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Dec. 12, 2003
Vol. 28, No. 8

KU researchers aim to prime oil pumps
Governance, administration discuss unauthorized "Women of KU" calendar
Sundance summons filmmakers
Campaign gives KU ‘Better Bites’
Classes help Edwards staff embrace Hispanic community
H.O.P.E. Hooray
KPR schedules holiday broadcasts
National Hispanic magazine picks KU
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KU research helps to restore endangered minnow

Projects promise improved services, better technology by next summer
KU professor’s book receives critical acclaim
Employees of the month
Tuition assistance helps staff expand language skills

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KU wins $915K grant to study effect of Human Genome Project

Scientists seek to simulate spine for surgery
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Military Science celebrates 60th
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Military Science celebrates 60th

The Military Science Building during construction during the early 1940s. The structure was completed on Nov. 1, 1943, and was dedicated the following month. University Archives/Spencer Research Library

KU’s military science department commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Military Science Building on Dec. 11.

1942 KU graduate Ross Ley, who was the cadet battalion commander in 1941-42 and an Army ROTC instructor from 1942 to 1944, was guest speaker. WWII-era equipment and clothing was displayed.

Earlier in the day the Jayhawk Battalion had conducted its end-of-semester awards ceremony, and Ley presented each graduating cadet with his or her branch of service.

“This event pays tribute to those who have gone before, especially those of the ‘Greatest Generation,’” said Lt. Col. Brian De Toy, professor of military science. “It also pays tribute to those who are serving today and to the future of the military—the cadets of the Jayhawk Battalion.”

Chancellor Deane W. Malott proposed construction of an armory for the ROTC, which had nearly doubled in ranks in two years to 700 students.

Construction of the building began in spring 1941. The federal Works Progress Administration initially financed the construction, with the government agreeing to provide $143,000 if the university raised $25,000 and contributed building materials. The Endowment Association raised the money from 22 KU alumni and other supporters.

However, the building was not yet complete in 1942 when the WPA was shut down. KU then turned to the Kansas Legislature for help. In 1943 the legislators appropriated $69,000 to complete the building. The Military Science Building was completed on Nov. 1, 1943, and was dedicated the following month.

The three-story building, with a veneer of stones the university had saved from old Snow Hall, contained a rifle range, artillery storage room and a large drill room as well as classrooms and offices.

The Military Science Building is located at 1520 Summerfield Hall Drive, immediately south of Anschutz Library and west of Malott Hall.


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