News in brief

Faculty invited to apply for senior vice provost position

The Office of the Provost is inviting nominations and applications for a senior vice provost for academic affairs. The position reports to the provost. The senior vice provost is responsible for reports for the Kansas Board of Regents, oversight of program review and assessment processes and collaboration with deans to meet the academic mission of the university. The directors of the Privacy Office, Continuing Education, International Programs and the Center for Service Learning report directly to the senior vice provost. Applicants must have appointment as a tenured full professor and two years of administrative experience.

Nominations should be submitted to

Applications, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae and names of three references, can be submitted online.

Review of applications will begin April 25, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The estimated start date is July 1.

Hilltop Hustle to benefit childcare center

Hilltop Child Development Center will host the annual Hilltop Hustle fundraiser at 8 a.m. April 30. The event, a 5K run/walk and 1K family run/walk, is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Entry for the 5K is $20 per person before April 15 and $25 per person after. The 1K is $5 per person $10 per family. Participants who register for the 5K by April 15 will receive a T-shirt with their entry. Pre-race packets can be picked up at Francis Sporting Goods, 731 Massachusetts St., between April 27 and 29. The course will begin in front of Hilltop Child Development Center and travel through campus.

The event is a fundraiser for the Martha Langley Families in Need Fund. The fund helps Hilltop families pay for childcare costs during short-term financial crises. Registration forms are available at Hilltop, Francis Sporting Goods, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, numerous Student Success offices and online at

Sister city delegates to visit School of Music

Delegates from Eutin, Germany, a sister city to Lawrence with a long- standing summer music festival tradition, will be in residence April 13-20 in Lawrence.

The visitors will include Hans Wilhelm Hagen, treasurer of the Eutin Trade Association and president of the Volksbank; Jörg Fallheier, artistic adviser to the Eutin festival; and Martin Vollertsen, chair of Friends of Lawrence in Eutin. David Neely, director of orchestral activities at KU, and School of Music Dean Robert Walzel will host the visit, which will include a 70-guest reception April 17 at Free State Brewing Co. A special beer will be brewed by Free State just for this visit — the Eutin St. Michael's “Tafelbier.”

During its visit, the Eutin group will finalize discussions initiated with Neely in December on a joint venture between the 2011 Eutin Summer Festival and the KU School of Music. Plans include the formation of a summer institute that will take KU music students to Eutin in July and August to perform orchestra concerts and performances of “Hänsel und Gretel” and “Don Giovanni” for German audiences.

KU taking part in private, public sector business seminar

KU will participate in a seminar designed to help private sector firms do business with the public sector at 11:30 a.m. April 14 at the Eldridge Hotel.

Hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the workshop is designed to help local business owners learn how to navigate the city, county and educational procurement systems.

KU will be represented by Barry Swanson, who serves as interim associate vice provost for operations/chief procurement officer. Other confirmed participants include Jackie Waggoner, purchasing director for Douglas County; Alan Landis, purchasing specialist for the City of Lawrence; Frank Harwood, chief operations officer-administrative support for USD 497; and Mike Lewis, chief financial officer for Haskell Indian Nations University.

In FY 2010, KU’s Purchasing Services unit purchased more than $13.5 million in goods and services from hundreds of local businesses. These include companies from nearly every industry sector, including construction, manufacturing, printing, information technology and accounting, to name a few.

From 2007-10, KU Purchasing Services implemented various changes to simplify the procurement process for local businesses. The changes included allowing campus departments increased access to the open market for small purchases and developing more KU-specific contracts instead of making local companies utilize statewide contracts. These changes were facilitated in part thanks to legislation KU supported in the 2010 Kansas Legislature. For details, visit

The event is open to the public. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at through 5 p.m. April 12.

Recreation Services hosting wellness fair, runners clinics

Recreation Services is hosting the second annual Faculty and Staff Wellness Fair, as well as a pair of runners clinics this month.

The wellness fair is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center. Open houses will also be held at Watkins Student Health Center and Robinson Gymnasium. More than 55 local wellness organizations, businesses and vendors will provide information, samples and demonstrations. The event is free and open to all KU faculty and staff. For more information, contact Amber Long at

Runners clinics will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 21 at the Watkins Memorial Health Center southwest entrance. The events are free to all KU students, faculty and staff. The evaluations take 30 to 45 minutes and include strength and flexibility evaluations and video analysis of walking/running form. Participants should wear running shoes and shorts and call 785-864-9592 to reserve a spot. In case of inclement weather, the clinics will be held in the Physical Therapy Department on the second floor of the Watkins Memorial Health Center.


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