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March 20, 1999


An administrator in Lawrence's utilities department is heading home for work.

Jonathan Allen, management analyst for the utilities department, has accepted a job as assistant to the city manager in Tamarac, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He starts April 5.

"I feel blessed to have worked for the city of Lawrence," said Allen, a Florida native. "The city of Lawrence has played a major role in preparing me spiritually, academically and professionally for a career in city management."

Allen leaves Lawrence city hall having served in several capacities, including as an intern in the city manager's office. Since 1996, he has handled budgeting and special projects for the utilities department, including implementation of the McGruff Truck program.

He received his master's degree in public administration from Kansas University in 1994, and currently serves on the Kansas University City Management Trainee board of directors. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Florida A&M; University.

Spring break extends

indoor pool schedule

When the students are away, swimmers at the Carl Knox Natatorium get more time to play -- or swim laps, use the diving boards or anything else during scheduled times at the indoor pool.

City officials announced extended hours for spring break at the natatorium, which is located on the campus of Lawrence High School, 1901 La.

"We take the opportunity to give additional activities to those individuals and families that are in town during the school break," said Kathy Fode, the city's recreation superintendent.

Here's the schedule for the week beginning Monday:

  • Monday through Friday: recreation swim, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; lap swim, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27: senior adult swim, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; recreation swim, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; lap swim, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 28: recreation swim, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; lap swim, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

One to three lap lanes are open during public swim periods to accommodate lap swimmers, Fode said. During periods designated lap swimming, no other activities are permitted.

KU student earns

Churchill scholarship

A Kansas University student from Derby has won one of 11 Churchill Foundation Scholarships valued at $27,000 for a year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics and science.

Larissa Lee, senior in chemical engineering, earned the scholarship offered through the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for Churchill.

The program enables outstanding U.S. students to pursue master's of philosophy degrees at Churchill College at Cambridge University in England.

Lee said she plans a career in biomedical science and intends to pursue both a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry.

In 1998, she won one of 15 scholarships offered nationally by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Lee also won a Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to undergraduates planning careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.

KU students compete

for Goldwater awards

Four Kansas natives attending Kansas University are competing for national Goldwater Scholarships to encourage excellence in science, engineering and mathematics.

The scholarships provide up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, books, room and board. Winners who will graduate in the year 2001 receive two years of support; those who will graduate in 2000 receive one year of assistance.

KU's nominees are:

  • Stuartt Allan Corder, Olathe senior in mathematics, physics and astronomy, who plans a career in galactic astronomy.
  • Marvin Glen Decker, Pittsburg senior in mathematics, who intends to specialize in mathematical analysis and physics.
  • Kristine Ann Kuhn, Victoria senior in biochemistry, who plans a research career in infectious diseases and immunity.
  • Todd R. Sponholtz, Lawrence senior in genetics, who wants a career in genetics research.

Eighteen KU students have won Goldwater Scholarships since they were first offered in 1989.

Winners will be announced about April 1 by the board of trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Nursing award

nominations open

The Heart of Healthcare awards program is now accepting nominations for outstanding registered nurses in Kansas and metropolitan Kansas City. Ten winners will be selected at an annual banquet in September in Kansas City, Kan.

Registered nurses who work in any setting are eligible for nomination. Each nominee will receive a letter of congratulations and certificate of recognition. More than 4,500 nurses have been nominated since the first awards were given in 1990.

The program is coordinated by the Kansas University School of Nursing and this year is sponsored by Hoechst Marion Roussel, Cerner Corp. and the Kansas City Regional Home Care Assn.

Past winners from Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties include Elizabeth Ann Ailor, Lawrence, staff nurse, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 1992; Michael Brown, Lawrence, clinic nurse, Haskell Indian Junior College Health Center, 1990; Dixie Helm, Lawrence, nurse practitioner, Health Care Access, 1994; Tracy Lea Wolfe, Lawrence, clinic nurse, U.S. Public Health Service, Haskell Health Center, 1994; Carol Fischer, Ottawa, charge nurse, Ottawa Retirement Village, 1992; and Debra Nickels, Oskaloosa, administrator, Jefferson County Health Department and Home Health Agency, 1991.

Black faculty, staff

to host banquet

The Kansas University Black Faculty & Staff Council will host the sixth annual BFSC Student Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Kansas Ballroom of the Kansas Union on the campus of Kansas University. The banquet is an annual event held in honor of outstanding black and African undergraduate and graduate students.

Guest speaker will be Reginald Robinson, a KU alumnus currently serving as special counselor to the chancellor and visiting professor of law.

The reservation deadline is March 26. For ticket information, contact Susan King by phone at 864-0780, or by e-mail at

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