KU Today 2012

KU People

Graphic designer creates face of university

D.W. Acker roams the halls of this venerable barn on an almost daily basis. Head women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson gives him high-fives, secretaries give him hugs, and locked doors pop right open with Acker’s powerful access code. Yet even Acker can’t quite pinpoint the word to describe what hangs from this Cradle of Champions

Coach’s dedication keeps KU at top of debate world

For the last two decades, Scott Harris has headed KU’s debate program, one of the most celebrated in the country with five National Debate Tournament championships and 14 Final Four appearances. Harris, who just assumed the presidency of the American Forensic Association, has coached three of those Final Four teams and one National Championship team, in 2009.

Teacher’s lessons go way beyond classroom

Bernie Kish has had a number of careers in his life. He was an officer in the U.S. Army, director of Kansas University ticket operations and the regional coordinator for the College Football Hall of Fame. It wasn’t until 2005 that Kish started his career doing what he first set out to do when he attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania: teach.

KU’s global recruiter

Mark Algren has spent about half of his 30 years in education in the Middle East. As director of Kansas University’s Applied English Center, Algren now travels the world to boost KU recruitment.


Ken Lassman 5 years, 10 months ago

The KU People section claims to be "Putting KU on Display" and does a nice job of showcasing 8 male faculty members. My wife commented to me: "can't they find any women to put on the face of KU?"

After all, 45% of faculty are female according to the open-site.org website, and 49-52% of students, depending on which website you go to, are women. I know of plenty of top notch female faculty--why not show more than half a face? Considering the prominent role women have played in the history of our state in general and KU in particular, perhaps it's not too late to correct this most likely unintentional oversight?

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