3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

WSU's Vizzini Elected To National Academy Of Inventors Fellowship

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Wichita State University Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini has been chosen as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his numerous scientific and academic contributions.

Those who have been elected for this high professional distinction have demonstrated "a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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3:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WSU Receives $11.25M: Largest Corporate Foundation Gift To Date

Elizabeth King WSU Foundation president and CEO
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The largest corporate foundation gift in the history of Wichita State University was announced Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….

Wichita State University will receive $11.25 million from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. President John Bardo says it will be split five ways.

"It really covers almost the whole waterfront of the University," says Bardo. "Obviously, it starts in athletics and will help us expand our capacities around Koch Arena. That’s particularly important as athletics is always an arms race and this gets us the next step.”

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6:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KS Education Commission Final Meeting Scheduled For January

K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission Chair Sam Williams.
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The Kansas K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will continue meeting next month.

Their goal is to wrap up recommendations for cutting costs and improving student outcomes.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the group considered several bills they could recommend to lawmakers Monday, but most of them were either rejected or sent back for more work.

Part of the concern is that several of the proposed bills created new study groups and didn’t actually recommend policy changes for Kansas.

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2:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

KU Gets $58 Million from Estate Of Al & Lila Self; Largest Private Gift Ever

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announcing the $58 million gift from the Self family estate during a news conference at the Adams Alumni.
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The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

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12:16 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita School Board Votes To Move Administrative Building

The administration of Wichita's school district will be moving to another building in 2016.

The Wichita school board voted on Monday to sell the district's downtown administration building to a developer for $1.2 million dollars.

The building will be renovated into loft apartments.

The district will lease the building for $47-hundred dollars a month until it can move into the current Southeast High School... after a new Southeast High opens in the fall of 2016.

12:07 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Enrollment Is Slightly Up At All Six State Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents reports that fall enrollment grew slightly at all six state universities.

Wichita State lead the pack with an increase of 453 students.

Fort Hays State's enrollment rose by 384 students, Kansas State University had an increase of 185 students and the University of Kansas added 177 students.

Washburn University in Topeka saw its enrollment decline by 196 students.

The numbers represent enrollment at each school as of the 20th day of class during the fall semester.

1:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

KU Adds New Biotechnology Degree Program To Edward Campus

The University of Kansas will soon offer a bachelor's degree in applied science in biotechnology.

Classes for the new degree will begin in the spring semester at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. It will be the university's first bachelor of applied science degree.

The university said in a news that the new degree program will prepare students for careers in life-sciences by bridging the gap between biology, biochemistry and clinical laboratory sciences.

1:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Federal Judge: Kansas Science Standards Does Not Violate Religious Freedoms

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.

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4:35 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Education Lawsuit Complicates Possible Budget Cuts

Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on K-12 public schools, an education funding lawsuit is complicating efforts by legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to close budget shortfalls.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court expects to rule by the end of December in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents of more than 30 students and the Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City school districts.

Both sides predict an appeal to the state Supreme Court, which might not rule until 2016.

12:19 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Kansas Chosen For Free School Breakfast Grants


More Kansas students could soon be getting free breakfast at school. Bryan Thompson reports...

A program called Breakfast In the Classroom has added Kansas and six other states to the list of those eligible for the grant-funded program.

It’s too early to say how many kids might be affected. The program chooses individual school districts, based on how many kids qualify for free or reduced-price meals, how many participate in the federal school breakfast program, and the level of local support.

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