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KU Talking Points - April 2013

KU Communicators April 23

The next KU Communicators meeting will feature the co-chairs of the Sesquicentennial Committee, Bill Crowe and Liz Kowalchuk, to talk about KU's 150th anniversary celebration.

Crowe is former dean of libraries and librarian emeritus, while Kowalchuk is associate dean for the School of the Arts.

The meeting will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Meal cards will be provided and an RSVP e-mail will go out closer to the event.
Legislature debates university cuts

The Kansas Legislature continues to debate the state budget, with bills passed by both the House and Senate containing cuts to higher education.

The House-passed budget would impose a $20.3 million cut on the University of Kansas. The Senate's budget would cut less, but both proposals are contrary to Governor Sam Brownback's budget, which calls for no cuts to universities. His budget also provides funding to start the university's Health Education Initiative.

Adjusted for inflation, KU's per-student state funding has declined by almost 40 percent over the last 14 years and the proposed cuts would only exacerbate that decline.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn for a month-long break at the end of this week and then return in early May. In the coming weeks the negative effects of the proposed cuts on KU's ability to serve its students and state will be emphasized by the university and its advocates.

You can keep track of actions in Topeka at publicaffairs.ku.edu/stateupdates.

Upcoming message themes

From now through April 20, we're focusing on the ways KU helps build healthy communities. This can be through health education, research and patient care, or through our work to improve the vitality of communities through the arts and humanities, our efforts to support sustainable prosperity or any other ways the university contributes to community well-being.

From April 21 to May 11, we'll emphasize the ways KU educates leaders. This includes helping students achieve their full potential through courses and extracurricular activities, as well as the ways we meet vital workforce needs.

And starting May 12 and running through June 1, we'll highlight the accomplishments of the 2012-13 academic year.

These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU Home Page, through paid advertising and in other venues.  If you have news stories prepared for any of these topics, please contact Jill Jess so we can include them in our plans.

New to KU Communicators

Please welcome Carrie Brown, internal communications manager at the KU Medical Center, to KU Communicators.

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

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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
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Message Themes

March 31 to April 20
Building healthy communities

April 21 to May 11
Educating leaders

May 12 to June 1
Best of KU 2012-13

Upcoming Events

April 30
Far Above: Chicago
Chancellor Gray-Little and KU Endowment meet with KU supporters.

May 10
Stop Day

May 19


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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.


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