Two longtime supporters of Kansas University's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications recently donated money to purchase a new mobile production van.
Ralph L. "Bud" Weir Jr. and his wife, Barbara Barber Weir, of Colorado Springs, Colo., provided financial support to the KU Endowment Association for the Bud and Barbara Weir production van. The donation amount was not announced.
Constructed from a 16-foot cargo van, the production center will provide a climate-controlled environment where broadcasting students will tape a variety of news and athletic events, lectures and interviews.
The tapes will be rebroadcast or archived through several journalism school media, including the student radio station, KJHK, KUJH-TV and the Digital Jayhawk, a student Web site that provides news, features and video.
The Weirs are long-time supporters of the School of Journalism; in 1980, they donated money to establish the Weir Production Center, which includes the KUJH-TV production facility in KU's Dole Human Development Center.
For many, business as usual on Monday holiday
Few business and state institutions in Lawrence will set aside Monday for Columbus Day celebrations.
At Kansas University, it will be business as usual, said Todd Cohen, University Relations assistant director.
City hall, too, will run as normal, as will all city services and departments. Public schools also will be open Monday.
Post office branches will be closed, but Express Mail still will be delivered, a representative said. Most banks also will be closed for the holiday.