Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
• After writing a bit about KU’s Endacott Society, I heard from the incoming president of the group, Sandra Wiechert.
She mentioned another project the group has been participating in — the recording of oral histories of retired faculty and staff.
Wiechert, the incoming president of the Endacott Society, has overseen the recording of oral histories for 517 retired faculty and staff members.
Those are on file at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, and plans are to make them available online in the future, a process that could begin this summer, Wiechert said.
The oral histories feature “[c]omplete broad histories of the Depression, WWII, subsequent wars, hippie days and violence of the 60's” Wiechert wrote me in an email.
“All are amazing.”
• I spotted a small blurb in the Chronicle of Higher Education that mentioned the University of Michigan has changed its policy on banning people from campus after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue.
Now, the campus can only ban people from campus for a year, instead of for life.
So that got me wondering what happens at KU.
Jill Jess, a KU spokeswoman, confirmed to me that KU can ban people from campus using a regents policy that states: “Actions by faculty, staff, students or visitors which unnecessarily and unreasonably obstruct or interfere with the teaching, research or learning functions or other normal and necessary activities of a Regents institution or which create an imminent threat of danger to persons or property, may constitute grounds for suspension, dismissal, termination, or permanent exclusion from the campus.”
And KU does ban people, too. The university has banned 28 people from campus so far this year, and banned 42 people in 2010.
UPDATE: Jess got back with me this morning and clarified that those figures include people who are only banned from parts of campus, too. The majority of those are not banned from the entire campus, she said.
• The KU School of Medicine in Wichita has hired Brad Poss as its new associate dean for Graduate Medical Education.
Poss comes to the school from the University of Utah, where he was serving as a pediatrics professor and as director of the pediatric intensive care unit.
He is a KU School of Medicine graduate and has also served in the United States Navy, where he also worked with resident education.
• I have not (yet) been banned from campus, so it’s safe to send me a tip for Heard on the Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.