JackMartin_KUCommunications (Jack Martin)


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KU names two new Daisy Hill residence halls

No students will be forced to live in these halls, or in any of our residence or scholarship halls. These new halls are reserved for first-year students, but many first-year students will choose to live in other residence or scholarship halls, and some will choose to live off campus.

February 11, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Poor timing

We didn't announce it. You did. Twice, in fact, with a third story in the works.

The Lawrence Journal-World has already written not one but two stories about the plane, the January 16 piece referenced above being largely a rehash of the original November 9 article. And a third story is being reported at this very moment. So if the author of this editorial is concerned about the timing or nature of the coverage, perhaps he or she should ask some questions inside the LJW first.

To expand on the one brief mention of medical outreach in the editorial, these flights serve patients around Kansas who would otherwise have to travel for hours to see specialists in fields ranging from cardiology to oncology to pediatrics. This outreach is the evolution of the Rural Health Program, created through state funding in 1949 to serve the people of Kansas, and known at the time as the Murphy Plan after its creator, then-Dean of Medicine Franklin Murphy, quoted in the editorial.

January 27, 2015 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents, university officials fear budget cuts ahead

This issue is a perennial favorite of KPI, whether for universities or K-12 schools. We have addressed this multiple times, but will do so again.

These so-called "reserves" are measured by KPI in the summer. Tuition payments don't start coming in until September, so to pay employees and vendors until then we use these balances. And contrary to what is claimed above, there were cash management problems as a result of lower balances in the past. More at:

We're following standard cash management practices. No business would spend down accounts needed to pay employees and vendors and be in business for long.

November 19, 2014 at 10:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Uneasy silence

The investigators who wrote the Wainstein Report interviewed 126 individuals. They found no cause to contact Chancellor Gray-Little for an interview.

If the Lawrence Journal-World has evidence that these investigators did not, it should produce that evidence. Thus far, the LJW has merely presented a rehash of past stories, none of which support its insinuations.

Similarly, if this newspaper and its publisher have evidence regarding Kansas Athletics and academics, it should present it, as currently the LJW is merely throwing accusations against the wall to see if anything sticks.

November 19, 2014 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

21-year-old KU student charged with aggravated sexual battery, criminal restraint

In addition to whatever conditions a judge may set, KU Institutional Opportunity and Access can and does implement measures such as no contact orders and academic accommodations, including changing class schedules.

November 13, 2014 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student booked into jail in masked man disruption

The last line of this story does not accurately reflect the measures that were taken. According to a message from Capt. Anguiano to the LJW, "[W]hile no extra officers were called in, on-duty officers were directed to conduct safety sweeps of Wescoe Hall, during which nothing of any concern was noted. In addition, both security officers and police officers on campus Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were made aware of the earlier incident and had a heightened sense of awareness of anything unusual or possibly connected to the earlier incidents. Nothing was found."

November 7, 2014 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )