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March 14, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

'KU in the Capitol 2005' will showcase outreach efforts for state officials

LAWRENCE -- Following up on a successful effort in 2004, the University of Kansas plans "KU in the Capitol 2005" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Statehouse in Topeka.

An influential audience of policy-makers and other state officials -- many of whom are KU alumni -- will have an opportunity to learn about more than 40 university programs, as well as how KU serves the state.

" Our goal remains to inform legislators, their staff and all Statehouse visitors about the many positive contributions of the university, especially our outreach efforts and the impact KU has on all Kansans," said Paul Carttar, executive vice chancellor for external affairs.

The event will take place in and around the rotunda on the first and second floors of the Capitol. Each display will have space for literature, giveaway items, posters and other information that helps tell how KU serves Kansas. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to attend, along with KU officials, members of the Board of Regents, a KU music ensemble and Baby Jay.

KU reserved more space in the Capitol this year, and the number of participants has nearly doubled, Carttar said. The event builds on the university's many other legislative advocacy efforts, he said, including testimony at hearings, daily one-on-one contacts, and group visits by the Unclassified Professional Staff Association, the Classified Senate and Student Senate.

" Everything we do helps build the case in Topeka for the support we need from the Legislature -- appropriate funding and greater management flexibility -- in order to fulfill KU's mission," said Carttar. "It's important that we show legislators the impact their support has on our ability to serve the state."

Among the many KU programs planning to participate this year are:

--Admissions and Scholarships
--Student Financial Aid
--Kansas Alumni Association
--KU Athletics
--Continuing Education
--KU-Edwards Campus
--KU Medical Center
--School of Medicine-Wichita
--Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
--Technology Transfer
--Higuchi Biosciences Center
--Kansas Geological Survey
--Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
--Kansas Public Radio
--Lied Center of Kansas

An added attraction will be KU's new firefighting training simulator, funded by the Kansas Legislature and used by KU's Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute statewide. The bright red simulator -- the size of a semi truck -- will be parked at Eighth and Harrison from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 and will be open for visitors.

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