Archive for Friday, August 10, 2012

Heard on the Hill: KU Hospital, K.C. Chiefs announce partnership; KU student wins skateboarding title; Kansas Board of Regents staffer up for Ala. post

August 10, 2012


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• KU Hospital will be providing health care for yet another sports team in the Kansas City area.

The hospital announced a new partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs in which it will provide comprehensive health care for the football team. The hospital will additionally open a sports medicine clinic on the site of the Chiefs Training Facility (which will be renamed the KU Hospital Training Complex).

That clinic will be open to the public in summer 2013. It will serve Chiefs players and “athletes of all ages,” according to an announcement of the new deal.

More details on that will be announced later, the parties said.

KU Hospital has quite a few of these arrangements, as it also provides health care for the NASCAR track in Kansas City, Kan., the Kansas City Royals and the Sprint Center.

• KU has a new national champion, and it’s Garrett Rathbone, who became the national college skateboarding champ, according to the McPherson Sentinel (the link to the original article is no longer working, sadly).

The newspaper reported that Rathbone, a KU senior from McPherson, competed this past weekend at the Alt Games National College Skateboarding Championships, featuring the Top 25 skateboarders in the country.

Highlights of the event will be shown on CBS Sports Spectacular at noon Sunday and the whole thing will air at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 on the CBS College Channel, the paper reported.

It also mentioned that for being the best college skateboarder in all the land, Rathbone won $1,000, a trophy and assorted skateboarding merchandise.

• My always-on radar for people interviewing for positions elsewhere is pinging again.

This time, it’s a staff member at the Kansas Board of Regents who will interview for the job of chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system.

Blake Flanders currently works as vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents office. He is one of eight people who will interview for the job, according to the (Fort Wayne, Ind.) News-Sentinel.

He is joined by Michael Wartell, the former chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor of advancement at Troy University; Gregory Gray, chancellor of the Riverside Community College District in California; Daniel Howard, executive vice president and provost of Arkansas State University; Bruce Murphy, vice president for academic affairs at Air University in Montgomery; Mark Heinrich, president of Shelton State Community College; and Kandis Steele, director of academic programs for Alabama's post-secondary program.

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blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

Used to be when a move from Kansas to olde Dixie Alabama would be a step backwards; but, with the de-emphasis of quality education in Kansas (evolution/creationship, Brownback and public school issues, etc), maybe not so now. Kansas through it's drifting GOP has become more southern-like in it's education philosophy, maybe think Mississippi, Louisana, Kentucky and Arkansas.

Jean Robart 5 years, 7 months ago

Don't do it Blake! Stay in God's country! Alabama is a good place to be from. (I lived there for 13 years, I know whereof I speak)

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

bigtoe; Think it is not happeningl, read-up on the issue amd Kansas' decline in public education support and the declining rankings of Kansas universities' ! The truth hurts I agree! Maybe we, like Missouri is hoping to get to the level of the SEC schools!

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