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Infusion of private money revives KU’s Wheat Whirlwind State Tour

Kansas University has revived the Wheat State Whirlwind Tour. Faculty and staff members will visit 20 communities while on the tour.

May 12, 2010

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About 40 faculty and staff members from Kansas University will travel across the state next week as part of the 12th Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

The tour will visit more than 20 communities in the state from Monday until Friday next week, and will include deans, faculty members and staff from the Lawrence campus, KU Medical Center and KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who is completing her first academic year at KU, is scheduled to participate in the tour for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

The tour had been scrapped last year for budgetary reasons, but was restored after Gray-Little used private funds to reinstate the tour, said Don Steeples, senior vice provost and tour director.

Steeples said this year represented the first time the tour had been paid for completely with private funds.

Comments

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

A waste of money. KU trying to suck up to a populace that would rather see KU just go away. Note to Chancellor and KU: most of Kansas could either care less about or is openly hostile to KU.

slowplay 5 years ago

"KU trying to suck up to a populace that would rather see KU just go away."... Care to back that up? Otherwise it's just ignorant nonsense (as usual).

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

The participants are often met with open hostility when making stops in western Kansas, including at community colleges and high schools.

Comments to participants that KU is elitist and doesn't want them; that KU is not even on their radar screen for college advising; wearing K State clothing and prominently displaying K State memorabilia; complaining that KU doesn't do enough to contact them, while the chancellor and faculty are sitting in their offices and meeting rooms in western Kansas; and so on. I could go on.

I am not commenting on the validity of these statements, but rather that the "hosts" to KU Wheat State participants are often openly hostile to KU in a situation that is meant to be a diplomatic and outreach effort.

If you want more evidence, I suggest you speak with other participants in the Whine State Whirlwhine tour.

Sean Livingstone 5 years ago

If you don't start communicating, you won't. There are some people in life who will always hate you. That doesn't mean we have to isolate them. Take for example, some conservatives will continue to dispute Obama's birth certificate, no matter how he's going to defend it. We just do our best, and leave others to rest. Such feeling is the same in most state universities. Texas-Texas A&M, Iowa-Iowa State, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, etc.... people are different. That's the fun part of it.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

"The participants are often met with open hostility when making stops in western Kansas, including at community colleges and high schools."

Please cite. Got a link?

riverdrifter 5 years ago

No, wait: "If you want more evidence, I suggest you speak with other participants in the Whine State Whirlwhine tour."

K-Stater.

Period and end of subject. Nevermind. You are dismissed.

frankfussman 5 years ago

I always wonder why many more people aren't allowed to take this tour. For instance, me. Or students from other parts of the country and the world. I would love to have such a wonderful trip around Kansas.

Another idea -- why not have business and government leaders in eastern and western Kansas trade places for a week Let us get to know the problems that are so different in the extremes of the state.

CuriousNOTgeorge 5 years ago

This chain is just typical of the JW commenters who like to write about things of which they have absolutely no knowledge -- which I have found to be the majority of the comments on the JW website.

The group has not been met with open hostility in western Kansas or any other part of the state. The people of Kansas are mostly kind, welcoming people and, particularly in small communities, they appreciate any tourism that brings added revenue to their local businesses. They also enjoy showing off their best features -- such as rural health care or a small industry -- to educate visitors. An exchange of ideas, information, and recognition is the purpose of the trip.

frankfussman has some good ideas for similar trips, but those are for others to organize and fund. The Wheatstate Whirlwind Tour cannot be all things to all people, and what it does do, it does very well.

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