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KU Talking Points - March 2013

Marketing Communications has evolved

Marketing Communications not only has a new name. We also have an expanded scope. If you have a goal for your group, Marketing Communications is ready to help you bring it to life. We’re here to work with you — to be your partner — with the goal of creating strategic, cohesive communications that mesh with your objectives.
To learn more about what we can do together, please visitmarketing.ku.edu or get in touch with David Duncil, interim director, to set up an appointment.
When you’re ready, let’s talk.

Federal budget cuts take effect

Federal budget cuts known as the "sequester" took effect on March 1, despite warnings from a range of university and business leaders of the consequences these cuts will have for innovation and the economy.

Research and Graduate Studies has prepared a resource page with details on what these cuts may mean for KU, what university leaders have been doing to encourage policymakers to avoid harming research and articles on the prospects for a resolution.

If you are contacted by the media regarding what the sequester may mean for your unit, please coordinate with the Office of Public Affairs.

Upcoming message themes

Starting March 10, we'll highlight the research, scholarship and creative works that set a research university like the University of Kansas apart from other colleges. These stories will include how our research benefits Kansans and the world.

March 31 through April 20, we'll focus on the ways KU helps build healthy communities. This can be through health education, research and patient care, but also through our work to improve the vitality of communities through the arts and humanities, our efforts to support of sustainable prosperity or any other ways the university contributes to community well-being.

Finally, from April 21 to May 11 as we lead up to Commencement on May 19, we'll emphasize the ways KU educates leaders. This includes helping students achieve their full potential through courses and extracurricular activities, as well as the ways we meet vital workforce needs.

These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU Home Page, through paid advertising and in other venues.  If you have news stories prepared for any of these topics, please contact Jill Jess so we can include them in our plans.

  • Information Technology provides free access to Adobe Connect, allowing units to conduct online meetings and video conferences.
  • Kathy Damron provides regular updates on issues in the Kansas Legislature of interest to KU atpublicaffairs.ku.edu/stateupdates.
  • The transition of university websites to the CMS continues, with many schools and major units already on the new template. For assistance in transitioning your site, please visit cms.ku.edu.
  • Commencement.ku.edu has been updated with information on the ceremony this May, including important deadlines and ceremony information for scheduled, individual school ceremonies. For more information, contact Charlie Persinger.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Chad Arganbright, video producer/assistant editor, KU Endowment
  • Julie Bear, administrative associate senior, School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Chad Beatty, web designer, KU Memorial Unions
  • Steven Case, director, Center for Science Education
  • Molly Crook, graphic designer, KU Memorial Unions
  • Lisa Eitner, marketing coordinator, KU Memorial Unions
  • Joanna Fewins, development associate / Design Manager, KPR
  • Lauren Haskin, marketing coordinator, KU Memorial Unions
  • Jennica King, coordinator, Public Affairs, School of Medicine–Wichita
  • Claudia Larkin, director of marketing, KU Memorial Unions
  • Jane Mahoney, digital media & marketing coordinator, KU Alumni Association
  • Greta Wendelin Perel, assistant director/technology coordinator, Undergraduate Advising Center
  • Dan Storey, staff photographer & videographer, KU Alumni Association
  • Dustin Struble, assistant director of SILC/Greek Life, Student Involvement & Leadership Center
  • Bev West, senior graphic designer, KU Memorial Unions

Changes to the roster of communicators should be e-mailed to Tommie Cassen, who maintains the communicators directory.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today

Message Themes

March 10 to 30
Making discoveries that change the world

March 31 to April 20
Building healthy communities

April 21 to May 11
Educating leaders

Upcoming Events

March 6
Far Above: Houston
Chancellor Gray-Little and KU Endowment meet with KU supporters in Houston, Tex.

March 18 to 22
Spring Break

March 29
Enrollment begins
Enrollment for summer and fall classes begins


The KU School of Pharmacy has ranked in the top five nationally for NIH funding every year since 2001.

KU has 35 programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 40 among public institutions.

Read more #KUFacts by following @KUNews on Twitter.

Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state and the hopes we have for our world.


Share ideas, ask questions and learn from your fellow communicators.

To join send an e-mail with no subject to listproc@ku.edu with the following in the body of the message:

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