[Congressional Record Volume 141, Number 126 (Tuesday, August 1, 1995)]
[Page H8146]
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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the 
gentleman from Kansas [Mr. Brownback] is recognized for 5 minutes.
  (Mr. BROWNBACK asked and was given permission to revise and extend 
his remarks.)
  Mr. BROWNBACK. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to stand on the floor of 
the House of Representatives and recognize an important part of Kansas 
and American history and that is the 100th anniversary of the Kansas 
Technical Institute. One hundred years ago, the State of Kansas created 
the Kansas Technical Institute that changed lives, providing careers 
and training for hundreds of men and women. It became a source of 
information, inspiration, and guidance to thousands.
  From the beginning, the KTI was more than a school. To the school 
family, it became a mission to assist black women and men in pushing 
back any boundaries, real or perceived, that limited their lives.
  The institution was founded in Topeka, KS, in 1895 by Edward Stevens 
and Izie Reddick. It was called the Industrial and Educational 
Institute and Mr. Stevens was its first President. The institute 
underwent many changes over the years, including several 
reorganizations and expansions. In 1919, it was made a regular State 
school by the legislature and in 1951, it became the Kansas Technical 
  In its 60 year history, this African-American institution graduated 
thousands of students in technical trades. Many of the institute's 
graduates went on to become business owners, doctors, nurses, lawyers, 
and other professionals, making one of the most significant 
contributions to the development of black leadership in the State of 
  Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the Kansas Technical Institute 
for its critical part in our history.

menninger hospital honored as best hospital in psychiatry in the nation

  Mr. Speaker, on another matter that happened in my district this past 
month, U.S. News and World Report named America's best hospitals. In 
its sixth annual hospital guide, U.S. News worked with the National 
Opinion Research Center, assessed hospital care nationwide and ranked 
hospitals across the country in 16 specialties. A random selection of 
American Medical Association members and nonmembers were asked to rank 
the five hospitals they considered the best among the best in the 
Nation's 1,600 tertiary care centers. I am proud to state that 
Menninger Hospital, located in Topeka, KS, was named the best hospital 
in psychiatry in the Nation. Since its beginning, the Menninger clinic 
has been the foremost institution in applied psychiatry in the world. 
Menninger offers an unparalleled scope of treatment services, research, 
professional education, and prevention programs.
  In the past 12 years, Menninger has been recognized as one of the 
country's top psychiatry centers of excellence 14 times by national 
  So, Mr. Speaker, I stand here pretty proud of what has happened in my 
district in the past month; proud of my district for all it has 
contributed to the Nation, for African-American leadership development, 
for leadership in psychiatric care, and I am pleased to be able to 
recognize that on the floor.