WRITER: Lauren Fox

At KU lecture, author Jonny Sun illuminates mental health conversation by voicing his own vulnerabilities

Author and illustrator Jonny Sun grew up in a household where he was told to suppress his emotions. Now, he finds acceptance and purpose in doing the exact opposite. “It’s powerful to share what makes us feel vulnerable,” Sun told an audience of about 100 people who had turned out on Wednesday night to hear him give a University of Kansas Kenneth A. Spencer lecture at Liberty Hall. Sun is known for his ...

Portion of KU's indoor football practice facility named after Beatty family

A portion of the University of Kansas' new indoor football practice facility has been named the Beatty Family Pavilion after a family of KU alumni whose donations helped fund the project. At last week's Board of Regents meeting, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod received approval for his request to rename the ancillary portion of the indoor football practice facility for the Beatty family — Mike and Mary Nell ...

Lawrence lawyer receives legal education award

Laura Shaneyfelt is the 2019 recipient of the Robert L. Gernon Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate a unique commitment to legal education for lawyers in Kansas. Shaneyfelt is the Criminal Justice Act resource counsel for the Kansas Federal Public Defender Office. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. Her office nominated her for the award, writing, "In just a few years, ...

Jonny Sun, author and illustrator who addresses loneliness, to deliver Wednesday lecture

Author and illustrator Jonny Sun believes loneliness is a universal trait that, if discussed openly, can bring humanity closer together. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sun will deliver the 2019 Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture at Liberty Hall. Following his speech, Sun will be joined onstage by University of Kansas associate professor of journalism Yvonnes Chen for an interview. The event will conclude with a book signing. ...

Lecture suggests concrete ways to combat mental health issues, requests public’s help

A Monday night forum addressing mental health attempted to combat the issue of isolation by bringing together the Lawrence community in discussion. “There’s enormous overlap between those who are isolated and those who are depressed,” said Stephen Ilardi, an associate professor in psychology at the University of Kansas and one of the featured speakers. About 75 people came to Theatre Lawrence for the ...

In one Missouri classroom, students 'know all about the Jayhawks'

In Ozark, Mo., fourth grade teacher Jill Tomczyk seems to have forgotten that she’s not in Kansas anymore. Tomczyk, a 1991 University of Kansas graduate with an ardor for her alma mater, doesn’t miss any opportunity to show her crimson and blue colors in the Show Me State. In her yearly introductory newsletter to parents, Tomczyk mentions her love of KU briefly, writing “Rock Chalk, Jayhawks!!” ...

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to speak at KU

A student who survived the Feb. 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., will deliver a lecture on Nov. 8 at the Lied Center. The lecture by gun control activist David Hogg is titled "Putting the USA over the NRA: What we must do to end gun violence." It's free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are required. The event is part of the University of ...

Lawrence and KU activists join global Climate Strike Walkout

Activists converged on Lawrence City Hall on Friday to demand action on climate change — in solidarity with other activists around the world. The Climate Strike Walkout, organized in part by Lawrence branches of the Sunrise Movement and The Sierra Club, united hundreds of people who left work, home or schools to gather at noon. “If you’re not going to protest for this, I don’t know what you’d ...

KU chancellor gets 9% raise while other public university leaders get 2.5%; Girod donating raise

New raises approved Wednesday brought University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod’s salary $87,500 higher than that of the second-highest salaried president among the six public universities. For fiscal year 2020 Girod’s salary is $600,000. This is a $50,000 raise from the last fiscal year, and Girod said he would donate his raise to KU’s Student Affairs Emergency Fund, which provides financial ...

Panel to discuss 3 upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that originated in Kansas

Experts on Thursday will discuss the three cases involving Kansas that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this fall. The University of Kansas' Dole Institute is hosting "Kansas in the Supreme Court" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas, will join other speakers to explore the constitutional issues raised by each of the cases: Kansas v. Garcia, Kahler v. Kansas and ...

KU’s admission standards remain toughest amid new changes to system; many schools to allow students in with a 2.25 GPA

Kansas’ other five public universities will soon join the University of Kansas in using grade point averages instead of class rank as a criterion for admissions. But under the standards unanimously approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday, KU will still have the highest bar of the bunch. Previously, Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State ...

At community forum, KU's interim provost addresses budget, strategic plan and search for new provost

The University of Kansas expects to fill the provost position — the No. 2 leadership spot at KU — by the end of this semester, according to interim Provost Carl Lejuez, who hosted a wide-ranging community forum Monday in KU's Slawson Hall. Lejuez, who has served as interim provost since spring 2018 and who has applied for the permanent position, began the forum as he ended it, focusing on some of the ...

KU to shut down Center for STEM Learning and UKanTeach program, citing budget cuts

The University of Kansas' Center for STEM Learning and UKanTeach program will be shutting down at the end of the academic year, program director Steven Case announced Friday — a move being criticized by some as detrimental to education. The center and program will close because of budget cuts affecting the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Case, who has been working at KU for 22 years, found out on Sept. ...

KU center offers workshop on being an ally to undocumented immigrants

The University of Kansas' Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will host "Allyship with Undocumented Immigrants: A Community Workshop" on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Spencer Museum of Art. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, has limited space. Advance registration is recommended and can be completed online. It will be led by KU faculty and staff who work with ...

Let's 'see what we can accomplish': Haskell interim president gives outlook on the year ahead

Sometimes, as he spoke, the interim president of Haskell Indian Nations University, Daniel Wildcat, would close his eyes. He looked contemplative as he responded to questions regarding the future of a university whose helm he took in November 2018 and that expects to select a full-time president as soon as January. But Wildcat’s not sitting idly by until then. Wildcat, 66, has worked at Haskell for 33 ...

Prominent black feminist Brittney Cooper charges Lawrence audience to be 'world makers' not 'space takers'

Brittney Cooper opened the University of Kansas’ Hall Center lecture series on Thursday night with a charge to not fear the future but to embrace its possibilities, specifically urging her audience to be "world makers," not "space takers." The Liberty Hall presentation by Cooper, a prominent black feminist, was the first of five free humanities lectures in KU's 2019-2020 school year. Cooper is the author of ...

Space for nearly 1,000 additional fans in new KU volleyball arena; first home game is Thursday

The University of Kansas volleyball team will host its home opener on Thursday in a new arena with 2,265 seats, 965 more than its previous facility. On Tuesday, the team and the athletic department unveiled the new Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for donors, staff and other attendees. The new arena is located at the same site where the team's old facility stood before it was ...

New state council on tax reform to include Lawrence school board member

Gov. Laura Kelly launched a council on tax reform Monday and appointed Lawrence school board member Shannon Kimball as a member. The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, issued by Executive Order 19-11, will conduct an 18-month study culminating in the council making specific statutory recommendations to state lawmakers. The first meeting of the council will take place Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at the Statehouse ...

KU improves by 2 spots in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The University of Kansas’ standing among public universities improved by two places per U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, released on Monday. KU came in at No. 59. Among national universities — designated as public or private institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate courses as well as master’s and Ph.D. programs — KU was tied for No. 130. “We recognize the importance of ...

KU to celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment with suffrage series

In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the University of Kansas is hosting a series of women’s suffrage events for the 2019-2020 school year. The Centennial Celebration will educate people about women’s suffrage, celebrate the progress that has been made and emphasize the importance of every citizen’s right to vote. The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified ...