Faculty to take
whirlwind tour of state
Novice Jayhawks will get an enlightening dose of state history, culture and geography next month during the 1999 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.
The tour -- May 24 to May 28 -- takes about 50 Kansas University faculty and staff on a 1,700-mile adventure. The objective is to introduce professors and administrators to their adopted state by interacting with Kansans and visiting well-known locales and spots off the beaten path.
"There's a lot to see in this beautiful state," said Erin Spiridigliozzi, an assistant dean at KU and the tour organizer.
The three-year-old program was inspired by Robert Hemenway, who was involved with a similar bus tour at the University of Kentucky prior to being named KU chancellor.
Participants will take a one-day primer trip May 21 to Topeka for a meeting with Gov. Bill Graves.
Greeks raise money
to help AIDS project
Fraternity and sorority members at Kansas University walked off a big spaghetti dinner to raise approximately $3,500 for Douglas County AIDS Project.
Jan Swenson, spring philanthropy chair for KU Panhellenic Assn., said a dinner hosted by Panhellenic and the Interfraternity Council raised $1,800 for the nonprofit organization offering AIDS and HIV outreach, education and client services.
More than 550 people attended the dinner April 14 at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, she said. Food service companies, including Sysco Foods of Olathe and Retail Grociers of America, contributed supplies for the dinner.
On April 17, Swenson said, members of the KU Greek community raised $1,700 for DCAP during the 5-kilometer Walk for Health in downtown Lawrence.
Youth sports program
coming to campus
The National Youth Sports Program will operate this summer at Kansas University to encourage children to be at their mental and physical best.
KU will host the program -- free of charge to children ages 10 to 16 -- from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. weekdays, June 7 to July 9.
The program provides positive activity for children during the summer, said Dennis Jacobsen, a health, sport and exercise lecturer at KU and the program's community liaison.
The program offers fitness and sport activities and field trips. It also provides educational activities regarding drugs and alcohol, health, disease prevention and nutrition.
"KU is one of only 30 schools that offers a math, science and computer program in addition to the regular activities," Jacobsen said.
It's sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with contributions from KU and the Lawrence community.
For more information, contact Kim Johnson at 864-0797 or Jacobsen at 864-0779.
to lecture at banquet
Henrietta Mann of the Cheyenne Nation, a University of Montana faculty member who taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, will speak at the 23rd annual minority graduation banquet at Kansas University.
The banquet is 6 p.m. May 22 in the Kansas Union ballroom. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.
Mann is a full-blood Cheyenne with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. She teaches American Indian studies at Montana.
In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine listed Mann as one of the 10 leading professors in the nation. The National Women's History Project poster series has featured Mann as one of five 20th-century women educators.
For additional information, contact Tashia Bradley, KU Multicultural Resource Center program assistant, at 864-4303.
Seven graduate students have been admitted into Kansas University's first class in the indigenous nations studies program, which begins in August.
Donald Fixico, director of program and professor of history, said five of the seven students are American Indian and will receive one-year fellowships.
The new master's degree students are:
- Gary Brown, Blackfeet, bachelor's degree in community service, University of Montana, Missoula.
- Karyn Jean Carterby, Oklahoma Choctaw, bachelor's degree in federal Indian law, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
- Sara L. Summers, Oneida, bachelor's degree in anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
- Monica Margaret Tsethlikai, Zuni, bachelor's degrees in psychology and Japanese, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
- Diane Donnita Yellow Bird, Ogalala-Chippewa, bachelor's degree in elementary education, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
- Debra Ray Gorton, bachelor's degree in anthropology, KU, 1997.
- Janna Knittle, doctorate in English, University of Oregon, Eugene, 1955.