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KU Talking Points: November 2012

Rosen to update communicators on Bold Aspirations

Sara Rosen, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will be the featured speaker at the next KU Communicators meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 11:45 a.m. in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Rosen will provide an update Bold Aspirations, specifically the accomplishments of the past year and what is planned for the second year of the plan’s implementation. Many of the changes being made as part of Bold Aspirations have direct relevance to our communications with current and prospective students and employees, as well as donors and alumni.

Also speaking will be Jeff Severin from the Center for Sustainability, who will talk about the Campus Sustainability Plan and how it fits in with the university’s mission.

We will be giving out meal cards for the restaurants in The Market on Level 3 of the Kansas Union.  An RSVP message will be sent by Tommie Cassen closer to the event so we can make sure we have enough cards.

Ad highlights KU strengths

When you ask Kansans what first comes to mind when they think about the University of Kansas, they often mention basketball. So our 2012-13 institutional spot uses that as a hook to highlight all the other areas KU excels in.

Check out “We do this” and share it with your social media networks. It will run during football and men’s basketball games.

Upcoming message themes

Starting next week we will highlight how KU’s discoveries change the world. This includes research, scholarship and creative works in all disciplines.

On Dec. 2, we will begin a three week focus on how Jayhawks give back to the community. This can include services provided by KU students, faculty, staff and units, as well as volunteer opportunities.

And to close out the year, from Dec. 23 to Jan. 5 we will promote some of the best KU stories from 2012.

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.

  • Copies of the Bold Aspirations Annual Report are now available in the Office of Public Affairs, 230 Strong, or by e-mailing Gavin Young.
  • Connect your KU social media by sending Justin Henningany unit accounts that are not currently listed atconnect.ku.edu.
  • 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.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome Kari Balthazor, assistant to the director of the Applied English Center, to KU Communicators.

Changes to the roster of communicators should be e-mailed to Tommie Cassen, who maintains the directory at http://publicaffairs.ku.edu/resources/communicators.

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Message Themes

Nov. 11 to Dec. 1 
Making Discoveries that Change the World

Dec. 2 to 22
Jayhawks Give Back

Dec. 23 to Jan. 5
Best of KU 2012


Upcoming Events

Nov. 9
Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration
Lied Center

Nov. 22

Nov. 29 
KU Communicators
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union

Dec. 7
Stop Day


Twenty-four active start-up companies have been created from KU research.

KU has formulated eight of the 17 anti-cancer drugs in the NCI pipeline.

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.

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