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All-university event dates announced

All-university special events coinciding with home football games have been scheduled for fall 2009. Family Day and Band Day will be Sept. 26, 2009. KU will play Southern Mississippi in Memorial Stadium. The homecoming football game will be Oct. 10, 2009. KU will play Iowa State. The annual meeting of the Chancellors Club, the university’s major-donor organization, will be during homecoming weekend.

Counselors tap KU for ‘Best Colleges’

KU ranks 12th in the nation among public universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges: High School Counselor Rankings of National Universities.” Counselors from high schools on U.S. News’ Best High Schools list were asked to rank colleges and universities based on a survey of academic reputation.

KU admissions counselors noted that high school counselors frequently express a strong admiration of the university and what it offers students.

KU earns continuing education awards

KU was well-represented at the University Continuing Education Association Mid-America and Great Plains Region Conference Oct. 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

Jean Redeker, assistant dean at Continuing Education, was named 2008 UCEA Great Plains Professional Continuing Educator, and also received the 2008 Research and Scholarship in Continuing Education Award for her dissertation, “Characteristics That Predict the Involvement of Four-Year Institutions in Distance Education.” The award is given to a professional with less than 10 years of experience in the field who has shown exceptional leadership as well as scholarship and has been of service to the University Continuing Education Association at both regional and national levels.

Continuing Education’s Independent Study Transition Short Courses Series was recognized as the outstanding credit program. Mary Morningstar, Amy Gaumer Erickson and Pattie Noonan from the Department of Special Education and Redeker helped develop and produce the Transition Short Course Series.

KUCR adopts new research categories

The KU Center for Research has long used “designated center” as its terminology for identifying and organizing large Lawrence campus research units that meet certain qualifications. Effective this fall, a new structure with four categories was adopted: University Research Centers and Institutes, State Surveys, Affiliated Centers and Core Service Labs.

The Institute for Policy and Social Research is a new addition to the largest category. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere approved the designation in September. An organizational chart providing details of the entire revised structure can be found at (PDF).

Higuchi nominations sought by Dec. 8

Dec. 8 is the deadline for nominating candidates for the prestigious Higuchi-Endowment Association Research Achievement Awards. Faculty members at any of the Kansas Board of Regents institutions are eligible for consideration. Four awards are given.

Each award of $10,000 may be expended over five years in support of research activities in the form of research materials, summer salary, fellowship matching funds, equipment, research assistants or other purposes that advance the individual’s research program.

Complete nomination information, as well as lists of past recipients, is available on-line at _info.shtml.

All material should be submitted to: Higuchi-Endowment Association Research Achievement Award Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Youngberg Hall, 2385 Irving Hill Road, Lawrence, KS 66045-7563.

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