Campus Happenings

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The Spencer Museum of Art recently opened two exhibitions that highlight African-American quilting traditions. The national touring exhibition And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations offers an evocative depiction of nearly 400 years of African-American history through the narrative quilts. The other exhibit, Narratives of the Soul, complements the national exhibition and presents significant African-American story quilts drawn from the Spencer Museum’s collection as well as from the Lawrence and Kansas City region. The Kansas Humanities Council provided principal funding. Additional supporters included Women Philanthropists for KU and KU Student Senate, among others. The exhibitions will be on display through September 17, 2017.

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New year, new deans

As the new academic year begins, two new deans have begun their tenures at KU.

L. Paige Fields is the new dean of the School of Business. She previously served as dean of business at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she has worked since 2012 and held the position of dean since 2015. Previously, she was at Texas A&M University.

Michelle Mohr Carney, professor and director of Arizona State’s School of Social Work, became the dean of the School of  Social Welfare.

Also, Robert D. Simari, M.D., is serving as interim executive vice chancellor for the KU Medical Center, in place of Douglas A. Girod, who became university chancellor. Simari will continue to serve as executive dean for the School of Medicine.

kug25Fall17-happenings2.jpgMeeting the need for nurses

The KU School of Nursing opened a new campus location in Salina, Kan., this fall to provide more nurses for rural Kansas. Initially enrolling 12 students, the school has plans to expand to 24 students by 2020 and its capacity of 48 students within five years. The school will share existing facilities with the School of Medicine. In fall 2018, the schools of Nursing and Medicine will move into renovated space in a former downtown Salina bank. The 40,000-square-foot building has room to accommodate future growth.


kug25Fall17-happenings3.jpgFighting opioid addiction

KU researchers are partnering with First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery to find out what services are available to people struggling with opioid addiction in the Kansas City area and to prevent others from facing addiction before the problem worsens. Opioid addiction is a national crisis and is increasingly devastating close to home; in the Kansas City area, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the last four years. First Call asked KU researchers to create a comprehensive list of where the most assistance is needed and what local resources are available. This will be shared with the community so more people can get the help they need.

Leadership lecture

Donors through LaunchKU enabled the Dole Institute of Politics to create the Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture in honor of the former senator. The first lecture was held in April with Elizabeth Dole herself as the featured speaker. The series will continue in 2018 and will feature women who break barriers, make significant contributions to their fields and hold leadership positions. 

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The Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center, a resource for KU’s military-affiliated students located in Summerfield Hall, opened this year. Named in honor of the late Lt. Gen. William Jones, a 1937 KU alumnus who had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years, the center offers support and resources for military-affiliated students, including active duty military, veterans, members of the National Guardand Reserves, and spouses and dependents of military families. For the second year in a row, KU was ranked the 10th best school for veterans by Military Times, according to the magazine’s 2017 listings.

You said it

“I am very interested in supporting a female journalism student who wants to study abroad and, eventually, work abroad, at some point during
her career.”

Marianne Schaefer-Hauck, bachelor’s in journalism 1987

Chatham, N.J.


“I am a graduate of the School of Nursing and would like to support nursing programs or projects.”

Mona Moran, master’s in nursing 2013

Overland Park, Kan.


“I’m giving because I’m a Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition alumnus who found the program extremely beneficial toward my engineering career.”

Tanner Rinke, bachelor’s in mechanical engineering 2007

Sherman Oaks, Calif.


“I am giving to the project on the History of Black Writing because Dr. Maryemma Graham and her staff were instrumental in my success during my master’s program in English. I am so thankful that KU has such a wonderful program and archive that its students and scholars around the country can
benefit from.”

Shayn Guillemette, master’s in English 2014

Wichita, Kan.