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University of Kansas Gifted 700 Signed Celebrity Portraits

Associated Press - November 24, 2016 4:30 pm

Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas reported declining morale because of concerns about salary, lack of support, increased workload and the state government's increasing role in running the university, according to a "climate" survey taken on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses last fall.

A University of Kansas professor is giving more than 700 autographed portraits of celebrities to one of the school’s libraries.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports associate film and media studies professor John Tibbetts will give the portraits to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Tibbetts interviewed celebrities through his work as a professor and radio and television broadcaster.

Celebrity portraits include depictions of “Fahrenheit 451” author Ray Bradbury, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actor Julie Andrews and celebrity Whoopi Goldberg.

Tibbetts is giving the portraits in a series of multi-year donations. The first installment will include writers, musicians, broadcasters and sports figures.