KU projects win
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday authorized construction and renovation plans worth $2.7 million for Kansas University.
One plan would renovate and make compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act the sixth floor of the Wescoe Medical Pavilion at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The total cost is $580,000.
About half the money for that project will come from the KUMC Research Institute Inc. The other half will come from Crumbling Classroom Funds.
The board also authorized $2.2 million to complete level 980 of Budig Hall, which primarily is used for library space. The money will come from Budig Hall completion bonds.
FHSU will OK union
Fort Hays State University President Ed Hammond expects the American Association of University Professors will win the right to represent the faculty at the regional university in Hays.
Votes from the election to create a bargaining unit for faculty are scheduled to be counted today in Topeka.
Hammond said he expected AAUP to win because of the passion of those faculty members pushing for union representation and the lack of any real opposition among the faculty to the union drive.
policy called 'critical'
Kansas University Student Body President Korb Maxwell urged the Kansas Board of Regents to enact a policy prohibiting discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Speaking to the board during its meeting Thursday, Maxwell said the Student Advisory Committee, which Maxwell leads, wanted the board to adopt the policy for all state universities.
"This is a critical issue," Maxwell said. "Not just for gays and lesbians on certain campuses, but throughout the regents system."
The Student Advisory Committee also is asking for increased faculty salaries, no increase in tuition and matching state funds for $1 per-credit-hour library fee.
looks at KSU, OU
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman William Docking held up the most recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education at Thursday's board meeting.
"Money couldn't buy that publicity," Docking said as he displayed the cover showing Kansas State University students cheering after a football victory.
The article compares and contrasts the fortunes of Kansas State with that of the University of Oklahoma.
The article focuses on the academic and fund-raising programs at the two schools as their football fortunes have gone in different directions.
KSU students design
regents Web site
In her only presentation in three years with the Kansas Board of Regents, outgoing Communications Director Barb Conant unveiled the board's new Web site Thursday.
The Web site can be found at www.kansasregents.org or .com, and was designed by students in the Kansas State University journalism school's Orion Project.
The Orion Project gives students the chance to design Web pages for real-world customers.
On the board Web site, users can see pictures of the regents, read speeches, policies, news releases and gather information about the universities and schools that the board oversees.