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Heard on the Hill: Job fair lets students find part-time work; I’m looking for questions to ask new Haskell president; KUMC associate vice chancellor attends program known for training future leaders

July 28, 2011


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• As students return to classes next August, many will be looking for part-time jobs to supplement their income.

The University Career Center sponsors an annual part-time jobs fair for students, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union.

Businesses can register at for $75.

About 400 to 500 students typically attend the fair each year, the Career Center reports.

The Career Center will also be sending students an email reminder in August about the fair for the people (like me) who would read something like this, then promptly forget about it.

• I’m scheduled for an interview with Chris Redman, the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University next week.

And I’d be curious to know if anyone had any questions they’d like me to ask him. I do, of course, have my own set of ideas and areas I’d like to discuss with him.

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous situation there, as they’ve been through several different acting leaders (including Redman) after Linda Sue Warner left in September 2009 for a detail off campus, and eventually was reassigned to another position in the Bureau of Indian Education.

If you’ve got some topics you’d like me to get into with the new fellow, please let me know.

• Always on the lookout for up-and-comers in KU’s ranks, I spotted the name of David J. Cook on a list of 50 faculty members and administrators on the list of new American Council on Education fellows, “a program known for producing future provosts and presidents,” according to Inside Higher Ed.

Cook is an associate professor in health policy and management in the School of Medicine and is the executive director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance at the KU Cancer Center, in addition to serving as the associate vice chancellor for outreach at KU Medical Center.

A mouthful, but an impressive list nonetheless.

• I’m all about being honest, so I’m not afraid to tell you I’m fresh out of creative ways to ask for tips, but please keep on sending them to anyway.


IDK 6 years, 10 months ago

Here are some of the questions I thought of for Mr. Redman:

It has been a rough couple of years at HINU and the students want to know they can count on their leader. Will he be a president that sits in his office all day or will he actually take time to interact with the students of Haskell (In someway)?

A lot of students would like to see more degree programs brought to HINU, does he have any plans to do so?

There's a huge problem with communication at HINU, how will he work to fix that? For instance, departments don't really work with other departments which then leaves students lost and confused.

One of the biggest headaches for students is enrolling, will there ever be a system that students can enroll online in a timely manner without the task of standing in long lines?

There was no summer school this year. Students who would like to finish sooner, could not. Students who need the chance to catch up, could not. If it is a matter of funding will he try to find means and ways to get funding?

A lot of students want HINU to be more sustainable. Can he see that the school becomes more earth friendly?

erck85 6 years, 10 months ago

IDK: I apologize for my interjection and the likely grammatical errors that follow, but I thought that some of these questions could be answered up front.

If Mr. Redman's acting schedule is to reflect his work ethic in his full-time schedule, he may be in the office 3-4 days per week at best.

HINU has been under-funded year after year and there is no sense in developing new programs on soft money. This typically leads to programs being developed only for the bottom to drop out after a short amount of time. Also in turn, the funds/resources that the program took for initial start up goes to waste after the program has been dissolved when it could have been invested in the current programs/technology.

The wake that Dr. Linda Sue Warner left behind included mainly, the faculty/staff being at odds with each other. Name calling, divisions created, sides choosen etc. Communication starts with all employees being on board for the same mission; educating students to the best of their (collective) ability. This of course means egos, personal feelings/investments, and other issues need to be left aside so that the University's responsibility to their Native-American consitutients can be met, ie the students served well. In the tradition of our Native Ancestors, perhaps a cleansing of the campus should take place. Of course to give a fresh start and clear away negativity that exists on campus.

Enrollment can be made more efficient through the implementation of tech systems and that is something that HINU has been working on over the past few years, with enough patience it will get better. That being said, I don't believe that federal employees can lobby for money for more programs*, better technology, better food or any of the other usual complaints. Only students can do this, which has been attempted in the past but requires student unity and a strong student senate.

Haskell is a truly extraordinary place and I would hate to see anything happen that would jeopardize the University's future. Haskell offers many students the opportunity to go to college and creates a stepping stone to graduate school or life in the professional world; unfortunately there is such a clear division on campus based on personal feelings, accusations, name calling and general acrimony. I wish the best of luck to everyone at Haskell, hopefully the future will hold better things.

(*including expansion, summer school, new programs graduate or otherwise)

sr80 6 years, 10 months ago

Mr Redman- are you going to screw over your fellow native american/students like your predecessors ?

geekin_topekan 6 years, 10 months ago

Will you require support staff to be at their post where a student, seeking services, can find them or will they be in "meetings" 4 days out of the week?

With no summer session, what did staff do all summer since they were on payroll?

Does Haskell have any plans to become a real University, which includes graduate degrees and requiring research out their faculty members?

Clark Coan 6 years, 10 months ago

Will the new president work to regain the two 20-acre tracts in the Baker Wetlands owned by KU and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism? HINU owned these lands until the late 1950s.

frank mcguinness 6 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Redman.. Do you see any value in trying to get the city of lawrence/community members to stand behind and support haskell as they support KU?

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