March 25, 2023

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Civic-minded individuals in several United States cities and a number of the world’s major metropolitan areas consider a fine world-class orchestra a hallmark of excellence and a demonstration of their appreciations of the arts. Millions of dollars are spent to hire skilled violinists, experienced greats in

The newspaper obit was short.  Only five lines. It reported: Thomas “Todd” Seymour, 95, of Lawrence died peacefully at home on Friday, December 2, 2022.   He was born on May 4, 1927 in Leavenworth, KS.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannot, and is

For the past few months this writer has been trying to put together past experiences, memorable events and the history of his family.  As one longtime, but now dead friend told me, “You always need to have your bag packed as you never know when

On April 19, the Lawrence Journal-World carried a story reporting “The University of Kansas hopes to undertake a $40 million renovation of Watson Library, according to a new plan filed with the Kansas Board of Regents.”On June 8, the Journal-World had a story reporting “The

The state of Kansas is losing far too many of its outstanding high school graduates to other states. Likewise, Kansas University is losing an embarrassing share of these students to KSU and other smaller Kansas schools. KU administrators, alumni and friends enjoy referring to the University of

The death of Jon Wefald marks the end, the final chapter, of a remarkable lifetime of leadership, vision, hard work and success in the field of higher education. He’s gone but the tremendously good accomplishments he engineered will pay dividends for years for Kansas State

The headline on the front page of the Lawrence Journal-World stated: “University Senate Resolution: KU Has Become Toxic, Undemocratic”. The sub head reads “Leaders are asking Chancellor to create governance task force”.This probably understates the actual, overall environment of worry, frustration, disappointment, anger, uncertainty and

In late 2019, a deadly virus called Covid-19 entered the United States. Its origin remains questionable. It has caused close to 1 million deaths in the U. S. and millions more around the world. In many ways the virus brought the world’s most powerful nation

Congratulations to those who served on the search and selection committees to find a new president for Penn State University. They picked a winner in every respect. Neeli Bendapudi is a tremendously talented teacher, administrator, motivator and visionary leader. She has a genuine interest in her