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Camp brings hundreds of young and talented musicians to KU
June 18, 2014
For 79 years, the Midwestern Music Camp at Kansas University has been training young musicians from Kansas and beyond. “There aren’t a lot of summer music camps that have run continuously for that long,” said camp coordinator Leslie Jabara. By Giles Bruce
Tuition, fees going up at Kansas’ public universities; Regents also approve human sexuality degree, business school building expansion
03:16 p.m., June 18, 2014 Updated 04:58 p.m.
Higher education officials on Wednesday approved tuition and fee increases for Kansas’ public universities that they said were the lowest in 13 years. By Scott Rothschild
KU School of Pharmacy ranks 19th in students accepted to post-residency positions
June 18, 2014
The Kansas University School of Pharmacy ranks 19th among schools of pharmacy in the percentage of students accepted to post-graduation residency positions, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Cameras catch wildlife all over KU campus
June 15, 2014
Along with its tens of thousands of students and employees, Kansas University is home to a wide array of wildlife trying to make a home on the campus’s many different landscapes. From deer to foxes to hawks, the urban ecosystem at KU is as large as the campus itself By Ben Unglesbee
Sci-fi writers talk shop at annual Campbell Conference
June 15, 2014
Writers and readers at this year’s Campbell Conference, hosted by Kansas University and the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, talked about the ideas and practicalities behind science fiction. They also discussed the life and work of famed writer, editor, agent and futurist Frederik Pohl, who died last year and had been a frequent guest of the conference. By Ben Unglesbee
KU announces winners of annual science fiction awards
June 12, 2014
Winners were announced Thursday for the annual Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award for science fiction. The awards are given out every year as part of the Campbell Conference on science fiction at Kansas University.
KU appoints Reggie Robinson as new head of public affairs program
June 12, 2014
Kansas University has appointed Reggie Robinson, a KU law school alumnus and current director of Washburn University’s Center of Law and Government, as the new director of KU’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.
KU Campbell Conference to explore the lines between science fiction and reality
June 11, 2014
Kansas University’s annual Campbell Conference draws in science fiction writers and readers from around the world. This year’s conference features discussions on the intersection of science fiction and real life, as well as a look back at the work of famed sci fi-figure Frederik Pohl. By Ben Unglesbee
Sutherland Foundation gives KU Hospital $2M for new building
June 11, 2014
The Sutherland Foundation has donated $2 million toward a new facility for the Kansas University Hospital. The grant is the largest in the foundation’s history.
Alumni flock to summer ‘Mini College’
June 10, 2014
Mini College takes alumni back to school days, minus the grades
KU’s Audio-Reader accepting donations for benefit sale
June 10, 2014
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is accepting donations of used audio equipment and music for its annual benefit sale in September.
Former KU chancellors create new teaching professorship for business school
June 10, 2014
Former Kansas University chancellors Archie Dykes and Gene Budig and their wives have given $100,000 to create a new professorship to reward high-quality teaching in the School of Business. By Ben Unglesbee
KU picks new leader of diversity office
June 9, 2014
Kansas University has picked E. Nathan Thomas, founding director of the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s diversity office as well as a diversity consultant in the private sector, as the new vice provost in charge of KU’s diversity office.
KU moving quickly on procedures for social media rule
June 8, 2014
Faculty and staff at Kansas universities have been living with a social media policy that they fought for nearly six months to kill. Now, the schools are starting to plan how to apply the policy. By Ben Unglesbee
New KU grads entering a better, still improving, job market
June 8, 2014
Students graduating from Kansas University university are facing a job market improved over previous years, but still tough. Career councilors and students say internships, networking and social media are key to landing a spot at a company. By Ben Unglesbee
Last Navajo Code Talker, who recently died, had special connection to KU
June 8, 2014
Chester Nez, the last surviving Navajo Code Talker who died last week at the age of 93, had a special connection to Kansas University. In 2012, the former Marine who helped the United States win decisive battles in World War II, received his degree from KU 60 years after leaving the school. By Scott Rothschild
KU Student Body president: Fieldhouse seat change-up ‘unfortunate’
June 7, 2014
After the Kansas University athletics department moved some choice seats from student territory to donor seating, KU’s student government leaders took the department to task. The seating chart rearrangement follows a vote by the Student Senate this spring to eliminate a fee paid to the department.
KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books
June 7, 2014
Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.
KU professor on D-Day: It was the soldiers who made a difference
June 5, 2014
June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the Normandy invasion which ultimately led to the liberation of France and Western Europe from Nazi control. All those years later, historians are still piecing together why things happened as they did. A Kansas University history professor says that it was the troops who ultimately made Allied success possible. By Ben Unglesbee
KU to host butterfly viewing
June 4, 2014
Scientists from Kansas University expect thousands of butterflies to emerge from the Fitch Natural History Reservation. Researchers will be on hand to provide information to the public.
Sunflower Music Festival features KU professors and alumnus
June 4, 2014
KU professors Sarah Frisof and Margaret Marco will play in this year’s Summer Music Festival at Washburn University, which starts Friday and runs through June 14. KU alumnus and pianist David Allen Wehr will also perform.
KU business school looks to add 17,000 square feet to new building
June 4, 2014
The Kansas University School of Business wants permission to raise money for an addition to the new facility it is about to begin building this summer. After seeing undergraduate growth of 45 percent in less than three years, the school expects the space will be necessary as the school expands. By Ben Unglesbee
Longtime dean of KU social welfare school dies
June 4, 2014
Former dean of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare and founder of Just Food Ann Weick died in May. Weick served as dean from 1987 to 2006. She was 73.
KU Med gets $19 million grant
June 3, 2014
The Kansas University Medical Center has received a five-year, $19 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue a cell and developmental biology research program that the university says has brought $64 million into Kansas since 2001, the university announced in a news release Tuesday.
Stouffer Place to close after next school year
June 3, 2014
The coming school year will be the last one for Souffer Place Apartments, Kansas University announced Tuesday.
Spencer receives 3,000-piece World War I art collection
June 2, 2014
A longtime art dealer and aficionado of World War I-era artwork has donated a 3,000 piece collection of art from the first world war to the Kansas University Museum of Art. The collection features more than 200 artists and will be shown to KU classes as the university looks at the centennial of the war.By Ben Unglesbee
Spencer Museum in Lawrence gets World War I art
June 2, 2014
The Spencer Museum of Art has been given a large collection of World War I era art.
Spencer Museum gets World War I art
June 2, 2014
The Spencer Museum of Art has been given a large collection of World War I era art.
KU looking at compromise on student work hours plan
June 1, 2014
Kansas University officials are hashing out a new plan for student workers that could allow many to keep their second jobs on campus while holding their work hours below the threshold for employer health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
KU professor publishes book about Broadway legend
June 1, 2014
Paul Laird had no idea he was on the path to writing one book, let alone two. The Kansas University professor of musicology was on his way to Columbus, Ohio, for a symposium on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”