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News in brief

Family program seeks hosts

The Lawrence Friendship Family Program, is seeking families and individuals in the Lawrence community who would like to befriend a KU international student.

For more information, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 2 Strong Hall, at 864-3617 or

Memorial planned for Deborah Gerner

A memorial service for Deborah "Misty" Gerner will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Ecumenical Christian Ministries.

Gerner, a professor of political science at KU, died in June.

Grant to benefit geriatric education

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded the KU School of Medicine a $2 million grant to support geriatric medical education. The grant will help fund the new Kansas Reynolds Program in Aging based at the Landon Center on Aging at the KU Medical Center.

Media production added to unions

KU Media Productions has a new home in the KU Memorial Unions. Formerly a division of Continuing Education, the service is now operating as a service of the unions. KU Media Productions is located in the Marketing Services office in the Kansas Union, level 5. Contact Mark Crabtree for more information at or 864-7848.

Results of homeless survey released

Helen Hartnett, associate professor of social welfare, and Toni Johnson, assistant professor of social welfare, recently released results of a survey of Lawrence's homeless population. The survey was in response to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless that named Lawrence the second meanest city toward homeless individuals in the United States.

Among the findings: More than 42 percent of respondents have been in Lawrence more than two years. Inability to afford rent was the top reason cited for homelessness. Forty-two percent stated they thought they have been denied employment because of homelessness. Sixteen said they were victims of crimes they thought were motivated by discriminatory attitudes.

Studio 804 featured in new book

Designing & Building: Rockhill and Associates 10 design-build and seven preservation projects from the firm's work. The book features seven low-cost houses designed and built by students from the Studio 804 course taught by Dan Rockhill, professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Design.

University Women's Club plans reception

The University Women's Club invites KU faculty and staff to membership in the 106-year old organization. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. Complete details regarding membership registration and activities may be found at or by contacting Janis Hutchison, 842-6131, or Ann Blackhurst, 841-4099.

Jayhawk now a business card option

Starting Sept. 1, faculty and staff will have the option of choosing either the Jayhawk or the KU logo for their business cards.

"We've listened to faculty and staff and agree that they should decide which option works best for their individual business cards," said Lynn Bretz, director of University Communications.

"The Jayhawk is an incredible visual asset, especially for faculty and staff who interact with prospective students. Since the Jayhawk contains the official Trajan KU, it fits perfectly within a consistent system for KU business cards."

Bretz said that the identity system, instituted this past year, has given the university consistency in official colors, typeface and symbols across all campuses for the first time in KU history.

Units are encouraged to use existing stock before placing new orders. To order, visit

KU offers free help to quit smoking

The KU Hospital and KU Medical Center are offering free tobacco-cessation support for all employees who use tobacco and want quit. The campus becomes tobacco-free Sept. 1.

These services are for cigarette smokers and people who use all other forms of tobacco, including cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco.

Call Respiratory Therapy at (913) 588-3335 for more information or to enroll in the program.

This support will include counseling sessions and free nicotine replacement products for participating employees, staff, students, contractors and volunteers, as well as those who reside in their households.

Provost meets with USS Senate

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere, visited with the USS Senate on Aug. 9. He spoke to the group about how his indoctrination to KU began on the day of the microburst that hit this past spring. He saw how support staff had within 24 hours cleaned the campus and made it presentable. When he returned to Texas, he spoke to his colleagues about how quickly the cleanup had been completed at KU. He also said he thinks all staff are colleagues in providing services for research and teaching to assist others in the classroom.

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