The Kansas University Chancellors Club honored two professors for their work and 10 freshman scholars.
From J-W Staff Reports
With black ties and a band, the Kansas University Chancellors Club kicked off its 21st annual meeting Friday night.
The club honored two professors and 10 students Friday night at its meeting at the Lawrence Holidome. The Chancellors Club, established in 1977 by the Kansas University Endowment Association, is KU's major donor organization.
Dr. Laurence Cheung, professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Kansas University Medical Center, was honored with the $5,000 Chancellors Club Research Award for a researcher whose work has led to significant scientific discoveries. Cynthia Schira, professor of design, was given the Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award for 1998.
"It's a great honor," Schira said.
Cheung's research focuses on the role of the stomach and intestines in patients who suffer from overwhelming infection and multiple organ failure, which are the leading causes of death in patients in surgical intensive care units. He has published more than 160 papers on gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology.
He said that research into intestinal bleeding has helped cut down the number of patients in intensive care units that need surgery to stem bleeding. The advances have been the work of many, he said.
"I'm just lucky enough to be one of them," he said.
Cheung joined KU's faculty in 1986 as chair and professor of surgery.
"The KU medical school has been a wonderful place to do my work," he said. "Any credit for my success has to include the administration who support me and the people who work for me."
Schira, honored with the teaching award, said she enjoys being involved in all aspects of the textile industry.
"I like sharing my passion," she said.
She said she was fascinated by the important place textiles occupy in the history of many societies. Although ceramics are the art forms most often recognized as anthropological messengers from ancient culture, she said, textiles are equally eloquent about the history of countries such as Peru and China.
Schira joined the KU faculty in 1976. Since then, she has helped build a famed textile design program. She is a pioneer in computer-aided design. During the past four years, she has used and taught computer-aided design programs that are used in commercial textile design and production.
Her weavings are in permanent collections of museums around the world, and she has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her work has been featured in 14 solo art exhibitions and included in more than 40 group exhibitions.
Also in attendance Friday were the 10 freshmen who were given top honors as the Chancellors Club Scholars for 1997-98. Five students from Kansas high schools and five from out of state were added to the roster of Chancellors Club Scholars. Kansas recipients are Laura Dellinger, Wichita; Sarah Hill, Hutchinson; Adam Kraus, Grantville; Katie Rose Weigand Mitchell, Wichita; and Logan Weast, Stanley. Out-of-state recipients are Mark Burt, Lincoln, Neb.; Deanna Lynn Culbreath, Bellevue, Neb.; Alicia Linnien Ellingson, Denton, Neb.; Michael Snyder, Papillion, Neb.; and Chris Suenram, Lee's Summit, Mo.