Archive for Monday, August 15, 2011

Heard on the Hill: KU websites getting tweaked a bit; national show featuring Lawrence artists opens; Baker University gets $750k grant

August 15, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• If the stuff people are telling me can be trusted, you should be seeing a slightly redesigned home page today.

I haven’t seen the modifications, but I’ve been told that little Fraser Hall weather icon at the top should still be on the page, but just relocated to the bottom of the page.

KU is also unveiling another couple of websites, a redesigned, and a new site to help navigate some of the new scholarship options for students,

If you’re a huge fan of that little Fraser Hall weather thingy, don’t worry. It will still be at the top of most KU websites.

• In a previous Heard on the Hill post, I mentioned an upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery that featured two Lawrence artists, retired KU professor Roger Shimomura and Hong Zhang.

Well, the exhibit is up and running, as of last Friday.

That site also features links to works by both Zhang and Shimomura.

Here’s a link to an older photo gallery featuring Zhang’s work, too.

• Here’s a brief item from our friends to the south at Baker University.

They recently announced a $750,000 contribution from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., to support a renovation project for that campus’ Mulvane Hall, according to a statement from the school.

That building houses classrooms for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and information technology.

The 9,000-square foot expansion to the east of the existing building will provide new lab space, classrooms and student collaborative areas.

The Mulvane Transformation Project is anticipated to cost $10.3 million.

The contribution from the Mabee Foundation is a challenge grant, and the school will continue to raise funds to support the project.

The grant is the fifth-largest one-time contribution to the school since its founding in 1858.

• We may not have a Fraser Hall weather icon here at Heard on the Hill, but we do have some pretty good tipsters. Join their ranks by sending me an email at


Erin Graham 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm curious.. does anyone know what ever happened to the plans of building a huge science building on the extreme south end of Baker's campus? If I remember correctly, that was kind of the 'buzz' back in 2004-ish. Or is this eastern extension of Mulvane replacing that plan? In any case, it's great to see funds being pumped into math and sciences there (or anywhere, really). A decade ago, that building needed help!

BakerUNews 6 years, 10 months ago

The new Mulvane Transformation Project did evolve from the earlier plans. For more on the project, go to

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