Archive for Saturday, September 23, 2000

Area Briefs

September 23, 2000


Alumni receive medallion

Former Kansas University football player Gil M. Reich and longtime KU track coach Robert L. Timmons were presented the Fred Ellsworth Medallion at a KU Alumni Association banquet Friday night.

The Ellsworth Medallion is named for former Alumni Association Executive Secretary Fred Ellsworth. Winners are selected by the chancellor's office and the Alumni, Athletics and Endowment associations.

As a student athlete at KU, Reich earned All-America honors as quarterback and halfback and played on the basketball team.

Reich, who earned an engineering degree in 1954, was an active alumnus who obtained a major gift for the KU Libraries during Campaign Kansas. He has served on the Alumni Association board of directors since 1994.

Timmons graduated in 1950 with a master's degree in education. He retired as head track coach in 1988 after a 24-year tenure. His coaching career included four NCAA championships as well as numerous indoor, outdoor and cross-country championships.

In the 1970s, Timmons began building a cross-country course on his family's Rim Rock Farm north of Lawrence, which has served as KU's home course since 1980.

Rec department offers Saturday night lock-ins

Lawrence Parks and Recreation is offering two lock-ins for Saturday nights for the school year.

"Saturday Nite's Main Event" runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays at the Lawrence Teen Center and is for fourth- to sixth-graders. Each week has a special theme and includes music, dancing, games and contests, and prize giveaways.

"Club Saturday Night" is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays at the center, and is for seventh- to ninth-graders. The lock-in offers four hours of nonstop music with a live DJ.

Students are required to be signed out by an adult at the end of each night Each lock-in costs $5 a week, and both will be at Holcom Recreation Center today.

Doctors to debate obesity at KU meeting

Kansas University will have its second annual conference on the prevention and treatment of obesity Sept. 29-30 at St. Luke's Hospital Spencer Center for Education, 44th and Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo.

The conference will open with a debate on whether or not obesity is a disease. According to KU exercise physiologist Joseph Donnelly, until this debate is resolved, making obesity treatment affordable is a major problem for health professionals.

Speakers at the conference will include: John Foreyt, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Steve Blair, director of research with the Cooper Institute, Dallas; and Robert Eckel, University of Colorado physician, Denver.

For more information, contact Kim Johnson in KU's Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences at 864-0797, or

Valley Falls to have citywide yard sale

The Valley Falls Chamber of Commerce will have a fall yard sale Saturday, Sept. 30. The sale will include more than 70 families and merchants.

Civic organizations will use the time for fund-raising campaigns including garage sale items and barbecues.For more information about the sale, call (785) 945-3666.

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