Here's yet another edition of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU 2011 Legislative Agenda ( .PDF )
• I’m in the middle of putting together a blurb on KU’s legislative agenda for the upcoming year. We’ll run it this weekend along with what a bunch of other local entities are looking for out of the upcoming session.
But, as usual, Heard on the Hill readers get an advance sneak peek at the list. I’m including the entire agenda here.
KU’s state lobbyist Kathy Damron tells me it essentially boils down to two main areas of focus — securing investment in key areas of economic growth (like KU’s new engineering building and its quest for NCI cancer designation) and repealing outdated state laws that hamper KU’s efficiency.
I’d welcome your thoughts on KU’s wish list, by e-mail or in the comments below.
• In further proof that you can find Jayhawks just about anywhere, a School of Business alumna has become the first African reporter on the Chinese mainland, and was recently named as the Chinese cultural ambassador for her country.
Vimbayi Kajese, a 2005 School of Business graduate from Zimbabwe, reads the news at CCTV-9, the English Channel of China Central Television.
Check out a video of her work below.
• Wrapping up all this Sheahon Zenger stuff for now, one other item I'd read in the new athletic director's contract dealt with something I'd never heard fully explained called "The Wheel Club." So I checked it out.
It came up in the contract because Zenger will be allowed the use of two cars, subject to the rules of the Wheel Club.
It essentially works as a courtesy car program, available to head coaches and certain other administrative staff members at the discretion of the athletic director.
Dealers provide cars to the athletics department in return for other perks, like priority Williams Fund seating points, the ability to purchase two men's basketball tickets per car, a signed basketball (men's and women's) and an invitation to an annual golf outing.
Kansas Athletics allows staff members and spouses to drive the cars, and pays insurance and registration costs.
Coaches and staffers are use the cars for a period of time, and then the vehicles are given back to dealers and sold.
• In an effort to increase the already significant number of tips for Heard on the Hill (thanks, everyone!), I’m going to start appealing to individual people at random. So I opened my KU directory and blindly pointed to a name on the page.
This means I’m looking at you, Nicole Singleton Horn, graduate teaching assistant in the curriculum and teaching department. Tell me something I don’t already know! You (and everyone else) can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.