12/10/2012 $1 million gift from Kansas Masonic Foundation addresses emotional aspects of cancer care
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer knows that the disease can raise challenging emotional issues for both patients and caregivers. A gift from the Kansas Masonic Foundation will help to address those needs. The foundation has made a $1 million gift to establish the Midwest Cancer Alliance Behavioral Health Therapist Fund through The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
12/3/2012 KU art historian makes lead gift for Spencer Museum of Art
Marilyn Stokstad, a renowned University of Kansas distinguished professor emerita of art history, art historian, and former art museum director, has made a lead gift to create an endowed directorship at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
9/17/2012 University of Kansas receives national fundraising award
The University of Kansas is one of only seven public research/doctoral universities nationwide to receive a 2012 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), recognizing exceptional development programs.
9/11/2012 Giving to KU sets new record
For the fifth year in a row, private gifts for the University of Kansas reached an all-time high of $156.5 million in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30. The number of donors who made contributions also set a new record — 46,257.
8/27/2012 Couple donates $800,000 for KU Law School
David and Debbi Elkouri, of Wichita and Houston, have longtime connections with the University of Kansas School of Law. And, they are making sure their family’s ties to KU will last in perpetuity by donating $800,000 to the school.
8/21/2012 KU alumni establish journalism scholarship
A new scholarship at the University of Kansas will benefit students in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. KU alumni Kathy and Tom Plimpton, of Fort Worth, Texas, have made a $60,000 gift to KU Endowment to create the Kathleen Donnelly Plimpton Scholarship. The scholarship will focus on women undergraduate journalism majors from Kansas.
8/20/2012 KU celebration thanks Kemper Foundation for faculty awards
From 1996 through 2011, nearly 300 University of Kansas professors received William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. The awards included cash gifts and became synonymous with the start of the academic year. Presentations were made in surprise classroom visits by leaders of the Kemper Foundation, KU and KU Endowment; recipients represented virtually every discipline across KU and all of its campuses.
7/10/2012 KU mechanical engineering receives $20,000 gift
Grundfos, a global pump manufacturer that strives for environmental sustainability, has made a $20,000 gift for the University of Kansas School of Engineering’s mechanical engineering program.
6/25/2012 $1 million gift establishes physiology chair at KU Medical Center
An educational opportunity at the University of Kansas Medical Center made such a positive influence on his late daughter’s life that Jim Osborn, of Honolulu, has given $1 million to create the Kathleen M. Osborn Chair in Molecular and Integrative Physiology in her memory.
6/7/2012 $1.7 million estate gift establishes scholarship for KU students studying in Germany
A $1.7 million estate gift from two late Topeka psychiatrists has established a study abroad scholarship for University of Kansas students to study in Germany. The Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship will annually provide full support for KU students to study longer-term — a semester or a year — at an institution of higher education in Germany.
5/16/2012 $50,000 gift commitment will create scholarship for KU’s School of Social Welfare
University of Kansas alumnus Roger Werholtz and his wife, Shirley, have made a $50,000 gift commitment to benefit KU’s School of Social Welfare. Their gift will include $30,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for students majoring in social welfare and $20,000 in unrestricted support for the school. The scholarship will have a preference for students who have an interest in corrections.
5/8/2012 Gift to KU honors longtime University leader
A $10,000 gift for the University of Kansas Honors Program honors Jeff Weinberg, assistant to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Weinberg, who has worked at KU nearly 42 years, will take a new post this summer, becoming a faculty fellow in the KU Honors Program.
4/26/2012 Former Senator David Wysong named Advancement Board chair
Former Kansas Sen. David Wysong, of Mission Hills, Kan., is the new chair of the Advancement Board, an 85-member organization of business and community leaders formed in 2005 to promote the interests of the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Physicians.
4/13/2012 $5 million gift from Chesapeake Energy Corporation will advance KU energy and environment research
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, based in Oklahoma City, has pledged a $5 million gift to fund an interactive high-tech auditorium to anchor the new $28 million Energy and Environment Center at the University of Kansas. The center, a future addition to Lindley Hall, will create a unique team approach to teaching the next generation of geologists, engineers and environmental scientists.
3/5/2012 KU School of Medicine alumnus gives $100,000 to establish scholarship
In November 1949, Hugo Zee stepped off a ship in Hoboken, N.J., with $100 in his pocket and a determination to start a new life. Within 10 years, the Holland immigrant would graduate from the University of Kansas and the KU School of Medicine, where today a new scholarship bears his name.
2/29/2012 $500,000 gift commitment will establish KU Medical Center visiting professorship
Misha Curtis, M.D., grew up in old Yugoslavia and knew since early childhood that she would become a physician and specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. Now retired, the Scottsdale, Ariz., physician has made a $500,000 gift commitment to establish an obstetrics/gynecology visiting professorship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
2/7/2012 KU alumnus leaves $2.4 million for scholarship support
A $2.4 million gift to KU Endowment from the estate of University of Kansas alumnus George A. Daniels has created an endowed scholarship for KU undergraduates. The renewable, unrestricted scholarship fund will benefit students with academic merit and financial need. It will cover the cost of in-state tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
1/10/2012 Three KU alumni selected for CASE awards
Three people associated with the University of Kansas have received prestigious awards through District VI of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
1/9/2012 Donors make $2.5 million gift commitment for School of Education
A University of Kansas alumnus and his wife have made a $2.5 million commitment to establish an endowed scholarship program for KU's School of Education. The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, have had strong ties to KU's School of Education through both graduate teaching and the supervision of elementary student teachers.