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November 19, 2003

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Digital Journalist creator to speak at Dole Institute

Dirck Halstead has been taking photographs of world events and world leaders for nearly 50 years. Tonight he will talk about his experiences at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Halstead, who created The Digital Journalist, a monthly online magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. His appearance is open to the public at no charge.

Halstead has won numerous awards for his work, and his photographs have appeared in magazines such as Time and Life.

Men's basketball

KU SenEx to devote meeting to ticket talk

Kansas University's Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday postponed deliberations on how to distribute the 1,646 men's basketball season tickets set aside for faculty and staff next year.

Ticket distribution will be sole topic of a meeting set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 210 in Strong Hall.

"The initiative for this was entirely mine," said SenEx chairman Ray Davis. "We need to get this off our agenda rather than getting to it for an hour or so each meeting. So Thursday's meeting will be devoted solely to the issue of season tickets."

Davis said he expected the meeting, which is open to the public, to last about three hours.

Last week, SenEx endorsed a KU athletic department plan to set aside an additional 219 season tickets for faculty and staff and to move more than 900 faculty and staff out of third-tier seating and into second-tier seating.

Recognition

State reception to honor turnpike flood rescuer

The state of Kansas will honor a Lawrence man Thursday for his heroism during a Labor Day weekend flood on the Kansas Turnpike.

Ryan Lane, who helped several motorists to safety Aug. 30 when Jacob Creek flooded the turnpike south of Emporia in Chase County, will be recognized by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Highway Patrol Supt. Col. William Seck and Kansas Turnpike Authority officials. Flood survivors and their families also will be present for the ceremony and reception breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Matfield Green service area.

Also to be recognized will be Albert A. Larsen, of Fort Worth, Texas, who died while trying to help people escape the flood. His wife, Elizabeth-Anne Larsen, will accept her late husband's award.

Six people died in the flood.

After the reception, the KTA will celebrate the grand opening of the Matfield Green service area.

Honors

KU senior class selects H.O.P.E award finalists

Kansas University's senior class has picked seven faculty members as finalists for this year's Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator award.

The winner, who will receive $300, will be announced during Saturday's home football game against Iowa State. A panel of seniors selected the winner by ballot and interviews conducted with the faculty.

This year's finalists are Cynthia Akagi, assistant professor of health, sport and exercise sciences; Robert Carlson, professor of chemistry; Chico Herbison, instructor in African and African-American studies; Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of psychology; Jeffrey Lang, professor of mathematics; Rick Snyder, professor of clinical psychology; and Tom Volek, associate professor of journalism.

The award has been given annually since 1959. It is the only teaching award at KU selected entirely by students.

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