Featured Students

Sgt. (ret.) Kortney Clemons

Sgt. (ret.) Kortney Clemons is a student in the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative (AW2IE). Kortney served in the United States Army for over 5 years as a combat medic.  In 2005, during a combat tour in Iraq, his convoy was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Kortney lost his right leg above the knee and suffered vascular damage in his other leg. He will be graduating in Spring 2012 with a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. While at KU Kortney has been training with the track team to prepare for the 2012 Paralympics. “The University of Kansas and OPMGE office is helping me reach my educational goals, and the Wounded Warrior Program is giving me a great opportunity to continue my career serving the Army, for which I am blessed and extremely grateful for.” Kortney currently resides in Lawrence with his wife, Candy, and daughter Daytriona.

Lt. Col. Christopher Rein

Lt. Col. Christopher Rein graduated with a PhD in History in 2011. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Chris will use analytical and instructional skills developed at KU to educate the next generation of Air Force officers. “KU’s program was ideally suited to my needs, in terms of content, available faculty and time required for completion. By making a top-notch history program available to active-duty officers, KU’s OPMGE is a model partnership between educational institutions and governmental organizations and provides a quality of education unavailable elsewhere within the defense establishment.”

Capt. Youngjun Kim
Capt. Youngjun Kim is an active duty army officer of the Republic of Korean Army (ROK) and a Permanent Military Professor of International Politics at the Korean National Defense University (KNDU). Capt. Kim graduated from the Korea Military Academy in Seoul in 2003, and did postgraduate study at King's College London, where he obtained an MSc in Public Service Policy and Management. He is currently working on a PhD in History at KU under the tutelage of Prof. Adrian Lewis on a Department of Defense scholarship. His research is focused on the Soviet Union's influence on the creation of the North Korean Army from 1945 to 1950. "KU's Office of Professional Military Graduate Education supports military officers and veterans to study in a resource-rich environment that includes close contact with the CGSC, and its functions are connected not only to the U.S. military and federal institutions but also to the international and global community."
Sergent (Ret.) Nathan Dhnke

Sgt. (ret.) Nathan Dehnke is a former student in the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative (AW2EI). A decorated Soldier, Nathan served in the U.S. Army for more than four years as an Airborne Infantryman. In 2007, during a combat tour in Iraq, he was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), resulting in left eye blindness and left leg nerve damage. He graduated from KU with an MA in Political Science in May 2011. Nathan currently works for the Army G-1 Headquarters in Washington, D.C., analyzing policy and advising personnel regarding the Army's Civilian Expeditionary Workforce. "The University of Kansas and the OPMGE office were excellent partners in assisting me with the accomplishment of my educational goals. The critical thinking and communication skills learned while a graduate student at KU have been indispensable to me as I continue to serve the United States Army as a civilian employee."

Sgt. (ret.) Kortney Clemons

Lt. Marcus Craig, USN, is a "fuelie" in the School of Business's Petroleum Management program. The M.B.A. with a concentration in Petroleum Management (MBA-PM) combines a unique curriculum of master's level business and engineering courses enabling U.S. Naval Supply Corps officers to transition to billets as fuels specialists. Upon graduating, Marcus will return to the U.S. Naval fleet to provide direct end-user logistics support and will later serve under the Defense Logistics Agency's Department of Energy, which manages all energy resources utilized by the Department of Defense. "KU's extensive background in Petroleum Engineering combined with KU's School of Business will enhance my understanding of managing commodities such as fuel, and allow me to provide superior support to various U.S. defense entities."

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