KU news

KU liberal arts dean named next president of Trinity University
December 15, 2014
Danny Anderson, dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is leaving KU to become president of Trinity University in San Antonio. Anderson earned a doctorate in Spanish from KU in 1985 and has worked at KU as a teacher and an administrator for 26 years. By Sara Shepherd
Lists show 37 registered offenders at Kansas universities during fall semester; 5 at KU
08:36 a.m., December 15, 2014 Updated 01:59 p.m.
Thirty-seven registered criminal offenders are enrolled or employed at the six state universities in Kansas, a newspaper analysis has found.
After exceeding $1.2 billion fundraising goal, KU’s Far Above campaign aims farther
December 14, 2014
With the historic gift announced last week, Kansas University Endowment exceeded its Far Above fundraising campaign goal of $1.2 billion two years ahead of schedule. But the largest and longest-running campaign ever conducted on behalf of KU will not end with that, leaders say. By Sara Shepherd
KU partners with regional entrepreneurship program
December 14, 2014
Kansas University is partnering with a regional entrepreneur development program to translate more KU technologies into new products and startup companies, the university recently announced.
Key administrator in sex assault, hazing investigations no longer at KU
December 12, 2014
Kansas University’s first director of Student Conduct and Community Standards has left KU for a leadership position at another large university. Nick Kehrwald is now associate dean of students at the University of Kentucky. By Sara Shepherd
KU announces visit by second finalist for vice chancellor of research
December 12, 2014
The second of three candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research will visit Kansas University next week.
Over 100 KU students come out to voice concerns at multicultural forum
December 10, 2014
Over 100 students packed into Alderson Auditorium on the Kansas University campus Wednesday night to voice frustrations about how they think KU’s Student Senate handles multicultural programs and how issues important to students of color aren’t highly represented.
Judge considering case against man charged in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 10, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff heard arguments Wednesday during the bench trial of Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, who is charged in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
Fraternity accused of sexual assault to remain on interim suspension as KU continues investigation
December 10, 2014
Kappa Sigma will remain on interim suspension longer yet, after Kansas University and fraternity leaders agreed to extend the disciplinary measure while KU continues its investigation into allegations of sexual assault at the chapter house. By Sara Shepherd
Fall graduation events scheduled for this weekend at KU
December 9, 2014
Kansas University expects about 1,250 students to earn degrees this semester, and many will celebrate with recognition ceremonies this weekend. The schools of engineering, business and education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences all have events planned.
KU announces historic $58 million gift from alumni
02:04 p.m., December 9, 2014 Updated 05:36 p.m.
A record $58 million gift from the estate of Madison “Al” and Lila Self will benefit Kansas University students seeking scholarships and fellowships in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and economics, KU officials announced Tuesday.
Three finalists for Kansas University vice chancellor for research to visit campus
December 8, 2014
The three finalists chosen by the search committee for the vice chancellor for research position at Kansas University will visit campus this month for public presentations and to answer questions from the KU community.
Social media campaign criticizes KU support for students of color
02:52 p.m., December 8, 2014 Updated 03:16 p.m.
Disappointment over the Ferguson decision morphed into a social media campaign in which Kansas University students voiced opinions that the school is failing people of color. By Sara Shepherd
Spencer Museum’s WWI art helps recall past, understand present
December 6, 2014
In an oil painting hanging from a gallery wall on the fourth floor of the Spencer Museum of Art, a single saucer-shaped eye looks out underneath the brim of a combat helmet adorned with a crown of barbed wire.
Task force says KU code should clarify that school can discipline students for off-campus sex assaults
December 5, 2014
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force is recommending KU make crystal clear that the university can discipline students for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred. By Sara Shepherd
KU sees slight enrollment increase for 2014-2015
December 5, 2014
Total enrollment at Kansas University grew less than 1 percent this year. Official enrollment this fall is 27,983. That includes 24,612 on the Lawrence campus and 3,371 at the Medical Center in Kansas City. By Peter Hancock
KU Homecoming 2015 to fall on Halloween
December 5, 2014
Kansas University’s next homecoming weekend may be spooky. The Homecoming football game against the University of Oklahoma is set for Oct. 31, 2015 — which is Halloween — with the full week of homecoming festivities planned Oct. 25 through Oct. 31, 2015, the KU Alumni Association announced Friday.
Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release
03:28 p.m., December 4, 2014 Updated 07:16 p.m.
Lecturer Art Hall sued Kansas University Thursday to block the school from releasing records to a student group looking into his ties to Koch Industries. A short time later, Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild issued an order temporarily blocking the release of those documents. By Sara Shepherd
KU Theatre to stage political satire written in concentration camp
December 3, 2014
This weekend, Kansas University Theater will open a “reimagined and reconstructed” version of “The Last Cyclist,” an absurdist cabaret that originated in Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague during the Holocaust.
Students receive part of $1,800 records request seeking Kochs’ influence on hiring at KU
December 3, 2014
A student group investigating the Koch brothers’ influence on Kansas University has received some of the $1,800 worth of documents it requested from the university. Schuyler Kraus, KU senior and president of Students for a Sustainable Future, said that she believes the documents returned so far reinforce her group’s concern that the Kochs are buying their way into the university and spreading their political ideology under the guise of academia. School of Business representatives — including one of the faculty members students are looking into — dispute that theory. By Sara Shepherd
Proposed social media policy procedure outlines rights of those accused at KU
December 2, 2014
The last step of implementing a controversial social media policy at Kansas University is now on its way toward codification. A proposed procedure outlines what steps would be taken when a faculty or staff member — including student employees — is suspected of using social media improperly, which faculty members say is needed to protect the rights of the accused. By Sara Shepherd
KU adds biotechnology degree at Edwards Campus
December 2, 2014
Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park is adding a bachelor of applied science in biotechnology degree to increase career opportunities in the growing field. Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the biotechnology program is KU’s first bachelor of applied science degree.
KU professor emerita continues broadening horizons with Italian culture
December 2, 2014
Jan Kozma is a self-described “stickler” when it comes to Italian grammar. Yet when she reflects on her more than 37 years of teaching Italian, parts of speech and sentence diagrams don’t stand out as the most memorable. “You teach to broaden their horizons and to open a world to them,” Kozma said. “You could really change lives, and that’s been just wonderful.” Kozma continues broadening horizons in retirement by giving lectures on Italian culture. By Sara Shepherd
Peaceful march kicks off week of Ferguson-related events at KU
December 1, 2014
Kansas University students’ march through campus Monday night to protest the Ferguson decision was partly for others and partly for participants themselves. “We’re not just going to sit by and be OK with the decision that the grand jury made,” said KU junior Asha Musau, a Black Student Union member who helped organized the march. She said the goal was to help raise awareness of the problem and also to give students — particularly black students who are angry about the decision — an appropriate place “to get their emotions out.” By Sara Shepherd
KU group wants campus tobacco-free by fall 2015
November 29, 2014
A Kansas University initiative is working to gain support for banning smoking and other forms of tobacco from campus by fall of 2015. As the Tobacco Free KU initiative pushes for a university policy change, it’s also pushing for buy-in from students, faculty and staff. “Our ultimate goal is to create a culture change on campus,” said Ashley Hrabe, KU senior and founder of Breathe Easy at KU (BEAK). By Sara Shepherd
KU art students complete Federal Reserve Bank sculpture
November 29, 2014
A two-year collaboration between 50 Kansas University visual arts students, faculty and staff has resulted in a work of art that will now be on permanent display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, entitled “An Abounding Asset: The Diligent Reserve,” debuted in an unveiling ceremony last weekend, coinciding with the Reserve’s 100th anniversary.
Kansas, Missouri colleges start food pantries
November 28, 2014
Colleges in Kansas and Missouri are among a growing number nationwide opening food pantries to help students survive the ever-increasing costs of higher education.
Has Black Friday gotten too big for its own good? KU business experts discuss
November 27, 2014
Marketing concepts like scarcity — Limited time only! — and social proof — Everybody’s doing it! — made Black Friday the frenzied shopping phenomenon that it is, consumer experts say. But with all that popularity, is Black Friday’s bubble about to burst? By Sara Shepherd
Journal-World seeks release of affidavits in KU sexual assault cases
November 26, 2014
The Lawrence Journal-World has filed a motion in Douglas County District Court seeking the release of two arrest warrant affidavits in sexual assault cases sealed by Judge Kay Huff last month. Huff sealed the affidavits of two 21-year-old men charged in connection with the alleged rapes of two women in Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall Sept. 28.
KU students and faculty react to Ferguson decision
November 25, 2014
Black Kansas University students, some shaking or in tears, said they were so hurt and angry about the Ferguson verdict that they struggled to get out of bed and focus in class on Tuesday. Those students were among more than 80 students, faculty and community members who gathered to share reactions about Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict a police officer who fatally shot a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., during an “open space” event Tuesday at KU’s Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. By Sara Shepherd