compassionate listening and how can this extraordinary gift change your life? Join us for this presentation by Janis Davis, PhD, OTR/L, to learn how to identify roadblocks to good communication and active listening skills to better understand people. This accepting and nonjudgmental approach will open the door to better relationships, less stress, and perhaps even better health and improved quality of life.


5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cooking with the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Get out your apron and feel free to cook along with research dietitians Juleah Littrell, MS'18, and Caitlin Boeckman, MS'19! They'll be making Turkey Sweet Potato Chili and Kale Crunch Salad. Mmhmm! 


School of Health Professions Department Activities

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All listed event times are Central Time Zone.

Thursday, Sept. 30
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Jessie Ball Lecture and Pinning Ceremony for first-year Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Students
Students and faculty will attend the pinning ceremony in person. Friends, family and alumni are able watch the event virtually.

Friday, Oct. 1
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Occupational Therapy Virtual Event
Starting at 4:30, dart between Zoom links to visit with students presenting virtual posters. At 5:30, gather together by Zoom for a virtual reception to celebrate alumni, meet current faculty and for a brief presentation.


School of Health Professions Class Reunion Events - Saturday, Oct. 2

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Class Date/Time (CT) Location
Health Information Management 2006 | 15-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Gathering via Zoom
Health Information Management 2016 | 5-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Gathering via Zoom
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 1971 | 50-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Gathering via Zoom
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 2001 | 20-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Brio Italian Grille
502 Nichols Drive, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112
Physical Therapy 1970 | 51-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Event Canceled 
Physical Therapy 2011 | 10-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Chicken N Pickle
1761 Burlington Street, North Kansas City, Missouri, 64116

Please note: the last day to schedule a Class Reunion Event is Friday, Aug. 27. Please contact our team at alumni@kumc.edu if you have any questions. 



School of Medicine Class Reunion Events - Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2

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Class Date/Time (CT) Location
Medicine 1971 | 50-year Reunion Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Jimmy's Jigger
1823 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Medicine 1986 | 35-year Reunion Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

Indian Hills Country Club
6847 Tomahawk Road, Mission Hills, Kansas 66208

Medicine 1971 | 50-year Reunion Friday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m Milburn Country Club
7501 W. 69th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204
Medicine 1976 | 45-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. The Home of Brad Thedinger, Mission Hills, KS
Medicine 1961 | 60-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. Café Sebastienne
4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Medicine 1960 | 61-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Seasons 52
340 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112
Medicine 1996 | 25-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. Gathering via Zoom
Medicine 2011 | 10-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Chicken N Pickle
1761 Burlington Street, North Kansas City, Missouri, 64116
Medicine 1966 | 55-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Gathering via Zoom
Medicine 1961 | 60-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Mission Hills Country Club
5400 Mission Dr, Mission Hills, KS 66208

Medicine 1981 | 40-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Brio Italian Grille
502 Nichols Drive, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112
Medicine 2006 | 15-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. The Fifth Floor
1106 Santa Fe Street, 5th Floor Kansas City, Missouri, 64101
Medicine 1971 | 50-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The 180 Room
11944 South Strang Line Road, Olathe, Kansas, 66062
Medicine 2001 | 20-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Boulevard Brewing Company
2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64108


Registration opening soon! Check back soon for details or contact alumni@kumc.edu

  • Medicine 2016 | 5-year Reunion

Please note: the last day to schedule a Class Reunion Event is Friday, Aug. 27. Please contact our team at alumni@kumc.edu if you have any questions.



School of Nursing Class Reunion Events - Saturday, Oct. 2

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Class Date/Time (CT) Location
Nursing 1981 | 40-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. Nick & Jake's
6830 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223
Nursing 1971 | 50-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Grand Street Café
4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112
Nursing 1966| 55-year Reunion Saturday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. Gathering via Zoom

 Please note: the last day to schedule a Class Reunion Event is Friday, Aug. 27. Please contact our team at alumni@kumc.edu if you have any questions.



The schedule is subject to change.

Registration cancellations must be received by Thursday, September 16 to be eligible for a refund. The KUMC Alumni Relations office reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances that would make the event non-viable. If the KUMC Alumni Relations office cancels an event with a registration fee prior to venue cancellation deadlines, registrants will be offered a refund.

Last modified: Sep 16, 2021
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