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Resource center seeks nominations
The Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center is seeking nominations for outstanding women students, faculty, staff and alumnae to be recognized for accomplishments in a variety of areas. The women selected will be announced at the Women’s Recognition Program on Tuesday, April 23. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 15. Details are available in the “pick-up box” in 356 Murphy Hall. Contact Eula Fuller at 864-3511 for assistance.

Second annual open house scheduled
The University of Kansas has scheduled its second annual open house on the Lawrence campus. Current and prospective students, faculty, families and community members are invited to participate in campus tours, museum programs and athletic contests. Last year’s open house offered science demonstrations, live theatre and open-air concerts.

Stipend offered for internationalization
The Office of International Programs is offering an $850 stipend to tenured and tenure-track faculty who develop a new international course or significantly revise an existing course to make it more international. Those selected for the program will participate in a workshop on Friday, May 10, to present their ideas and discuss curriculum. The deadline for proposals is April 1. For more information contact Hodgie Bricke at 864-6161.

Retirement dinner plannned for spring
The annual retirement dinner for faculty and classified staff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Kansas Union ballroom.

Faculty and unclassified staff who have retired since July 1, 2001, and those who plan to retire before June 30 will be honored at the dinner. For more information, contact Bev Mater at 864-3276.

Grant to fund book’s translation
The ministry of culture of the Republic of Slovenia has provided a grant for the translation of Marc L. Greenberg’s book, A Historical Phonology of the Slovene Language. Greenberg, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, first published the book in 2000. The Slovene-language edition will be translated by Marta Pirnat-Greenberg and published by Aristej Publishing Co. later this year.

Hall candidates scheduled to visit campus
Brook Thomas, University of California, Irvine, and Gillian Brown, University of Utah, candidates for the Hall Distinguished Professorship in American Literature and Culture, are scheduled to visit the weeks of March 4 and March 11. Each candidate will make a presentation at 4 p.m. on Tuesday of that week. Susan K. Harris of Penn State University visited the week of Feb. 25. For more information call 864-4520.

Job vacancies available on one site
The Department of Human Resources and the Equal Opportunity Office now have one Web site for all KU faculty and staff job vacancies: Call 864-7417 for more information.

Citizenship School coming to KU in June
KU is one of two universities in the nation chosen to be host of the 2002 Alternative Break Citizenship School, a weeklong summer training program for student and staff leaders of the college community service program Alternative Breaks.

Approximately 48 college students will attend the KU session, June 22 through 29. In addition to studying Native American issues, the students will work with faculty and students at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence and community service organizations such as Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423 Haskell Ave., Lawrence.
The University of Vermont was chosen to host a similar session, July 12 through 19.
Alternative Break Citizenship Schools provide training for student and staff leaders from different universities to learn the skills needed to build a quality alternative break program. Participants attend workshops, planning sessions, speaker panel sessions and community dinners and work with organizations to serve the host community.

KU’s Alternative Break Program began in 1994 with a trip to El Paso, Texas. Since then, more than 600 students have spent spring, winter and weekend breaks serving community needs such as hunger and homelessness, health and wellness, environment, cultural diversity and education.

More than 65 KU students participated in this year’s winter break program, and approximately 140 KU students are expected to spend spring break working for organizations such as the National Coalition for the Homeless, Teach for America and Grand Canyon National Park.

School offers tech classes in Kansas City
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the KU School of Engineering has enhanced its commitment to the metropolitan Kansas City area by offering software engineering courses leading to a master’s degree in computer science at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

“We have been encouraged by Kansas City’s high-tech industry to provide our software engineering area of focus to the technical professionals in the metropolitan area,” said department chair Scott Hinton.

A number of regional business powerhouses produce software that is key to their economic success.

Hossein Saiedian, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said the Edwards campus classes targeted professionals who already are employed but who don’t have strong training in software engineering.

The complexity of software has grown substantially and the cost of production has also increased. Whereas computer science curricula might teach students about specific programming languages and operating systems, KU’s software engineering program focuses on the full development life cycle of software from initial planning, to identification and definition of the requirements, all the way to the actual testing and deployment of software systems. In addition, the most modern topics and proven practices are integrated into the curriculum.

The program teaches concepts with immediate applications, Saiedian said. Ethical and professionalism issues related to software development also are incorporated. Students are expected to work on projects for actual clients before completing their degree requirements.

Admission requirements for the program are comparable to other master’s-level degree programs within the department.

For more information on the software engineering program or for enrollment information go to

March 1, 2002
Vol. 26, No. 12

The sum of small parts: Tiny campus sees major refurbishing
Millionth reader to be recognized
KU goes west to meet students and alumni
Liberal Arts candidates scheduled for KU visit
United Way chooses Amblers for campaign
Expansion brings opportunity
Professor uses 'Wit' to teach
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Spring enrollment up at KU and most institutions across the state
KU First campaign progresses
February employees honored for work
Research grants awarded
Pinamonti takes over for Cerveny
Conference to examine Trade Center collapse
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KU publications garner awards



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