Campus Happenings

$35,177 raised.
145 donors.
13 schools.
1 day.

Replant Mount Oread

Replant Mount Oread planted more than 115 trees on campus in October. The effort brings together the university community and alumni to plant and fund tree replacements. 

The Rhodes to greatness

KU senior Shegufta Huma recently was elected as a Rhodes Scholar. This prestigious scholarship will finance Huma’s graduate studies at the University of Oxford in England. Huma is KU’s 27th Rhodes Scholar. 

One million books

Reach Out and Read Kansas City delivered their one millionth book on Dec. 2 at The University of Kansas Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic. The organization has been providing children with books at their well-child visits for 20 years. Reach Out and Read Kansas City began as a partnership between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. It has now grown to include 51 clinics serving primarily low-income families in Kansas and Missouri. 

Alzheimer’s Center accolades

In October 2016, the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center had its national designation renewed for five years by the National Institute on Aging. With this honor comes funding of approximately $9 million to continue the center’s work on treatment and prevention of the disease.

Combating superbugs

Joanna Slusky, assistant professor of molecular biosciences and computational biology, has been selected as a Moore Inventor Fellow. This award will allow her to further her research in the fight against superbug resistance to antibiotic drugs.

Keeping businesses open

The RedTire program, an initiative of the School of Business, earned a 2016 Award of Excellence from the national University Economic Development Association. RedTire, which assists 82 businesses, matches would-be entrepreneurs with business owners close to retirement in order to maintain rural businesses.

Highest level of cancer care

The University of Kansas Cancer Center achieved National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in June 2012. Patient survival rates are 25 percent better at NCI-designated cancer centers. These centers also are major players in developing new cancer treatments and more effective approaches to cancer prevention and diagnosis.

With the goal of offering the highest level of treatment and survivorship, the Cancer Center applied for Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, the NCI’s highest designation, in September 2016. The center will host a site visit for NCI reviewers in February, and the outcome will be announced in summer 2017. Of the 5,000 cancer treatment centers nationally, only 1.3 percent have achieved comprehensive designation. 

“I like to support one of several liberal arts departments and choose a different department from time to time.”

Gift to support the political science department

Robert Enberg, bachelor’s in philosophy and political science 1965; M.D. 1969

Bradenton, Fla.


“The Endowment was good to me as a student. I am indebted to KU for my education.”

Gift to support student scholarships

Thomas Boud, M.D. 1994

South Jordan, Utah


“These monies are to go to KU Medical Center’s Wichita program to Dr. Gerald Minns’ discretionary funds. He has been a gift to medical education in Kansas for 40 years.”

Gift to support KU School of Medicine–Wichita

Elizabeth Jacobs, M.D. 1977, medicine residency 1981

Milwaukee, Wis.


“As someone who grew up in a 150-year-old farmhouse in a town of 233 people, it has been absolutely surreal to realize that I was able to get a great education at KU that prepared me for pursuing my Ph.D. After putting my wife through college, I went back to school at KU. Without the support of scholarships, I may have never been able to return to school and finish my degree.”

Caleb Christianson, bachelor’s in engineering physics 2014

Doctoral student in nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego