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May 17, 2010
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, (785) 864-8860

Police training, natural resources, history highlight Wheat State Tour's fourth day

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LAWRENCE — About 40 University of Kansas faculty and staff will get an up close look at Kansas law enforcement training methods, as well as the state’s natural resources and manufacturing base Thursday, May 20, on the fourth day of the 2010 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

Now in its 12th year, the tour takes faculty and staff, many new to Kansas, on a five-day, 1,000-plus-mile trip through Kansas, introducing them to the state’s history, culture, economy and landscape.

Day four will begin with a visit to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Yoder. A unit of KU Continuing Education, the center trains the vast majority of law enforcement officers who work in the state. Director Ed Pavey will lead a tour of the center’s facilities and discuss curriculum. Staff will give demonstrations of training techniques cadets experience in their education.

From Yoder, the bus will roll on to Burrton, where participants will pay a visit to the Equus Beds Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Project. Debra Ary, superintendent of production and pumping, will lead a tour of the facility. The Equus Beds provide a large portion of the water supply for Wichita. Studies have projected that the beds, along with Cheney Reservoir, will not be able to meet city needs in coming years. The project investigates artificial recharge of the beds as an alternative method of meeting future water needs.

After the stop in Wichita, the group will travel to El Dorado, in Butler County. The group will have lunch at Susie’s Chili Parlor before traveling to the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. The museum documents the long history of oil production in Kansas. El Dorado is located in fertile oil country, and in one year alone in the early 20th century, the El Dorado oil field produced 29 million barrels of oil.

The bus will then travel to Independence for a tour of Cessna Corp. Tour participants will get a firsthand look at the aviation manufacturing plant. Cessna is a leader in aviation, a major industry in Kansas.

The evening will end in Independence. The group will kick off the final day of the tour the following morning with a visit to Independence Community College.

This year, tour participants will share highlights of the trip on Twitter. Visit twitter.com/kuwheatstate from May 17 to 21 for daily updates, impressions from participants and more. To view daily itineraries, maps of this year’s route and photos of previous tours, visit www.wheatstate.ku.edu.

Itinerary for Thursday, May 20

7:45 a.m. – Depart Hotel
8:15 a.m. – Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
9:45 a.m. – Equus Beds Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Project
10:45 a.m. – Depart Equus
12 p.m. – Lunch, Susie’s Chili Parlor
1 p.m. – Butler County Historical Center and Kansas Oil Museum
1:45 p.m. – Depart Eldorado
3:30 p.m. – Cessna Corp.
5 p.m. – Arrive and check-in at Microtel, Independence


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