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Photography exhibit of Iraq, Afghanistan frontlines coming to KU
March 25, 2014
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is inviting the public for a viewing of “The Conflict Zone,” a traveling photography exhibit with images from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan.
KU student awarded Goldwater scholarship; three others receive honorable mentions
March 25, 2014
Ryan Limbocker, a Kansas University junior from Overland Park, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award to honor academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three additional KU juniors were recognized with honorable mentions.
Chancellor Gray-Little comes a long way to lead KU
March 24, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little revealed the person behind the title during an onstage interview with KU alumna and Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law Deanell Reece Tacha at the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture on Monday night.
Traveling thrift store, which spreads awareness on orphans, to visit KU April 1
March 24, 2014
A traveling thrift store that spreads awareness and provides resources to orphans will visit Kansas University on April 1.
KU’s relations with Legislature have grown testier, officials say
March 23, 2014
Kansas University has long been viewed as politically and culturally different from the rest of the state. But tensions with the Kansas Legislature have escalated in recent years, resulting in policy decisions and funding cuts that could have lasting effects. KU officials, however, say that perception is overblown, and they are working to maintain good relationships with legislative leaders. By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Events at KU aim to bring faraway Syrian crisis closer to home
March 23, 2014
For Kansas University senior Suhayla Sibaai, the civil war in Syria is personal — she has relatives there and fears for their safety. But Sibaai and other members of KU Students for Justice in the Middle East believe everyone should care about what’s going on there and try to help. The club has designated this week Syria in Crisis: Jayhawk Awareness Week and has planned several events. By Sara Shepherd
Conservators work to preserve 120-year-old panorama at KU Natural History Museum
March 22, 2014
As they looked through the windows of the KU Natural History Museum’s panorama one day this week, several kids asked their parents, “Why are those people in there?” They were there to clean and preserve the 120-year-old exhibit. By Giles Bruce
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