Lombardo to direct Honors Program
Lombardo, professor of classics, has been named director of the KU Honors
Program and will begin in June.
Lombardo succeeds Barbara Schowen, who retired last July after serving
as Honors Program director for seven years in addition to teaching chemistry
for 26 years at KU. John Gronbeck-Tedesco, associate dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of theatre and film, was acting
director during the search. Lombardo joined KU’s faculty in 1976.
He teaches Greek and Latin as well as courses on classical mythology and
Greek literature and culture. He has received a Kemper teaching fellowship
and a Mortar Board award.
Audio-Reader director named to international association board
Frederick, development director for Audio-Reader, KU’s radio reading
service for the blind and print-impaired, has been elected to serve on
the board of directors of the International Association of Audio Information
Services. The association is a nonprofit organization of more than 120
independent service providers throughout the United States, Canada, England,
Australia and New Zealand. Frederick, who has been development director
at Audio-Reader for five years, will assume the new responsibilities in
May during the association’s yearly convention in Toronto.
Shimomura announces retirement, establishes research fund
Shimomura, distinguished professor of performance and painting, will retire
this semester after 35 years in the KU art department. A celebration will
be at 8 p.m. May 14 at Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts. It is free and
open to the public.
Shimomura has won international recognition and was the first artist to
receive a Japan Foundation grant. He was the first fine arts faculty member
to be named a distinguished professor and was the first artist to receive
a Kansas Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Painting. He also was one
of 10 painters and sculptors to win a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation
Shimomura has organized the Shimomura Faculty Research Fund with his own
initial gift of $25,000. It will be the first fund for faculty research
development in studio art at KU.
Philosophy professor named National Humanities Center fellow
Rex Martin, professor of philosophy, has been named a National Humanities
Center fellow for 2004-05. Martin, one of 40 scholars chosen from 526
applicants, will take leave from KU to pursue research on “Rawls
on Economic Justice” at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
KU professor named dean at William and Mary
Strikwerda, a longtime faculty member of the KU history department, has
been named dean of faculty of arts and sciences at the College of William
and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Strikwerda has been at KU since 1987 and
has been associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since
1998. His wife, Gail Bossenga, an associate professor of history at KU,
has been appointed to the history faculty at William and Mary.