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Kasim Hardaway

UMKC School of Medicine receives donation for the establishment of a Chair of Patient Safety

The UMKC School of Medicine received a $500,000 donation to create an Endowed Chair in Patient Safety.

The donation came from the family of Vijay Babu Rayudu.

Rayudu was enrolled in the School of Medicine and passed away July 2007.

Both of Rayudu’s parents work as physicians in Memphis, Tenn.

They made the donation and asked for the Endowed Chair in Patient Safety as an endowment in memory of their son.

The Rayudus have two other children: Ranga, a physician, and Paru, currently enrolled in the medical program.

“The UMKC School of Medicine is committed to the highest quality of patient care through education of the physician workforce,” said Dean of UMKC School of Medicine Betty M. Drees, M.D. “The School of Medicine has been committed to this high quality of patient care since it was founded in 1971. This new endowed chair will enable the recruitment of a national leader in the emerging field of patient safety.”

A national search for prospective candidates for the position of Endowed Chair in Patient Safety has begun.

The Chair will be created through matching funds from the UMKC School of Medicine and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Mayoral and City Council Debates hosted by SGA and ASUM

On Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m., UMKC will host the Mayoral and City Council debate for the upcoming Kansas City elections.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) will be hosting the debate, being held in Pierson Auditorium (located in the University Center).

“By hosting this event, we want to inform and encourage students and community residents to participate in the political process,” ASUM member Russell Anderson said.

The event will feature a panel of guest moderators from various media sources in Kansas City.

Columnist Lewis Diuguid of The Kansas City Star, NBC Action News Reporter Chris Hernandez, KCUR talk show host Jabulani Leffall, and political blogger of, Tony Botello, will be moderating the debates.

A statement from a press release states, “One of our goals is to inform students regarding the political process, and the debate will allow us to hear how the city’s future leaders plan to support higher education, promote job creation and spur economic development.”

For more information regarding the debate, please visit .

Re-voting for student transit pass planned

Since the result of last year’s voting, students from Environmental Studies Student Association (ESSA) have been planning another vote.

The vote, like last year’s proposal, is a bus pass that will be charged to student’s tuition for $28 instead of the usual $50 the Metro charges.

Students will be able to swipe their Onecard when boarding the bus.

The vote will be held Feb 7-11.

“We are hoping for 2,000 votes, a UMKC record,” ESSA Secretary Alyssa Housh said. “Next fall UMKC will be eliminating around 600 parking spots from our overloaded garages.”

Housh said it’s imperative for students to vote this time.

“With admission rising and this being our last chance to vote on this matter, it is urgent we get students to vote,” Housh said.

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