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KU will host events in honor of Veterans Day
LAWRENCE – In honor of Veterans Day, the University of Kansas will host and participate in a variety of events Nov. 6-14. They include the ROTC 24-Hour Vigil, Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony, KU Vets Day 5K and related events with the Dole Institute of Politics and Kansas Athletics.

Symposium to explore solutions to America’s rural health care access crisis
LAWRENCE — Some of the nation’s leading experts on rural health care design and administration are coming to the University of Kansas on Nov. 5 to show how new approaches can increase health care access in rural areas while also helping to revitalize small towns across the country. Organized by the KU Institute of Health + Wellness Design, the Symposium on Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Healthcare will begin with a keynote address by author Brian Alexander at 11:30 a.m. in the Marvin Hall Forum and livestreamed.

2022 senior class awards two faculty with HOPE Awards for teaching excellence
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas senior class has honored Sarah Jen, assistant professor of social welfare, and Jonathan Hagel, assistant teaching professor of history, with 2021 HOPE Awards — to Honor an Outstanding Progressive Educator. The award is given annually through the Board of Class Officers and is the only honor given to faculty members by the senior class. Jen and Hagel were recognized Oct. 23 between the first and second quarters of the KU-Oklahoma football game.

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Contact: April Blackmon Strange, KU Military-Affiliated Student Center, 785-864-6715, [email protected], @KUvets

KU will host events in honor of Veterans Day
LAWRENCE – In honor of Veterans Day, the University of Kansas will host and participate in a variety of events Nov. 6-14. Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
“This series of events is one of the many ways KU embraces our military-affiliated community,” said April Blackmon Strange, KU Military-Affiliated Student Center director. “We hope KU and community members will join us in one or more of these activities as we recognize and honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.”

Nov 6:
1. KU Salute to Service football game vs. K-State, time TBD, KU Memorial Stadium. As part of pre-game activities, local veterans and Gold Star family members are invited for a “Thank You” event hosted by the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade Association in cooperation with Kansas Athletics. Attendees will form up in the stadium’s south end zone with an honor cordon provided by KU ROTC cadets and midshipmen. For those with game tickets, meet outside gate 26; the group will enter the stadium together about 30 minutes prior to the game. For those without game tickets, there is no fee to attend the pre-game ceremony. A charter bus will be available at the Lied Center of Kansas about 90 minutes before kickoff and will return there following the pregame ceremony. To reserve a bus seat, or for more information, call the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade Association at 785-576-3765.

Nov 10:
1. Marine Corps birthday cake, 2-3 p.m., Wescoe Beach. KU Student Veterans of America will celebrate the Marine Corps birthday with free cake for all while supplies last.
2. ROTC 24-hour vigil, beginning at 6 p.m. KU ROTC cadets and midshipmen will be posted in uniform at KU’s war memorial sites along Memorial Drive.

Nov 11:
1. Military-Affiliated and Non-Traditional Student Breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Forums, Burge Union. This free event, in partnership with the Student Involvement & Leadership Center as part of Non-Traditional Student Week, is open to all KU students and their families and will include a spotlight on campus services and resources. Students are welcome to come and go as they please.
2. KU-Leavenworth will march in the Leavenworth Veterans Day parade, which begins 10:30 a.m. All KU students and their families are invited to participate and should meet at TownePlace Suites at 9 a.m. For more details, contact Beth Tucker, Leavenworth student and program coordinator, at [email protected] or 913-897-8596.
3. Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony, 11 a.m., Campanile. Join the KU community for a traditional wreath-laying ceremony to recognize the sacrifices made by those who have served in the Armed Forces.
4. Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall Veterans Day open house, noon-4 p.m., Dole Institute of Politics. Join the Dole Institute for a public open house debut of the Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall. Guests will have opportunities to interact with the virtual exhibit, submit new veteran profiles and enjoy reflective music while honoring Kansas veterans and their families.

Nov. 14:
1. Ninth annual KU Vets Day 5K, 9 a.m., begins and ends at KU Memorial Stadium, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the end of Desert Storm. A virtual run option is available for anyone who is unable to make it to campus. The first 600 participants to register will receive a shirt and finisher’s medal. Pre-registration is encouraged; arrive by 8 a.m. for on-site registration. Volunteers are needed for the event as well and can sign up through the 5K website’s “volunteer” section.
Additionally, Kansas Volleyball will host a Salute to Service event Nov. 19, with details to be announced.

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Contact: Dan Rolf, School of Architecture & Design, 785-864-3027, [email protected], @ArcD_KU

Symposium to explore solutions to America’s rural health care access crisis
LAWRENCE — Some of the nation’s leading experts on rural health care design and administration are coming to the University of Kansas on Nov. 5 to show how new approaches can increase health care access in rural areas while also helping to revitalize small towns across the country.

Organized by the KU Institute of Health + Wellness Design, the Symposium on Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Healthcare will begin with a keynote address by author Brian Alexander at 11:30 a.m. in the Marvin Hall Forum and livestreamed.

Following the keynote, a discussion panel led by Tom Trenolone, FAIA, will examine the realities that are threatening the health and economic vitality of rural communities and show how health care designers, providers and local citizens can work together to enhance health services, create jobs and preserve the unique qualities that rural areas and small towns have established over generations.

The symposium will be followed by a reception at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Marvin Hall to dedicate the new Pulse Design Group Simulation Lab and Health + Wellness Design Studios.

Presenters:
1. Brian Alexander is the author of several books, including “The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town” (2021) and “Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town” (2017). He has written for many magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Science, Outside and Esquire. Alexander is currently a regular contributor to The Atlantic.
2. Tom Trenolone, FAIA, is director of design at HDR Architecture in Omaha, Nebraska. His study, Saving Main Street, investigated how architecture can drive solutions by using health and wellness components as the cornerstone of modern rural development. His design concept was named a finalist by Fast Company magazine in its 2020 World Changing Ideas competition.

Panelists:
1. Chris Emond is the CFO of Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) in Wasilla, Alaska. He plays a key role in the organization’s overall strategy development and implementation, serves as the management liaison to the MSHF board finance and audit committees, and supports joint venture planning and management.
2. Charisse Oland, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is CEO of Cuyuna Medical Center. She is an experienced health care executive and consultant for a wide range of complex independent and system health care organizations, nonprofits and for-profit businesses. She served as the president and CEO of hospitals and health systems in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
3. Brock Slabach, COO of the National Rural Health Association, was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years and has served on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association. He specializes in rural health system development that encompasses population health and the varied payment programs moving rural providers into value-based purchasing models.

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Contact: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, KU News Service, 785-864-8858, [email protected], @ebpkansas

2022 senior class awards two faculty with HOPE Awards for teaching excellence
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas senior class has honored Sarah Jen, assistant professor of social welfare, and Jonathan Hagel, assistant teaching professor of history, with 2021 HOPE Awards — to Honor an Outstanding Progressive Educator.

The HOPE Award is given annually through the Board of Class Officers and is the only honor given to faculty members by the senior class. Thanks to successful fundraising efforts, 2021 marks the first year the Board of Class Officers is able to give out two HOPE Awards.
Jen and Hagel were recognized Oct. 23 between the first and second quarters of the KU-Oklahoma football game.

Jen joined KU in 2018. In the School of Social Welfare, Jen teaches courses on social theory, research and practice with older adults. Her research focuses on the intersections of aging, sexuality and sexual identity, particularly among LGBTQ+ individuals.

Students who nominated Jen noted her generosity in giving feedback on both classroom assignments and graduate school applications while making students comfortable to share and participate in class.

One nominator wrote, “She somehow made an online Zoom class one of the most meaningful experiences of my educational career.”

Of the award, Jen said, “It’s an honor to receive an award that is student-nominated and student-selected. Our students are best positioned to evaluate how our classrooms actually feel and the impact these spaces have on their education. I feel very lucky to do what I do.”

Hagel joined KU in 2012. In the Department of History, he teaches courses on topics like the Great Depression, American sports and culture, and U.S. history as seen through motion pictures. His research interests focus on America’s long-running struggle over racism.

Students who nominated Hagel noted a teaching style that is inclusive, captivating and engaging while helping undergraduate students find opportunities to get involved with research in the department.

One student nominator wrote, “In my class of 30-40 students, he knows the names of all his students and makes a point to include everyone in the discussions. His teaching material is unique and interesting and encourages students to be engaged and genuinely learn.”

Hagel said, “To be recognized as an engaging and inclusive teacher by this senior class — a class whose college experience has been so completely upended by COVID — is especially gratifying and humbling. I hope they have learned from me as much as I have learned from them.”
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