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Graduate gives $4M for housing

Alumnus touts virtues of life in scholarship hall

January 28, 2007

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Carl Krehbiel, of Moundridge, a 1970 Kansas University graduate, remembers well his three years living in Stephenson Scholarship Hall.

His roommates tutored him in math. He helped others with their foreign language studies, and Krehbiel learned to play bridge, of course.

"I certainly believe that the scholarship hall is the optimal academic environment and social atmosphere for students," he said Saturday morning at a ceremony at the all-women's Rieger Scholarship Hall.

KU and KU Endowment Association leaders revealed that Krehbiel - a Kansas businessman, former state legislator and Vietnam veteran - was the donor who pledged $4 million to build KU's 12th scholarship hall next to Rieger Hall at 13th and Ohio streets.

KU will ask the Kansas Board of Regents to name the new all-male hall for Carl Krehbiel's parents, alumni Floyd H. and Kathryn Krehbiel. The new building will house 50 men and be built in the same mold as Rieger Hall.

The scholarship hall program is for students with promising academic and leadership potential. Residents pay about $1,600 less than students who live in residence halls, but scholarship hall residents agree to take on weekly household and cooking duties.

"This is a great day for the scholarship hall community and for the university as a whole. This next addition is something I think everybody's going to be very, very proud of," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said during Saturday's ceremony.

The lot in the foreground of the Dennis E. Rieger Scholarship Hall, 1323 Ohio, visible in background, will be the site of a new scholarship hall at Kansas University. A $4 million gift commitment will fund construction of the 12th scholarship hall at KU.

The lot in the foreground of the Dennis E. Rieger Scholarship Hall, 1323 Ohio, visible in background, will be the site of a new scholarship hall at Kansas University. A $4 million gift commitment will fund construction of the 12th scholarship hall at KU.

KU hopes to begin construction in the spring and complete it by fall 2008. KU Endowment leaders said Treanor Architects would design the twin to Rieger Hall.

Carl Krehbiel took over the family's Moundridge Telephone Co. in 1992 after his father died. Floyd Krehbiel graduated in 1947 and lived in Battenfield Scholarship Hall.

Decked in crimson and blue garb, Kathryn Krehbiel - a 1945 KU graduate - also attended Saturday's ceremony along with several KU scholarship hall residents. She has established a scholarship each for a man and woman KU basketball band member and is known for buying soft drinks for band members during games.

Both Kathryn and Floyd Krehbiel played in the KU band at basketball games in the 1940s.

"Mom is very excited about it. I wish my father could be here. They both had valuable experiences at KU," Carl Krehbiel said. "Mom is absolutely delighted we are doing this and making this available."

Comments

not_dolph 7 years, 2 months ago

STP wrote -

Bravo, Mr. Krehbiel. And best wishes to you and your family (especially your mother, who has been often named by past KU band members as "the Patron Saint of the KU Basketball Band".


It had to be you....It had to be you....

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StirrrThePot 7 years, 2 months ago

I am just thrilled the money did not go to athletics.

Bravo, Mr. Krehbiel. And best wishes to you and your family (especially your mother, who has been often named by past KU band members as "the Patron Saint of the KU Basketball Band".

:)

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

well old goof seems kind of DENSE of you i must say. nowhere was i talking about my Volvo storage ! i only have one car. what i was talking about was PARKING for the SCHOLARSHIP HALLS, HELLO ?

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not_dolph 7 years, 2 months ago

...meaning - Me too in agreement with goof.

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oldgoof 7 years, 2 months ago

Cool, park on the property you own. Problem solved. City streets and universities do not exist to solve your personal car storage issues.

On the other hand, I didn't see you doing anything to improve a terribly blighted block. The university did. Kudos. . If I had money to leave the University the very last thing I would do would give it to them to solve your personal car storage problems. That's not an issue of university "leadership" It is because those with money to give do have some common sense. If a University official had tried to suggest to me that this was a need, I would have quickly taken the money to other charities with much higher priorities and gone elsewhere.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

not dolph ? listen to your own 'voice' sounds pretty shrill doesn't it ?

simply put here / where is the PARKING ?

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not_dolph 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by cool (anonymous) on January 28, 2007 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

sent not dolph an email message that some of his own posts do not exactly remind anyone of THOMAS MOORE.


Yes, he did, and does often. This guy is a net stalker. Not only does he contact other users who post opposite his views - via email, he has now begun to post within the threads that he has done so! What a FREAK!

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

donor gets the congratulations as i said above. Better leadership would have gotten another donor for a parking level FOR the schloarship students.

that is as straightforward as i can make my crit.

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oldgoof 7 years, 2 months ago

.. Cool, I know every inch of the area and know about the parking issues. But I long ago tired of the Oread Assn supposedly speaking on my behalf. I quite frankly resented the half-truths and over-reaching statements several made at public meetings about this issue. Setting the University up as the evil empire-fall guy in this is pretty shallow, infantile, and transparent, when the real culprit is the zoning and planning decisions made decades ago by the city. You obviously have that notion yourself. I believe the University has been and continues to be a good neighbor, with the minor exception of that noisy air compressor on 10th.

And my central contention is obvious to anyone who has done a before and after...... the University has improved a totally blighted and decayed area. They didn't blight it. They removed the blight. I own my property. I park on my property. It works for me.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

sent not dolph an email message that some of his own posts do not exactly remind anyone of THOMAS MOORE.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

was not knocking the gift. the problem is in NARROW MINDS like not dolph for example.

KU did not follow through so well. for the money spent some of the houses could have been relocated. and certainly parking should have been provided. sure OLD goof it is a new building but where is the parking. KU recites the myth that parking is available in the student union garage. ever walk there and back in the snow with groceries ?

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oldgoof 7 years, 2 months ago

This Oread resident believes KU has significantly improved that block, which had become a wretched dump. Mr. Krehbiel's gift is really an appropriate way to honor his parents. I am glad for him.

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not_dolph 7 years, 2 months ago

gabbo and CindiCat - you guys are right. Cool is very jealous and bitter - and if you follow any of his other posts, they are always demeaning someone for some reason or other. Pay him no mind.

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CindiCat 7 years, 2 months ago

Gabbo.........I totally agree with your post.

"Cool"..........why not COOL IT already!!???

My son lived in a Scholarship Hall at KU for 5 years. My youngest daughter is now a student at KU and has lived in Rieger Hall for 2 years.

Thank you to the family who has donated.

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gabbo 7 years, 2 months ago

Four posts in a row = Rambling

This man did a good thing, let it go.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

let's not forget that KU also demolished some wonderful houses and used the former governor to STEAMROLL both KU and the architects plans into what you see there today.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

yes, the gift was wonderful.

the direction of the leadership in making the best utilization of the gift was WRONG and offensive to the neighborhood, Oread Neighborhood Association.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

it would have been much better if the KU administration, the Chancellor IS responsible ! and Warren Corman, and Mike Treanor had all stood up to make these buildings fit into the neighborhood better by providing PARKING and perhaps another donor willing to provide the underground garage needed for these buildings.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

KS, sorry - yes it is wonderful that this person realizes the importance of the scholarship hall.

it is also VERY unfortunate that the poor leadership by the chancellor, Warren Corman at KU, and others did not better lead the donor to provide PARKING for the neighborhood.

these scholarship halls were crammed into and RUINED the residential fabric of a wonderful part of Lawrence. OREAD.

the OREAD neighborhood like the idea of scholarship halls but NOT WITHOUT PARKING being provided to an already crowded neighborhood.

Mike Treanor the local architect of course just groveled at the feet of KU leadership and did what he was told for these buildings. Where is the parking ?

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KS 7 years, 2 months ago

What a wonderful contribution.

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