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May 19, 2005
Contact: Margey Frederick, KU Visitors Center, (785) 864-2341.

KU faculty to visit Capitol, KSU campus, Marysville, Concordia on May 23


LAWRENCE -- About 40 University of Kansas faculty and staff will visit sites in Topeka, Marysville, Manhattan and Concordia on Monday, May 23, the second day of the 2005 Wheat State Whirlwind tour of Kansas.

Sponsored by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the six-day tour will head west from Lawrence, circling the state counterclockwise to introduce many faculty new to Kansas to their new home state and to fellow Kansans.

Monday's route will include the tour's first-ever stop in Manhattan to visit the Kansas State University campus. At noon they will meet with President Jon Wefald, Sue Peterson, assistant to the president for governmental relations, and other KSU administrators during lunch in the KSU Alumni Center.

The KU faculty will begin the day at 8 a.m. with Burdett Loomis, director of administrative communication for the governor and former KU political scientist, and with Duane Goossen, state budget director, in the State Capitol second-floor rotunda. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a KU alumna, will meet briefly with the faculty before they depart to visit Monroe School, the national historic site for the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education landmark museum.

From Topeka, the bus will travel north to Marysville and en route will take note of Wamego's renovated Columbian Theatre and the Oz Museum. In Marysville, Laurie Cudney of Landoll Corp., 1196 Pony Express Highway, will talk about the award-winning firm's design, production and global marketing of machinery used in transportation and agriculture. If time permits, the faculty will also visit Marysville's Pony Express Station Museum, 106 S. Eighth St., built in 1859-1860.

Jackie Barton, student services dean at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, and Marlesa Roney, KU vice chancellor for student success and Concordia native, will board the bus in Belleville to talk about sites the faculty will be visiting in Concordia. They will learn about a World War II prisoner of war camp for German soldiers, Concordia's plans for a National Orphan Train Museum complex at the Union Pacific Depot and renovation of local landmarks, including the recently restored 1907 Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. Sixth St. In addition KU alumni from surrounding counties will meet with the faculty during a 5:30 p.m. reception in Concordia's Union Pacific Depot.

Although many of the faculty are new to Kansas, some are native Kansans who want to get to know their home state better. For Deborah Dandridge, KU field archivist for African-American Collections in Spencer Research Library at KU and a lifelong Topeka resident, the visit to Monroe School is not far from her home since childhood. Dandridge also served as a member of the national commission to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark decision in 2004.

The KSU visit will be a homecoming for two KU faculty members. Don Steeples, KU vice provost for scholarly support and the McGee distinguished professor of geophysics, co-directs the tour with Margey Frederick, KU visitor center director. Steeples earned bachelor's and master's degrees at KSU. Mary A. Chappell, KU recreation services director, received a master's degree from KSU.

Tuesday, May 24, the faculty will continue west to view sites at Sylvan Grove and Lake Wilson and will stop in Lucas, Palco, Nicodemus and Colby. The 2005 tour will cover more than 1,500 miles and will include stops in more than 25 Kansas communities.

Monday May 23
6:40 a.m. Load bus at KUVC
7 a.m. Depart for Topeka (27 miles)
7:45 a.m. Arrive at Capitol
Discussion with Burdett Loomis, director of administrative communication
Duane Goossen-state budget director
Photo opportunity with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
8:50 a.m. Depart for Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
9 a.m. Arrive Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
9:45 a.m. Depart for Manhattan (58 miles)
Points of interest: Wamego -- Historic Columbian Theatre Oz Museum
10:45 a.m. Arrive in Manhattan - driving tour of K-State
11:15 a.m. Lunch/joint meeting with KSU faculty/staff
12:30 p.m. Depart for Marysville (60 miles)
1:45 p.m. Arrive Marysville
Tour Landoll Corp.
Pony Express Home Station No. 1
2:45 p.m. Depart for Concordia (71 miles)
4 p.m. Marlesa Roney/Jackie Barton board bus in Belleville
4:15 p.m. Camp Concordia, WWII POW Camp
4:30 p.m. Check in at the Holiday Inn Express
5:15 p.m. Depart for Union Pacific Depot, Roberta Lowry, Tour Guide
5:30 p.m. Reception at the Union Pacific Depot with area KU alums
Future home of the National Orphan Train Complex
6:30 p.m. Dinner at the Brown Grand Theatre
8:45 p.m. Return to Holiday Inn Express

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