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KU selects new leader for Hall Center for the Humanities

The University of Kansas has selected a new leader for its Hall Center for the Humanities. In a news release Thursday, KU announced the appointment of Richard Godbeer, who is currently a director of a similar center and a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Godbeer is ...

KU on track to begin permanent provost search after spring semester, chancellor says

The University of Kansas hopes to begin searching for candidates for its permanent provost position after the spring semester comes to a close, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday. Prior to the Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka, Girod laid out for the Journal-World the probable ...

Sentencing for basketball recruiting fixer moved to September

A college basketball recruiting fixer who revealed that he had made illicit payments to University of Kansas basketball players will now have to wait until September for sentencing. T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant who was a key government witness for the college basketball corruption ...

VeoRide adds 150 motorized e-bikes for KU campus hills

Riding a VeoRide bike on the University of Kansas’ hilly campus may have just gotten easier, said Spencer Dickerson, a general manager for the bike-sharing service. While students were gone for spring break last week, VeoRide added 150 new e-bikes to Lawrence, including the KU campus, ...

KU interim provost taking nominations for interim dean and vice provost positions

University of Kansas interim Provost Carl Lejuez will soon be taking nominations for interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and interim vice provost for diversity and equity, he said in a letter to the university community on Monday. In the letter, Lejuez said he planned to ...

3 KU students credited with rescuing boy in Florida

Three University of Kansas fraternity brothers on a spring break trip to Florida are credited with rescuing a young boy from a riptide. The Kansas City Star reports that Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers Jared Cox, of Overland Park; Connor Churchill, of Olathe; and Cole Firmature, of Omaha, Nebraska, ...

11 KU graduate programs among top 10s in U.S. News public university rankings

Eleven graduate programs at the University of Kansas are among the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. The university on Tuesday announced the rankings, which also include 48 KU ...

Former KU football coach David Beaty suing Kansas Athletics for $3 million

The David Beaty era at the University of Kansas may have ended on the field in November of 2018, but the athletic department that fired him hasn’t heard the last from its former embattled head football coach. Beaty filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Kansas Athletics Inc., on ...

Former KU tennis coach, TV stars charged in college admissions bribery scheme

Story updated at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday BOSTON — Fifty people, including a former University of Kansas tennis standout-turned-coach and Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders ...

Kansas Supreme Court announces cases it will hear at special session in Lawrence

Appeals of a Wyandotte County murder case and a Topeka civil case are on the agenda for the Kansas Supreme Court’s upcoming special session in Lawrence, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration announced Monday. The session is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. April 1 at the Lied ...

KU professor Sarah Deer selected for National Women’s Hall of Fame

University of Kansas professor Sarah Deer will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this year, the organization has announced. Deer has a joint appointment with the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is ...

$2.8 million gift funds scholarships for KU Med students

The University of Kansas School of Medicine says a gift of more than $2.8 million will fund scholarships for medical students. The school announced the gift from the estate of Alton and Helen Knechtel, of Chula Vista, California, on Thursday. The two were Kansas natives who graduated from ...

KU Union ‘hatches’ six new Jayhawk statues in outdoor plaza

A flock of new Jayhawks “hatched” on the University of Kansas campus on Thursday. The KU Memorial Union unveiled six new Jayhawk statues — one for each of the six iterations of the iconic mythical bird that represents the university — in the recently constructed Ascher Family Plaza ...

Major road projects set to begin near 19th and Iowa

Street closures will greet motorists Monday near the southwest corner of the University of Kansas campus as a multimillion-dollar pedestrian tunnel and road reconstruction project gets underway. Iowa Street near 19th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and access from Iowa to ...