Edwards Campus philanthropist dies
Helen Regnier, wife of Johnson County developer Victor Regnier and supporter
of KU’s Edwards Campus, died March 17. The Victor and Helen Regnier
Charitable Foundation pledged $3 million toward the construction of Regnier
Hall, a classroom building nearing completion on the Edwards Campus in
Overland Park. They are survived by three children.
Volunteers sought for MS study
A graduate student in clinical health psychology is seeking volunteers
to be controls for a study on multiple sclerosis. Participants should
be over the age of 40, should not be on any strict dietary regimen and
should not have MS. Volunteers will answer demographic questions, complete
a questionnaire on mood and a three-day food record, and provide a blood
sample. There will be no monetary compensation for participation. Contact
Robin Aupperle at 841-7989 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life sciences group calls for abstracts
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute invites scientists focused
on life sciences research to submit abstracts for the annual Kansas City
Area Life Sciences Research Day, “Life Sciences Research: Partnerships
for Success,” on June 4. For abstract submission forms, visit www.kclifesciencesday.org
and click on “scientific conference,” then click “abstract
submission.” The deadline is May 7.
Reception will honor pharmacy dean
The School of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will hold a reception
in honor of Dean Jack E. Fincham and his wife, Melinda, in recognition
of Fincham’s 10 years of service. The reception will be from 5 to
7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the English Room of the Kansas Union. Fincham
is leaving KU to become the Albert W. Jowdy professor of pharmacy care
at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia. Contact Gene
Hotchkiss at 864-3591 for more information.
Women in Higher Education to meet at KU
The Office of Women in Higher Education will hold its 2004 Kansas meeting,
“Life’s Journey: Developing the Professional While Honoring
the Personal,” April 13 and 14 in the Kansas Union. For more information,
Program to help students make transition
The Backpacks to Briefcases series will present “Great Expectations”
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Adams Alumni Center.
An alumni panel will discuss workplace realities, financial tips, networking
and ethics. The series is designed to assist students as they make the
transition from students to professionals. “Great Expectations”
is free and open to all KU students. For more information visit www.ku.edu/~uces/backpacks/index.shml.
Human resources names interim librarian
Sharon Bullard has been named interim human resources librarian. She
will manage human resources functions for the libraries, including recruitment,
performance evaluation, faculty promotion and tenure, position classification,
and personnel policies and procedures. A search for a permanent human
resources librarian will begin in the summer.
KU Med cancer center taps Vanderbilt researcher
The Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute at the KU Medical Center
in Kansas City, Kan., has hired Roy Jenson to be the center’s first
full-time director. Jenson was a nationally recognized cancer researcher
at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and helped Vanderbilt’s
Ingram Cancer Center achieve the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive
cancer center designation. Jensen succeeds William Jewell, who founded
the institute in 1996. Jewell will return to full-time research and medical
Former KU associate athletic director to head Emory program
Betsy Stephenson, associate athletics director at the University of California-Los
Angeles since 1996, has been appointed director of athletics and recreation
at Emory University in Atlanta.
At Emory, Stephenson will oversee 18 varsity sports as well as the recreational
services program (intramurals, club sports, recreational activities).
Stephenson was associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator
at KU from 1992 to 1996. She served under athletics director Bob Frederick,
former chair of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee.
There she supervised 12 head coaches and the marketing, equipment and
Information Services fills administrative position
Kari Balthazor is the new administrative officer for the Office of the
Vice Provost for Information Services. Balthazor manages projects that
support the vice provost, assistant vice provost for strategic initiatives,
coordinator of IT policy and planning, and public relations and marketing
manager, and she assists with public relations and maintains the Information
Services Web site.
NTS names financial analyst
Kalletta Lofts has been named financial analyst for Networking and Telecommunications
Services. Lofts will develop an accounting system to help NTS analyze
and realign the cost and pricing structures for KU’s voice, video
and data services. Lofts formerly was coordinator of licensing programs
for the KU libraries and the Kansas Regents Library Database Consortia.
International Programs hires GAP coordinator
Jane Irungu has joined the staff of the Graduate School and Office of
International Programs as the Global Awareness Program coordinator.
Irungu will publicize GAP, develop the Web site, and work with departments
and other units to implement it. She also will maintain the database of
student participants. Irungu has worked as an outreach coordinator in
the African Studies Resource Center and as an interim language coordinator.
She is a Kiswahili lecturer in the Department of African and African-American
KU law professor takes Wake Forest position
Sidney A. Shapiro, distinguished professor of law and associate dean of
research, has been named a University Distinguished Chair at Wake Forest
University's School of Law. Shapiro is a national scholar in administrative
law and regulatory policy as well as biotechnology law. He has written
six books and almost 50 articles in the area of law, and he recently lectured
at the University of Limerick in Ireland and at the U.S.-European Biotechnology
Initiative Workshop in Florence, Italy.