KU Talking Points - January 2014
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The 2014 Kansas Legislature gavels into session on Monday with budget issues again expected to dominate the agenda.
Governor Sam Brownback will deliver his State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 15, with his budget recommendations expected to be issued the following day.
The top priorities in KU's 2014 State Agenda are restoring the $13.53 million in budget cuts that were passed last year and securing state support for the Health Education Initiative. This initiative would expand our ability to educate doctors at a time when many communities in Kansas are facing a shortage of physicians and health providers.
The Office of Public Affairs coordinates communications with legislators on behalf of the university, with Lindsey Douglas having recently been named director of state relations. We will post updates throughout the session, and you can also sign up to receive updates through the KU Alumni Association's Jayhawks for Higher Education.
Through January 25 we are focusing on how University of Kansas scholars and researchers make discoveries that change the world. This topic encompasses the full range of scholarly and creative endeavors our faculty, students and staff are engaged in.
Starting January 26 and running through February 15, we are focusing on how the university contributes to the prosperity and vitality of the state of Kansas. This aligns with the early weeks of the 2014 Legislative Session.
And February 15 through March 8, we are supporting student recruitment efforts by emphasizing why students should choose KU. This theme coincides with the FAFSA priority date on March 1.
These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU home page, on social media, through paid advertising and in other venues. Units are encouraged to use these themes in planning their own communications efforts.
- Did you know that half of Kansas' doctors trained at KU? Viewers who see our latest commercial, airing around the state this month and next, will.
- Commencement.ku.edu is your source for details on Commencement weekend and all that leads up to it, with #KUgrads once again being the hashtag for Commencement-related tweets and posts.
- The most recent edition of Inside KU, Time Warner Sports Channel's look at academics and research at the university, is now online at youtube.com/KU.
- The Nieman Journalism Lab today featured lessons learned by the social media desk at The New York Times - including how a bit of editing can make the difference between a great tweet and a forgotten one.
Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:
- Lindsey Douglas, director of state relations, Office of Public Affairs
- Alejandra Guzman, account manager, Marketing Communications
- Christina Holt, associate director for Community Tool Box Services, Working Group for Community Health and Development