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KU hires new lobbyist

Kansas University has hired a new director of state relations, the university announced Monday. Kelly Reynolds, a 2005 KU political science graduate and Wichita native, will start in August.Reynolds has experience lobbying for higher education in Topeka.She currently is assistant director of ...

Ugandan has a chance for a college education with the help of Lawrence residents

On Sept. 10, 2009, Mackenzie Jones, who had just graduated from college, was teaching elementary students in a village on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, when she first got wind there was trouble.Jones saw dozens of Ugandans running through the village toward the church that was next door to ...

Black poetry institute at KU brings together experts of less-studied art form

Tyehimba Jess is reading aloud his first-person poem “martha promise receives leadbelly, 1935.”The passage is intense, intimate. As Jess speaks, a murmured “mmm hmm” and “yes” float from the audience.when your man comes home from prison,when he comes back like the woundand you are ...

Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, ‘Chiraq,’ teaching at KU

It’s a busy time for filmmaker and KU associate professor Kevin Willmott. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director. The movie, which stirred up controversy because of its name alone, is the first to be released by ...

New science buildings rise to top of KU’s budget wish list

Topeka ? Kansas University’s aging science buildings have “major shortcomings” — major enough that the antiquated facilities could in the future cost KU its membership in the prestigious research institution club known as the Association of American Universities, KU Provost Jeff Vitter ...

KU plans public forum to share designs for Irving Hill redevelopment

Kansas University is planning a community forum to share information about redevelopment plans for KU’s Central District, or Irving Hill area. The forum is planned for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 29 in the Schwegler Elementary School gym, 2201 Ousdahl Road.Redevelopment is part of KU’s ...

Summer road construction continues on KU campus

A portion of the Kansas University campus’s main artery — Jayhawk Boulevard — is still torn up but remains on track to be completed before students return to campus. The 14th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard intersection is back open after being closed earlier this summer, with the rest of ...

KU Alumni Association leader resigning to take job in Oklahoma

After more than a decade of leading the organization through a period of significant growth, Kansas University Alumni Association President Kevin Corbett is resigning, effective at the end of this month, the association announced Thursday. Corbett, who has led the association since 2004, has ...

$8.6 million grant will boost KU-led medical records project

The Great Plains Collaborative Network — led by Kansas University Medical Center — received a grant of $8.6 million to continue a research project involving electronic medical records.The money is from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which announced the grant this week, ...

U.S. News ranks KU Hospital in 12 specialties

For the second year in a row, Kansas University Hospital landed 12 specialties — ranging from heart surgery to cancer care — on the U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals” list, according to the hospital.KU Hospital ranked in the top 50 of hospitals nationwide in all 12 ...

Piano that once belonged to Phog Allen finds home at KU

From the time they were small, there was “never any question” that the Gallup girls would learn how to play the piano. And, from how Cindy Pine (née Gallup) tells it, that’s what they did. When your mom’s a professional piano accompanist, you don’t have much of a choice. “Our home ...

Patti LuPone’s show at Lied Center rescheduled for April

A performance by Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone at the Lied Center has been moved to April because of a conflict with her TV filming schedule.LuPone's show "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda ... played that part," which was originally scheduled for Jan. 26, will now take place at 7:30 p.m. April 28. ...

Dole Institute’s youth leaders learn about politics, civic engagement

Topeka ? More than 60 high school students from across the state spent part of the day Thursday meeting with Kansas legislative leaders and touring the Statehouse in Topeka as part of a summer program sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus.Rep. Barbara ...

Kansas Repertory Theatre returns to KU with ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Mousetrap’

Nail-biting suspense, larger-than-life personalities and wry British humor are coming to the stage as the Kansas Repertory Theatre kicks off its second season with a production of “Sherlock’s Last Case” on Friday evening at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall. The modern riff on Sir Arthur ...

Pluto’s ‘heart’ named for KU grad who discovered the planet

The heart-shaped feature on Pluto’s surface — which itself got a lot of love from Pluto-watchers worldwide this week — will be named for the Kansas University alumnus who discovered the celestial body.NASA on Wednesday released preliminary reports and images from Tuesday’s historic New ...