March 23, 2015

KUMed Central

1st graduating class of SOM-Salina

KU School of Medicine held Match Day ceremonies on all three of its campuses Friday, March 20, including the first Match Day on the KU School of Medicine-Salina campus, which welcomed its first class of medical students four years ago. Read more and view photos. Pictured: Salina students Kayla Johnson, Jill Corpstein, Daniel Linville, Rany Gilpatrick, Claire Hinrichsen, Sara Ritterling, Erik Dill, Tyson Wisinger 

Budget news from Dr. Girod

The state of Kansas is facing very serious budget challenges, and legislators are working to find solutions. At this point in time, the Governor's proposed budget holds higher education funding flat for the next fiscal year. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires March 16. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Computer software updates and maintenance: Changes to the system and methods used to provide operating system and software updates to your computer are being introduced. Effective March 18, machines are being phased into the new update system, and you can expect new behavior for the routine patching and maintenance on your computer. Read more.

Chancellor signs agreement: KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little officially signed off on a shared curriculum pilot program launched as part of the KU-Community College Nursing Partnership, creating another option for students across the state to pursue their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at KU. Read more.

Alumni Award recipients: Congratulations to the 2015 Alumni Award recipients! The KUMC Alumni Association is proud to honor outstanding alumni from the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. The celebration will take place during an awards lunch Oct. 2. See list of recipients.

Health Information Professionals Week: March 22-28 is the 26th annual Health Information Professionals Week. To mark this special week, the Health Information Management Program would like to shine the light on the Class of 2015's participation in the American Health Information Management Association's national infographic contest. Read more and view infographics.

Top fundraising team: For the second year in a row, the Renal Avengers, which consists of faculty and staff in the Kidney Institute, is the top Walk for PKD fundraising team in the Kansas City area. Renal Avengers raised $13,440 for the walk which benefits the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. Read more and view team photo.

Wheel of Fortune sweepstakes: Fox 4 meteorologist Mike Thompson was on campus March 19 to present a $10,000 check to the Children's Miracle Network as part of Wheel of Fortune's "Secret Santa" sweepstakes in December. Read more.

New office space: The Frontiers administrative staff has moved to a new office space in Fairway, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 375. Researchers and others across the Frontiers consortium are invited to stop by and see the new space. Read more.


March 24: Chancellor's town hall forum, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. ITV available at the Clinical Research Center in the Fairway Auditorium.

March 24: No Clinical Integration town hall. This town hall has been rescheduled for April 28. More details to come.

March 25-26: Onsite blood drive, March 25, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Francisco Lounge. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas.

"I've been donating blood since I was 18. One day, it could be me (and has been before) or someone I love who would die without the donation of life-saving blood." - Judy Brohammer, executive assistant - SOM Dean's Office Finance and Administration. Read more.


Benjamin Jang, KU School of Medicine student, was named one of this year's KU Men of Distinction. Read more.


HealthQuest has launched an enhanced lifestyle coaching program that is available to employees at no charge. You can earn 10 credits towards your HealthQuest rewards by calling or emailing your health coach once a month for six months. Read more.


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Last modified: Apr 16, 2015