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KU Talking Points - August 2013

KU Communicators September 20

The first KU Communicators meeting of the 2013-14 academic year will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, September 20 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

We'll hear from David Reed, associate athletics director for compliance, as well as see a presentation from the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

An RSVP message will be sent out closer to the event.

Photo sessions for faculty

As we all work to elevate the national perception of the university by placing news stories, building university websites and creating promotional materials, we need recent portraits of faculty members.

Marketing Communications will hold walk-in photo sessions Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 for all faculty members. The sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Green Room of the Lied Center.

Please encourage your faculty members to take part if they do not have a recent, professionally taken photograph.

For questions, contact Marketing Communications' photo team.

Review your unit's directory listing

We track arrivals to KU Communicators, but don't always find out when people have changed positions or departed. Please take a moment to review your unit's listing on the KU Communicators directory and let Emma Cornish know about any updates that should be made.

Upcoming message themes

We are currently emphasizing "The Jayhawk Experience" -- the academics, opportunities and events available to Jayhawks during their time at the university. This theme will run through August 24, the Saturday before the fall semester begins.

From August 25 to September 14, we will focus on how KU makes discoveries that change the world. This encompasses the full range of research, scholarship and creative work that set a research university apart.

And from September 14 to October 5, we will bolster the fall recruitment campaign by highlighting "The KU Difference." This includes the unique opportunities offered to students by the university and individual academic departments.

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 the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • J.R. Caines, art director, Marketing Communications
  • Emma Cornish, assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Office of Public Affairs
  • David Gnojek, art director, Marketing Communications
  • Heidi Hulse, outreach coordinator, Office of First-Year Experience
  • Genna Hurd, research associate, Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy
  • Katie McCurry, digital strategist, Marketing Communications
  • Benjamin Pfeiffer, copywriter, Marketing Communications
  • Justin Runge, copywriter, Marketing Communications

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

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Message Themes

August 4 to 24
The Jayhawk Experience

August 25 to September 14
Building Healthy Communities

September 15 to October 5
The KU Difference

Upcoming Events

August 13 to 15
Kansas Board of Regents Annual Retreat

August 24
Traditions Night
8 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

August 25
Opening Convocation
7 p.m.
Lied Center

August 26
First Day of Fall Classes


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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.


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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