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January 27, 2004


Mayor gives out awards for teaching excellence

The mayor of Lawrence on Monday hailed the dedication of two teachers in the Lawrence school district.

Avian Bear, band director at Free State High School, and Gerry Bukaty, third-grade teacher at Sunflower School, were presented Mayor's Excellence in Education Awards.

During a Lawrence school board meeting, Mayor David Dunfield said Bear and Bukaty were solid choices for an award that honors Lawrence educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching, leadership and community involvement.

He visited classrooms of both teachers Monday to announce the awards.

The mayor's award also went to Linda Reimond, a preschool art instructor at the Lawrence Arts Center.

All the recipients will be honored tonight during a meeting of the Lawrence City Commission at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

KU job fair Wednesday

Kansas University students looking for part-time jobs will have access to two dozen potential employers during a job fair Wednesday.

The fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be in the fourth-floor lobby of the Kansas Union. It is sponsored by University Career and Employment Services.

For more information, visit or call 864-7674.

KU team takes second in aircraft contest

A team of Kansas University graduates has taken second place in a national aircraft design competition.

The six students completed their work before graduating in May 2003. They won $1,500 for their entry in the 2002-2003 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student design competition.

The students designed a heavy-lift airplane designed to carry 1.2 million pounds, or about 10 tanks. It had a takeoff weight of 3.5 million pounds, or five times the weight of a Boeing 777.

Team members were Mark Bauer, Humboldt; Carl Johnson, Lawrence; Aaron Balsmeier, Blackfoot, Idaho; Ben Shockley, Blue Springs, Mo.; Jessica Landes, Kansas City, Mo.; and Lance Holly, Omaha, Neb.

Seminar to examine crime-victim issues

Topeka -- Washburn University has announced an upcoming seminar for people who work with crime victims.

The "Advanced Institute on Victim Studies: Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance," will be March 1-5 on the Washburn campus. The event is sponsored by the university's Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies.

The seminar, offered since 1995, is geared toward professionals who work with crime victims.

Registrations are limited. For more information, call (785) 231-1010, ext. 1242 or ext. 1399, or see

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