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KU part of a $27M grant program to boost literacy for struggling readers

The Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas will be part of a $27 million federal grant program to boost literacy for struggling Kansas readers. The Kansas State Department of Education awarded the grant as part of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Initiative ...

Date set for next KU budget discussion

The next University of Kansas community budget conversation is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. All University of Kansas faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the ongoing campus budget conversations led by interim Provost and ...

KU puts plastic egg in front of union, teases to ‘hatching’ next year

A giant blue egg, surrounded by four smaller red and blue eggs, materialized a week ago outside the Kansas Memorial Union on the University of Kansas campus. The words “Hatching March 7th” are written across the large plastic egg in the newly constructed Ascher Plaza in front of the ...

From rolled stop signs to alcohol poisoning: A ride-along with KU police

Hidden from view, Cortney Coke parked the Ford Explorer near the intersection of Sunflower and Sunnyside roads on the University of Kansas campus. Lights off, she sat in the darkness, waiting. It was only a matter of minutes before a Jeep Cherokee rolled past the stop sign without coming to a ...

KU’s athletic director wants to build up football program before tackling stadium

Just six weeks after coming on staff as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long is saying that building up the football program should take precedence over a multimillion-dollar remodel of the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “The stadium is still very important,” Long ...

For Your Ears Only sale vital to Audio-Reader’s future

Janet Campbell said she discovers something she can’t live without while perusing the items every year at Audio-Reader’s benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. “We have found DVD players, an old turntable, a sound mixer, and last year I bought a keyboard for my grandkids,” said Campbell, ...

KU Health System receives its largest gift ever

Story updated 6:47 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018: The University of Kansas Health System on Thursday announced its largest gift ever — a $66 million donation from The Sunderland Foundation. The donation is earmarked for an inpatient care unit specializing in blood cancers and disorders, ...

Could tiny Pluto circle back to planet status? KU astronomer hopes so

Pluto could get an upgrade in the planetary scheme, but it will take several rotations around the sun before that happens. A scientific journal recently reported that Pluto should never have been downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006. News of an upgrade would make fans of University of Kansas ...

KU Endowment receives more than $257M, 2nd highest total in history

The University of Kansas Endowment has experienced its second-highest philanthropic giving totals in university history, according to a news release Tuesday from Endowment. Alumni and friends invested $257.4 million during the 2018 fiscal year. Donors designated 98 percent of this total for ...

KU falls 8 spots in annual ranking of ‘Best Colleges’

The University of Kansas dropped eight spots in its ranking among public universities in the 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges,” which U.S. News & World Report released Monday. Last year, KU had moved up to the 53rd spot, which was three points higher than the prior year. It's now at ...

Campus minister offers KU students spiritual friendship

For Susan Mercer, handing out a Capri Sun juice pouch to a college student is more than quenching a thirst. “It’s offering prevenient grace to whoever shows up,” said Mercer, the Wesley KU Campus Minister at the University of Kansas. When Mercer and Shawn Norris, with the Lutheran ...

KU common work of art explores connection between U.S.-Haiti history

Although many Americans may not know it, Haiti and the United States share an important history, said Cécile Accilien, associate professor and director of the Institute of Haitian Studies at the University of Kansas. “Haiti is the first black republic to have a successful slave revolt,” ...

Former KU Chancellor Gray-Little to receive award for extraordinary service

Bernadette Gray-Little has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service as the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, according to a news release Thursday from KU. The KU Alumni Association will honor Gray-Little, who stepped down in 2017 ...