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KU School of Music announces KU at the Capitol concert series
February 14, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will kick off its spring 2015 KU at the Capitol concert series this Wednesday. It will be the first of six concerts to take place at the Statehouse rotunda this semester as part of the series.
KU alumna to share lessons learned from work on ‘Sesame Street’
February 14, 2015
A Kansas University alumna who has found success on “Sesame Street” will share stories from her career with the children’s television series Monday at KU.
Collaborative art exhibition opening on campus
February 14, 2015
Both Lawrence high schools are collaborating with the Kansas University Department of Visual Art in a new art exhibition opening Sunday on campus. The work is a mix of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and jewelry.
KU, Lawrence police draft agreement on sexual violence procedures
February 13, 2015
A new agreement between Kansas University and the Lawrence Police Department aims to firm up how the two should — and shouldn’t — work together when it comes to sexual violence investigations. They’ve unveiled a memorandum of understanding, which the City Commission is expected to approve Tuesday night. By Sara Shepherd
KU School of Engineering selects new associate dean
February 13, 2015
The Kansas University School of Engineering has selected a new associate dean for undergraduate studies. Lorin Maletsky, associate professor of mechanical engineering, assumed the role Jan. 1.
KU’s first black sorority celebrates 100 years on campus
February 13, 2015
Kansas University’s first historically black sorority is celebrating a century on campus. Past and present members of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha say that while much has improved for black women at KU in 100 years, AKA sisterhood still provides strong support as they pursue academic and life goals. By Sara Shepherd
KU only school in Kansas to rank in top 100 in Business Journals list
February 13, 2015
Kansas University has been ranked in the top 100 public colleges in America by The Business Journals. Ranked at No. 74, KU was the only school in Kansas to break the top 100. Distinction among Kansas schools is good recognition for the university, said Jack Martin, director of strategic communications for KU.
KU grad’s work helps women in Indian Country through changes in law
February 12, 2015
At age 8, Sarah Deer read in a children’s history magazine that women in America didn’t have the right to vote until 1920. “I was sure it was a typo,” she said. Upon verifying that it, in fact, was not, Deer said her thoughts turned to, “that’s not right.” And thus began Deer’s lifetime of work advocating for women, which recently landed the Kansas University graduate on the prestigious list of 2014 national MacArthur Fellows. By Sara Shepherd
KU vice provost a finalist for job at University of Florida
February 12, 2015
A Kansas University vice provost is a finalist for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Ann Cudd, vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, was scheduled for a public presentation Thursday and an open session with students Friday on the Florida campus.
Hearing pushed back in case of lecturer suing KU over records request
February 12, 2015
A hearing that was scheduled for Friday has been canceled in the case of a Kansas University lecturer who’s suing the school over releasing his emails.
KU students to debut original plays this weekend
February 12, 2015
Plays written by Kansas University undergraduate students will debut this weekend in the fifth Black Box Productions at the University Theatre.
KU sees uptick in employees seeking measles shots, which already are required for students
06:05 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Watkins Health Services has had an influx of Kansas University community members coming in for measles vaccinations this week. The rush — primarily employees — follows a friendly reminder the university sent out urging anyone who has not been vaccinated to come in and do so. By Sara Shepherd
Regents back KU’s quest for ‘comprehensive cancer center’ designation
06:00 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
The Kansas University Medical Center is hoping to be designated as a “comprehensive cancer center” by the National Institutes of Health. That’s a step higher than the “National Cancer Institute” designation it received in 2012.
Second architecture dean candidate coming to KU
03:38 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
The second of four candidates for dean of the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning will visit campus this week.
KU policy protects LGBT workers from discrimination, despite governor’s action
03:23 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas University has its own policy protecting LGBT students and employees from discrimination, and it’s not affected by the governor’s actions on a similar state order, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little reminded the KU community on Wednesday. By Sara Shepherd
KU names two new Daisy Hill residence halls
02:33 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Kansas University has announced names for the two new residence halls being built on Daisy Hill: Madison A. and Lila M. Self Hall for the north building and Charles W. Oswald Hall for the south building.
Grad student to be student voice for diversity efforts at KU
12:00 a.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 12:00 a.m.
At the tiny, historically black Southern college where she got her undergraduate degree, Jameelah Jones looked like everyone else. There was a “level of comfort there and a level of safety,” she said. Then she came to Kansas University for graduate school. In a sea of 25,000 students — fewer than 5 percent of them black, according to KU data — Jones said she felt different. Jones now is in a formal position to help make KU more welcoming for students of color and other underrepresented groups. By Sara Shepherd
KU polls students on sexual harassment, assault
February 10, 2015
Kansas University sent its third annual climate survey to students Tuesday, an ongoing effort to gauge the problem of sexual harassment and assault on campus.
MacArthur ‘genius’ and specialist in tribal law protecting women to speak at KU
02:54 p.m., February 10, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
A Kansas University alumna who was named a 2014 MacArthur “genius” will return to campus to give the annual February Sisters lecture this week. Sarah Deer will discuss “Sovereignty of the Soul: Native Feminism and Violent Crime” at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Union.
Study: Groundwater depletion slowing in western Kansas
February 10, 2015
The Kansas Geological Survey says average groundwater levels are still declining in western Kansas, but at a slower rate.
KU, students answer lawsuit by business school teacher formerly employed by Koch
05:12 p.m., February 9, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The court process is moving forward in the case of a Kansas University lecturer with Koch ties who sued to block KU from publicly releasing his emails. The next hearing in the case of Art Hall v. KU is set for Friday. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence police: Two shooting victims are KU students; suspects still at large
03:11 p.m., February 9, 2015 Updated 05:59 p.m.
One victim from Sunday evening’s shooting was released from the hospital Monday, while the other two victims, both Kansas University students, remain hospitalized, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. By Caitlin Doornbos
$1 million gift will help KU continue lifelong learning programs
11:16 a.m., February 9, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kansas University has received a $1 million gift to help provide for its continued educational programming. The endowed gift comes in the form of a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has similar institutes at a number of universities nationwide, said Jim Peters, director of KU’s Osher Institute.
Prep work for reaccreditation yields ‘honest’ 10-year look at KU
February 7, 2015
Have some time to kill and want to know — honestly — what’s been going on at Kansas University for the past decade? Check out the 209-page Self Study that upwards of 100 KU community members spent more than a year preparing in time for Monday’s visit by representatives of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. By Sara Shepherd
KU expels 8 students over sexual harassment since May 2012
February 6, 2015
Kansas University has sanctioned 32 students — expelling eight of them — for violating its sexual harassment policy, which includes sexual violence, in the past two and a half years. The counts are according to a KU Student Affairs tally made public for the first time this week. By Sara Shepherd
KU scientists enable first-ever comprehensive map of Greenland’s ice sheet
06:58 p.m., February 5, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Thanks to years of data collected and ultra-sensitive radar equipment developed by Kansas University researchers, scientists have created the first-ever comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet. Where others in the past tried and failed, KU-based National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) researchers and collaborators successfully documented deep and ancient channels of ice to complete the picture. By Sara Shepherd
KU ramping up online course offerings in liberal arts
11:12 a.m., February 5, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is ramping up its online course offerings, enough that it has dedicated a new administrative position to the task. Longtime psychology professor Paul Atchley has been appointed CLAS associate dean for online and professional education, KU announced this week. And for the first time, starting this fall, students with associate’s degrees will be able to complete coursework completely online for Bachelor of General Studies degrees through CLAS. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Virtuosi to perform concert Sunday at KU
February 4, 2015
Kansas University School of Music will stage the third performance in the Kansas Virtuosi Series for the 2014-15 season Sunday, featuring a special program titled “Organ Plus.”
Kansan to cut print edition from four days a week to two, citing ‘digital-first’ push
05:39 p.m., February 4, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Starting this fall, the University Daily Kansan will print just two days a week instead of four. The Kansan announced the change Wednesday, describing it as a move toward “digital-first” journalism. By Sara Shepherd
KU lecturer who won HOPE Award found guilty of stalking, violating protection order
01:39 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
A Kansas University lecturer is serving a sentence of two years on probation after a Johnson County district judge found him guilty of stalking and protection order violations.