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Sept. 19 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 3

State health rates jump again
Open enrollment starts next month
Collage Concert to ring in Open House festivities
Party on the prairie
Convocation highlights achievements, focuses on future
Provost emphasizes tuition enhancement programs
Survey results help tailor proposal
Coke awards Native American scholarships
American Pride

Professors hit the road for Faculty Speakers Bureau
July employees honored
‘Big Brother’ gives time, money to United Way
Brown v. Board program debuts

Governor to present leadership lecture

AIDS crisis discussed in minicourse

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Convocation highlights achievements, focuses on future

Chancellor lauds staff, faculty for high standards under economic hardship

Chancellor Robert Hemenway spoke to faculty and staff during convocation last week and acknowledged their sacrifices while calling on the Kansas Legislature to keep its funding promise.

During the event Thursday, Sept. 11, the chancellor called the terrorist attacks in 2001 a “demarcation point” separating more prosperous economic times from a less secure and uncertain present.

Those world events, he said, have had wide-ranging effects both globally and locally.

“We encounter reduced budgets, doubts about foreign policy, fear for our national security,” he said. “There is anxiety in the air, and even as we recover from the tragic events of two years ago today and see the stock market improve and the economy begin to recover, we know that our world is fragile.”

The chancellor acknowledged the efforts made by faculty and staff to carry an increased workload brought on by the elimination of positions and by layoffs. He also detailed how KU salaries compare with those at peer institutions.

“The excellence that you have created can only be sustained if the people of Kansas and their elected representatives truly want a major teaching and research university nationally recognized for its academic achievements,” Hemenway said. “It is our job to convince people that KU’s quality is a major asset for Kansas, the key to a promising post-9/11 future.”

The chancellor said the state budget decline not only reduced KU’s budget by $19 million, or 8 percent, but also forced the university to use tuition increases to preserve access and quality.

Students’ investment, he noted, then was matched by faculty securing record-breaking amounts of research funding and private donations to KU. But he warned that the university cannot continue to advance without adequate state funding indefinitely.

“The partnership seems close to breaking down, especially in the salary area, because the state has been unable to fulfill the promise in SB345 that chronically low salaries would be addressed,” he said. “We must secure public support for the quality that you have created over the last decade.”

The chancellor used the bulk of his presentation to detail faculty, staff and student accomplishments, including enrollment statistics, awards and fellowships, research advancements and university rankings. He also reiterated his goal of making KU a top 25 public university.

To achieve this, he said, the university staff and faculty will have to be entrepreneurial, creative and efficient.

“The University of Kansas is a very good university, primarily because it has an excellent faculty and staff who attract excellent students, who are being prepared as informed citizens for an educated workforce,” Hemenway said. “We do all of this within a tradition and a culture of excellence. KU is the beacon for quality in the Kansas higher education system, by any measurement, and it is your efforts that make KU a shining light.”



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