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KU Alumni Association announces Homecoming events, grand marshals for parade

Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in Campus News

Homecoming 2018 | Home on the Hill | KU Alumni Association announces Homecoming events, grand marshals for parade

The University of Kansas will celebrate its 106th Homecoming Sept. 22-29 with the theme “Home on the Hill,” culminating in the KU football game against Oklahoma State University on Sept. 29 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The annual event is organized by the KU Alumni Association and features a weeklong series of student and alumni activities, including competitions, reunions, tailgates, the Homecoming Parade on Sept. 27 and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game. The event is sponsored by Crown Toyota, Volkswagen and Hy-Vee, with two locations in Lawrence, and is supported by Kansas Athletics.

The grand marshals for this year’s parade are Rich and Judy Howard Billings of Lakewood, Colorado. The Billings, both 1957 KU graduates, are Life Members of the Alumni Association and Presidents Club donors. They also are benefactors of the annual Spirit of 1912 Award, which commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and recognizes Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition. This is the 60th year the Billings will participate in the university’s Homecoming celebration.

The student-led Homecoming Steering Committee is chaired by Allyson Bellner, a sophomore from Marion, Iowa, majoring in biology and Ashley Dunn, a Lawrence junior majoring in communication studies. They work with Alumni Association staff members Ally Stanton, director of student programs, and Keon Stowers, assistant director of student programs.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit kualumni.org/homecoming.

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University community invited to memorial service for Chancellor Shankel

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 in Campus News

Strong Hall | Del Shankel memorial service
The University of Kansas community is invited to celebrate the life of Chancellor Del Shankel on Saturday, August 18 in Woodruff Auditorium at 4 p.m.

The service will feature remarks by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod, KU Alumni Association President Heath Peterson and former Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, as well as faculty colleagues and family members who knew Chancellor Shankel best.

Chancellor Shankel passed away in July at the age of 90. He leaves behind his wife, Carol, their two children and two grandchildren, and countless Jayhawks whose lives he touched.

You can learn more about Chancellor Shankel’s remarkable life by reading Chancellor Girod’s message to the university sent July 12. The Alumni Association also sent an email to members with remarks from Heath Peterson.

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At 100, Dick Schiefelbusch evinces the art of aging gracefully

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in Campus News

Dick Schiefelbusch's 100th birthday

Distinguished service

Sheer joy and gratitude beamed from University legend Richard Schiefelbusch and the faces of more than 100 celebrants July 28, when KU’s guiding light of teaching and research in human development marked his 100th birthday. His daughter Jeanie Schiefelbusch and the Alumni Association hosted the afternoon event at the Adams Alumni Center.

Dick Schiefelbusch, g’47, became a pioneer in the study of speech, language and hearing after surviving two years in a World War II German prison camp, where he found his calling: a life and career dedicated to helping others. He established KU’s Speech Language Hearing clinic, which bears his name, and for more than 50 years served as a mentor to some of KU’s most accomplished researchers, many of whom attended the party. Schiefelbusch, who grew up on an Osawatomie farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse, earned numerous honors throughout his career, including the Distinguished Service Citation from the Alumni Association and KU. The University’s renowned Institute for Life Span Studies is also named for him.

Seated in front of an array of flags presented by KU’s ROTC units, Schiefelbusch laughed, smiled and made silly faces for countless photos as well-wishers took turns greeting him. A sign on the dessert table hailed him as “The Wise Man of the Prairie” as his three children and representatives from KU’s Veterans Alumni Network (VAN), the Kansas National Guard, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Haskell Indian Nations University shared tributes. Mike Denning, c’83, director of military graduate studies at KU and president of the VAN, presented Schiefelbusch a framed commemorative challenge coin, and Randy Masten, g’03, assistant director of military graduate studies and secretary of the VAN, read a congratulatory letter from fellow WWII veteran Sen. Bob Dole, ’45, who turned 95 the day before Schiefelbusch turned 100.

Dick Schiefelbusch's 100th birthday

Daughter Carol Schiefelbusch McMillin, ’79, said Dole’s letter was especially touching because the longtime Kansas senator, who suffered grave battle wounds in Italy during WWII, had long championed the research led by Schiefelbusch and other KU scholars. “It just means the world, because his support was so important to Dad’s work and the work of so many others,” she said. In the 1980s, Dole helped secure federal research funding for KU, including a pivotal $9 million grant, and later that decade KU dedicated the Robert J. Dole Human Development Center on Sunnyside Avenue to honor his leadership.

Jeanie, d’80, g’90, said she is grateful “every single day” to her dad, and her brother, Lary, c’65, g’65, described his father’s gratitude to the German citizens who rescued him from the Baltic Sea after his fighter plane was shot down. He echoed his sister’s praise for their dad. “I never knew him to fail me, and I never knew him to falter in his support,” he said. “He gave us something to reach for, but there was never pressure. … He always spoke well of the people he worked with, and he always taught us the importance of collaboration, collaboration, collaboration.” As he repeated one of his father’s favorite words, the crowd joined in the refrain.

When it was his turn to speak, the guest of honor heaped praise on others. “It seems to me that I’ve arrived in the right place in the United States and this world to live my life,” Schiefelbusch declared, “in the company of such helpful people, such rewarding people, such creative people. It is a privilege to be right where I am.”

Sir, the privilege is all ours.

–Jennifer Sanner

Dick Schiefelbusch graced the cover of Issue No. 6, 2009 of Kansas Alumni magazine for a feature story by Julie Mettenburg titled The Particular Genius of Richard Schiefelbusch.

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VIDEO: Front and Center

Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in Campus News

Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 4, 2018 | Central District

A finger-snap ago, Central District was nothing more robust than an artist’s rendering, a wish list, part of a master plan for what our beloved campus could one day be, how it should live and breathe and teach and embrace, for the next half-century or more.

Less than two years later—“We tried to build it as fast as we could,” said one project architect—and this thing is done.

Or, if not done, close to it, at least for now, and all those fears we might have silently nursed about too much, too soon? Park them. The newly christened Central District—40-plus acres of mostly empty or under-utilized space bordered by Allen Field House, Oliver Hall, 19th Street, Daisy Hill and Irving Hill Road—is suddenly a vibrant center of student life, faculty research and science education.

Read more in the cover feature of issue No. 4, 2018, of Kansas Alumni magazine.

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University architect Jim Modig, a,’73, and former University architect, Warren Corman, e’50, guide a tour of KU’s Central District. The Integrated Science Building is the focal point, but it’s joined by new student housing, parking, a new Burge Union, and a utility plant.

 

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Watch a two-minute timelapse video of the Central District under construction.

 

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VIDEO: Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson

Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in Campus News

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). Read additional coverage in issue No. 3, 2018, of Kansas Alumni magazine.

Training approach

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, a division of KU Professional & Continuing Education, trains the majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers—more than 400 in basic training or related programs and nearly 10,000 in continuing education annually. Watch as Gary Warner, a 28-year law enforcement veteran and KLETC instructor, explains the weeklong firearms training course and how the center takes a building-blocks approach to ensure all officers learn proper gun handling and safety skills.

 

Ed Pavey retires

Plus, hear from longtime director Ed Pavey, who retired in June after leading the center for nearly 25 years, and Darin Beck, who succeeds Pavey as KLETC’s new executive director.

 

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KU introduces new athletics director Jeff Long

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 in Campus News

Jeff Long is introduced as KU's new director of athletics at a news conference. | Jeff Long news conference

The University of Kansas officially introduced Jeff Long, the university’s new director of athletics, at a news conference July 11 in the Lied Center Pavilion.

The news conference began with opening remarks by Drue Jennings, who headed the university’s search process, as well as Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Long. After that, the three sat together for a Q&A period with members of the media.

Long was announced as the university’s new director of athletics July 5. He will begin his role August 1.


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Hawks & Highways kicks off with stops in eight communities

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Campus News

Hawks & Highways | Salina | Hawks & Highways June events

Dear Jayhawks,

Thanks to more than 550 alumni and friends and numerous University partners who participated in the first eight Hawks & Highways events in June. The ongoing series supports Chancellor Doug Girod’s priority to strengthen KU’s statewide outreach.

Hawks and Highways 2018The KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics are coordinating Hawks & Highways, which thus far has featured the chancellor, football coach David Beaty, men’s basketball coach Bill Self and leaders from KU Admissions, the Office of Public Affairs, KU Libraries, KU Edwards Campus, KU Endowment, and the schools of Law, Medicine and Social Welfare.

After visiting eight communities this summer, Hawks & Highways will resume the first week of October, with four events in Great Bend, Liberal, Dodge City and Winfield. Other upcoming events include 14 regional Kansas Honor Scholars receptions from September through November.

We’re grateful to the Alumni Association members and donors and the Williams Education Fund donors whose support is critical to Hawks & Highways. Together we will continue to bring the best of KU to communities throughout Kansas.

Rock Chalk!

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President


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Divine Nine Plaza fundraiser reaches goal at University of Kansas

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 in Campus News

Divine Nine Plaza |Burge Union at the University of Kansas

A crowd-sourced fundraiser to bring KU’s historically black Greek life organizations a space of their own recently reached its goal.

After more than $50,000 was raised, the Divine Nine Plaza will be created. The plaza will honor the history of the organizations and give its student members and alumni a place to come together.

The “Divine Nine” is a nickname for a group of nine historically black fraternities and sororities, led by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC. The plaza will celebrate the organization’s history with a monument for each of the nine sororities and fraternities and a marker depicting the story of NPHC.

Darius Jones, coordinator for KU’s fraternity and sorority Life, oversaw the project, which was funded on LaunchKU. The crowdfunding initiative of KU Endowment helps raise funds for projects and passions that benefit the KU community.

“My students informed me this idea has been discussed in previous years, but it never lifted off the ground,” Jones said. “When it was brought to my attention, my NPHC president at the time, Tyler Allen, wanted to know how we could make this happen. Student Senate’s Diversity & Inclusion Chair, Abdoulie Njai, also liked the idea of supporting NPHC with this initiative.”

Plans call for the plaza to be located in KU’s new Central District, between the Burge Student Union and the Integrated Sciences building. Construction is expected to begin soon.

The plaza will also bring greater visibility to the NPHC organizations.

“When people think of Greek life, they often automatically associate it with a house or a facility,” Jones said. “Having a physical presence on campus with these monuments will bring more awareness of our historically black Greek-lettered organizations. With this increased visibility, it is my hope it will help our community grow.”

Jones credits a variety of groups for helping make the project possible. KU’s Office of Student Affairs, including Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs, and Jane Tuttle, associate vice provost, strongly supported the campaign. KU Endowment staff created the LaunchKU page and collaborated on the plaza.

“I’m extremely thankful for my NPHC students,” said Jones. “This was their vision they advocated for, and without that none of this would have happened. Lastly, I want to thank all of the donors and supporters of the campaign. We could not have surpassed our goal without the tremendous amount of support.”

—Ryan Camenzind

For more on the Divine Nine Plaza fundraising project, check out the campaign’s page on launchku.org.

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Slideshow: Summer scenes from the University of Kansas

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 in Campus News

Happy first day of summer, Jayhawks! We put together a slideshow of some of our favorite summer photos of campus through the years.

We hope you enjoy it!

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University plans budget adjustment on Lawrence campus

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Campus News

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The University of Kansas will enact a budget adjustment on the Lawrence campus to address fiscal constraints and cut costs for fiscal year 2019.

The adjustment entails a 5.87 percent across-the-board budget reduction for all Lawrence campus departments and units, including central administration. The reduction will be implemented beginning July 1, the start of the next fiscal year.

“The map to move us forward readjusts our budget to meet our obligations and helps us put our students, staff and faculty first,” said Carl Lejuez, interim provost and executive vice chancellor. “This includes a commitment to keep tuition increases as low as possible and to enact a plan for getting back to annual merit raises, even if small at first.”

Lejuez has already met with deans and vice provosts to discuss how they can manage budget reductions to their respective units in a way that best preserves their mission and core functions.

The need to recalibrate the university’s budget is the result of many long-term commitments and investments that each year have exceeded revenue, combined with institutional budgeting practices inconsistent with the current challenges of higher education funding, as well as a decade-long trend of state funding declines.

“Staying the current course is not an option,” Lejuez said. “If we make no changes in the coming year, we will have overspent our budget with no remaining balances to support this overspending, and operations will be short a minimum of $50 million within five years. Additionally, spreading the cut over several years is not an option. This tactic costs us more financially; perpetuates a climate of uncertainty about job security, raises and tuition costs; and keeps us in a constant state of want and need rather than advancing us toward a position of stability that we all deserve.”

The Office of the Provost has already begun developing a longer-term plan that includes the development of a new budget model.

To read more of the story, visit the University of Kansas’ website.

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