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May 14, 2004
Vol. 28, No. 16

KU remembers Emily Taylor
Roberts named vice provost for research
Derritt chosen as university registrar
History, economics to be focus of faculty bus tour
Forum honors KU debate, features former winners
Chancellor chat
High-tech history
Clinton to give 1st Dole Lecture
Bush meets with education professor to discuss literacy

2004 employees of the year honored
KU, higher education see positive results from Legislature
Segregation scene
Book shelf
KU First


Alumni earn KU’s highest honor
Professors to receive teaching awards

Outstanding students to carry banners
Grad school ceremony fetes students, faculty
9 graduating seniors win chancellor’s awards
Commencement events
Dinner to thank retiring employees
Graduation glee
Grad students give awards to mentors
Mother, daughter make graduation family affair



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Business school changes graduation ceremony time

The School of Business recognition ceremony for bachelor’s degree candidates and hooding for master’s degree candidates will now be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the Lied Center. This is a change to accommodate the afternoon’s speech by former President Bill Clinton.

Nominations still accepted for women’s calendar

Although the deadline has passed, the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center still will accept nominations for outstanding women to be featured on next year’s “KU Women of Distinction” calendar. Any female student, staff, faculty or alumna who has made contributions to the campus or community may be nominated. To nominate an individual, fill out the form available at the Center for Campus Life, 400 Kansas Union. Self-nominations are accepted. Contact the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, 864-3552 or, with questions.

Phone book updates sought by University Relations

The Office of University Relations is gathering information for the annual update of the front sections of the university telephone directory, pages 1 to 47. This does not include information for the faculty and staff section (blue-bordered pages in the current directory). Letters requesting updates have been sent to all departments. Questions may be directed to Antoinette Smith at 864-8856.

Advisers receive national recognition for work

Two KU academic advisers have received recognition from the National Academic Advising Association in cooperation with ACT Inc. Sue Lorenz, interim associate director of KU’s University Honors Program, and Bud Hirsch, associate professor of English, will receive their awards Oct. 6 during the association’s national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hall Center offers seminar

The Hall Center has announced the formation of a new three-year seminar, “Indigenous and African Experiences in the Americas.” The seminar is a component of a KU/Haskell Indian Nations University collaboration, “Shifting Borders of Race and Identity: A Research and Teaching Project on the Native American and African American Experience.” The opening reception and the first of six seminars for the academic year will be in September. Contact Zanice Bond de Pérez at the Shifting Borders Ford Grant Project office at 864-7884 or raceid
with questions, or visit

Audio-Reader accepting used audio equipment

Audio-Reader is now accepting donations of used albums, CDs, cassette tapes, videos, radios, turntables and other gently used audio products for its fall “For Your Ears Only” fund-raiser sale. Items should be taken to the Audio-Reader office at 1120 W. 11th St. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information call 864-4600.

Edwards offers summer classes for undergrads

The Edwards Campus will offer more than 40 upper-level summer classes for traditional undergraduate students during “Summer at KU in KC.” For more information, contact Dan Mueller, Edwards Campus undergraduate adviser, at or visit

Audio-Reader Sensory Garden receives grant

The Sensory Garden at KU’s Audio-Reader Network will benefit from a special grant to enhance the garden area. The Lawrence Flower Club and Prairie Acres Garden Club, both of Lawrence, have received $2,000 from the Principal Financial Group Historic Gardens Project. The grant will make the garden area more accessible to people in wheelchairs and to those with visual impairments. A matching $2,000 donation from the Lawrence Flower Club also will help finance the improvements to the garden.

Sesquicentennial parade organizers seek participants

Applications are being accepted for participation in the Sept. 18 Lawrence Sesquicentennial Parade. To apply, submit an application form and a nonrefundable $25 entry fee, payable to the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission, by Aug. 1 to Alicia Janesko, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 745 Vermont St., Suite 101, Lawrence, KS 66044. For more information or for parade guidelines, visit

Two KU faculty members join chemistry board

Valentino Stella, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, and Gunda Georg, distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry, will serve on a new advisory board formed by NaPro BioTherapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies for the treatment of cancer and hereditary disease. Stella will serve as chairman of the board; Georg will be a member. For more information about NaPro and its technologies, visit

Stop Day tour offers history lesson about campus

Ted Johnson, professor emeritus of French and Italian, will lead his traditional Stop Day tour of campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The tour will begin at the main entrance of the Museum of Natural History and will end at Weaver Court, adjacent to Spooner Hall. The pace will be leisurely, and each stop will have a theme for discussion. For more information, visit

Multicultural Affairs to host Graduation Banquet

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host its 28th annual Graduation Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. Graduates are invited as honored guests. General public tickets are $20 for guests and $100 for a table sponsorship. They are available until 5 p.m. May 19 at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 145 Strong Hall or 864-4351.

Professor, chair to receive Graduate Educator Award

Norman Yetman has won the 2004 Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award. Yetman, professor of sociology and chair of American studies, will be honored during KU's doctoral hooding ceremony on May 22 at the Lied Center of Kansas. The Byrd Award honors faculty members who have demonstrated commitment to graduate students and graduate education, as well as distinguished themselves as scholars. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

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