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NEWS IN BRIEF

Black Faculty, Staff Council awards April 12

The Black Faculty and Staff Council will host its 15th annual Student Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Kansas Room in the Kansas Union. Alumnus Clifford A. Wiley, who earned degrees in 1979 and 1981, will be the speaker. Wiley, a lawyer in Kansas City, Kansas, is active in the community, hosting the Clifford Wiley Track Classic and providing legal services at no cost for area nonprofit organizations. To attend the event, contact Jacqlene Nance, director of admissions at the School of Law, at jnance@ku.edu.

Turnpike repair project to affect access to KU

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has announced that a project to replace the I-70 bridge over the Kansas River and parts of the east and west Lawrence interchanges will begin in June. The first phase of the project will be construction of a temporary bridge over the Kansas River and replacement of the bridge at the west Lawrence interchange. Because of the work, west-bound I-70 traffic will not be able to exit at the interchange, and oncoming traffic will not be able to enter the turnpike to travel west. The work is expected to last eight months.

The entire span of the project is expected to take three years. At a future date, KU will release a revised set of directions to provide to campus visitors.

Midwifery program accreditation continued

The School of Nursing's Nurse-Midwifery Education Program recently was granted continuing accreditation by the Division of Accreditation of the American College of Nurse-Midwives until June 2017.

The Nurse-Midwifery Education Program was established at the School of Nursing in 1999 to prepare master's-level certified nurse-midwives to provide pregnancy and well-woman care to a range of women in Kansas and the Kansas City, Mo., area, especially to women who are medically underserved. To date, 35 students have completed education and training in the graduate midwifery track.

Children's campus receives $1 M donation

The Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen charitable fund will make a $1 million donation to the Children's Campus of Kansas City, an ongoing project of KU's Juniper Gardens Children's Project and Project EAGLE.

Construction on the $15.5 million campus is scheduled to begin near Fifth Street and Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., in August.

The campus will be anchored by a three-story building that houses a model infant/toddler program (Project EAGLE); dental, mental-health care and health care services and family support (the Family Conservancy) and research (the Juniper Gardens Children's Project).

Lawton to be honored with Strong Hall plaque

R. Keith Lawton, former vice chancellor for campus planning and development and courtesy associate professor of education from 1948-1982, will be honored for his service to KU with a plaque on the west entrance of Wescoe Hall. The public is invited to the event at 4:30 p.m. April 18 at the west entrance of Wescoe Hall on the Jayhawk Boulevard level. A reception will immediately follow at the plaza between Wescoe and Budig halls. In case of inclement weather, the program and reception will be held in the Strong Hall rotunda.

Audio-Reader seeking goods for fundraiser

Audio-Reader is seeking donations of audio goods for its upcoming fundraiser. Donation drives are scheduled for: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at HyVee at 135th and Antioch in Overland Park; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 at HyVee at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive in Lawrence; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza in Topeka. The following items will be accepted: CDs, records/LPs, stereos, speakers, turntables, receivers, amps, iPods/MP3 players, books on CD, musical instruments and other audio equipment. For more information, contact Sarah Hemme, (785) 864-5336 or shemme@ku.edu.

Workshop to focus on controversy as education

"Difficult Dialogues: Transforming Controversy into Teachable Moments," a workshop co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Department of Theatre and Film, Hall Center for the Humanities, and Lied Center Creative Campus project, will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 11 at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center Classroom April 11.

The workshop features MU's Interactive Theatre Troupe and engages participants as performers. The event simulates difficult topics that can arise in class such as race, stem cell research, abortion, evolution, religion and social class. Participants can explore such potentially-volatile topics in a safe space and get feedback from colleagues.

To participate in the workshop, register by April 9. Contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at cte@ku.edu or 864-4199. Space is limited.

'A New Cold War' panel discussion April 24

A panel discussion titled "A New Cold War? Eurasian Security Panel" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 24 at the International Room in the Kansas Union.

Panelists will include Glenn Howard, president, Jamestown Foundation; Vladimir Socor, senior fellow, Jamestown Foundation; Jacob Kipp, deputy director, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth; Tom Wilhelm, director, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth; Mariya Omelicheva, assistant professor of political science; and Shannon O'Lear, associate professor of geography. The event is free and open to the public.

Watkins to sponsor staff, faculty runner's clinic

The physical therapy department at Watkins Memorial Health Center will sponsor a free runner's clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. April 15 and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 16 at the south entrance to the health center. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in the physical therapy department on the second floor. The clinic consists of a free evaluation of strength and flexibility and a free video analysis of running or walking form. It is open to KU students, faculty and staff. Participants should wear shorts and running shoes. Call 864-9592 to schedule an appointment.

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