January 2010

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School of Allied Health
Jill Windscheffel, third year student in the Doctor of Physical Thereapy program, has been awarded Scholarship of Excellence. Read more.

School of Medicine
The KU Alzeheimer and Memory Program, led by Jeffrey M. Burnes, MD'98, has received a $780,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

School of Medicine-Wichita
Lacie Gregory, MD'07, and Melissa Chenoweth, MD'07, both recieved the Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. Read more.

School of Nursing
Helen Connors, RN, PhD'87, FANN, executive director of the KU Center for Health Infomatics, has been tapped to chair the kansas e-Health Advisory Council. Read more.

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Hall Family Foundation Gift

The University of Kansas Medical Center is making great progress in our quest for National Cancer Institute Designation.  I am pleased to let you know that the Hall Family Foundation of Kansas City recently 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.

The foundation's generosity will create a legacy that will benefit cancer patients and their families throughout Kansas and the region by helping to bring new treatments and cures close to home.

This gift brings total private contributions for NCI designation to $37 million out of a goal of $92 million.  Of the $18 million gift, $12 million will help recruit world-class physician scientists and cancer researchers. Another $6 million will fund a Phase I Clinical Trials facility in Fairway, providing area patients access to promising clinical trials. The Hall Family Foundation purchased the facility in 2008 and is donating it to the cancer center.

Many of you have told me that this initiative is important to you.  As alumni of KUMC, your support for the NCI designation effort and the institution is vital for our continued success.  We value your input and your support.  Please know that I will keep you apprised of our progress.


2010 KUMC Alumni Awards - Call for Nominations


The KUMC Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Alumni Awards program recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding alumni and friends.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 5, 2010.

The Alumni Awards will be presented on Saturday, October 9, 2010, as part of the Alumni Weekend and Gala festivities.

KU Medical Center alumni and friends may be nominated for the following recognitions:

Distinguished Alumni in Medicine, Nursing, or Allied Health

The award recognizes alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their field, to the health of all people through patient care, basic and clinical research, teaching skills and/or health administration, and to the University of Kansas.

Early Career Alumni Achievement in Medicine, Nursing, or Allied Health

The award recognizes alumni who have made noteworthy achievements and contributions early in their career and strive to make an impact in their respective profession.

Honorary Alumni in Medicine, Nursing, or Allied Health

The award will be presented to non-graduates of KUMC who have made significant impact through their professional or personal contributions to the missions of the KU Schools of Allied Health, Medicine or Nursing, the KU Medical Center Alumni Association and/or the provision of health care or health care education.

If you know of an alumnus who is deserving of recognition, please submit a nomination.   Recipients will be notified by mail and must be able to attend the awards dinner gala to receive the award.

Professorship for KU Ophthalmology Department

Luther, MD'67, and Ardis Fry, of Garden City, recently provided an additional $250,000 gift to augment an endowed fund they established through KU Endowment in 2001. The Luther and Ardis Fry Professorship in Ophthalmology fund provides support for the faculty member who serves as department chair. Since 2001, the Frys have provided a total of $750,000 to support the professorship. Read more.

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