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KU School of Music to celebrate 50 years of jazz with large celebration
LAWRENCE — The KU Jazz 50th Anniversary Celebration will commemorate a major milestone for the official School of Music jazz program and honor the bands that existed before its inception. The event will feature concerts Oct. 28-29 highlighting alumni of the KU Jazz Studies Program.

Fourth College of Liberal Arts & Sciences executive dean candidate to present Oct. 28
LAWRENCE – The fourth and final candidate for the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences executive dean position will give a public presentation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Beren Petroleum Conference Center in Slawson Hall. Jeanette Altarriba currently serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany-State University of New York.

KU Libraries announce 2022 Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication
LAWRENCE – KU Libraries have granted the 2022 David Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication to two recipients at the University of Kansas: Shannon O’Lear, director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Corey Rayburn Yung, School of Law research professor. The awards coincide with KU’s celebration of International Open Access Week, which is Oct. 24-30.

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Contact: Fally Afani, School of Music, [email protected], @MusicKU
KU School of Music to celebrate 50 years of jazz with large celebration
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Music will be celebrating a major milestone this month with a celebration and concert.
The KU Jazz 50th Anniversary Celebration will commemorate 50 years of the “official” jazz program — and the “unofficial” bands that existed beforehand. The event will feature two concerts highlighting alumni of the KU Jazz Studies Program, both taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas
On Oct. 28, current performers for KU Jazz Ensemble I will present a tribute to saxophonist and woodwind artist Gary Foster, with guest soloists Steve Houghton (drums), Matt Otto and Paul Haar (saxophones), Ron McCurdy (trumpet), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and others. Foster, a 1962 graduate of KU and a native of Leavenworth, is one of the most celebrated jazz and commercial music artists from the Los Angeles scene, with performance and recording credits including Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme along with a list of some of the most important jazz artists of the past 50 years. He also appears on more than 500 motion picture soundtracks.
The following evening Oct. 29, KU alumni from the past 50 years will perform in big bands and a vocal jazz ensemble, and they will be directed by the program’s four directors—Robert Foster (the founder of the program in 1972), James Barnes, Ron McCurdy and Dan Gailey.
Tickets are available at lied.ku.edu or by phone at (785) 864-2787.
Sponsors include Reach Out Kansas Inc. and the Zakoura Family Fund, a fund of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
About the KU Jazz Studies Program
The KU Jazz Studies Program began its “official” existence in 1972, when Robert Foster, then KU director of bands, formed the first jazz ensemble within the curriculum. Since that time, the program has grown to include three big bands, 11 jazz combos, a vocal jazz ensemble, and numerous classes in jazz and commercial music. In addition to Foster’s direction, the program was led in subsequent years by James Barnes, Ron McCurdy and the current director, Dan Gailey.
The program is now considered one of the premier college jazz programs in the nation. Highlights over the years include the program’s 29 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including eight awards given to KU Jazz Ensemble I in the category of best college big band; invited performances at jazz festivals in Montreux, Umbria (Italy), Vienne (France), New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and the Monterey Next Generation Festival in California, along with international conference performances in New York, New Orleans, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and Boston; and additional appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and the Kauffman Center in Kansas City.
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Fourth College of Liberal Arts & Sciences executive dean candidate to present Oct. 28
LAWRENCE – The fourth and final candidate for the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) executive dean position will give a public presentation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Beren Petroleum Conference Center in Slawson Hall.
The presentation will be livestreamed, and the passcode is 907615.
Jeanette Altarriba will present her vision for the College in today’s rapidly changing landscape of higher education. The College is the largest academic unit at the university, and the executive dean will strategically and collaboratively lead the school in its scholarly and educational contributions.
Altarriba currently serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany – State University of New York, a position she has held since 2019, first as interim dean and then as permanent dean. She spent the past 30 years at the University at Albany in numerous leadership positions.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to offer their impressions and observations of Altarriba online through a limited-time feedback survey. Feedback on Altarriba’s presentation is due by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. A recording of her presentation will be available the morning after the presentation on the search website until the survey closes.
Each candidate meets with Chancellor Douglas A. Girod, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, senior administrators, College chairs and directors, KU deans, KU Endowment, the KU Alumni Association, university governance, graduate and undergraduate students, and the College dean’s office executive committee and administrative staff.
As dean of the University at Albany College of Arts and Sciences, Altarriba oversees the largest of all schools and departments on the campus, with 21 academic departments and over a dozen centers and institutes. She is a full professor in the department of psychology and a Collins Fellow, which recognizes faculty deemed exemplars of institutional commitment to the university.
Before this appointment, Altarriba served as the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education, a position she held for six years. She founded and directed the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement, an entity devised to foster and develop undergraduate research opportunities to connect students and faculty to further research programs and projects. She has also served as director of the cognition and language laboratory for her entire 30-year tenure. Additionally, she served separately as chair of the department of communication and the department of psychology.
Altarriba is a distinguished scholar in cognitive psychology, particularly in the field of bilingualism and psycholinguistics. She is a co-editor of eight books, and author or co-author of more than 150 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of language processing, bilingualism, emotion, memory, perception and multicultural mental health counseling.
Altarriba earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in psychology and a master’s and doctorate in cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed postdoctoral research training at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Contact: Alicia Marksberry, KU Libraries, [email protected], @kulibraries
KU Libraries announce 2022 Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication
LAWRENCE – KU Libraries have granted the 2022 David Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication to two recipients at the University of Kansas: Shannon O’Lear, director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Corey Rayburn Yung, School of Law research professor.
The announcement coincides with KU Libraries’ celebration of International Open Access Week, which is Oct. 24-30. The recipients will be honored at a later date.
O’Lear was chosen as a recipient for her dedication to the open dissemination of scholarly work to open access (OA) journals and sites and her work in educating students on open publication. Yung is recognized for his publication of two OER law textbooks that have helped reduce costs for students in a particularly expensive field of study.
Shannon O’Lear: Educating and engaging with open access
O’Lear has engaged in OA and OER in many facets of her work. Within the past two years, she published work to open sites, received grant awards for OER development and course integration, and received training through a flexible course design boot camp offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence.
“Dr. O’Lear is leaning into open practices in exciting and innovative ways, such as co-authoring and publishing with undergraduate students in an open journal and by creating assignments that engage students in authentic environmental issues through openly licensed and publicly available podcasts that benefit future students and other interested folks,” said Josh Bolick, head of the David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. “It’s exciting to see these collaborations impact student learning and experiences.”
O’Lear is especially engaged with her undergraduate students. She collaborated with KU librarians to educate her students on Creative Commons licenses, encouraging them to share their own work beyond the classroom. She created a renewable podcasting assignment for her students, whose resulting works, “Podcast Perspectives on Environmental Geopolitics,” were compiled into Pressbooks, a sustainable and open resource. O’Lear also invited undergraduate students to be her collaborators on a proposal report to be published in KU ScholarWorks, KU’s open digital repository.
“It is encouraging that the Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication exists, because it demonstrates that creating and sharing knowledge without boundaries is valued here. I am honored and delighted that the work I have been doing is being recognized by this award,” O’Lear said. “I have also been fortunate to have support through an Open Educational Resources grant from The Commons and KU Libraries as well as funding and collegial support from the Center for Teaching Excellence.”

Corey Rayburn Yung: Far-reaching impacts through OER
Concerned about the affordability of course materials used in his classroom and their overly broad scope and outdated laws, Yung decided to publish two OA textbooks, Sex Crimes and Criminal Law.
“Law school materials are insanely expensive and not very flexible or adaptable, even for professors, so you end up with a system that doesn’t really work well for anyone, which is why I started writing some open access materials,” Yung said. “I’m surprised at the response and am very excited and honored.”
When Yung began teaching the first sex crimes course at KU, no suitable course materials existed and had to create his own. After many years of using his own materials, Yung made them publicly available in Sex Crimes. His second open access book, Criminal Law, can be adapted by instructors to reflect local jurisdictions and includes a teacher’s manuals, classroom slides, videos and review assignments. His free and open textbooks are now used in universities across the country.
“Professor Yung demonstrates a deep and sustained interest in decreasing costs for law students by creating multiple editions of two open textbooks that are adopted widely,” Bolick said. “In a field known for costly education, that’s an important contribution.”
Granted annually, the Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication recognizes KU staff, faculty, students and academic departments that engage in outstanding efforts to facilitate open access. Former KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger, a longtime advocate for open access, established the award with a private gift in 2014 to recognize KU community members demonstrating exceptional advocacy and innovation in the scholarly communication system.
Learn more about open access news, policy and impact at KU.

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