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NEWS IN BRIEF

Benefits Confirmation Statements available

The 2007 Benefits Confirmation Statements are now available for Plan Year 2007 elections, which began Jan. 1.†All actively employed, benefits-eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to print and keep a copy of the Benefits Confirmation Statement.

To access the Benefits Confirmation Statements,†log on to www.hreo.ku.edu and click on†"announcements."†State of Kansas employee ID number is needed. The number is available on paychecks or departmental personnel-related staff members. Password information is also provided at that Web site.†For assistance with the†self-service center site, contact the help desk at 866-999-3001.

If the Benefits Confirmation Statement does not agree with†what individuals enrolled in during Open Enrollment, they should contact the Staff Benefits†Office immediately and be prepared to provide a copy of the confirmation printout from open enrollment. †

For assistance, visit departmental†administrative offices during business hours or stop by the Staff †Benefits Office, 150 Carruth-O'Leary, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. †

Environmental Studies Program office moves

The Environmental Studies Program has moved to 252 Snow Hall. The office is two floors down from its previous location. All phone numbers and contact information will remain the same.

KU surpasses United Way fundraising goal

KU officially exceeded its United Way fundraising goal of $220,000.†In all, 551 givers donated $221,228.96.

The United Way financially supports area charitable organizations.

International faculty orientation held at KU

KU was the national site for an orientation program for 66 junior faculty members from the Balkans and former Soviet republics from Jan. 11 to 14.

At the request of the State Department, the Office of International Programs coordinated the four-day Junior Faculty Development Program orientation. The program helps fellows acclimate to the United States and its higher education system before they go to their host institutions for the semester. Four fellows stayed at KU. Orientation activities include presentations about intercultural conflict, higher education and American society.

KU has hosted fellows since the program began in 1991, but this was KU's first time to host the orientation. The Applied English Center hosted 20 of the fellows for a month before the orientation for language and culture instruction. This is the second year the center has provided that part of the program.

Luminaria walk to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

KU will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with a luminaria walk on Jayhawk Boulevard.

The luminaria walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of Strong Hall. Participants will walk along Jayhawk Boulevard, reflecting on King's legacy. The evening will end in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union with a special performance by the Inspirational Gospel Voices and featured speaker Walter M. Kimbrough.

Kimbrough is president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. Previously, he was vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Albany, Ga. He was one of the youngest chief student affairs officers in Georgia and nationwide.

Kimbrough has a history of professional, community and civic involvement and a national reputation as an expert on historically black fraternities and sororities. He is the author of "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities." Martin Luther King Jr. Day was Jan. 15, but because the spring semester did not begin until Jan. 19, KU's events marking the holiday were moved to today.

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