April 20, 2012
|Steven Stites, M.D. Acting Executive Vice Chancellor Acting Executive Dean, KU School of Medicine|
Over the last week and a half, I've had the opportunity to hear from many of you about the amazing work you're doing and the sometimes enormous challenges you are facing. And I've quickly become acquainted with some of our strongest supporters and advocates in the community.
On Tuesday, I spent time with members of the Kansas Board of Regents, which held its monthly meeting on our campus. Students from Nursing, Medicine and Health Professions participated in the day's events, and they did a fabulous job of conveying the phenomenal educational experiences they are having. Faculty members also gave impressive presentations on our neuroscience and cancer research. I presented the regents with an overview of the campus facilities master plan, a document we have developed with Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm. Cannon representatives met with university faculty and staff over several months, while also working with our partners at The University of Kansas Hospital.
The plan is posted on Steffani Webb's Vice Chancellor for Administration website. Some of what you see won't surprise anyone who works here: Cannon concluded that some of our facilities are seriously outdated, and their functions have not kept up with modern curricula and science. The 30-year vision in the architectural drawings is ambitious and serves as a guiding vision of our campus that will evolve during its implementation. It gives us a strong sense of direction and intriguing ideas to consider.
The Board of Regents asked all of its institutions to conduct such planning, and I was pleased to show them our progress. I'm even happier to share this information with our campus community, because it's one example of how our strategic planning efforts are moving forward. If you look at our strategic map, you'll see that "Create and implement a comprehensive facilities master plan" was one of the first tasks under Goal E: Increase Organizational Adaptability and Resilience.
In the weeks ahead, I'll use this newsletter to let you know about progress we are making in other areas and how we are meeting challenges. You may hear from me directly, or from others in leadership positions throughout our campus. I'm excited about everything I'm learning and where we are going.
The Lawrence campus has announced that faculty and staff may be eligible for a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. KU Medical Center leaders considered this option but concluded that the program would not be offered on our campus.
The KUMC Student Governing Council's 13th Annual KUMC Street Fair is this Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Rosedale Middle School, 3600 Springfield St. This free event features rides, food, games, live entertainment, health education and screenings. Proceeds from the silent auction, food sales and rides benefit the Quindaro Clinic Food Pantry located in an area of north Kansas City, Kan., where 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.