Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2000

Lawrence Briefs

October 19, 2000


KU students to receive $500 Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Two Kansas University students are recipients of the 10th annual student-funded $500 Ex.C.E.L. Award for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership, given by KU Student Union Activities and the Board of Class Officers.

Kimberly Mia Fuchs, a Merriam senior, and James Curtis Sloan, a Powhattan senior, will be recognized formally Saturday during pre-game ceremonies in Memorial Stadium before KU's homecoming football game against the University of Colorado. Game time is 11:30 a.m.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Mora Berberich, SUA vice president for university relations and Trisha Harma, Board of Class Officers president, will present the awards.

Ex.C.E.L. awards are given to a male student and a female student who demonstrate outstanding leadership and communications skills, involvement in the KU community, scholarship and the ability to work with a variety of students and student organizations.

KU researcher elected as president of group

A distinguished Kansas University researcher in pharmaceutical chemistry has been elected president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Ronald T. Borchardt, Summerfield distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at KU, takes office in January 2001.

"It reflects positively on KU, his department and our school," said Jack Fincham, dean of pharmacy at KU. "It really speaks highly of his leadership attributes as well as his scientific expertise."

Borchardt's career spans three decades. Last spring, Borchardt was one of 21 scientists chosen worldwide for the Millennial Award by the Millennial World Congress.

Borchardt's specialty is improving the chemical make-up of medicines to make their reception by the body more efficient.

Hospital to sponsor cancer benefit dance

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. is sponsoring the seventh annual Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer benefit dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.

Last year's dance raised more than $6,000. Of that, $5,000 was used to provide mammogram vouchers for Health Care Access for women in Douglas County lacking health insurance coverage and $1,000 was used to provide education and community outreach for early detection programs through Breast Cancer Action Inc.

Tickets are $17.50 per person and are available at the LMH Gift Shop or at the door. The Benders, a Wichita band that plays '50s and '60s songs, will provide the evening's entertainment. There also will be a costume contest, celebrity emcees and door prizes.

Other sponsors include Blue Cross & Blue Shields of Kansas, Premier Blue, Holiday Inn, KLWN/KLZR and Criticare.

Instructor accused of sexual battery

Police are investigating a Lawrence martial arts instructor accused of sexually battering one of his students.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said Wednesday that a 40-year-old woman told officers that the incidents happened starting Sept. 1, 1999, and ending Sunday.

She told police the first incident happened after she injured her ankle. The instructor volunteered massage therapy, Brown said, but touched her inappropriately instead.

There were several other incidents of unwelcome touching and comments, Brown said, but he declined to give details.

Police have not interviewed the 47-year-old suspect, Brown said. The investigation is continuing.

Singer to give concert for families at library

Family singer-songwriter Monty Harper will present "Wacky Witty Way-Out Songs" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Harper's songs tell stories, celebrate reading and entertain with humor. He accompanies himself with guitar and involves the audience in his songs.

Harper performs at elementary schools, festivals and libraries throughout the country. He will be releasing his third album, "Way-Out West," this fall.

The 45-minute concert is free and open to the public.

Groups sponsor aviation leadership award dinner

The 2000 Distinguished Aviation Leadership Award Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka.

The dinner is sponsored by the Aviation Exploring Post No. 8, Jayhawk Area Council and Boy Scouts of America, Topeka.

Robert J. Gilliland, Lockheed's first test pilot of the SR 71 Blackbird, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations may be mailed to Air Explorer Post No. 8, 1100 S.E. Rice Road, Topeka 66607. Checks may be made payable to Air Explorer Squadron No. 8, and amounts over $25 count as charitable tax deductions. All proceeds directly benefit the leadership training program.

Fort to have appreciation day

The 37th annual Fort Leavenworth Retiree Appreciation Day/Health Awareness Fair will be Saturday at Bell Hall on Reynolds Avenue. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The fair provides military retirees, their family members and survivors an update on benefits and promotes health awareness.

For more information, call (913) 684-2425.

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