Archive for Saturday, April 12, 2014

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12:39 a.m.
In this file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald smiles as he speaks to those attending his lecture "In the Measure of a Man," on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Pitts was one of the keynote speakers yesterday at the Kansas University School of Social Welfare's Social Work Day 2014, an event devoted to informing and celebrating social workers.
Social Work Day at KU brings Leonard Pitts Jr., Harriet Lerner to speak
April 11, 2014
National authors Leonard Pitts Jr. and Harriet Lerner came to the Kansas Union on Friday to speak as part of Social Work Day 2014, a celebration of the profession put on by the KU School of Social Welfare. Pitts spoke at length about the distance between America’s ideals and its history, including its recent history. Lerner’s talk centered on making important personal changes to improve relationships. By Ben Unglesbee
10:00 a.m.
Molly Schemm is a KU senior who volunteers for StopGap Inc. StopGap is a nonprofit organization located in Lawrence and was created at the grassroots level to assist youth between the ages of 15-21 in claiming ownership of their life to become successful individuals. United Way: Volunteering helps build meaningful relationships
April 12, 2014
Forming personal connections is what drew Molly Schemm to volunteer for StopGap Inc., which provides support for youths aging out of the foster care system. Schemm, a senior at Kansas University, teaches StopGap’s outreach program, which helps these students develop the skills they will need to survive in the world once they are 18, and, for many, completely alone. “I thought StopGap was where I needed to be because I wanted to be a person in someone’s life who said, ‘Yes, you can!’” said Schemm. By Micki Chestnut
5:00 p.m.
Earl Lewis, chief of planning and policy at the Kansas Water Office, leads a discussion about potential new sources of water for Kansas during a planning meeting in Manhattan. One idea being discussed is a aqueduct that would pump flood water from the Missouri River in northeast Kansas to areas of southwest Kansas where underground water supplies are being depleted. Dredging lakes, building aqueduct may be part of Kansas’ 50-year water plan
April 11, 2014
Dredging sediment out of major reservoirs is likely to be a key part of a 50-year plan for maintaining water resources in Kansas. And the idea of building a 450-mile aqueduct from the Missouri River to southwest Kansas is also still on the table. Those, and many other ideas, were part of the discussion at a water policy planning meeting Friday in Manhattan. By Peter Hancock

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