Momentum is growing for a new School of Business building at the University of Kansas, with donors contributing an additional $13 million for the project to date.
University of Kansas alumni Gary and Sue Padgett understand the importance of advancing new and better ways to prevent and treat asthma. The disease claimed the life of their 14-year-old daughter, Pam, in 1974.
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.
In celebration of the lives of her children, Vergie Anderson and her husband, Mark Anderson, of Kinsley, Kan., have committed $150,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.
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.
Four University of Kansas faculty members have been named Chancellors Club Teaching Professors: Philip Barnard, professor of English; Winnie Dunn, professor of occupational therapy; Paul R. Hanson, professor of chemistry; and Jack Winerock, professor of music.
Showing his lasting appreciation for the mentorship he received as a University of Kansas journalism student, alumnus Mark Mears and his wife, Stacy, have established a faculty award honoring Associate Professor Timothy Bengtson.
KU Endowment’s office building in Kansas City, Kan., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
Making strides internationally in the areas of public affairs and neurology, KU professors Dr. John Nalbandian and Richard J. Barohn, MD, have been respectively named winners of the 2012 Chancellors Club career teaching and research awards.
Kurt Watson, chair of Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, and a KU Endowment Trustee, announced today that donors have contributed more than $708 million toward the campaign’s $1.2 billion goal. Publicly launched in April of this year with $612 million raised, Far Above is scheduled to conclude in June 2016.
KU Endowment provided an all-time high of $119.3 million in direct financial support for the University of Kansas in fiscal 2012, which ended June 30. This represents a 6 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
A $1.5 million gift from Kansas Health Foundation will enhance healthcare in the state of Kansas. The gift provides support for growing the leadership for the planned University of Kansas School of Public Health.
Capitol Federal Foundation of Topeka has committed a $20 million lead gift toward construction of a new School of Business building at the University of Kansas. The announcement of the gift—the largest in the business school’s history—was made at a celebration today at KU.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proud of Jayhawk ties that span generations, University of Kansas alumni couple Lydia Beebe and Chuck Doyle, of San Francisco, have made a $1 million gift to KU Endowment for the KU School of Law.
They came from modest donors in rural Kansas, and from prominent civic leaders in Kansas and Missouri. Large and small, their gifts shared the common vision of bringing an NCI-designated cancer center to the region.
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.
A $31,000 gift from the government of Mexico for the University of Kansas Medical Center addresses health disparities of Latinos in the Kansas City area and in southwest Kansas. The gift will provide support for the medical center’s Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health.
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.
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.
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.
A $1.25 million gift to KU Endowment has created the Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowships in Neurodegenerative Disorders at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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.
Building on four years of record private giving, KU Endowment has publicly launched Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, a $1.2 billion fundraising campaign to support the aspirations of the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.
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.
A $790,000 gift from the Hall Family Foundation will provide $430,000 for renovations to the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas and $360,000 toward meeting a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) matching challenge grant.
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.
A $500,000 gift from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation will help the University of Kansas School of Engineering increase the number of engineering graduates.
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.
A new University of Kansas scholarship honors the late Jamie Crockett Otis, a KU alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1971.
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.
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.
University of Kansas students and the public have the opportunity to learn about environmental planning from a nationally known climate action planning expert at the upcoming Galloway Lecture Series.
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).
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.