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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

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Novelist supports Watkins scholarship

Novelist Laura Moriarty was a graduate student in English at KU in 1999 when she heard about the murder of alumna Amy Watkins.


That year Watkins, social welfare ’96, was killed by two men in New York City as she walked home from an internship where she worked with victims of domestic violence.


“I remember thinking that we knew some of the same people,” said Moriarty, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare at KU in 1993. “I realized she was younger than I was and it just made me so sad. It was this terrible thing that sits with you. That could happen to me, I thought. To anyone.”


Now Moriarty, who has just published her first novel, has added almost $23,000 to the Amy Watkins Scholarship Fund at the KU Endowment Association. The Watkins scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students in the KU School of Social Welfare, with a preference for those specializing in domestic violence or families at risk. The scholarship, which originally was established with memorial contributions in 1999, will be awarded for the first time in the spring for the 2004-05 academic year.


“Amy Watkins was such a memorable student,” said Alice Lieberman, social welfare associate professor and one of Watkins and Moriarty’s former instructors. “She was just so loved. She had a real interest in poor women and their children and was great with them. As a social worker, the best thing you can give people is hope for the future, and Amy was particularly talented at that.


“Laura is a modest, extremely generous person herself,” added Lieberman, “and we’re thrilled that she has chosen to honor Amy in this way. This is wonderful.”


Moriarty, author of The Center of Everything, was formally recognized by the School of Social Welfare during the school’s annual meeting of its advisory board Sept. 25.

   
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