Feb. 6, 1998

News in Brief

Ancient altar piece on display

Spencer Museum of Art has purchased an 18th-century altar piece attributed to the Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Crosato (1686-1758). Crosato is considered to be one of the most important 18th-century fresco artists. The painter was of the same generation as two other Venetian artists already in the Spencer collection, Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini.

Post-season tickets available

Faculty and staff post-season ticket applications for Kansas men's basketball are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Allen Field House ticket office. There is a two-ticket limit per person. A lottery will be conducted, and a list of winners will be available at the ticket office Feb. 23. Faculty and staff members must come to the ticket office to confirm orders and make payment before 5 p.m. on the Monday before each tournament. Tickets must be picked up in person at each tournament site, and a current KUID is required.

Bond sales boost crumbling classroom funds

Two Crumbling Classrooms projects at KU received a financial boost at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents with a unanimous vote to allocate additional funds received from the sale of bonds for the projects, Warren Corman, KU architect, said.

Crumbling Classrooms refers to renovation and construction projects of several regents facilities including KU's schools of Education and of Nursing. Lower interest rates than originally anticipated resulted in additional funds for these projects, Corman said.

The board agreed to allocate an additional $2,026,284 for renovation and construction at Joseph R. Pearson Hall, being converted to house KU's School of Education, and an additional $889,364 for the construction of the Nursing Education Building at the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan.

Total projected funds for the Crumbling Classrooms project for all regents universities is $171,973,660, or $8,353,660 more than originally allocated. The board allocated $7.5 million of the additional money to seven major Crumbling Classrooms building projects, holding the rest in reserve.

The Joseph R. Pearson Hall project is expected to cost $14.1 million, which includes less than $1 million in private gifts.

The $11.3 million nursing building will replace an antiquated dormitory structure at the Medical Center. The nursing building project is funded with $8.6 million from Crumbling Classrooms funds and $2.7 million in private gifts.

Dinner and Dialogue Series announced

The Center for Teaching Excellence is sponsoring a series of informal meetings, called Dinner and Dialogue, to provide all teaching faculty with more opportunities to meet and learn from one another.

The first session is titled "Teaching and Technology: Emerging Tensions?" and begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Cost is $8.25. Respond by Feb. 16 to the Center for Teaching Excellence at 864-4199 or cte@ukans.edu.

Additional meetings are scheduled for March 19 and April 23.

Book winners on display

Winners of the 1997 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show will be displayed Feb. 16 to 27 at the University Press of Kansas.

The exhibit features 50 books, 30 jackets and two journals. The show will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the press building, 2501 W. 15th St.

Winners were selected from 633 entries from university presses of books published in 1996 and were recognized for representing excellence in both design and manufacture.

Books may be handled and studied. Complimentary copies of the show catalog, which contains information on each book and comments by the jurors, will be available to use for reference while browsing the display.

Study abroad workshop

The Office of Study Abroad will hold a workshop for faculty members interested in directing study-abroad programs at 3:30 p.m. March 5 in the Governor's Room, Kansas Union.

Those interested in attending should contact Margareta B. O'Connell, study abroad director, by Feb. 27 at 864-7807 or moconne@ukans.edu.

"Britannia in Kansas" exhibited

The exhibition "Britannia in Kansas," is on display in the main gallery of the Spencer Research Library through Feb. 28.

The exhibition is a series of seven different "mini-exhibits" featuring a number of specialized collections of British interest. The library holds 25,000 books printed in Britain in the 18th century.

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