Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

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August 11, 2001


The Kansas Board of Regents today gave Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway a 5.75 percent payraise.

The increase amounts to an $11,931 increase from $207,489 to $219,420. The regents gave all public university chiefs and the executive director of the board the same percentage increase.

"The Kansas constituents of higher education are very fortunate to have these people," Regent Fred Kerr said in late June.

Kerr said the increase is in line with the already approved 6.2 percent payraise for faculty.

Hemenway said he appreciated the salary boost.

"All the presidents and the chancellor ... appreciate the board's support and will work hard to live up to the confidence that has been shown," he said.

Here are the new salaries:

l Hemenway: $219,420.

l Jon Wefald, president of Kansas State: $208,820.

l Don Beggs, president of Wichita State: $183,652.

l Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State: $158,270.

l Kay Shallenkamp, president of Emporia State: $147,639.

l Tom Bryant, president of Pittsburg State: $145,270.

l Kim Wilcox, executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents, $136,814.



University research center

receives endowment grant

Kansas University Center for Research Inc., is among 389 organizations receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The research center received $40,500 under the public programs, which fund film documentaries and radio programs, exhibitions, library programs, special projects and model projects. The money will go toward a series of programs on the poetry of Langston Hughes, who lived in Lawrence as a child. The 2002 series will commemorate the centennial of Hughes' birth.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, created in 1965, supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities.

The endowment grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Humanities experts outside the endowment assess the applications and judge the quality and significance of each proposed project.

KU alumnus joins Dennis Moore's staff

Washington, D.C. -- Jack Martin, Kansas University alumnus, has joined Rep. Dennis Moore's staff as communications director.

Martin replaced Marc Wilson as Moore's primary spokesperson with the media and public. Wilson left the office to attend Boston University School of Law.

Martin previously served as director of communications and research for the Virginia Democratic Caucus in Virginia, where he drafted the Democratic Caucus' House of Delegates and congressional redistricting plans.

He had served as issues director for Moore's 2000 re-election campaign, deputy communications director in Moore's congressional office and deputy communications director in the office of Anthony Hensley, Kansas Senate Democratic leader, during the 1999 and 2000 Legislative sessions.

Martin graduated with distinction from KU, earning a bachelor's degree in political science.

Martin will be in Moore's Washington office, 431 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. The office phone is (202) 225-2865.



Court upholds KU appeal in discrimination suit

Kansas University won vindication from a federal appeals court in a case in which the university was accused of sexual discrimination.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that KU was not guilty of retaliation against a former faculty member denied tenure in 1998.

Marie Aquilino, a former assistant professor of art history, claimed the university denied her tenure based on her sex and retaliated against her because she had filed a sexual discrimination charge against the university with the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

The U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., earlier rejected Aquilino's discrimination claim but submitted her retaliation claim to a jury, which awarded her $35,000. KU appealed the jury's decision to the 10th Circuit.

Monday's decision reversed the lower court's ruling, voiding the monetary award and finding that the university had not retaliated.

In its decision, the circuit court wrote, "Aquilino presented insufficient evidence to show that she suffered adverse employment action." It ruled KU's actions were a "natural consequence of the denial of tenure" and didn't harm Aquilino's future employment prospects.

Aquilino was in Paris and could not be reached for comment.

Lynn Bretz, interim director of University Relations at KU, said the university was pleased with the court's decision.

"We were confident all along that we had not retaliated against Ms. Aquilino," she said. "We feel the decision is consistent with the earlier decision of the district court that we had not discriminated against her in denying her tenure."

Aquilino was hired by KU in 1991 to a tenure-track position after she earned a doctorate at Brown University.

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