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KU Talking Points: December 2012

Starting to move your website to the CMS?

When you are ready to move your website to the content management system, contact Corey Stone to set up a meeting to discuss your header image, site structure and other items that are important to cover before beginning work. This will save you time down the road.

Upcoming message themes

From now through December 22, the theme is "Jayhawks Give Back," which covers the range of ways KU students, faculty, staff and units contribute to their communities.

Starting December 23, we'll focus on the "Best of KU 2012" to highlight the biggest accomplishments and stories of the past year.

And on January 6, we'll begin the new year by talking about "The KU Difference" with differentiation points on how KU stands apart from its competitors in educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.

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

Facebook king when students research colleges

When high school students are researching colleges to attend, more than half visit Facebook, a new study shows.

The report by Inigral and Zinch shows that competitors like Twitter and Pinterest are visited by far fewer prospective students than Facebook and second-place YouTube.

The study’s authors say that Facebook and YouTube are preferred because they can better provide insights into student life on campus. Prospective students are also more interested in interacting with current students and recruiters, and Facebook provides this interaction.

Facebook is also used regularly by 90 percent of prospective students, twice the percentage that regularly use Twitter. Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest round out the top five.

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships has moved to the KU Visitor's Center, so make sure you've updated your website.
  • Sign up for courses on how to use the Drupal Content Management System to move your website to the new KU template. Visit cms.ku.edu for resources and training dates.
  • Check out these seven tricks to make your Facebook presence stand out to your audiences.
  • Connect your KU social media by sending Justin Henning any unit accounts that are not currently listed at connect.ku.edu.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Keith Lake, Manager of The Market, Kansas Memorial Unions
  • Sarah Mosher, Art Director, KU Endowment
  • Katrina Redding, Outreach Coordinator, University Career Center
  • Megan Schmidt, Public Affairs Officer, KU News Service

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

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

Dec. 2 to Dec.22
Jayhawks Give Back

Dec. 23 to Jan. 5
Best of KU 2012

Jan 6. to Jan 26
The KU Difference

Upcoming Events

Fall Recognition Ceremonies

Dec. 7
4 p.m.
Lied Center

Dec. 8
9 a.m.
Crafton-Preyer Theatre

Dec. 8
1 p.m.
Lied Center

Dec. 9
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2 p.m.
Lied Center


KU has more than 50 student groups devoted to community service and philanthropy.

KUMC sponsors JayDoc clinics in Kansas City and Wichita to serve un- and under-insured patients.

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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