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School of Engineering to welcome dean candidates to Lawrence campus
LAWRENCE — Four candidates will hold public presentations in consideration of becoming the next dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas. Presentations will take place Oct. 23, 25, 31 and Nov. 2 on the Lawrence campus and will be available via livestream.

KU debaters take second place at Houston tournament
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas debate team of freshman Easton Logback, Overland Park, and sophomore Rita Pham, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, took second place at a tournament hosted by the University of Houston from Oct. 13-16. The pair defeated teams from the University of Houston in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals before losing to Harvard University in the championship debate. Other KU competitors included students from Olathe and Overland Park.

Co-founder of Monument Lab will give public talk at KU
LAWRENCE — Join organizers of the Iⁿ‘zhúje‘waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock project and the Institute for Policy & Social Research for a special presentation, “Telling the Full Story: Power and Presence in Public” by Paul Farber, director and co-founder of the Monument Lab, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Burge Union, Forum AB. There will be time for questions following the public presentation.

KU conference will commemorate 100 years of the Turkish Republic
LAWRENCE — An event at the University of Kansas will bring together experts in the politics and history of Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the republic. The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union, covering topics such as Turkey’s politics, state and society relations; the Kurdish issue; and Turkish foreign policy. It will culminate in a roundtable to discuss the direction the republic is headed over the next 100 years.

KU writing center will celebrate 25th anniversary with campus reception
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Writing Center, as part of the Writing & Learning Center, welcomes faculty, staff and students to celebrate a milestone anniversary during a reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Anschutz Library. For the past 25 years, the Writing Center has worked with thousands of undergraduate and graduate KU students through one-on-one consultations, workshops, writing groups, write-ins, coaching, thesis/dissertation accelerators and other programming.

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Contact: Savannah Rattanavong, Office of the Provost, 785-864-6402, [email protected], @KUprovost
School of Engineering to welcome dean candidates to Lawrence campus
LAWRENCE — Four candidates will hold public presentations in consideration of becoming the next dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas. The university is seeking a collaborative and entrepreneurial leader who is committed to student success, faculty and staff achievement.
Dean candidates will describe their vision for the School of Engineering under their leadership.
“We are excited by the caliber and expertise of these finalists,” said Arash Mafi, executive dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and co-chair of the search committee. “Each candidate’s skill set and knowledge would benefit the School of Engineering, the university and the community.”
The public presentations are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
1. Candidate 1: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Beren Petroleum Conference Center/Slawson Hall G192
2. Candidate 2: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union
3. Candidate 3: 1:30–2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Beren Petroleum Conference Center/Slawson Hall G192
4. Candidate 4: 9:30–10:30 am. Nov. 2, Burge Union Forum A

The presentations also will be livestreamed through links available on the Provost’s Office website. Members of the KU community are encouraged to attend each candidate’s public presentation and provide feedback to the search committee. The name of each candidate will be announced approximately two business days before their respective campus visit.
Jennifer Roberts, vice provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, serves as co-chair of the search committee.
“The search committee reviewed a number of excellent candidates,” Roberts said. “We are pleased to invite the finalists to campus so they can meet the KU community and share their vision for the School of Engineering.”
The dean, acting as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Engineering, is responsible for providing imaginative, dynamic and transformational leadership to ensure the school’s long-term success. Responsibilities include securing partnerships to advance the school’s mission; ensuring the school attracts and retains talented students, faculty and staff; and overseeing the school’s approximately $34 million budget.
The KU School of Engineering, an ABET-accredited public engineering school, was founded in 1891 and is the oldest engineering school in the state. It emphasizes interdisciplinary research, encouraging engineers and computer scientists from different disciplines to work together to provide innovative solutions to challenges around the world.
WittKieffer, an executive search firm specializing in higher education, aided with the search process and development of a robust and diverse candidate pool.
More information about the search can be found online.

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Contact: Scott Harris, KU Debate, 785-864-9878, [email protected], @KansasDebate
KU debaters take second place at Houston tournament
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas debate team of freshman Easton Logback, Overland Park, and sophomore Rita Pham, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, took second place at a tournament hosted by the University of Houston from Oct. 13-16. The pair defeated teams from the University of Houston in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals before losing to Harvard University in the championship debate.
Schools competing in the tournament included Harvard University, the University of Houston, Kansas State University, Oakton Community College, the University of Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene University, the University of Texas, Trinity University and the U.S. Military Academy.
The KU team of Logback and Pham won five of six debates over two days in the preliminary rounds to advance to the single-elimination bracket. In the preliminary rounds they defeated teams from the U.S. Military Academy, Kansas State University, the University of Houston, and the University of Oklahoma. Their only preliminary loss was to the team from Harvard that went undefeated and won the tournament.
“We are very proud of Easton and Rita,” said Jesse Smith, assistant KU coach. “They worked incredibly hard to prepare for the tournament and were a joy to coach this weekend.”
Other members of the KU squad who competed at the Houston tournament included sophomore Averi Harker, Olathe; freshman Sasha Sharman, Spokane, Washington; freshman Lily Ren, Overland Park; and sophomore Luke Vu, Hooksett, New Hampshire.
“Easton and Rita had an outstanding performance at the tournament, and they should be very proud. I am also grateful for the hard work of coach Jesse Smith and the other members of the squad who helped them prepare for the elimination rounds at the tournament,” said Scott Harris, the David B. Pittaway Director of Debate at KU.
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Contact: Mandy Frank, Institute for Policy & Social Research, [email protected]
Co-founder of Monument Lab will give public talk at KU
LAWRENCE — Join organizers of the Iⁿ‘zhúje‘waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock project and the Institute for Policy & Social Research for a special presentation, “Telling the Full Story: Power and Presence in Public” by Paul Farber, director and co-founder of the Monument Lab, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Burge Union, Forum AB. There will be time for questions following the public presentation.
Monument Lab is a nonprofit public art and history studio based in Philadelphia, and it has recently made national news for its curated art exhibition on the National Mall, “Beyond Granite: Pulling Together,” that explores diverse American stories told through art on one of the most powerful civic stages in the United States. Read more about the “Beyond Granite” exhibition, “CBS Sunday Morning”: Art on the Mall, or view the corresponding video featuring an interview Farber about the exhibition.

The Iⁿ‘zhúje‘waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock project is led by members of the Kaw Nation in collaboration with the city of Lawrence, University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Kanza Heritage Society and other partners, and it is funded the Mellon Foundation Monuments Project Initiative.

More information on the Iⁿ‘zhúje‘waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock project is available on the project website. Read more information about the project’s history as well as a pronunciation guide.

For questions and event accommodations, contact Mandy Frank, project coordinator, at [email protected].

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Contact: Jennifer Duhamel, Center for Global & International Studies, [email protected]
KU conference will commemorate 100 years of the Turkish Republic
LAWRENCE — An event at the University of Kansas will bring together experts in the politics and history of Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the republic.
100 Years of the Republic of Turkey/Türkiye: Cycles, Continuity & Change will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union, featuring scholars from Kansas and across the nation. The topics will capture Turkey’s politics, state and society relations; the Kurdish issue; and Turkish foreign policy. It will culminate in a roundtable to discuss the direction the republic is headed over the next 100 years.
“We are thrilled to be hosting great scholars and experts on the broad scope of Turkish politics and society over the last century. People are not going to want to miss these excellent talks on critical topics that shed light and insight into Turkey while simultaneously reflecting back on issues of global importance,” said Mike Wuthrich, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Center for Global & International Studies.
Arash Mafi, executive dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU, will deliver the opening remarks at the event. Other presenters are as follows:
1. “Turkish Political Leadership and the Under-appreciated Legacy of İsmet and Erdal İnönü,” by Mike Wuthrich, KU
2. “National Holidays in the Making of Modern Turkey,” by Hale Yilmaz, associate professor of history, Southern Illinois University
3. “The New Turkey, the Middle East, and the Kurds Between Them,” by Mehmet Gurses, professor and chair, political science, Florida Atlantic University
4. “One Hundred Years of Turkish Foreign Policy: Demystifying the Roles of Identity, Security, and Economic Interest,” Sabri Ciftci, professor of political science, Kansas State University

Schedule, speaker bios, and paper abstracts can be found at https://crees.ku.edu/turkishconference.

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Contact: Jennifer Rupp, Writing & Learning Center, [email protected]
KU writing center will celebrate 25th anniversary with campus reception

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Writing Center, as part of the Writing & Learning Center, welcomes faculty, staff and students to celebrate its 25th anniversary during a reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Anschutz Library.
The reception will include light refreshments and cake, the opportunity to meet staff and learn about current services, and tours of the newly updated Writing & Learning Center space. The Writing & Learning Center is located on the fourth floor of Anschutz Library on the Lawrence campus. Since the center will be open for tutoring and writing consulting at this time, the main reception will take place across the hall in the David Beaham Reading Room.
The KU Writing Center grew out of a faculty resource center begun in the 1980s. The current Writing Center was founded Oct. 12, 1998, as a peer writing support resource for students under the direction of Michele Eodice. For the past 25 years, the Writing Center has worked with thousands of undergraduate and graduate KU students through one-on-one consultations, workshops, writing groups, write-ins, coaching, thesis/dissertation accelerators and other programming.
Today, the Writing Center continues as a vital part of University Academic Support Services and Academic Success with the goal of helping students gain confidence, improve as writers and achieve their academic goals by providing high-quality services in a supportive, inclusive environment. The Writing Center recently combined spaces and programming with the Academic Learning Center to become the KU Writing & Learning Center.
“I’m proud to be part of this longstanding tradition of strong writing and academic support at KU,” said Jennifer Rupp, associate director of the center. “The Writing Center’s leadership of the past 25 years has built a wonderful foundation that we continue to expand on today with more programming and campus collaborations each year. I am excited to celebrate this milestone with our KU community.”

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