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Lawrence Central Rotary Celebrates Sixteen Years

Back, L to R: Scott Wagner; Gena Dellett with her son; Margaret Brumberg; Chip LaClair; Bob Swan; Steve Mason; Tobin Neis; Fred Atchison; Lori Trenholm; Kate Campbell; Lynn O’Neal
Front, L to R: Karena Schmitendorf ; Shelly McColm; Janis Bunker; Irina Swan; Audrey Coleman; Letitia Cole; Jim Evers

Members of Lawrence Central Rotary gathered with spouses, children, and other guests at S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse to celebrate the club’s birthday. Established in March 2003, the club currently has 38 members.

President Audrey Coleman presented the Becky Castro Award for Community Service to Kate Campbell during the program.

Max Kade Center: Understanding the German experience in America

Lorie Vanchena

Lorie Vanchena is proud to work in the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at KU. A faculty member in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, she also an enthusiastic spokesperson.

KU’s Max Kade Center is one of a number across the United States. Located in the former Sudler House in the northwest corner of the KU campus, the historic stone building features turrets outside, walnut paneling in the interior, and a secret room in the basement. The building is now owned by the German Department,

The original purpose of all Max Kade centers was to foster the study of German-speaking immigrants from Europe and their contributions to America. In recent years, the scope has widened to include the study of the influence of Germans in America more broadly and the impact that their presence had.

The Max Kade Center at KU flourishes through collaboration. The German Department promotes teaching, research, and programs about migration from German-speaking Europe to American. It supports KU international inititiaves for exchange and engagement.

There is also a close working relationship with Spencer Research Library on campus and its archives. Although there are many books at the Max Kade Center, it is not a library. Books are transferred to the Spencer where they can be catalogued and preserved.

The German Department and the Center also collaborate with the Watkins Museum of History. In 2017, they lent artifacts and expertise to create an exhibit and related events about the Turnverein association in Lawrence and the Turnhalle that they built in east Lawrence.

In another collaborative effort, Watkins Museum Director Steve Nowak is teaching a class in museum collections management in the Max Kade Center space. The students in the course are creating a structure for the collections in the Max Kade Center, labeling shelves, and developing a risk management plan.

Learn First Aid for Mental Health

Each year, one in five American adults experience a mental health issue.

Bert Nash Mental Health Center is training the Lawrence community to recognize such problems and respond appropriately. Just as law enforcement professionals, educators, employers, and co-workers prepare to help in physical emergencies, they can also lend important first aid support to individuals who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

DeHerte described key elements of the Mental Health First Aid program

Carla DeHerte, WRAP Program Team Leader at Bert Nash, explained the key elements of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) protocol. The 8-hour training teaches how to recognize warning signs and provides background information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use. Participants learn a five-step intervention strategy and come away with a list of resources.

The primary goal of the training is to overcome stigmas related to mental illness and to promote understanding.

Spencer Research Library Celebrates 50 Years

Beth Whittaker is Assistant Dean of Distinctive Collections and Director of Spencer Research Library. She described recent updates made to the North Gallery, a space that currently houses an exhibit that celebrates the library’s fifty-year history and its namesakes: “Meet the Spencers: a Marriage of Arts and Sciences.”

Beth Whittaker gestures as she explains the variety of the Spencer Research Library collections.

Kenneth Spencer Research Library is the rare books, manuscripts, and archives library of the University of Kansas. Researchers can tap into a variety of collections, including Special Collections (established in 1953), the Kansas Collection, and the University Archives (established in 1969). Topics range from photos of Kansas over the decades; materials about ornithology and other natural history topics; science fiction; the history of education; Latin American holdings; ancient manuscripts, atlases, and much more. There is even a collection about contemporary political movements.

Leonard Bernstein Inspires Paul Laird

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Paul Laird

KU Musicologist Paul Laird has devoted much of his career to studying conductor and composer  Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).   During the past year, he has given numerous presentations on Bernstein and his work as the world celebrates the 100th birthday of this extraordinary talent.  

Laird admires Bernstein’s “absolute musicality,” his knowledge of musical styles, his fabulous ear, and his extraordinary charisma.  

Laird has written five books about Bernstein, among them Leonard Bernstein: a Guide to Research. The book begins with an essay on the composer’s achievements and continues with annotations on Bernstein’s writings, performances, and educational work.  

When asked, Laird declares that “West Side Story” is his favorite of Bernstein’s works.

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