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Day 1 – Fort Scott. Arnold Schofield illustrates a point at the Fort Scott Historical Site as tour participants listen intently.

Day 1 – Fort Scott. Denise Stephens, vice provost for information services, looks at a photo in the Gordon Parks Display at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Parks’ hometown.

Day 2 – Topeka. Ed Ellerbeck, associate professor of preventive medicine, and Kathy Ellerbeck, developmental pediatrician, both of the KU Medical Center, speak to Gail Agrawal, incoming dean of the School of Law at the state capitol in Topeka.

Day 2 – Topeka. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius speaks to tour participants in the capitol.

Day 2 – Marshall County. Tour participants cross a bridge at Alcove Spring, a historic stopping point on the Oregon Trail.

Day 2 – Marshall County. Tour participants take a look over the ledge of a dry waterfall at Alcove Spring, a historic stopping point on the Oregon Trail.

Day 2 – Marysville. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, right, and Richard Lariviere, incoming provost and executive vice chancellor, are framed by a forklift during a tour of Landoll Corp. in Marysville.

Day 2 - Concordia. Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Richard Lariviere, incoming provost and executive vice chancellor sit down for a meal with Lavon Brosseau a Concordia resident at the Brown Grand Theatre.

Day 2 – Concordia. A view of the Brown Grand Theatre from the second balcony.

Day 2 – Concordia. Gail Agrawal, incoming dean of the School of Law, and Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, pictured in the balcony at the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia.

Day 2 - Concordia. Chancellor Robert Hemenway with Winifred "Pete" Wilson, KU’s homecoming queen from 1930, who made an appearance in Concordia.

Day 3 – Lucas. Garrick Skalski, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology looks at a car constructed entirely of pop tabs at the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas.

Day 3 – Lucas. Ariana Wall, assistant professor, school of social welfare, poses for a photo with Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden in Lucas.

Day 3 – Palco. Don Steeples, Vice Provost and McGee Distinguished Professor of Geophysics answers questions about grain storage at the Palco grain elevator.

Day 3 – Palco. The wheat sways in the breeze at the farm of Don and Dave Steeples near Palco.

Day 3 – Oakley. Tour participants take photos of the larger-than-life sculpture of Buffal Bill Cody near Oakley.

Day 4 – Logan County. Tour participants snap photos of a herd of buffalo from the back of a flatbed truck at the Duff Ranch.

Day 4 – Logan County. Isaac Opole, professor of internal medicine at the KU Medical Center, was brave enough to get off the truck to get a closer photo of the buffalo at the Duff Ranch.

Day 4 – Montezuma. Participants gaze at the wind turbines at a wind farm near Montezuma.

Day 4 – Montezuma. Bill Narayan, professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology at the KU Medical Center, walks through a field at the wind farm near Montezuma.

Day 5 – Medicine Lodge, Barbara Timmermann, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of Medicinal Chemistry, stands next to a life-size portrait of famed saloon basher and prohibitionist Carrie Nation in Medicine Lodge.

Day 5 – Inman. Life on the bus was full of sights to see, conversation and commentary on the many features of Kansas.

Day 6 – Lyon County. A bronze sculpture stands against nature’s backdrop at the Scott and Carol Ritchie Ranch in Lyon County.

Day 6 – Lyon County. Isaac Opole, professor of internal medicine at the KU Medical Center, visits with Carol Ritchie at her ranch in Lyon County.

Day 6 – Lyon County. Vladimir Yamshchikov, associate professor of molecular biosciences, takes a photo of Melinda Krautmann, community health educator and outreach coordinator at the School of Nursing, at the Ritchie Ranch.

Day 6 – Lyon County. Richard Lariviere, incoming provost and and executive vice chancellor, and a group of tour participants listen to Scott Ritchie as he explains some of the botanical features of his ranch.

Day 6 – Lyon County. Participants make their way down a hill during a nature walk at the Ritchie Ranch in Lyon County.

Day 6 – Lyon County. The tour bus definitely got off the beaten path, fording a shallow creek near the Ritchie Ranch.

Day 6 – Cottonwood Falls. The Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls is the oldest, continuously operating courthouse in the state of Kansas.

2006 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour

Nearly 50 faculty and staff took a six-day swing across Kansas on the Wheat State Whirlwind tour last week. From the capitol rotunda to riding with buffalo to learning about wheat farming, tour participants got to see what drives the Kansas economy and experience its varied landscape. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who sponsors the tour, started it nine years ago as a way to introduce faculty and staff to their new home state and to see some of the communities their students come from to gain an appreciation for what makes Kansas unique.

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