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Oct. 3 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 4

Green chemistry
Minority enrollment increase sets record
Improved student services called key
McAllister to lead Dole Institute as interim director
Shadow dancers
United Way campaign challenges contributors
Financial woes cause Printing Services layoffs
Catholic, Jewish studies professorships established
Grad student stretches talents

Lecture series to bring writers, analysts to KU
AAUP organizes public forum on Patriot Act
Former professor solves royal mystery in Sickly Stuarts
KU joins study of doctoral education

New portable carts provide options for fast food, beverages

Peace Corps renews KU office grant

Faculty receive Higuchi awards
Novelist supports Watkins scholarship

Hispanic heritage celebrated at KU

August employees honored
Engineering hall to be dedicated
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Financial woes cause Printing Services layoffs

Four positions eliminated after budget review shows expenses exceeded income

KU last week notified four Printing Services employees that their positions would be eliminated effective Nov. 9. Officials said the action results from an annual budget review, which revealed that Printing Services’ expenses for fiscal year 2003 exceeded incoming funds.

“Having to cut staff positions to keep this service in the black has been a painful process,” said Marilu Goodyear, vice provost for information services. “However, the fiscal reality left us little choice.”

The university’s Department of Human Resources is offering all available assistance to the employees, Goodyear said. In all cases, the employees are receiving more notification time than state regulations require.

Under state rules, classified employees who are part of the permanent staff receive first consideration for other openings at the university for which they are eligible.

Goodyear said Printing Services operations had been affected by a combination of economic pressures.

“Our clients across the university have had to cut budgets and, we suspect, have reduced their printing purchases,” she said. “Other factors have come from technological changes within the printing industry.”

Printing Services is required to be a financially self-sustaining business operation. It uses the income from its operation to fund itself, including staff salaries and other expenditures, such as payments for janitorial services. The university provides the physical facility and utilities for Printing Services.

The four eliminated jobs are classified positions, in customer service, mailing, electronic publishing and production departments.

Through several unforeseen staff changes, Printing Services was able to avoid additional layoffs. An August resignation, a pending retirement and a voluntary departure of three other employees helped to minimize the cuts. Printing Services currently has 33 full-time employees.

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