University mourns former chancellor

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 in Campus News and News

Robert E. Hemenway, who served as KU’s 16th chancellor from 1995 to 2009, died Friday at the age of 73. KU posted a statement from Chancellor Gray-Little to its Facebook page on Saturday.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chancellor Hemenway,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Chancellor Hemenway was a visionary leader who guided the University of Kansas to unprecedented heights and successes during his time here. Under his leadership, the university made tremendous strides in how we educate students, conduct research, and serve the people of Kansas. I know I can speak for the entire KU community in saying we owe him a debt of gratitude, for the work he did paved the way for so much of the great work we’re doing today. Most importantly, Bob was a wonderful man who loved his job, loved the people around him, and loved this place — and he was loved in return. On behalf of the entire university, I extend my condolences to Chancellor Hemenway’s family and friends.”

The KU Alumni Association honored Hemenway in 2012 with the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, its highest honor. A tribute video from that event is embedded below and available on YouTube.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, a memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Dole Institute of Politics. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Robert E. Hemenway Scholarship fund at KU. Gifts may be sent in care of KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, 66044.

–David Johnston

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Should Student Athletes be Paid?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Campus News and News

This week, Student Alumni Association (SAA) co-sponsored a program titled The Business of College Athletics: Should Student Athletes be Paid? The event was held at the Dole Institute of Politics in conjunction with the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board and the KU Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Sports business/law specialists Marc Edelman and Alicia Jessop discussed the timely and controversial topic of paying college athletes. Both have written on this issue for outlets including Forbes and US News & World Report.

SAA event at the Dole InstituteEdelman has a background in anti-trust and labor relations, while Jessop’s area of expertise includes entertainment and sports law.

A popular topic at the debate was the Northwestern University football players’ union case. Many of the team’s members signed a petition to unionize in an effort to have the scholarship members of the team recognized as employees.

SAA and Student Alumni Leadership Board members loved the event. “The event was really informative, and I enjoyed hearing both sides of this popular debate,” said Jake Faflick, a Wichita freshman and SALB executive board member.

–Photo contributed by Autrin Naderi, Student Alumni Executive Board

A video of the entire program is available below and on the Dole Institute’s YouTube page.

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Youngsters celebrate Senator Dole’s birthday

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Campus News and News

The Dole Institute of Politics hosted a celebration of Senator Bob Dole’s 90th birthday yesterday.

The event featured birthday cake, party hats and a giant birthday card for the public to sign– along with events that are more typically found at a child’s birthday party. Local children, including a group from the Boys & Girls Club, made political buttons, ate cupcakes and enjoyed scavenger hunts in the gallery. The Lawrence Public Library also partnered with the Dole Institute to host Story Time.

Check out our photos from the event here, or watch the slideshow below:



Photos by Dan Storey. Read more about the event from the Lawrence Journal-World.

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You’re invited to celebrate Senator Dole’s 90th birthday

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 in Campus News and News

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This is a guest post by Heather Anderson, communications and events coordinator for the Dole Institute of Politics.

The Dole Institute is honored to be celebrating Senator Dole’s 90th birthday on Monday, July 22. Senator Dole has always been proud to begin his college career as a Jayhawk, and his 90th birthday is a great opportunity for the KU community to celebrate his life and legacy.

Senator Dole truly inspires everything we do here, and we always try to emulate the wonderful example of leadership, civility and service he’s given us. The Dole Institute wants to give just a little back to the wonderful community that has embraced us for the past 10 years with a free, public celebration in honor of our inspiration.

Come by the Dole Institute any time from 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday for cake, family-friendly activities and to write a birthday message to the Senator. You won’t want to miss out on an afternoon of birthday fun!

For more information about the birthday celebration, click here.

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