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Talking Points is a periodic newsletter from the Office of Public Affairs that helps keep our network of communicators informed.


This edition includes information on a proposal to cut funding for the Lawrence campus, details on upcoming communicators meetings, and presentation links from last month's meeting.
This edition of Talking Points has details on the first KU Communicators meeting of 2015, as well as upcoming appearances by KU officials testifying to the Kansas Legislature about the university's budget.
The January edition includes details on how KU's pitch for business partnerships is going global, information on how to get discounted Adobe software for home use, and articles of note for higher education communicators.
The December edition includes a profile of the new director of KU Marketing Communications, details on a KU150 book signing, and upcoming message themes.
This edition features details on the November 18 KU Communicators meeting, a link to the October meeting's presentation, and upcoming message themes.
This month's edition features the upcoming KU Communicators at the Edwards Campus, along with news of a new Lawrence Journal-World KU reporter, and the upcoming message themes.
The September edition highlights the 2014-15 TV ad, as well as seeking events related to the Sesquicentennial and encouraging faculty members to take advantage of a free portrait session.
This month's Talking Points features details on the first KU Communicators meeting of the fall semester, a Google Hangout for the KU Common Book, and Admissions road trip details.
This edition includes information on a national award for Marketing Communiations, details on KU at the State Fair, and a request for information on departmental events surrounding Family Weekend.
This month's edition covers topics including that the KU homepage is now fully responsive, the new leader for the KU News Service, and updates to the interactive campus map, as well as seeking nominations for this season's tailgating fundraiser.
This month's Talking Points covers summer road construction and upcoming message themes, as well as an invitation to participate in website navigation testing.
This edition of Talking Points features a new tool for ensuring communications are accessible to all, as well as details on Family Weekend and Band Day and tips on increasing Facebook engagement.
This edition of Talking Points outlines the 2014 Chancellor's Report campaign, contains an invitation for communicators to help guide KU's digital experience, and details upcoming message themes.
This edition of Talking Points features stories on an institutional branding webinar, a new digital user experience group, and KU's work to train doctors for Kansas.
This month's edition contains information on how to make sure your event is accessible, details on the 2014 Legislative Session and links to a new commercial and new TV show.
The December edition provides details on submitting news items through the CMS, links to a new website for the Far Above campaign and unveils the new places.ku.edu.
The November edition covers topics including the report on the second year of Bold Aspirations and an update on the October 30 visit by legislative leaders to the university.
The October edition covers Homecoming 2013, the launch of the KU 150 website and recruitment advertising, among other topics.
The September edition of includes details on an upcoming presentation on social media, the first KU Communicators meeting of the semester and upcoming message themes.
The August edition of Talking Points includes details on the first KU Communicators meeting of the fall semester, a photo session for faculty members and a reminder to check unit communicator listings.
The July edition includes a message from Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Tim Caboni updating communicators on the progress that has been made toward our shared goals, as well as information about the State Fair and a link to new social media guidelines for university units.
The June edition of Talking Points discusses hashtags for the upcoming student recruitment campaign, as well as how to maximize your website's ability to spur contributions to the Far Above campaign.
The May edition of KU Talking Points covers Commencement and iTunesU, as well as including a request for outstanding student stories.
This month Talking Points includes stories on the April 23 meeting of KU Communicators and, the Legislature's budget discussions, as well as upcoming events and message themes.
This edition of KU Talking Points features articles on the evolution of Marketing Communications, the effects of the federal budget sequester and upcoming message themes.
In this issue, the 2013 State of the University video is highlighted; faculty portrait sessions are announced an social media best practices are shared, among other topics.
Topics covered in this month's KU Talking Points include an upcoming audit of communications across the university, new looks for ku.edu and news.ku.edu and upcoming message themes.
Topics in this edition include transitioning websites to the CMS, upcoming message themes and a report on high school students' use of social media.
Topics covered include the next KU Communicators meeting, the 2012-13 institutional TV commercial and upcoming message themes.
Topics in this edition include the Bold Aspirations annual report, a progress report for the Content Management System, and upcoming message themes.
Topics in this edition include the September 17 KU Communicators meeting, a television ad promoting KU's four-year renewable scholarships and statistics on the demographics of social networks.
Topics included in this edition range from the Social Media Triathlon and Kansas State Fair, to the creation of the COMTalk listserv for KU Communicators.

When looking to tackle the issue of obesity in rural America, where should we start? The answer is not what you might think. Empathy, says Christie Befort, an associate professor at KU who has just won a $10 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to investigate solutions to rural obesity. Many physicians are embarrassed talking about weight—especially in a small town where everybody knows each other, Befort says. By providing obesity treatment options in rural primary care, she plans to start a conversation, and maybe a revolution, in rural health care. For more details on Befort's efforts, check out the 2015 Chancellor's Report: http://bit.ly/1D5A5MO and her video: http://bit.ly/1C5xYZa Tags: #KUcommunities #Obesity #Health #Rural #Midwest Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute - PCORI

Whistling the night away. #exploreKU shot by saamanthathomas on insta. http://t.co/JFZcj31X8h
Explore KU: Experience a KU Men's Basketball tradition It’s explosive. It’s dramatic. It’s intimidating. It’s a KU tradition (see more at http://bit.ly/KUtraditions) simply known as the Confetti Toss. But it creates a primal eruption of fan enthusiasm at the opening of every KU men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. It starts as the visiting team is introduced on court. The KU student section is visibly bored and unimpressed. The entire section under the north basket holds up University Daily Kansans — making the point they’d rather read the newspaper than even look at the other team. They shake and rustle the student newspapers. Then the moment they were waiting for arrives — the Jayhawks enter the court. All Rock Chalk breaks loose. Newspapers, confetti and thousands of thundering voices soar into already charged atmosphere of KU’s hallowed basketball arena. The confetti hits its high point, near the banner on the north wall reading “Pay Heed, All Who Enter: Beware of the Phog.” And the confetti rains back into the stands, onto the court and into the memories of all at hand. It’s time to play.


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