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Nominations due for Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award

Nominations are open for the 2011 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award.

The award recognizes teaching contributions made by a professor over a period of 20 years or more. It is supported by funds provided to KU Endowment by members of the Chancellors Club. To be eligible, a faculty member should be a full professor within five years of intended retirement.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. May 13. Announcement of the award will be made at the Chancellors Club dinner during the fall semester.

Letters of nomination should be sent to the Office of the Provost, 250 Strong Hall, and must be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae, school/college endorsements and departmental endorsements if applicable.

Expired medication collection set for April 28

The Academy of Student Pharmacists, Peer Health Educators and Student Health Advisory Board will collect unused or expired medications for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 on Wescoe Beach. The Office of Public Safety and KU Student Health Services will be assisting in the collection. For more information, visit

School of Medicine-Wichita to lead promotion of exercise for pregnant women

A community coalition led by the School of Medicine–Wichita has been awarded a $99,956 grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry to create programs that will promote exercise and nutrition to pregnant women.

The goal of the project is to encourage pregnant women to use physical activity and nutrition programs already available as well as to aid in the creation of new opportunities to exercise and learn healthy behaviors.

Maternal obesity and childhood obesity are linked, said Linda Frazier, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine–Wichita and director of the project.

The project is a collaboration of School of Medicine–Wichita obstetricians, Susan Wilson’s team at the Sedgwick County Health Department’s Health Babies program and Jeremy Patterson’s program at Wichita State University’s Department of Human Performance Studies.

The two-year project will be split into two phases. Phase I will focus on the overall view of exercise during pregnancy and will include interviewing wellness groups and health clubs to learn why there is a shortage of classes designed for pregnant women. Phase II will offer training for those in an exercise-management role and design a walking program for pregnant women that is connected to nutrition resources throughout the community.

Harris, Lombardo to read from their work at the Raven Bookstore

William J. Harris, associate professor of English, and Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics, will read from their new work at 7 p.m. April 26 at The Raven Bookstore.

Recently, Italian publisher Leconte Editore, released Harris’s bilingual chapbook,”Domande personali/Personal Questions,” in Rome to inaugurate a poetry series intended to introduce American poets to the Italian audience. Harris will read the English version, and Crystal Hall, professor of Italian, will read the Italian.

Harris has published two books of poems, “Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment” and “In My Own Dark Way;” and has appeared in more than 50 anthologies of poetry, including “To the Stars: Kansas Poets of the Ad Astra Poetry Project.” He is the author of “The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic” and the editor of “The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader.” He is director of the master of fine arts program in the English department.

Lombardo will read from his new version of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” which follows his translations of Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” the poems of Sappho, Virgil’s “Aeneid,” and Dante’s “Inferno.” He will read from the Roman poet’s masterpiece such poignant and skanky myths as Orpheus and Eurydice and Cadmus and Harmonia or the audience can make requests.

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