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KU Talking Points: August 2012

Social Media Triathlon

Students are being encouraged to explore campus and share what they find as part of the "Social Media Triathlon."

The event runs from August 14 to 28. Grant prizes include lunch with Chancellor Gray-Little, reserved seats for Late Night in the Phog, behind-the-scenes tours, an iPad and more. Students can also receive giveaways by checking in at participating venues.

Students will use Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare to explore — and brag about — campus. You can follow their progress with the #exploreku hashtag.

Additional details will be posted by the end of the week. Contact Justin Henning, social media manager at Marketing Communications, for more information.

Call for State Fair volunteers

Volunteer registration is now open for the KU booth at the Kansas State Fair, which runs Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 16.

We are asking for volunteers for shifts that run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. (Note: Friday, September 7 is afternoon only.) You can sign up at statefair.ku.edu/volunteer.shtml.

Volunteers would be provided a KU polo shirt, admission ticket to the fair and $10 in food vouchers. Individuals or units would need to cover transportation costs and any hotel accommodations.

Human Resources has approved volunteering in the KU booth at State Fair as official work time, but your department needs to approve your participation. If you have questions about what activities are compensable for hourly staff, please contact HR.


Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for the KU communicators listserv name. COMTalk was suggested by several people, and you can now join the discussion list by sending a request to the automated ListProc server.

To subscribe, send an email (with no subject) to listproc@ku.edu. In the body of the e-mail write:

sub COMTalk Yourfirstname Yourlastname

If you have questions, contact David Day with KU Information Technology.

  • Marketing Communications will offer new faculty members free studio portraits August 28 to 30. Having a recent photograph is helpful for promoting a faculty member’s work to the media and online. The sessions will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Wesley Building. No appointment is needed. For more information, contact Doug Koch.
  • Follow Pinterest.com/jayhawknation for KU's official Pinterest presence. Find boards full of campus beauty, fans from all over the world, famous Jayhawks and more.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Tara Hardison, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising Center
  • Rachel Karwas, Event Coordinator, KU Libraries
  • Kelsey Kimberlin, Photographer, Marketing Communications
  • Charles Linn, Director of Communications, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning
  • Kitty Steffens, Visitor Services and Events Coordinator, Natural History Museum
  • Brian Schneweis, Communications Coordinator, Office of Admissions

Changes to the roster of communicators should be emailed to Tommie Cassen, who maintains our Web page, communicators.ku.edu.

Just for Fun

Hawk Week is just around the corner, so visit hawkweek.ku.edu to see all the ways KU is welcoming new Jayhawks to campus.

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

As we did over the summer, we’ve expanded our message themes to three weeks to make it easier to time communications to fit each theme.

To start the school year, we’ll be focusing on “The Jayhawk Experience” from August 19 through September 8. This encompasses everything from the first-year experience to KU traditions.

From September 9 to 29, the focus will again be on how KU builds healthy communities. This theme includes everything from health education and research, to our efforts to create sustainable prosperity, to the ways KU brings the arts and humanities to communities.

These stories will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU Home Page, and in other venues. If you have story ideas for any of these topics, please contact Jill Jess.

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:

sub COMTalk Yourfirstname Yourlastname