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KU Endowment receives more than $257M, 2nd highest total in history

The University of Kansas Endowment has experienced its second-highest philanthropic giving totals in university history, according to a news release Tuesday from Endowment. Alumni and friends invested $257.4 million during the 2018 fiscal year. Donors designated 98 percent of this total for ...

KU falls 8 spots in annual ranking of ‘Best Colleges’

The University of Kansas dropped eight spots in its ranking among public universities in the 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges,” which U.S. News & World Report released Monday. Last year, KU had moved up to the 53rd spot, which was three points higher than the prior year. It's now at ...

Campus minister offers KU students spiritual friendship

For Susan Mercer, handing out a Capri Sun juice pouch to a college student is more than quenching a thirst. “It’s offering prevenient grace to whoever shows up,” said Mercer, the Wesley KU Campus Minister at the University of Kansas. When Mercer and Shawn Norris, with the Lutheran ...

KU common work of art explores connection between U.S.-Haiti history

Although many Americans may not know it, Haiti and the United States share an important history, said Cécile Accilien, associate professor and director of the Institute of Haitian Studies at the University of Kansas. “Haiti is the first black republic to have a successful slave revolt,” ...

Former KU Chancellor Gray-Little to receive award for extraordinary service

Bernadette Gray-Little has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service as the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, according to a news release Thursday from KU. The KU Alumni Association will honor Gray-Little, who stepped down in 2017 ...

Newest member of KU’s public safety team will sniff out bombs

For the first week on the job, the floppy-eared yellow Labrador retriever didn’t have a name, but now it’s official; KU’s "K-9 unit" will be called Phog. More than 5,000 votes were cast, and the consensus was that the newest officer at the University of Kansas' Public Safety Office ...

KU journalism project tells stories of historic downtown buildings

Downtown Lawrence’s old brick and stone buildings, some marked with names and dates from centuries past, are a call to the curious. And now, those wanting to know more about the storefronts, people and events that populated downtown’s historic buildings have an easy way to find out. A ...

2 Russian students at KU worry more about visas, economy than hackers

News of Russian hackers just rolls off the backs of two graduate students studying at the University of Kansas this semester. “That’s ridiculous," said Aleksandra Nozdrina, 23, from Ufa, Russia, when the Journal-World asked her thoughts regarding the hacking. She doesn’t believe her ...

Numbers suggest more than 30 percent of KU students are food insecure

Thursday, Aug. 23 was a good day for Michael Saimongkolkul. He could go to Westwood House for the ikigai noodle buffet. “I have food insecurities,” said Saimongkolkul, a University of Kansas student, holding two carryout containers of homemade ramen noodles with toppings. One container was ...

Man runs off after allegedly groping female student on KU campus

Story updated: 5:29 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. University of Kansas police say a female student reported a sexual battery Friday morning as she was walking on campus. The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of Louisiana Street, according to a crime alert shared by KU police ...

Chancellor’s office still mum on budget cuts that Girod says he’s made

More than 24 hours after Chancellor Douglas Girod told a University of Kansas crowd he already had made significant budget cuts to his department, his office still was not releasing details about the cuts. At a Monday town hall meeting to discuss a proposal to cut approximately $20 million ...

Girod to KU crowd: ‘Taking the bull by the horns’ is needed on budget cuts

Chancellor Douglas Girod told a crowd Monday that it would be unwise for the University of Kansas to move more slowly in making $20 million worth of budget cuts aimed at shoring up the university’s finances. As part of a university “town hall” meeting Monday afternoon, Girod said it ...

KU won’t have booth at the Kansas State Fair for first time in decades

For the first time in several decades, the University of Kansas' outreach efforts will not include a booth at the Kansas State Fair, which attracts 350,000 people to Hutchinson. Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director for news and media relations at KU confirmed the university would not have a booth ...

Fall schedule for Dole Institute announced

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced its programming for the fall 2018 semester. Highlights include a wide variety of programs focusing on everything from the upcoming midterm elections in November to a Holocaust survivor. The annual Journalism ...