JackMartin_KUCommunications (Jack Martin)


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KU celebrates 142nd Commencement

You can read Chancellor Gray-Little's remarks at

And in reference to your post's call for photographs, we're also posting graduation photos at

May 18, 2014 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bees return to popular KU Natural History Museum exhibit

Want to see what went in to the bee colony's return? Check out this quick video:

May 9, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State workers' pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers

At KU, longevity pay and market inequity are both being addressed thanks to legislation passed several years ago allowing KU to separate from the state’s personnel system. It is worth noting that the five other Regents institutions will be following KU’s lead effective July 1, 2014.

Effective November, 2013, those employees who are covered by a collective bargaining unit had their annual longevity pay bonus added to their annual base salary, so they now receive that pay in each paycheck. This was a change agreed upon as part of negotiations with the unions representing employees covered by collective bargaining. Employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining unit continue to receive an annual lump-sum longevity bonus.

In addition, KU’s ongoing Classification & Market Study, which is a review and redesign of our employee and compensation system, has so far completed two phases of its evaluation of all staff positions at KU. Any staff positions that are below a market salary are being raised to market rates. During the initial phase, the average increase for current positions was $1,377. For positions in the skilled trades, service, and maintenance area the average increase was $2,263. A total of 612 staff members were in positions benefiting from increases during the initial phase.

April 23, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future

The entire Bold Aspirations plan for the university, as well as annual updates on its progress at KU and KUMC, can be found at There you can learn about things such as the complete revamp of the general education curriculum, efforts to enhance doctoral education, and the work being done to fund multidisciplinary research.

Future reports will likely highlight the continued growth in the size, talent, and diversity of the freshman class, as well as the three Foundation Distinguished Professors that KU has hired so far this year and the fifth consecutive year of record sponsored research at the university.

Campaign case statements for the College and every school and major division are available at should the author of this piece wish to learn how the comprehensive campaign will benefit academics and research at KU.

And as for why coordination with KU Endowment on fundraising is important, I'd encourage the publisher to ask his advertising staff whether they coordinate on which businesses to approach. They'll tell you that coordination avoids having multiple people making multiple, uncoordinated asks of the same entity. Fundraising is no different.

Also, I must ask: Did any of the faculty express their disappointment that this week the LJW sent no reporters or photographers to cover an annual awards ceremony honoring four of KU’s leading faculty scholars, when on the very same day it sent at least two reporters and a photographer to cover the annual basketball banquet?

April 19, 2014 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rhetoric heats up over KU as Senate committee approves plan that deletes some funding proposals for the school

Only by mixing different budget years and different sources together can one create an apparent gap where it does not actually exist.

The $184 million figure can only be arrived at by comparing two different reports on two different fiscal years at KU. In the current fiscal year (FY 2014), KU's revenues and expenditures are both $1.17 billion - i.e. no gap.

The $986 million expenditures figure cited by Sen. Arpke comes from a Kansas Legislative Research Department summary of the Governor's FY 2015 Budget. That KLRD summary leaves out many tens of millions of dollars in expenditures that are accounted for in the Governor's Budget.

March 19, 2014 at 8:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House committee rejects bonds for Allen Fieldhouse apartments; another panel OKs help for medical building

No worries. The story doesn't make the funding source clear.

February 14, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House committee rejects bonds for Allen Fieldhouse apartments; another panel OKs help for medical building

Nothing has changed from the original proposal. Private donations would be used along with the money generated by the apartment building itself to pay off the bonds.

No taxpayer or tuition funds would be used.

February 14, 2014 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: University faculty could be great legislative resource

I forgot to mention that if one is looking for a list of KU distinguished professors and their areas of expertise is a great resource.

Additionally, has details on the statewide reach of the university's faculty, staff, students, and programs.

February 1, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: University faculty could be great legislative resource

There is no policy requiring faculty and staff to get permission from the Chancellor's Office or Public Affairs to interact with legislators, but Public Affairs does send an annual e-mail reminding faculty and staff of a couple of things.

First, the University of Kansas has reporting obligations for federal lobbying. Second, KU's government affairs team is available to provide assistance when faculty and staff are contacted by policymakers. Many faculty and staff appreciate having background on the members or committees they’ll be appearing before, particularly if it is their first time testifying at the Legislature.

In the Statehouse, KU's state relations director is the primary point of contact for legislators, and is often approached with follow-up questions after testimony. By maintaining coordination, the university can quickly respond and keep building relationships. For example, earlier this session Rick Levy, JB Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, briefed legislators on Kansas' corporate agriculture statutes. And this past week, John Poggio, professor of educational psychology and research, testified to a joint House-Senate committee about predictors of post-secondary educational success.

Now, in terms of the spotlight placed on academics, I will again ask how many staff members this newspaper is sending to cover the basketball game in Austin, Texas, versus the one reporter assigned to cover all other aspects of KU.

The university has a news service dedicated to covering academics and research, and if the LJW's coverage is leaving you wanting, then might I suggest signing up for KU Today? You can do so at

February 1, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: KU priorities

Great universities move forward on several fronts at once. Across the street from the proposed Fieldhouse Apartments we’re preparing to build a privately-funded School of Business building, and up the road work is underway on state-supported School of Engineering expansion. On Daisy Hill, we’re on track to build two new residence halls, which come after recently completed renovations at GSP. And when it comes to recruiting talented students, on top of the four-year renewable scholarships for undergraduates, we just announced new fellowships for doctoral students.

In short, we aspire to be excellent in everything we do.

But if we want to talk about priorities and academics vs. athletics, how many staff members is the LJW sending to Norman today? If KU had a dozen faculty members presenting at a conference at the University of Oklahoma, could we expect similar coverage?

January 8, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )