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  • 10/31/2016

    The fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas, KU Endowment, is celebrating a banner anniversary: 125 years since its inception as the first foundation for a public university in the country.

    10/18/2016

    A $400,000 gift commitment from the Jedel Family Trust will establish the Harrison Jedel and Jeff Weinberg Scholars Opportunity Fund for students in the University Honors Program at the University of Kansas. The opportunity fund will be used to support pre-medical and engineering students in the KU Honors Program as they seek to enhance their academic career at KU.

    10/6/2016

    A University of Kansas Medical Center professor and researcher in genetic disorders, and a longtime astronomy and physics professor will be honored respectively for their research and teaching by KU Endowment’s Chancellors Club.

    9/20/2016

    A gift of more than $2 million from the late KU alumnus John Bossi of Arkansas City, Kansas, will benefit the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas.

    9/8/2016

    A gift commitment of $1 million from Koch Industries, Inc., will benefit students in the schools of Business and Engineering at the University of Kansas.

    9/1/2016

    A $1 million dollar gift commitment from a retired University of Kansas engineering faculty member will endow a fund named in honor of four influential professors.

    8/29/2016

    A gift commitment from Elizabeth Schultz, professor emerita of English at the University of Kansas, will provide $1.5 million for the Herman Melville Distinguished Professorship in the Department of English. Schultz taught at KU from 1967 to 2001.

    8/25/2016

    Engineering and geoscience students at the University of Kansas will benefit from more than $4 million in software developed by analytics provider IHS Markit.

    8/22/2016

    A $1.3 million challenge grant from the Hall Family Foundation sparked a gift commitment of $650,000 from the Sunderland Family Fund, and together the gifts will establish the A. Drue Jennings Professorship in Medical Oncology at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

    8/16/2016

    KU alumni Kent and Donna Saylor of Sabetha, Kansas, have established a performing arts fund to provide Sabetha public school students free access to Lied Center programming.

    8/8/2016

    KU alumnus Luther Fry and his wife, Ardis, of Garden City, Kansas, have made a combined outright and planned gift commitment of $1 million, which will support an Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas.

    8/2/2016

    The largest higher education fundraising effort to date in the state, Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, raised $1.66 billion, far exceeding its $1.2 billion goal. The campaign, which ended June 30, boosted student support, faculty, facilities and programs at the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.

    6/15/2016

    A gift commitment from KU alumni Nancy and the late Wint Winter Sr. will provide $3.5 million to be split evenly between the University of Kansas School of Law and Kansas Athletics.

    5/10/2016

    An estate gift of nearly $430,000 from the late University of Kansas alumna Patricia A. Rozema Taylor has established two new scholarships at KU, one for design students in the School of Architecture, Design & Planning, and one for students in the School of Engineering.

    5/3/2016

    A $4 million estate gift from University of Kansas alumnus Irving Kuraner and his wife, Leona, will establish a scholarship fund which will provide assistance to undergraduate students in any discipline who show academic excellence and financial need.

    4/27/2016

    Joyce Hayhow of Leawood, Kansas, is the new chair of the Advancement Board, an 85-member advisory group of business and community leaders that represents the objectives of the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Physicians.

    4/20/2016

    An $8 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation will enhance The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s pursuit of an NCI Comprehensive cancer center designation.

    4/12/2016

    The Hall Family Foundation has granted the Hall Center for the Humanities $512,000 for programming support. The grant includes funds for two new initiatives, the Visiting Scholars program and the Elevated Annual Lecture, and it renews support for the Applied Humanities Program. 

    4/4/2016

    A $5 million gift commitment from the Kansas Masons will provide funds for outreach, professional education, staff development and membership support for the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, cancer centers and research facilities. The gift will permanently endow the MCA.

    3/8/2016

    A $1 million gift to the KU Endowment from Diane J. Klepper, of Albuquerque, will support the construction of the Health Education Building, which is being built on the prominent corner of 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas.

    2/10/2016

    Ernest D. Klema ventured into Ivy League halls and the labs of Los Alamos during his academic and professional career, but his roots were planted at the University of Kansas. Klema, who died in 2008, made a $1.8 million estate gift to establish a professorship in physics at KU.

    2/2/2016

    Two gifts for the Lied Center of Kansas will support the center’s Performing Arts Access Expansion program, which aims to increase access to arts programs for Lawrence school district middle- and high-school students.

    1/11/2016

    Gratitude for the scholarship support they received in college, and a lifelong passion for reading, has led University of Kansas alumnus Michael Cummings and his wife, Pamela Miller, of Kansas City, Missouri, to make a $2 million gift commitment for the University of Kansas.

    2015 Archive

    11/30/2015

    Gift from Chicago couple creates new center in KU School of Business
    Roger and Julie Davis, of Chicago, have made a combined outright and planned gift commitment of $7.2 million, which will enable the University of Kansas School of Business to create a Center for Figure Sense. The aim of the new center is to teach students how to use complex data to make better business decisions.

    10/30/2015

    KU Endowment elects four new trustees
    At today’s annual meeting of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees, four new trustees were elected: Angela Chammas of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Marvin Motley of Leawood, Kansas; Diane Yetter of Chicago; and Carl Krehbiel, of Moundridge, Kansas.

    10/29/2015

    KU Endowment provides $184.6 million to KU
    KU Endowment provided $184.6 million in direct financial support for the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital in fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30. This represents a 48 percent increase over last year’s amount of $124.1 million.

    10/14/2015

    Math instructor’s legacy extends far beyond KU
    University of Kansas professor of mathematics Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Ph.D., has been selected to receive a Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship. The award will provide a salary stipend of $10,000 for each of the next five years.

    9/30/2015

    From medical research to American literature, 2015 Chancellors Club professors cover many bas
    A University of Kansas Medical Center researcher who has discovered compounds that give hope to patients diagnosed with sickle cell disease and other genetic blood disorders, and a longtime KU English professor revered by students and colleagues alike are being honored respectively for their research and teaching by KU Endowment’s Chancellors Club.

    9/17/2015

    Private giving to KU reaches $258.8 million in fiscal 2015

    Donors supporting the University of Kansas contributed $258.8 million in fiscal 2015, which ended June 30. 

     

    6/1/2015

    KU’s Community Tool Box receives $250,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Talk about timely. In 1995, when the Internet’s popularity was soaring, the University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development launched the Community Tool Box website — a free resource to help communities at home and abroad improve health and development.

    5/6/2015

    Major gift creates an enticing package for ‘rising stars’ in the humanities at KU
    Since the founding of the University of Kansas 150 years ago, courses in the humanities have been the bedrock of a KU education. To further strengthen the humanities at KU, the Hall Family Foundation has made a $1.46 million combination gift and challenge grant.

    4/16/2015

    KU School of Music announces fundraising drive to honor renowned professor
    After 41 years of directing bands and teaching music at the University of Kansas School of Music, world-renowned musician and composer James Barnes will retire this spring. To honor him, the school has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 for KU band student scholarships and to name a rehearsal room on the first floor of Murphy Hall in honor of Barnes.

    4/13/2015

    New KU professorship honors longtime pharmaceutical researcher
    In his second-floor corner office in Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories at the University of Kansas, Professor Ron Borchardt gestures to file cabinets lining a wall. The drawers hold more than 500 scientific research papers he authored or co-authored during his 44 years of teaching biochemistry, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry at KU.

    4/9/2015

    Former librarian bequeaths $1 million for KU’s Spencer Research Library
    On a visit to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, you would be hard pressed to find someone who did not know the work and impact of Sandy Mason.

    3/31/2015

    Marching Jayhawks to debut new uniforms in the fall
    For more than a century, the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks have added spirit and music to KU football games. Next fall, the 270-member marching band will return to Memorial Stadium with yet another crowd-pleaser in store — new uniforms in KU’s colors — crimson and blue.

    2/9/2015

    $1 million gift will expand and enhance Osher Institute programming
    A $1 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation will strengthen an endowed fund that benefits the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a unit of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas. Founded in 2004, the Institute at KU offers a wide array of educational courses and activities designed for individuals age 50 and over.

    1/13/2015

    Couple’s $1 million gift commitment will advance cardiovascular research at KU Medical Center
    Keith and Laurie Tennant, of Vero Beach, Florida, have made a $1 million gift commitment to support research near and dear to their hearts. Their planned gift will benefit the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

    1/6/2015

    BKD partners and employees make $300,000 gift for KU School of Business building
    University of Kansas alumni who are partners and employees of BKD — one of the largest CPA firms in the nation — have contributed more than $300,000 toward construction of a new home for the KU School of Business. Construction began this spring, and the new building will open its doors for classes in fall 2016.
    2014 Archive

    12/9/2014

    A $58 million gift from the estate of late University of Kansas alumni Madison “Al” and Lila Self will provide direct support to benefit students. With their lifetime and estate gifts, the Selfs donated $106 million to KU, making them the most generous private donors to date in the history of the university.

    10/27/2014

    The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas has launched a student-run strategic communications agency, thanks to donors who have provided $400,000 in support to date.

    9/26/2014

    KU Endowment’s Board of Trustees elected The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha as new board chair and Charles E. Heath as vice chair, and elected five other University of Kansas alumni as trustees at today’s annual meeting of the association’s Board of Trustees. Tacha, the first woman to chair the board, succeeds A. Drue Jennings, of Prairie Village, Kansas, who served four one-year terms.

    9/22/2014

    Every year, private philanthropy benefits all aspects of the University of Kansas. Fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, continued that tradition: KU Endowment provided a record $124.1 million in direct financial support for KU and The University of Kansas Hospital.

    9/8/2014

    From their home amid the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, a couple have made a gift commitment to leave their 120-acre ranch for the University of Kansas. The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, also have made a $2 million gift commitment to KU Endowment to create an endowed fund that will be used to maintain and enhance the property. These gifts will carry out their dream of ensuring that the land they love be preserved in perpetuity for education, research and public enjoyment.

    9/2/2014

    University of Kansas alumni and friends set a new milestone in generosity, donating more than $253.2 million for KU in fiscal 2014, which ended June 30. This record is 45 percent higher than last year’s total of $174.2 million.

    8/27/2014

    Whether conducting research to tackle life-threatening diseases or implementing innovative classroom techniques to inspire students, James Orr, Ph.D., and Russell Swerdlow, M.D., are proven standouts at the University of Kansas. They respectively are recipients of the 2014 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award and Chancellors Club Research Award.

    8/13/2014

    University of Kansas alumni Charles and Sharon Kimbell like their hawks, including not only KU Jayhawks, but also Hutchinson High School Salthawks. The Kimbells, of Hutchinson, Kansas, have made a $435,000 gift to establish a renewable KU scholarship for graduates of Hutchinson High School who are inbound KU freshmen.

    7/24/2014

    The family of University of Kansas alumnus Donald C. Slawson has made a $16 million lead gift for construction of a hall to be located in KU’s planned Earth, Energy and Environment Center. Slawson Hall will honor Don Slawson’s longstanding dedication to KU, to higher education and to the oil and gas industry.

    7/2/2014

    University of Kansas School of Law alumnus Art Piculell of Portland, Oregon, and his late wife, Dee, have made a $500,000 gift to establish a professorship honoring the late Professor Earl B. Shurtz, who taught at KU Law from 1955 to 1977.

    6/30/2014

    For the third year in a row, the University of Kansas has been nationally recognized for the effectiveness and professionalism of its fundraising programs. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) chose KU among a select group of universities receiving a 2014 Educational Fundraising Award.

    6/25/2014

    In 1950, the prestigious Solon Summerfield Scholarship paved the way for Frank Newby to enroll at the University of Kansas. Newby would go on to earn two chemistry degrees from KU — a bachelor’s in 1954 and a Ph.D. in 1964. In a generous show of appreciation for his education, Newby has given more than $370,000 to KU Endowment.

    6/10/2014

    Two former KU chancellors and their wives — Archie and Nancy Dykes of Leawood, Kansas, and Gene and Gretchen Budig of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, have jointly established a new teaching professorship in the School of Business.

    5/20/2014

    A $25 million lead gift from the Hall Family Foundation is a catalyst for the University of Kansas Medical Center to move forward on plans to construct a $75 million health education building in Kansas City, Kansas.

    5/8/2014

    A recent visit with students in the University of Kansas Department of Theatre inspired KU alumnus Jon Eicholtz and his wife, actress Barbara Eden, of Beverly Hills, California, to make a $300,000 gift to provide an undergraduate scholarship for students who plan to be professional actors.

    4/24/2014

    A University of Kansas alumnus is so appreciative of his KU education that he has made a $25 million gift commitment to benefit the university.

    4/22/2014

    Mary Birch, of Overland Park, Kan., is the new chairman of the Advancement Board, an 85-member organization of business and community leaders formed in 2005 to advocate, raise awareness of and generate philanthropy for the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Physicians.

    3/31/2014

    Lavon Brosseau, of Concordia, Kan., has made a $150,000 gift to create three endowed $50,000 funds for the University of Kansas. Her gift established two funds at the Spencer Museum of Art: a Creativity Award for undergraduate students and a Student Education Fund for travel to galleries, internships and special programs. The gift also created a Special Opportunity Fund to enhance the experience of students in the University Honors Program.

    3/26/2014

    A $500,000 gift from the Hall Family Foundation will endow the directorship of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. This permanently endowed fund will provide support for salary, travel and advancement of the directorship.

    3/20/2014

    University of Kansas alumnus Jerry Jennett and his wife, Kay, of Valdosta, Ga., have made a $1 million gift to establish the Jerry and Kay Jennett Finance Scholars Program in the KU School of Business. The gift will provide scholarship support for students in the school’s existing Finance Scholars Program.

    3/4/2014

    Just in time to celebrate March Madness, the second annual Brackfest is scheduled for March 17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit concussion injury initiatives at The University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center.

    2/19/2014

    The University of Kansas Hospital plans to build a new 92-bed hospital on the Kansas City, Kansas campus. The plan has already attracted major philanthropic support. Philanthropists and civic leaders Deanna and Greg Graves have made a personal pledge of $1 million dollars for the new building. Greg Graves is chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell and serves as vice chair of The University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board.

    2/10/2014

    University of Kansas alumnus Clay C. Blair III, of Olathe, Kan., has made a $100,000 gift for the KU Venture Fund. The university and KU Endowment established the fund to help startup companies move research discoveries from KU into the marketplace, with the goal of sparking innovation in Kansas. This is the largest gift for the fund to date.

    1/30/2014

    Dr. Min Kao, of Garmin International, Inc., has made a $1 million gift through the Kao Family Foundation to support programs and scholarships at the University of Kansas School of Engineering. Half of the gift will create the Min H. Kao Engineering Design Studios, and half will establish the Garmin Excellence Scholarship in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, a mentorship program will be established between KU engineering students and engineers at Garmin.

    1/23/2014

    Kent and Missy McCarthy have announced a commitment to give $1.25 million toward the new School of Business building at the University of Kansas.

    1/21/2014

    University of Kansas alumnus Frederick B. “Beau” Gould and his wife, Julie Gould, of Seattle, have made a $1 million gift to establish the Gould Family Scholarship at the KU School of Law.
    2013 Archive

    12/12/2013

    The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, of Kansas City, Mo., has made a $1 million leadership gift to renovate Swarthout Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. Since 1957, Swarthout has served as the primary recital venue for generations of KU music students. After nearly 60 years of heavy use, the hall needs renovation and technological upgrades.

    10/4/2013

    University of Kansas alumni Scott Coons, of Lawrence; and Brad Korell, of Austin, Texas, were elected trustees of KU Endowment at today’s annual meeting of the association’s Board of Trustees.

    10/1/2013

    KU Endowment provided $119.4 million in direct financial support for the University of Kansas in fiscal 2013, which ended June 30. These funds are used according to donors’ specifications. The support benefited all of KU’s campuses and The University of Kansas Hospital.

    9/24/2013

    University of Kansas professors Vicky Unruh and Charles Little respectively are recipients of the 2013 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award and Chancellors Club Research Award. Unruh is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and Little is a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. In addition, John Wood, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, has been named a Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professor.

    9/19/2013

    Thanks to the generosity of James J. Ascher Sr., and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Overland Park, Kan., a 1,000-piece collection of Jayhawks now has a permanent home at the University of Kansas. They will be displayed at the Kansas Union. The Aschers made a financial gift to KU Endowment to purchase the collection for KU.

    9/10/2013

    In a sixth consecutive year of record fundraising success, University of Kansas alumni and friends contributed $174.2 million in philanthropic support during fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30. This surpassed last year’s total of $156.5 million by 11 percent.

    8/22/2013

    As the inventor of Superflab, a medical device used in radiology clinics across the country, Gene Feaster made a lasting improvement in the field of health care. As a University of Kansas alumnus who has made a $2 million gift to establish a professorship and two scholarships, he also has created a lasting legacy for KU students and faculty.

    8/1/2013

    A University of Kansas alumna has made a $2 million gift commitment to establish the first counseling psychology professorship at KU. This will be the second largest gift in the history of the School of Education.

    7/25/2013

    A $1.36 million gift from the estate of the late KU alumnus John P. Kaiser and his wife, Mary Kaiser, will provide scholarship support for University of Kansas journalism students. The gift will enhance the John P. Kaiser Journalism Scholarship Fund, which the Kaisers established in 2005 with a $500,000 gift to KU Endowment.

    7/18/2013

    A $10 million estate gift from Stata Norton Ringle and David Ringle will create scholarships for students in the University of Kansas Medical Center’s School of Health Professions and provide support for libraries at the medical center and on KU’s Lawrence campus.

    7/15/2013

    Honoring her late husband’s wishes, KU alumna Barbara Werbe Meek, of Baton Rouge, La., has made a $1 million gift commitment to provide unrestricted support for the University of Kansas.

    7/8/2013

    For the second consecutive year, the University of Kansas has received a prestigious national Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). KU was one of only four universities in the nation honored in the category of public research/doctoral institutions with endowments over $250 million.

    5/15/2013

    As a University of Kansas freshman in mechanical engineering, Ronald Hill built a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and demonstrated it (under water) at a KU engineering exhibition. Today, 60 years later, that project represents the type of innovative mindset that he and his wife want to advance at KU.

    5/10/2013

    A gift from Sandra W. Gautt, University of Kansas faculty member in the Department of Special Education, will establish the Gautt Teaching Scholar Fund. The endowed fund will support KU’s director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

    4/29/2013

    This year, an estimated 30,000 patients will come to The University of Kansas Cancer Center for cancer care. To help guide them through their treatment, Tom and Teresa Walsh, of Leawood, Kan., have made a $2.5 million gift to support a nurse navigation program.

    4/25/2013

    As the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning marks its centennial anniversary this weekend, the school is also celebrating a gift to honor the occasion. The Prairie Village architectural firm of Nearing Staats Prelogar & Jones (NSPJ) has made a $100,000 gift for a student prize within the school.

    4/25/2013

    In appreciation of the educational foundation he received at the University of Kansas, John Eyler, of Kansas City, Mo., has established a gift commitment to create full renewable scholarships in architecture and music at KU.

    4/22/2013

    A $2.7 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation will provide lasting support for the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. The gift includes $500,000 to establish a distinguished professorship in the collaborative humanities, $1 million to create a postdoctoral fellowship in the digital humanities, and $1 million to establish a mid-career fellowship in the humanities. It also includes $210,000 to support Hall Center initiatives during the next three years.

    4/17/2013

    Students at the University of Kansas will benefit from a new center to be built on Naismith Drive, thanks to a leadership gift from KU alumni Paul and Katherine DeBruce, of Mission Hills, Kan.

    3/14/2013

    The Advancement Board for the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital will host Brackfest 2013 on Monday, March 18, at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.

    2/25/2013

    University of Kansas alumni employed by Shook, Hardy & Bacon have reached $880,000 in gifts and pledges for the KU Law School’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy. Their latest contributions, combined with anticipated matching gifts from the firm and the Center’s existing endowment, are expected to bring the Center’s total endowment to $1 million.

    2/14/2013

    A $1.2 million gift of farmland and cash from the estate of John M. and Frances R.B. Peterson will benefit University of Kansas students and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Music and the Department of Dance.

    2/13/2013

    Dana and Sue Anderson, of Los Angeles, have made a $1.4 million gift toward construction of new School of Business building at the University of Kansas. This brings contributions by KU alumni and friends for the new building to more than $33 million.

    2/7/2013

    Roger and Julie Davis, of Chicago, have made a $1 million gift toward construction of new School of Business building at the University of Kansas. This brings contributions by KU alumni and friends for the new building to more than $33 million.

    2/6/2013

    Community leaders across Kansas have joined in the fight against cancer. They are volunteer members of the newly formed Midwest Cancer Alliance Funding Partners, which will hold its first meeting February 11 in Hays. The council’s goal is to generate awareness of the importance of the Midwest Cancer Alliance and to raise $5 million to further its mission.

    1/31/2013

    Leaders of the University of Kansas are mourning the death of Adele Hall, a Mission Hills, Kan., philanthropist and civic leader. She was vacationing with her husband, Don Hall, in Hawaii on Saturday, when she died unexpectedly at the age of 81. Memorial services are pending.

    1/30/2013

    At the University of Kansas, traditions come in all shapes and sizes, one of which is the scholarship hall system. Scholarship halls offer lower-cost housing and opportunities to form life-long friendships in an academic environment. In appreciation of his experiences as a scholarship hall resident, KU alumnus John Regier has made a $40,000 gift to provide lasting support for the halls.

    1/29/2013

    The family of the late Robert B. Riss has made a $1 million gift toward construction of a new School of Business building at the University of Kansas. This brings contributions by KU alumni and friends for the new building to more than $33 million.

    1/28/2013

    After a career in journalism that has spanned more than 60 years to date, University of Kansas alumnus Bob Sigman has given $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship for the new Ph.D. program in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

    1/18/2013

    University of Kansas officials are mourning the death of alumnus Madison “Al” Self, of Hinsdale, Ill. He died Sunday, January 13, in Hinsdale at the age of 91. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 26, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, Kan.

    1/16/2013

    David Pittaway is a sixth-generation Kansan whose ancestors moved to Kansas prior to the Civil War. He has lived out of state since graduating from the University of Kansas in 1972, yet still considers Kansas his home. To show his support for Kansas, KU and KU’s debate team, in which he participated as a student, Pittaway has made a $500,000 gift to create an endowed fund to support the debate team’s head coach. This is the largest gift in the debate team’s history.
    2012 Archive

    12/17/2012

    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.

    12/10/2012

    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.

    12/10/2012

    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.

    12/5/2012

    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.

    12/3/2012

    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.

    11/16/2012

    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.

    11/13/2012

    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.

    11/8/2012

    KU Endowment’s office building in Kansas City, Kan., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

    10/29/2012

    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.

    10/26/2012

    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.

    10/25/2012

    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.

    10/18/2012

    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.

    10/4/2012

    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.

    9/17/2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    8/8/2012

    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.

    7/12/2012

    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.

    7/10/2012

    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.

    7/3/2012

    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.

    6/25/2012

    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

    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

    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.

    5/15/2012

    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.

    5/8/2012

    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.

    4/30/2012

    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.

    4/26/2012

    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.

    4/23/2012

    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.

    4/13/2012

    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.

    3/14/2012

    A $500,000 gift from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation will help the University of Kansas School of Engineering increase the number of engineering graduates.

    3/5/2012

    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. 

    3/2/2012

    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.

    2/29/2012

    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

    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.

    2/6/2012

    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.

    1/10/2012

    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

    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.
    2011 Archive

    12/12/2011

    Just days after University of Kansas alumnus Thomas Lovitt made arrangements with KU Endowment to create a music scholarship in honor of his late wife, KU alumna Polly Owen Lovitt, he received a diagnosis nobody wants to hear — pancreatic cancer. Lovitt made a $60,500 gift to create the Polly Owen Lovitt Music Education and Choir Scholarship for KU music majors who participate in KU choirs.

    12/8/2011

    A $150,000 gift from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, of Logan, will provide support for scholarships, facilities and equipment at the newly opened University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina campus. The school welcomed its inaugural class of eight first-year medical students this fall.

    11/11/2011

    A new University of Kansas scholarship honors longtime Hoxie physician John Rapp Neuenschwander, and his wife, Gloria. Dr. Neuenschwander practiced medicine in Hoxie from 1952 until his retirement in 2000.

    11/10/2011

    Sharing tears as well as smiles, Westwood Lutheran Church members donated the remaining proceeds from the sale of their church. Church members recently gathered at KU Endowment’s offices at the University of Kansas Medical Center to present a $48,000 check to medical students who direct KU Medical School’s student-run JayDoc Free Clinic.

    11/7/2011

    Alan Black, a University of Kansas professor emeritus of urban planning, has established a $1.4 million commitment through KU Endowment. His gift will create KU’s first professorship in urban planning.

    10/13/2011

    Calling all shutterbugs: Enter KU Endowment’s photo contest, compete for prizes of $250 and see your photos published online and/or in print.

    10/11/2011

    A new University of Kansas Libraries award will honor an outstanding KU librarian each year.

    10/6/2011

    Kansas City area civic leaders Tom and Judy Bowser have made a $4 million gift commitment to the University of Kansas.

    9/28/2011

    KU Endowment distributed $112.3 million in direct financial support to the University of Kansas in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30.

    9/26/2011

    Whether revving up University of Kansas students' interest in tax accounting or researching methods to repair damaged livers, the 2011 Chancellors Club researcher and professor are making a positive impact at KU.

    9/15/2011

    A $500,000 capstone gift from Topeka-based Capitol Federal Foundation to KU Endowment has fulfilled The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s goal of raising $61 million before applying for designation from the National Cancer Center Institute on Sept. 25.

    9/8/2011

    The generosity of donors supporting the University of Kansas reached a new pinnacle in fiscal year 2011, totaling $153.2 million. This is the fourth year in a row of record private support for KU during a period marked by economic uncertainty.

    8/29/2011

    A new professorship in pathology and laboratory medicine will honor Barbara Atkinson, M.D., executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center and executive dean of the KU School of Medicine.

    8/11/2011

    University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today announced a $5 million gift that advances the University of Kansas Cancer Center's quest to achieve National Cancer Institute designation.

    7/28/2011

    When Mark Pigott, chairman and CEO of PACCAR, sought to honor his friend and retiring vice chairman Tom Plimpton, a 1971 University of Kansas alumnus, he found inspiration on KU Endowment's website.

    6/22/2011

    William Davis never realized his dream of having his own pharmacy. Instead, the University of Kansas alumnus found his success in the corporate world, climbing the ladder to become president of one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical firms.

    6/16/2011

    Each year, an estimated 15,000 Americans are diagnosed with spinal cord injuries. Of these, about 10,000 will be permanently paralyzed. Until recently, these individuals had little, if any, hope of recovery. But current research gives them hope.

    5/16/2011

    A $50,000 estate gift to KU Endowment from University of Kansas alumnus Stanley Kelley Jr. will provide a four-year scholarship for a Summerfield or Watkins-Berger Scholar at KU.

    5/13/2011

    During their lifetimes, University of Kansas alumnus Charles E. Spahr and his wife, Mary Jane Spahr, were among the most generous donors to KU, giving $13 million. But they saved the best for last, contributing an additional $32 million to KU Endowment through their estate to benefit the School of Engineering.

    5/9/2011

    A $1 million gift from the Sprint Foundation will create a new professorship in blood-related cancers at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

    5/2/2011

    A $1.6 million gift from University of Kansas alumnus Carl Krehbiel will provide support for students attending the German Summer Language Institute programs in Holzkirchen and Eutin, Germany.

    4/18/2011

    A $1 million lead gift from Gilead Sciences enhances a professorship fund honoring Valentino Stella, University Distinguished Professor of Phamaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas.

    4/6/2011

    If not for Elizabeth Miller Watkins, the University of Kansas and the city of Lawrence would be very different today.

    3/30/2011

    A Kansas City-based design firm has made a $25,000 gift to provide support for the University of Kansas’ new Center for Design Research. Tucker Trotter, president of Dimensional Innovations, said he was pleased to support the development of the center.

    3/29/2011

    New gifts totaling $4 million will enhance The University of Kansas Cancer Center's efforts to achieve designation as a National Cancer Institute center. These gifts bring the total raised for this initiative to $50 million since 2009.

    3/18/2011

    A $1 million gift from Salina Regional Health Center ensures vital support for the new University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina campus.

    3/14/2011

    A capstone gift from the Dolph Simons Jr. family, of Lawrence, has fulfilled a $1 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

    3/10/2011

    Momentum is building for the University of Kansas' comprehensive campaign with the formation of its steering committee.

    3/2/2011

    Thanks to the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Lied Center at the University of Kansas now has a lobby that's larger than ever. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the new Kemper Foyer.

    2/4/2011

    An $860,000 estate gift has created a pathology professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

    1/27/2011

    A generous gift from a retired University of Kansas faculty member and noted art history scholar will leave a major mark on KU Libraries this year. Marilyn Stokstad has given $250,000 to KU Libraries to create a new interior reception space and remodel the reading room at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

    1/25/2011

    A cross-section of leaders has joined together to promote the expansion of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita to a full, four-year campus. Civic leaders, business executives, university officials and medical professionals are working together to promote the expansion of the Wichita campus by forming a new board, named 4-Wichita.

    1/19/2011

    The late Ward L. and Irene Neis Kiester devoted their lives to education. A gift of $780,000 from their estate to establish scholarships at the University of Kansas continues that tradition.

    1/14/2011

    University of Kansas engineering students will benefit from a new lecture series in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.
    2010 Archive

    12/21/2010

    Three alumni couples will lead the steering committee for the next comprehensive campaign for the University of Kansas.

    12/15/2010

    A $264,000 estate gift from University of Kansas alumni Wayne and Joan Anderson has created a new scholarship for KU students.

    12/9/2010

    In less than four months, donors have contributed $2.7 million for expansion of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. The lead gift of $800,000 was given by the Kansas Health Foundation.

    11/17/2010

    A University of Kansas alumna has committed $400,000 through her estate to honor her father, Ethan Allen, a former chair of KU's Department of Political Science.

    10/22/2010

    At its 119th annual meeting Oct. 22, the KU Endowment Board of Trustees appointed A. Drue Jennings as board chair, reappointed Judge Deanell Reece Tacha as vice chair and elected five new trustees. Jennings replaces Kurt Watson, of Wichita, whose four-year term ended.

    10/21/2010

    KU Endowment provided a record $115.1 million in philanthropic support to the University of Kansas in fiscal year 2010, a 9.2 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

    10/14/2010

    This year's University of Kansas Chancellors Club professor and researcher award recipients include two internationally known professors — a philosophy professor on the Lawrence campus and a pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics professor at the KU Medical Center.

    10/11/2010

    A $300,000 gift from Back in the Swing USA will help breast cancer survivors find the answer to the question “What's next?”

    10/5/2010

    For the third year in a row, contributions to KU Endowment in support of the University of Kansas reached a new record. Donors gave $110.2 million in fiscal year 2010, which ended June 30, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year.

    9/29/2010

    University of Kansas alumnus James Zakoura has provided more than $400,000 to KU Endowment for the School of Music. His passion is to bring music to people who otherwise would not be exposed to it.

    9/23/2010

    Two $100,000 gifts for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas bring the museum closer to meeting a $1 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    9/17/2010

    When Nelson Gipson realized how close to death he was, he summoned his attorney. From his hospital bed, Gipson formalized estate plans to leave more than $800,000 to create scholarships at the University of Kansas.

    9/7/2010

    A University of Kansas professor who pioneered the theory of psychological reactance, also known as "reverse psychology," has donated $2.2 million for KU's Department of Psychology.

    8/30/2010

    Nationally known University of Kansas debate coach Scott Harris is the inaugural recipient of a new teaching professorship award thanks to a gift from former Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen.

    8/11/2010

    A program that enables University of Kansas students to help people who lack access to adequate healthcare has received a shot in the arm. The Kansas Health Foundation donated $645,000 for the program, called the Community Health Project.

    7/28/2010

    Tucked away in an unassuming building in Kansas City, Kan., is a health care clinic that provides medical services to those who otherwise could not afford them.

    7/22/2010

    A new scholarship has been established for students in the Ukrainian Studies Program at the University of Kansas.

    5/13/2010

    A gift for deferred maintenance at the University of Kansas creates a win-win situation. It supports needed campus upgrades, and it provides a tax credit for donors.

    5/3/2010

    A $200,000 estate gift from University of Kansas alumnus George Seymour will provide support for KU's Natural History Museum and establish an endowed scholarship for students majoring in industrial design.

    4/30/2010

    Three Kansas City civic leaders have been elected as officers of the Advancement Board. Cheryl Jernigan was elected for a second term as board chair. David Wysong was elected chair-elect, and Mary Hunkeler was elected as secretary.

    4/23/2010

    A leadership group has been formed to continue preparations for the next comprehensive campaign for the University of Kansas. The group, the Campaign Organizing Committee, held its first meeting April 23.

    4/12/2010

    Jerry Jennett, business ’63, and his wife, Kay, recently provided $200,000 to KU Endowment to establish an endowed scholarship at KU. The Jerry and Kay Jennett Scholarship is for undergraduate business majors who work for or hold internships with KU Athletics.

    4/9/2010

    KU Endowment has honored Christina Hixson of Las Vegas, Nev., by naming her a Life Trustee. In total, she has made possible more than $24 million in philanthropic support for KU: $22.7 million from the Lied Foundation and $1.6 million in personal support.

    4/6/2010

    A $10 million gift will benefit University of Kansas students in the KU School of Engineering. The gift, from alumni Madison “Al” and Lila Self, of Hinsdale, Ill., brings the total they have donated to KU Endowment to more than $44 million, making them the university's largest individual donors.

    4/5/2010

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Lied Center at the University of Kansas will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 8, in front of the Lied Center. The public is invited. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place indoors on the Lied Center's stage.

    4/2/2010

    A $300,000 Kemper Foundation gift to KU Endowment will benefit the Lied Center at the University of Kansas. The gift, from the William T. Kemper Foundation — Commerce Bank Trustee, will expand the foyer, which will enable the center to host a wider variety of public events.

    3/30/2010

    Two gifts totaling $300,000 will help establish a four-year KU School of Medicine site in Salina, Kan. Private support was provided by longtime Russell, Kan., physician Earl Merkel, M.D., and his wife, Kathleen, as well as the Salina Regional Health Foundation.

    3/29/2010

    University of Kansas students will have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best at this year's Galloway Urban Planning Lecture Series. The lectures will feature Robert Cervero and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, both internationally known for their accomplishments in urban planning.

    3/22/2010

    April 9 is the last day to register for the second annual Hawk Mud Fest at the University of Kansas. The mud volleyball tournament is sponsored by Students for KU — KU Endowment’s student foundation organization. The mud fest kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at the field west of the Library Annex, 1880 Westbrooke Drive, south of Bob Billings Parkway.

    2/22/2010

    A $100,000 gift from LUNGevity Foundation of Chicago will provide support for two lung cancer research projects at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

    2/15/2010

    The patients may be artificial, but the training is real. Across the University of Kansas Medical Center, curricula include the use of high-tech teaching mannequins. Students learn about anatomy and hone procedural and critical-thinking skills in risk-free settings when working on these simulated patients.

    2/1/2010

    There’s a new star on the stage of the Lied Center of Kansas — a Steinway D concert grand piano. Four University of Kansas donors: Barbara Nordling, Dave and Gunda Hiebert, and Hurst Coffman, provided more than half of the funds to KU Endowment for purchase of the $105,000 piano. This was augmented by gifts from 30 other KU alumni and friends.

    1/21/2010

    A $200,000 gift from The Anschutz Foundation of Denver significantly advances an academic programs initiative launched by the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

    1/13/2010

    The Hall Family Foundation of Kansas City has committed $18 million to the University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Midwest Cancer Alliance, opening doors to innovative cancer treatment and research for the heartland region.
    2009 Archive

    12/21/2009

    A $10 million gift from a Texas couple with ties to Kansas City will support The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Joe and Jean Brandmeyer of El Paso, Texas, made the gift to The University of Kansas Hospital.

    12/7/2009

    A new fundraising council will help The University of Kansas Cancer Center in its quest to achieve designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

    11/10/2009

    In honor of their late son's passion for international traveling, a Prairie Village, Kan., couple has established a new scholarship for University of Kansas students who study abroad.

    10/26/2009

    A new award established in memory of a University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita professor will benefit one graduating master's of public health student each year.

    10/21/2009

    KU alumnus Paul Brooker thought so much of his alma mater that he left an estate gift of $2.5 million to KU Endowment for unrestricted scholarship support of University of Kansas students.

    10/15/2009

    A new environmentally friendly building is on the horizon at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Construction will begin this fall on a three-story 40,000-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Rainbow and Olathe boulevards. The $6 million project will be funded by KU Endowment. The first and second floors will provide space for the medical center, the third floor will house KU Endowment offices.

    10/9/2009

    KU Endowment provided a near-record $105.4 million in support to KU’s four campuses in fiscal 2009, which ended June 30, including a 7 percent increase in student support over the 2008 fiscal year. This is the second highest level of support KU Endowment has ever supplied to KU.

    10/9/2009

    At its 118th annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 9, the KU Endowment Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees.

    10/6/2009

    The 2009-2010 Chancellors Club Scholars plan a wide range of career paths. Majors of the 16 University of Kansas freshmen include pre-medicine, film and literature, psychology, biology, pharmacy, engineering and Spanish.

    10/5/2009

    A $2.5 million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust will pave the way for the Lied Center of Kansas, one of the state’s premier performing arts venues, to expand. The gift will fund expansion of Lied Center’s lobby, construction of an education pavilion, creation of additional office space and installation of displays about the history of Ernst F. Lied and the Lied Foundation Trust.

    9/28/2009

    Walking down the hill during a University of Kansas commencement ceremony is a thrill at any age. For Peedee Brown, it was one of most important events of her life. “I was a non-traditional student, and I walked down the hill at age 48,” said Brown, who earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1988. “My diploma from KU is, next to my family, my most treasured possession.”

    9/25/2009

    Governor Mark Parkinson joined the Kansas Masonic Foundation at a news conference today to announce Campaign 2011, a campaign to support The University of Kansas Cancer Center's efforts to achieve National Cancer Institute designation.

    9/24/2009

    You might not think there's a connection between poker and cancer. But proceeds from a Leawood foundation's poker tournament recently yielded $100,000 for pancreatic cancer research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

    9/22/2009

    A genetics researcher from the University of Kansas Medical Center and a geography professor from KU's Lawrence campus have been named the 2009 recipients of the Chancellors Club award for their research and teaching. James P. Calvet and James R. (Pete) Shortridge will be honored Oct. 9 at the annual Chancellors Club celebration. Each will receive a $7,000 award.

    9/17/2009

    A $56,000 gift from the Max Kade Foundation will fund four $14,000 fellowships for doctoral students in the University of Kansas Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

    9/8/2009

    Ed Wolpert earned four degrees at three different universities. But when deciding where to establish an endowed scholarship, he came back to the University of Kansas.

    9/8/2009

    Donors to KU Endowment set a new record in contributions — $106.4 million — in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009. This represents a 13 percent increase over the previous record of $94 million, set in the 2008 fiscal year. The number of donors — 45,186 — also was an all-time high.

    8/20/2009

    A $300,000 gift from Back in the Swing® of Kansas City will help breast cancer survivors get their lives back on track. The gift provides support to The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Survivorship Center in the Westwood Campus, which opened in 2007. In the past three years, Back in the Swing has provided a total of $1 million to KU Endowment for the Center.

    7/21/2009

    Martha Peterson proved early on that women can make it to the top. Peterson, a University of Kansas alumna and former KU dean of women, became the first female president of one of the colleges where she worked and later was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of Exxon.

    6/12/2009

    Cancer patients and their families have a new advocate to help them navigate the heath care system. Through the Midwest Cancer Alliance Clinical Trials Network's new Patient Navigator program, Carol Bush, BS, RN, will serve patients in central Kansas to help them learn what services are available to them.

    4/7/2009

    Nationally known architect Michael Arad, designer of New York's World Trade Center Memorial, will be the inaugural speaker for the Thomas D. Galloway Lecture Series in Urban Planning. Arad will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas.

    4/3/2009

    Every day, thousands of University of Kansas students walk past Strong Hall, where three flags wave in the wind. The flagpole that holds them may look sturdy enough, but a closer look shows it has seen better days. This year’s Senior Class Gift wants to change that. The Board of Class Officers is raising funds to replace the flagpole.

    3/4/2009

    The best place to gain teaching experience is in the classroom. Thanks to a gift from the Sprint Foundation, University of Kansas students in the UKanTeach program will have opportunities to assist teachers in a unique college preparatory school in Kansas City, Mo.

    2/18/2009

    Former Kansas Senator Robert Dole has made a $150,000 contribution for clinical research at the Marc. A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center at The University of Kansas Hospital.

    2/16/2009

    A graduate of the University of Kansas has made estate plans that will benefit generations of students in KU’s School of Social Welfare. Elizabeth Scott, of Independence, Mo., has established a $200,000 charitable remainder trust that will create a $40,000 endowed scholarship.

    1/26/2009

    With a click of a mouse, online giving to the University of Kansas reached a milestone: 5,000 gifts. KU Endowment will match the gift to commemorate reaching this record. The 5,000th gift — made at kuendowment.org — was a $250 donation to the Jay Turnbull Fellowship at the Beach Center on Disability from Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies, and his wife, Eva Horn, professor of special education. Their gift was in memory of Jay Turnbull, who died of natural causes Jan. 7.

    1/7/2009

    A new overlook structure three miles north of Lawrence provides a spectacular view of the Kansas River valley, Lawrence and KU. Located at KU’s Field Station and Ecological Reserves, the viewing platform is the result of combined efforts of KU architecture students and Lawrence residents Dick and Sue Himes.