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Chats for August 2006

Red Dog

Talk about health and fitness with "Red Dog" Don Gardner

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Red Dog Don Gardner will talk about Dog Days, his state award, and his new job doing class checks for KU athletes.

Steve Hedden

Chat about fine arts with Steve Hedden

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Steve Hedden is dean of the School of Fine Arts at KU. The dean of fine arts oversees more than 1,400 students in performing and visual arts, visual art education, music therapy and music education. The school has more than 40 degree programs in three departments. The dean also oversees the Bales Organ Recital Hall and the Lied Center.

Stanley Redwine

Chat about the KU Cross Country season with head coach Stanley Redwine

Monday, August 28, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Stanley Redwine, head coach for the KU Cross Country team, will answer questions on Monday, August 28 at 1:30 p.m. (CST). Coach Redwine is entering his seventh year as head coach and with five of the top male performers from last season, the team is looking to the Big 12 and NCAA Championships.

Bill Tsutsui

Talk about the Confucius Institute with director Bill Tsutsui

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Bill Tsutsui, director of the Confucius Institute at Kansas University, will answer questions about the institute, education about China and Chinese development during a chat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The institute, one of a handful around the world, is dedicated to "enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture." Tsutsui, a specialist in the business, environmental and cultural history of East Asia, has written or edited six books. More information on the institute can be found at <a href="http://www.confucius.ku.edu">www.confucius.ku.edu</a>.

Chuck Soules

Chat about road construction and the condition of city streets with Chuck Soules

Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Chuck Soules is the director of Public Works for the city of Lawrence. He oversees maintenance of streets, the airport, levee, building and fleet maintenance, traffic signals and signs, solid waste, and the 900 block of New Hampshire parking garage.

Gene Meyer

Chat about Lawrence health issues with LMH President & Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Gene Meyer was named LMH President & Chief Executive Officer in May 1997. Meyer is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and past president of the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club and past chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board. He serves on the Boards of Directors of US Bank, the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation.

Kevin Romary

Chat about football and other fall sports with Kevin Romary

Monday, August 21, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Romary, the 6News sports director, covers every aspect of the Lawrence sports scene - fall sports at KU, Lawrence High and Free State High. He'll answer your questions about the fall sports prospects at each of these schools.

Ryan Wood

Chat about KU football with Ryan Wood

Friday, August 18, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Ryan Wood covers the KU football beat for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com. He'll have the answers to your Big 12 gridiron quesitons.

Mike McCoy

Chat about the "North Versus South Music Festival" with Mike McCoy.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

While some people in Lawrence are celebrating the anniversary of Quantrill's Raid with walking tours, vigils and re-enactments, Mike McCoy has organized a more unconventional tribute. This weekend, Lawrence will provide the setting for the third annual North vs. South Music Festival. Multiple acts hailing from either Minneapolis, Minn., or Austin, Texas, are preparing to encamp for three days on one of three downtown stages. The resulting concerts will offer a rock music equivalent of the blue vs. gray.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway

Chat about KU with Chancellor Robert Hemenway

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

As the 16th chancellor of the University of Kansas, Robert Hemenway is the chief executive for the university, which spans the main campus in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., and its clinical branch in Wichita. He'll take your questions on Wednesday.

Chat about Lawrence senior services with Jessie Lusher

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

As the director of Senior Services of Douglas County, Jessie Lusher oversees everything from lunch programs to helping Lawrence retirees get the right Medicare subscription. She'll take questions at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

Chat about the upcoming high school sports season with Steve Grant

Monday, August 14, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Steve Grant is the athletic director at Free State High School. He'll take your questions about the upcoming high school sports season.

Chat about the upcoming school year with Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman takes questions about teachers, taxes and school reconstruction as the new academic year approaches.

Talk about KU's new school year with KU student body president Jason Boots

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

KU student body president Jason Boots will talk about university issues and his goals for the year.

Chat about Civil War history events with Rebecca Phipps

Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Rebecca Phipps, director of the Watkins Community Museum of History, will chat about the upcoming Civil War on the Western Frontier events at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Events, which kick off Thursday (Aug. 10) and run through Aug. 21, include lectures, a musical, films, re-enactors and more.

Chat with Lawrence Postmaster Judy Raney

Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Lawrence Postmaster Judy Raney about the postal world and about the need to maintain a downtown post office.

Chat with KUsports.com editor Andy Samuelson

Monday, August 7, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Got a question about KU sports, then Andy Samuelson better have your answer -- after all he's in charge of KUsports.com. Ask away about anything from KU basketball to the Jayhawk bowling team.

Chat with Lawrence Raiders coach Troy Wingert

Friday, August 4, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

The Raiders' skipper helped make it four straight AAA American Legion state titles for Lawrence this week, ask him what he thinks of his team's chances when the Raiders head to South Dakota for the Central Plains Regional.

Chat with Jacki Becker, organizer of the Bleeding Kansas Arts & Music Festival

Thursday, August 3, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Jacki Becker, organizer of the <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bleedingkansas/">Bleeding Kansas Arts & Music Festival</a>, will chat with readers about the bands playing at this weekend's festival and the logistics of putting the festival on. The event, which is Saturday at Burcham Park, will feature headliners Death Cab for Cutie and Keane along with more than 25 other bands.

Chat with Lawrence school board member Craig Grant

Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence school board member Craig Grant takes readers' questions.

Chat about the Douglas County Fair

Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Douglas County Fair board member Tara Flory takes reader questions about the Douglas County Fair.