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KU trio receives national arts grant

The trio Allégresse, a group comprised of Annie Gnojek, alumna (flute); Margaret Marco, associate professor of oboe; and Ellen Bottorff, lecturer in piano, has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in the American Masterpieces: Chamber Music category. The trio performed four works they commissioned as part of a world premier tour at a recital Oct. 26 at the School of Music. For more information, visit www.music.ku.edu.

Fry inducted as fellow of international sports psychology organization

Mary Fry, associate professor of health, sport and exercise science, has been inducted as a fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the international professional organization of sport and exercise psychology.

Mary Fry

Fry was selected as a fellow for her significant contributions to academic and professional practice knowledge in sport and exercise psychology.She teaches sport and exercise psychology, works with graduate students and conducts research on motivation in sport and exercise.

Fry holds a bachelor’s in physical education from Texas Wesleyan College, a master’s in sport and exercise psychology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a doctorate in sport and exercise psychology from Purdue University.

Edwards Campus receives public relations awards

The Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America honored the Edwards Campus with the following awards in its annual PRISM competition.

The Edwards Campus, in partnership with Johnson County Community College, received a Silver Award in special events — $50,000 or less category for the “Start2Finish 5K Run-Walk,” an annual fundraiser for undergraduate scholarships.

Ed Foley, Edwards Campus recruitment director, received a Silver Award in the workshops/training category for “Professional Edge,” a program delivered by KU faculty that provides professional development in the workplace.

In partnership with Trozzolo Communications Group of Kansas City, Mo., HigherEd, the Edwards Campus community newsletter, won a Silver Award in the newsletters category and the 2008 Edwards Campus external branding campaign also won a Silver Award in the branding initiatives category.

PRISM is the annual award ceremony sponsored by the Kansas City PRSA chapter that recognizes the best in public relations and marketing in greater Kansas City.

Volunteer environmental group elects three leaders

The Environmental Leadership Council has announced the election of three officers for 2009-10.

Angie Allen

Barry Carroll

Benjamin Stiff

Barry Carroll will be chair, Benjamin Stiff will be vice chair, and Angie Allen will be secretary.

The council is a group of volunteers that works in conjunction with the staff at the School of Medicine-Wichita and the Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment. WIRE is funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate public perceptions of and concerns for environmental health issues in Wichita.

Hemenway, Sebelius honored by KU Medical Center

Former Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Secretary of Health and Human Services and KU alumna Kathleen Sebelius were honored at the KU Medical Center’s annual gala celebration.

Hemenway was presented the Distinguished Service Medallion for commitment and dedication to the KU Medical Center and improving the Kansas City community.

Sebelius was presented the Life Sciences Leadership Award. The award recognized her efforts to advance life sciences in Kansas and the Kansas City region.

Chen new publicity manager at University Press of Kansas

Jen Chen has been named publicity manager at the University Press of Kansas. She will be responsible for overseeing publicity efforts for the press’ scholarly, trade and regional books. Chen was formerly a staff writer and columnist for the Pitch in Kansas City and, before that, an associate editor at Westview Press, a nonfiction book publisher in Boulder, Colo. She received a bachelor’s in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a graduate of the University of Denver Publishing Institute and served as a White House intern.

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