News in brief

Deshler to present inaugural lecture April 6

Don Deshler, the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education, will present his inaugural lecture titled “Moving the Needle on Adolescent Literacy” April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. It is free and open to the public.

Independent study courses eligible for tuition assistance

Online and distance learning courses offered through KU Independent Study are eligible for tuition assistance on a case-by-case basis. Staff members can use the existing Human Resources and Equal Opportunity tuition assistance application process to apply for assistance for independent study courses. The deadline for summer 2010 tuition assistance applications is April 2.

Independent study courses are resident KU credit and apply toward degree programs. Students can enroll and begin their course at any time and take up to six months to finish. Applications for the Tuition Assistance Program will need to be completed in accordance with the established deadlines. Future awards through the program will be contingent upon completion of past supported independent study courses.

For more information about tuition assistance, visit

To learn more about Independent Study, visit

Tompkins new Kansas Board of Regents president

The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously selected Andy Tompkins as the board’s next president and CEO.

Tompkins is dean of the College of Education at Pittsburg State University, a position he has held since 2007. He was an associate professor at KU from 2005 to 2007, served as the commissioner of education for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1996 to 2005, was an interim dean and associate professor at Pittsburg State from 1994 to 1996, was the superintendent of three school districts from 1977 to 1994 and worked as a principal and teacher at the high school level from 1969 to 1976. Tompkins received a doctorate from KU, a master’s degree from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree from East Central State University in Oklahoma.

Tompkins will begin June 1.

Faculty, staff can purchase Microsoft Office products for personal use

Faculty and staff can now access one copy of a Microsoft Office product for use on a personal computer, following the launch of the Microsoft Home Use Program. The program is part of the Microsoft Campus Agreement.

To take part in the program, faculty and staff can log in to the Kyou portal. On the “general” tab, there is a link with a KU program code and instructions for downloading and purchasing the products.

Faculty and staff members will be able to purchase a download or media for the following products:

• Download of Office 2007 Enterprise $9.95

• Download of Office 2008 for Mac for $9.95

• Download of MS Office Language Pack for $9.95

• Back-up DVD shipped directly to the end-user for $12

Affiliates are not covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement, but work is under way to include them.

Anyone having difficulty accessing the Microsoft Home Use Program Web site should contact the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080.

Friends of the Theatre offering reception, special prices for staff

Friends of the Theatre will host a reception for all KU staff on the opening night of the musical “Anything Goes” on April 23. Staff members will be offered a special half-price $10 ticket and, if they join Friends of the Theatre, will get a free ticket.

For more information, contact Charla Jenkins at

Nominations open for Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award

Nominations are open for the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award. The award, created in 1987, honors alumni and friends for "sustained volunteer service to the university at the local level."

"Millie" award recipients are honored by the association at special events in their communities hosted by local alumni chapters.

Winners of the "Millie" award have served as local alumni chapter leaders, Kansas Honors Program coordinators, or student recruitment volunteers. To make a nomination, visit by March 31.

For more information, contact the KU Alumni Association at 864-4760 or toll free at 800–584-2957.

KU Graduate Student Research Competition set for March 31

More than 100 graduate students from a variety of disciplines will present their research March 31 during the annual Graduate Student Research Competition at the Kansas Union. The event is a mix of poster and oral presentations of papers. Awards totaling $3,000 will be presented in three categories: humanities and fine arts; science and engineering; and social sciences and education. In each category, there will be a $500 first prize, a $200 second prize and two $150 third prizes. An additional $500 will be awarded to three students in the School of Engineering, with special funding provided by the school.

Poster presentations will be on display from 1 to 3 p.m. in the ballroom. Oral presentations will take place in three other rooms in the Kansas Union, grouped by category. KU faculty are encouraged to attend and show support for their graduate students.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Association partner in organizing the annual competition. For more information, contact the Graduate Studies Office at 864-8040

Retirement luncheon set for May 27

The annual retirement recognition for faculty and unclassified staff is scheduled for noon May 27 in the Kansas Union ballroom. Faculty and unclassified staff who have retired since July 1, 2009, and those who plan to retire before June 30, 2010, will be honored at the luncheon. For more information, contact Debra Bia at 864-4168.

KU TV spot wins gold

KU’s 2009 TV spot, "This is Kansas," won the gold award for television single spot in the 25th annual national Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education

Marketing Report magazine.

KU won gold in the category for schools with 20,000 or more students.

The Educational Advertising Awards are the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country.

The ad and its back story are online at

Student Health Services offering golf clinic

Student Health Services is offering a golf clinic to help golfers prevent injury and improve their technique and performance.

The free golf clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 26 at Watkins Memorial Health Center on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic is open to all KU students, faculty, staff and retirees.

Participants will receive a golf evaluation and video swing analysis with a golf performance specialist from Student Health Services. Participants will also receive a free copy of the video swing analysis to take home.

Time slots usually fill up quickly, so those interested should call 864-9592 as soon as possible to reserve their spot.

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