Jayhawks return to the Hill for Science Camp reunion

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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In the summer of 1966, 25 high-school graduates who attended KU’s Science Camp were selected as research apprentices from a pool of 100 participants. Fifty years later, nine of those former apprentices returned to the Hill for a reunion at the Adams Alumni Center.

“Everybody was thrilled to see all the different people,” says Jim Bredfeldt, c’70, m’74, a reunion attendee. “Of course we told the usual war stories. But we also talked about what we’ve done and where we are now.”

Chancellor Emeritus Del Shankel, who directed the camp from 1965 to ’68, hosted the attendees and gave them a tour of campus during the two-day event.

“It was really very nice,” says Shankel, assoc. “It was especially nice to see that a bunch of smart, nice kids had turned into a bunch of successful, nice adults. I really enjoyed seeing them.”

The camp, which promoted and enhanced science education for high-school students, was part of the Midwest Music and Arts Camp and was partially funded by the National Science Foundation, which in 1965 provided $5,065 for the apprenticeship program and $21,525 for the general camp.

As participants in the apprenticeship program, students enjoyed the privilege of returning to campus the following summer to test their science skills and assist University faculty members in their laboratories. Of those chosen in 1966, seven went on to attend KU, and the majority pursued advanced education, obtaining doctorates and master’s of science degrees.

Photo courtesy Jim Bredfeldt

Back Row: Bonner Bowden, c’70, Bullard, Texas; Ben Withers, Houston; Phil Coop, Memphis, Tennessee; Tanai Starrs, Aspen, Colorado; Edith Lord, c’70, Rochester, New York.
Front Row: David Paden, d’70, Lawrence; James Bredfeldt, c’70, m’74, Bellevue, Washington; Michael Terrin, Baltimore; William Wehrbein, Lincoln, Nebraska.

—Heather Biele

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