Nursing receives funds for continuing education
The School of Nursing has received $228,564 in federal funding from the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the first year of a career
ladder program to help nurses continue their education. The project, called
Nurse Education, Practice and Retention: Career Ladder, promotes nurse
retention by recruiting and mentoring nurses toward career advancement,
focusing on the master’s portion of KU’s current online RN-to-BSN-to-MS
program. Technology such as Web-based courses, Web-enhanced interactive
television courses and e-mentoring strategies will allow nurses to complete
advanced education without leaving their home communities.
Budig teaching award granted
The 2004 Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award in Social Welfare has been awarded
to Edward Canda, professor of social welfare and courtesy professor of
religious studies, and Dennis Dailey, professor of social welfare. The
award, which was established in 2003 by former Chancellor Gene A. Budig
and Gretchen Budig, recognizes social welfare faculty members who demonstrate
excellent teaching skills.
KPR comedy series wins national ‘Best of Show’
Right Between the Ears has been named National Best of Show at the 2004
Silver Microphone Awards. The sketch comedy series also won the top prize
for Best Audio Program-Entertainment. The award is typically granted to
advertising agencies and production studios. The competition, which is
in its 20th year, is open to more than 40,000 advertising agencies, production
studios and radio stations in the United States.
Friendship program seeks families
The Lawrence Friendship Family Program, formerly known as the Lawrence
Host Family Program, is seeking families and individuals to befriend a
KU international student. Although a commitment to participate for a full
academic year is typically requested, the obligation is minimal. Participants
are asked to contact their student weekly during the first month of the
school year and to invite the student to attend at least two activities
per semester. The program sponsors periodic organized events, including
square dances, picnics, carnivals and bowling parties. For more information
contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 864-3617
Students to receive KU bills online this fall
Beginning this fall, KU students can obtain their tuition and fee bill
through Enroll & Pay. Effective October 2004, paper bills will be
discontinued and an eBill e-mail notification will be sent to students
on or about the 21st of each month. An eBill notification directs students
to view and print their eBill online through Enroll & Pay. During
KU’s transition to paperless bills, students will receive both paper
and an e-mail notification in August and September. For more information
visit the Bursar’s Office Web site, www.bursar.ku.edu
and click “New eBill Information.”
Women of Distinction calendars now available
The 2004-2005 “KU Women of Distinction” calendar is available
free in the Emily Taylor Resource Center and the KU Bookstore, both located
in the Kansas Union. The poster-style calendar features 12 photographs
of 17 students, faculty, staff and alumnae. For more information, visit
the Emily Taylor Resource Center Web site, www.ku.edu/~etwrc/,
or call Kathy Rose-Mockry, 864-3552.
KU instructor takes part in Lawrence music event
Lauralyn Bodle, lecturer in Italian, will perform as part of the Alferd
Packard Memorial String band during the 24th annual Kansas State Fiddling
and Picking Championships Aug. 21 and 22. Events on Saturday will include
a barn dance and workshop at Woodlawn School, 508 Elm, and a jam session
at the Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts. On Sunday, free music
and entertainment will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in South Park, 12th and
Massachusetts streets. For more information call 842-7149.
GAP program slated to begin this fall
Beginning this fall, KU students who complete a course of international
study and activities as part of their undergraduate program will see that
achievement reflected on their transcripts. The Global Awareness Program
(GAP), coordinated by the Office of International Programs, will recognize
students who have developed international understanding through study
abroad, academic work and co-curricular activities. KU’s program
will be open to all undergraduates. For more information visit www.international.ku.edu/programs/GAP/index.shtml.
Center produces video on father of movement
KU’s Research and Training Center on Independent Living has produced
a video on Ed Roberts, known as the father of the independent living movement.
Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision is a nine-minute video based on a speech
Roberts made to Kansas City disability activists in 1981. Release of the
videotape coincides with the 14th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities
Act. Mark Crabtree, producer with Continuing Education, edited the work,
and Bryan “Kip” Haaheim, assistant professor of music and
dance, wrote the music. The video is available for purchase at www.rtcfpil.org/newDevelopments.htm.
Theatre & Film offers free drama classes for children
The Department of Theatre & Film will begin new sessions of free after-school
drama classes for children in grades 1 through 3 beginning Aug. 31. Registration
is Aug. 30. Free classes for children in grades 4 through 6 will begin
Oct. 7. Registration for that session will be Oct. 4. Each session includes
seven classes, which are taught at Murphy Hall by Jeanne Klein, associate
professor, and students enrolled in TH&F 404, Children and Drama.
For more information call Erika Crane at 864-5576.
International Programs to host workshop
The Office of International Programs will conduct its first faculty workshop
from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the English Room of the Kansas
Union. Sessions will include information on visa issues and how to create
a study abroad program. Register before Sept. 24 by calling 864-6161,
or e-mail Nancy Huckeba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit www.international.ku.edu.
Beach Center names editor for e-newsletter
Mary Margaret Simpson is the new editor of the Beach Center on Disability’s
e-newsletter, which can be found at www.beachcenter.org/news/default.asp?id=22.
Each issue will feature an area of research at the Beach Center that concerns
children with disabilities, their families and their service providers.
Company using KU research receives NIH grant
A Lawrence company that uses patented technology created at KU to improve
the effectiveness of drugs has won a $100,000 National Institutes of Health
grant to support further testing of the cancer drug, Nanotax. CritiTech
Inc., in cooperation with the KU Medical Center, already has performed
preclinical ovarian cancer studies at the Medical Center under the direction
of Katherine Roby, research associate professor of anatomy and cell biology
and a member of the Medical Center’s Kansas Masonic Cancer Research
Institute. Researchers at KU’s Higuchi Biosciences Center developed
the patented technology.
KU Archive of Recorded Sound awarded grant
KU’s Archive of Recorded Sound is expanding its offerings, increasing
its accessibility and continuing to preserve its collection through digital
technology with the help of a $7,250 grant from the Bellavia Foundation.
The archive has about 250,000 recordings and is one of the largest sound
archives in the country. It includes the Richard F. Wright jazz archive
and the Seaver Opera Collection.