June 9, 2004

Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU to honor Reagan Friday; some offices to close, classes to continue

UPDATE: KU to show Reagan funeral at union; some offices closed in observance

LAWRENCE -- The bells of the World War II Memorial Carillon at the University of Kansas will sound from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, in honor of the late Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States. Reagan's funeral will take place at that time in the Washington National Cathedral.

In addition, the public is invited to record recollections of Reagan and express condolences to the family in a book of remembrances Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on KU's West Campus. A guard of honor drawn from KU's ROTC units will be positioned at the book throughout Friday morning at the institute, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dole officials will forward the book to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

Kansas Public Radio will provide live coverage of the funeral starting at 10 a.m., and more than 400 participants in Sunflower Girls State will suspend activities to watch the funeral ceremony on live television at KU's Lied Center.

These are some of the ways in which the university will observe the national day of mourning proclaimed earlier this week by President George W. Bush. As directed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, all national and state flags on the KU campuses will continue to fly at half-mast during the 30-day period of mourning for Reagan, who died June 5.

In response to an executive order from Sebelius, some KU offices will be closed or lightly staffed on Friday. All summer session classes, however, will meet as planned on the Lawrence, Kansas City, Edwards and Wichita campuses. KU's Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center also will hold classes on Friday in Hutchinson.

Any faculty member may be absent from class for personal reasons on Friday, so long as the class itself is covered, said Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost for academic affairs. Students also may be absent from class but still will be responsible for Friday's coursework.

Summer children's camps on campus will continue as scheduled, as will all required support services, such as residence halls and dining facilities. Watkins Memorial Health Center will remain open, as will the KU unions, all libraries and museums, and other main public buildings. For a list of campus closings, go to www.ku.edu or call KU Info at (785) 864-3506.

Individual offices will use discretion in terms of their level of staffing on Friday, said McCluskey-Fawcett. All appropriate personnel rules will be observed for classified and unclassified staff, and detailed information will be provided by Human Resources.

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