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Nominations sought for KU’s first-ever honorary degrees

The Chancellor’s Committee on Honorary Degrees is encouraging the campus community to nominate individuals of “notable intellectual, scholarly, professional or creative achievement, or service to humanity” for the honors.

Nominations should include a supporting statement describing the person’s career and achievements and their relevance to the university’s mission. Nominations may be made online. They are due Aug. 15.

The committee will select candidates for honorary degrees and forward their names and supporting materials to the chancellor for consideration. The chancellor will make nominations to the Board of Regents, and the honorary degrees will be awarded at the 2012 Commencement.

Nominations and questions may be addressed to: Susan Kemper, Committee on Honorary Degrees,

KU Directory updates due June 16

Updates, additions and corrections for the administrative section, or “white pages,” of the 2011-12 KU Directory should be submitted by June 16.

One person from each department or division should look over its listing in the 2010-11 directory and make any necessary changes. These may be submitted by e-mail to, or a copy of the page may be amended and sent by campus mail to Evie Rapport at University Relations. The person submitting the changes should list a name and phone number in case of questions.

Several changes are planned for the 2011-12 directory. Because of budgetary concerns, it will list offices at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and home addresses and telephone numbers for faculty and staff will not be included. The directory will be available at the start of the academic year on Aug. 22, rather than early October.

Changes to faculty and staff individual listings in the “blue-bar” pages are made by each department’s personnel-related staff member, who is usually in the main office. Contact that person with corrections or additions.

For more information, contact Rapport at 4-8869 or

School of Allied Health changes name

The School of Allied Health will change its name to School of Health Professions. The change goes into effect Aug. 25.

Grant to expand Turkish language, culture studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies has been awarded a three-year grant by the Institute of Turkish Studies to expand Turkish language, literature and culture study at KU.

Founded and incorporated in 1982 in Washington, D.C., the Institute of Turkish Studies is the only nonprofit, private educational foundation in the United States exclusively dedicated to the support and development of Turkish studies in American higher education.

Under the auspices of the Institute of Turkish Studies grant, the center will expand the Turkish curriculum to include a third year of Turkish language study and a course in Turkish literature and culture; increase enrollment in Turkish classes by promoting Turkish language study across campus; broaden KU’s outreach efforts, including exploring online Turkish language instruction with Kansas junior colleges and Kansas businesses that do a significant amount of export to Turkey; and develop Turkish-language study abroad opportunities for KU students.

Over the past decade, KU has built a reputation as the center for Turkish studies in the Central Plains. The advancement of Turkish studies at KU will broaden the university’s scope in international education and benefit students interested in area studies, business, political science, literature, history and cultural studies.

For more information about the Institute of Turkish Studies, go to

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