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Business school honors Capitol Federal, Hallmark CEOs as distinguished alumni

Thu, 04/24/2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Business is set to honor its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Don Hall Jr., president and CEO of Hallmark Cards, and John Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

Hall and Dicus have been recognized for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU. They will be honored Friday, April 25, at a private reception at The Oread Hotel.

Hall earned his MBA from KU in 1983 and has worked at Hallmark since 1971. He has worked in multiple areas of the business from manufacturing and sales to product development and creative. He took over the company’s top position in 2002 and is the third generation of the Hall family to lead the privately held business, which was founded in 1910 by his grandfather, J.C. Hall.

He is active in the Kansas City community as a member of the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees, KU School of Business Board of Advisors and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce board.  He is the current chairperson of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

John Dicus earned a bachelor’s degree in business from KU in 1983 and went on to earn an MBA from in 1984. He has worked at Capitol Federal Savings Bank since 1985, when he started as a bank officer, working his way through the ranks to president and COO in 1996.

Dicus serves as director and trustee for a variety of organizations, including Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Topeka, Capitol Federal Foundation, Washburn University Endowment and KU Endowment Association. In October 2012, Capitol Federal Foundation pledged a $20 million lead gift for construction of the new KU School of Business building.

The School of Business established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998 to honor outstanding graduates. To date, 48 alumni have been recognized with the award. Past recipients include investor David Booth, entrepreneur Philip Anschutz, former Goldman Sachs executive Robert Kaplan, Cerner Corp. co-founder Clifford Illig and Emprise Bank chairman Mike Michaelis.

Award recipients are chosen from the nominations of other alumni and the dean’s advisory board. Candidates are selected on the basis of their business success and service to their communities and to KU.



Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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