KU news

KU liberal arts faculty want a master plan that makes more space for their fields
March 22, 2014
Kansas University’s recently unveiled master plan outlined several potential projects meant to propel the campus into the future. Among them was an $800 million proposed project to boost the university’s science and technology facilities. But some faculty say the humanities and liberal arts facilities could from similar administrative dreaming. By Ben Unglesbee
KU chancellor to be interviewed Monday as part of lecture series
March 21, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be interviewed by the dean of the Pepperdine University law school later this month as part of the at the 2014 Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture series.
KU announces new finalists for vice provost of diversity; campus visits start Monday
08:29 a.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Four finalists for vice provost for diversity and equity at Kansas University will give public presentations and take questions from faculty, staff and other members of the KU community over the next two weeks, the university said in a news release.
March Madness: The KU guide to not accidentally gambling
March 20, 2014
‘Tis the season for loose readings of the state’s anti-gambling laws. Kansas University is taking precautions by reminding all employees and students that betting on their NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets is illegal. It’s a friendly reminder the university sends out annually come tournament time. By Ben Unglesbee
Couple donate $1 million for KU business school scholarships
March 20, 2014
A $1 million gift to Kansas University will establish a new scholarship program in the business school, KU announced Thursday.
KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
Nobel-winning economist to talk about the meeting of markets and morals
March 18, 2014
Nobel Prize-winning economist Alvin Roth, a distinguished professor of economics at Stanford University and a distinguished professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, will speak at the Lied Center April 1. Roth’s work looks at creating stable systems of exchange, often in areas where society’s moral repugnance makes pricing difficult. By Ben Unglesbee
Director of KU news service to leave post for job in Ohio
March 17, 2014
Jill Jess Phythyon, who began at KU in fall 2007, will leave her post as director of KU news and media relations for another position. Filling in as interim director will be David Martin, currently communications director for the KU School of Medicine.
As demand in academia lags, Humanities grads search for new options
March 17, 2014
As tenure-track jobs at universities decline, many highly educated and highly specialized graduates who studied the humanities and arts in master’s and doctoral programs are trying to figure out what else they can do with all their expertise.
18-year-old Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of sexual battery on KU campus
March 15, 2014
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery on KU’s campus.
KU shows off vision of future campus
March 14, 2014
At an open house in Kansas University’s Spooner Hall, KU showed off its new “master plan,” meant to be a blue print for campus development during the next 10 years. While many of the proposals are still gleams in the eyes of administrators, some could see construction in the coming years and some are already underway. It’s the first such plan in 20 years By Ben Unglesbee
Discussions on limiting KU grad student work hours prompts alarm
March 14, 2014
Kansas University is trying to figure out how graduate assistants fit into the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate to provide health insurance for all full-time employees. One possibility floated so far: limiting work hours for graduate students to 20 hours per week. That has worried graduate students who rely on the income from second jobs on campus. By Ben Unglesbee
KU mourns French professor who died of cancer
March 13, 2014
Samira Sayeh, who was a KU associate professor of French and Francophone studies, died of cancer in February at the age of 44. Her work explored the language, literature and culture of the French-speaking world, focusing largely on North African and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Two KU deans announce they will leave their posts
March 13, 2014
John Gaunt, dean of the School for Architecture, Design and Planning for the past 20 years, said today he would step down as dean in 2015. In a simultaneous university release, Mary Ellen Kondrat, dean of the School of Social Welfare since 2006, announced she would retire this year. By Ben Unglesbee
KU Student Senate votes to eliminate student fee for athletics
March 12, 2014
Kansas University’s Student Senate voted to get rid of a $25 per semester fee that subsidizes the athletics organization. Originally meant to support women’s sports under Title IX requirements, student leaders said the athletics department makes enough money to support those sports without a fee. From here, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will have to decide whether to uphold the vote or veto the proposal. By Ben Unglesbee
KU graduate programs hold ground, make gains in U.S. News rankings
March 12, 2014
Kansas University’s top-performing graduate programs, including special education and city management, held top positions in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 list of “Best Graduate Schools.” Other KU programs gained ground in the rankings.
KU business school offers new graduate certificates
March 10, 2014
The Kansas University School of Business will offer new graduate certificates in areas of business specialization through the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The certificates are meant either to add an area of focus to an MBA degree or to stand alone as a graduate credential.
KU med student recounts visit to Syrian refugee camp in The Atlantic
March 9, 2014
Outside a trio of portable metal buildings just off the crowded main street of Zaatari, Jordan, dozens of women lined up each day to receive contraceptives, breastfeeding consultations and, often, to give birth.
KU geographer challenges Kansas’ “flattest state” reputation
March 8, 2014
Jerry Dobson, a Kansas University professor of geography, knew well the perceptions of the state’s fabled endless plains. But he also guessed that Kansas is not the flattest state in the country, so he set out to prove it. By Ben Unglesbee
International military officers take in culture, talk issues at KU
March 7, 2014
The world seemed suddenly small Friday inside a cozy conference room in Wescoe Hall. Military officers from eight European countries and Canada conversed candidly with a few students and a professor about everything from cybersecurity to women in their respective militaries. Elsewhere around Kansas University, officers from more than 30 other countries worldwide, also grouped by continent, were doing the same thing. By Sara Shepherd
KU students set to vote on eliminating athletics fee
March 7, 2014
On Wednesday Kansas University’s Student Senate will vote on whether to keep or kill the fee every student pays to the athletics department. If they vote to eliminate the fee, the question will then go to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who holds veto power. By Ben Unglesbee
Notre Dame provost speaks on role of flagship universities
March 6, 2014
Notre Dame provost Thomas Burish received the 1949 Award from Kansas University’s clinical psychology program Thursday, which recognizes distinguished alumni.
KU celebrates groundbreaking of new Daisy Hill residence halls
March 5, 2014
Kansas University celebrated the groundbreaking for a new student housing complex on Daisy Hill that will replace the 50-year-old McCollum Hall. The two five-story new halls will mostly nix living rooms in favor of commons space and come packed with technology for students. By Ben Unglesbee
KU Med to create new multiple sclerosis center
March 5, 2014
With help from a $800,000 grant, the Kansas University Medical Center will establish a new center to provide emotional, physical and lifestyle help for patients with multiple sclerosis.
Second KU team heading to national debate tournament
March 5, 2014
A second debate team from Kansas University will head to the National Debate Tournament at Indiana University. The team beat others from the University of Texas and Kansas State University, among others, in a regional tournament to qualify.
KU names its 2014 Men of Merit
March 5, 2014
The fifteen honorees of the sixth-annual KU Men of Merit are students, faculty and staff of the university. The project was created by a former KU football player and is sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity.
KU partnering with private company to recruit international students
March 4, 2014
Kansas University is partnering with Cambridge, Mass., company Shorelight Education to recruit international students into KU’s new Academic Accelerator Program. The program will combine arts and science courses with language instruction to create a new kind of first year experience for students. But some worry partnering with a private company could reduce oversight and standards. By Ben Unglesbee
Ukrainian natives and experts at KU forced to watch crisis from afar
March 4, 2014
With political dynamics changing rapidly in Ukraine every day, those who have studied the country keep up through news reports and friends in the country. Watching can be surreal and frightening for those who grew up in the country and have friends involved in the political upheaval. By Ben Unglesbee
KU law school in top 25 percent among schools with top firm placement
March 3, 2014
The Kansas University School of Law ranked 50th on a National Law Journal list of law schools whose graduates end up at top firms, the university announced Monday.
Psychology professor Stephen Ilardi chosen as KU’s 2014 HOPE Award winner
March 1, 2014
Kansas University’s senior class has chosen Dr. Stephen Ilardi, an associate professor in clinical psychology, as the recipient of the 2014 HOPE Award.