KU News Release


May 18, 2010
Contact: Jessica Beeson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (785) 864-1767

Vacationers nationwide pack their bags for KU's Mini College

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LAWRENCE — Although school won’t be in session next week, the University of Kansas campus will be buzzing with students.

Nearly 125 adults from 22 states and abroad will spend a week in Lawrence rediscovering the student experience during the second annual Mini College, May 24-28.

While at Mini College, participants attend classes in KU buildings and eat lunch at KU dining facilities — some even stay in campus housing, just as regular students do. Mini Collegians attend lectures based on the research specialties of top KU professors and are treated to extracurricular activities, tours and social events that keep them busy the entire week.

More than 70 courses and activities are being offered this year. Some of the courses include “Everything you wanted to know about GDP but were afraid to ask,” “The promise of personalized medicine: How genetic testing can improve health care,” “Astroparticle physics on the Kansas prairie,” “Islam is a thinking chick's religion: How Muslim women can save Islam,” “Money makes the world go 'round: Geographies of global finance,” and “Stuff accumulates: Managing and downsizing possessions.”

Many of those attending are KU alumni, but the program is open to any adult. Educators have attended to earn continuing education units; others have attended Mini College because they never had the opportunity to attend college or because they were curious about KU. One participant last year was a University of Missouri grad.

Several participants are attending this year because they had so much fun during the inaugural Mini College that they wanted to come back for more.

“I will return this year and my wife, Pam, will be coming along with me,” said George Pangburn, who earned a masters’ in geography in 1974. “This was a perfect opportunity to spend more time on campus and engage in some interesting learning activities.”

Those who will miss this year’s Mini College can start planning ahead for next year. Mini College 2011 is set for June 6-10, and those interested can sign up for updates at www.minicollege.ku.edu.

Mini College is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-hosted by the Commons. The College enrolls more than 18,000 students. Nearly half of the students at KU earn their bachelor’s degrees from the College.

Mini College participants are listed below by hometown.

DICKINSON COUNTY
From Abilene 67410: Marcia Williamson and Rick Williamson

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin City 66006: Mary Askew and Theresa Browning
From Lawrence 66044: Richard Crank, Constance Roeder, Nancy Vogel and Amanda Warren; 66046: Laura Foust, Clyne Foust and Mariann Graham; 66047: Bernice Daniels, Janet Graybill, William Graybill, Valerie Moreau, Henry Russell and Lynn Russell; 66049: Sidney Garrett, Lee Hedrick, Evan Jorn, Mary Jorn, David Klamet, Tony Miller and Susie Nightingale

JEFFERSON COUNTY
From Meriden 66512: Rachel Mackey

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Fairway 66205: Catherine Bedora
From Leawood 66209: Susan Morris; 66211: Robert Smith and Sally Smith
From Lenexa 66215: Randy Dunford
From Mission 66202: Tom Bath and Linda Clark
From Mission Hills 66208: Connie Ashcraft and Keith Ashcraft
From Overland Park 66207: Linda Allen and Donald Allen; 66224: Anne Brumbaugh; 66215: Delmont Hadley
From Prairie Village 66208: Denny Aguiar and Paul Benson; 66207: Larry Colburn, Virginia Colburn and Trudie Goldberg
From Shawnee 66226: Joanne Doyle
From Stilwell 66085: Pamelyn Richardson
From Westwood Hills 66205: Carolyn Patterson

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth 66048: JoEtta Kaaz, Carol Mullen and Carolyn Tillotson

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville 67337: Barbara Heasty and Vicki Rauch

PHILLIPS COUNTY
From Phillipsburg 67661: Tracy Sanson

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66502: Virginia Arthur

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina 67401: Shirley Andrews and William Andrews

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66604: Dorothy Harder, Robert Harder and Karen Tappan  
From Topeka 66610: Stephen Paige
From Topeka 66611: Tracy Gardner and Linda Sloan
From Topeka 66614: Jo Ann Kemp and John Strahan

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67212: Karen Schier

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City 66117: Mary-Lucille Mantz and Charlie Perdue; 66109: Mike Perez; 66106: Gail Spaits; 66109: Thomas Standish and Kali Standish

ARKANSAS
From Little Rock 72223: Philip Robertson and Molly Schwarz

ARIZONA
From Tucson 85742: Barbara Duncan

CALIFORNIA
From Yreka 96097: Jan Osborn

COLORADO
From Denver 80237: Marji Adelstein and Mike Neubauer
From Fraser 80442: Martha Williams
From Keenesburg 80643: Susan Warren
From Lakewood 80227: Norma Tucker
From Pueblo West 81007: Steve Parke

CONNECTICUT
From Guilford 06437: Brenda Casey

FLORIDA
From Sarasota 34242: Barbara Glanz

ILLINOIS
From Aurora 60502: Karna Burkeen

IOWA
From Sioux City 51108: Deb Andriessen

MARYLAND
From Sykesville 21784: Karin Otto

MICHIGAN
From Ann Arbor 48108: Richard Chesney and Marcia Chesney

MINNESOTA
From Edina 55439: David Rinker and Ruth Rinker
From Rochester 55904: Helen Truxal and Charles Truxal

MISSOURI
From Independence 64055: Ronald Adams
From Kansas City 64110 Dona Flory; 64111: Shari Caraway; 64112: Jeanine Cobler and Douglas Winn; 64114: Dennis Brook; 64151: Richard Lovett
From Lake Ozark 65079: Teri Loney
From Parkville 64152: Mark Clough and Judith Clough
Sunrise Beach 65079: John Loney

NORTH CAROLINA
From Chapel Hill 27514: Sandra Milroy-Jens
From Greensboro 27410: Stuart Forster and Dale VanHoose
From Salisbury 28144: Sandra Reitz and Richard Reitz

NEW JERSEY
From New Brunswick 08901: Margaret Viezbicke

NEVADA
From Henderson 89052: Vernon Mattson and Gertrude Mattson

NEW YORK
From Staten Island 10301: Wendy Wullbrandt

OKLAHOMA
From Okmulgee 74447: Barbara Osborn and Edward Osborn

SOUTH CAROLINA
From Charleston 29403: Dennis House

SOUTH DAKOTA
From Sioux Falls 57106: Donna Pohlmann

TEXAS
From Abilene 79605: Douglas Price
From Austin 78727: Bridget Kane
From Houston 77070: Laurence Brown

VIRGINIA
From Midlothian 23112: George Pangburn and Pamela Pangburn

WISCONSIN
From Waukesha 53188: John Sapp

GERMANY
From Cologne: Bodo Doose


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