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KU Talking Points: October 2012

Bold Aspirations annual report

A report on the first year of the implementation of Bold Aspirations will be issued this month.  The report highlights the accomplishments of the first year, including progress on the KU Core, creation of programs to improve student retention and the development of multidisciplinary strategic initiative themes.

The report will be presented to the Kansas Board of Regents.  It will also be sent to leaders throughout the university and around Kansas, as well as to academic leaders nationwide.  For copies, contact Gavin Young.

Content Management System progress

Public Affairs and Information Technology continue to implement a campus-wide content management system (CMS) to improve the way we share content online and on mobile devices.

We invite KU units to begin transitioning their websites to the CMS. Visit cms.ku.edu to learn how to get started and to see a schedule of upcoming training workshops for those who will use the CMS.

You can also see a list of sites that have already been completed on the new CMS at http://cms.ku.edu/early-adopters.

Upcoming message themes

From now until October 20 we are emphasizing why students should choose to attend KU.  This is part of the lead-up to the November 1 new freshman scholarship application deadline.  Stories, home page slides and social media posts on this theme are being supported by radio, television and online advertising.

Starting October 21 and continuing to November 10, the ways KU educates leaders will be spotlighted.  This includes outstanding teaching, opportunities to work with leading scholars and the full range of experiences only available at a flagship research university.

Then from November 11 to December 1, KU’s discoveries that change the world will be featured.  These discoveries include the full range of research, scholarship and creative works that distinguish a research university.

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.

  • Photo and video crews from Marketing Communication and KU Media Productions covered the visit of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. See a photo gallery of the day’s events and watch his conversation with Bill Lacy at the Dole Institute here.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of the Twitter redesign which allows you to post a second, larger image, similar to a Facebook cover image, on the top of your profile.
  • KU's main Facebook page has passed the 190,000 fan mark, while @KUNews is nearing 17,000 Twitter followers.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome Roberta Pokphanh, assistant dean of Graduate Studies, to KU Communicators.

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

Sept. 30 to Oct. 20
Why Choose KU

Oct. 21 to Nov. 10
Educating Leaders

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

Upcoming Events

Oct. 21 to 27
Homecoming Week

Oct. 26 and 27 
Chancellor’s Club Weekend

Nov. 1 
New Freshman Scholarship Application Deadline 


KU has more nationally ranked graduate programs than all other public universities in Kansas combined, according to U.S. News and World Report.

KU also has had more Rhodes Scholars and conducts more sponsored research than all other universities in the state combined.

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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