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May 17, 2005
Contact: Carolyn Barnes, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760 or (800) 584-2957

KU Chancellor to meet in Dodge City with alumni from 8 SW Kansas counties


LAWRENCE - University of Kansas alumni in eight counties have been invited to meet with KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and other KU faculty and staff traveling on the Wheat State Whirwind tour of Kansas during a KU Jayhawk dinner at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Casey's Cowtown Club, 503 E. Trail St., Dodge City.

Paul Carttar, KU executive vice chancellor for external affairs, and Kevin Corbett, president of the Kansas Alumni Association as well as about 40 KU faculty and staff visiting Kansas communities on the 2005 Wheat State Whirlwind tour, will join Chancellor Hemenway. They hope to meet as many KU alumni as possible from Ford, Clark, Edwards, Finney, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa and Meade counties.

" On behalf of Chancellor Hemenway and myself, we are extremely pleased to be coming to Dodge City, and we look forward to the opportunity to visit with the many loyal KU alums," Carttar said. "The University of Kansas is proud of the many years of support it has received from this area of our state."

Alumni President Corbett said, "The KU Alumni Association is making plans to significantly increase its visibility in the state of Kansas to not only bring the news of KU's success, but also to engage KU alumni and friends in the life of the university."

Alumni planning to attend may contact Carolyn Barnes at the KU Alumni Association (800) 584-2957 for reservations. Or send email to cbarnes@kualumni.org. More information is online at www.kualumni.org, click on "Alumni Events."

The Dodge City dinner is one of two alumni meetings planned during the six-day Wheat State Whirlwind Tour of Kansas by KU faculty. The other was in Concordia on May 23.

Dodge City is one of more than 25 communities in Kansas the faculty will visit this year. The fast-moving 1,500-mile tour provides faculty new to Kansas an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, economy and traditions of their new state.

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