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KU Talking Points - December 2013

Submit news via the CMS

KU schools, departments and programs that are using the new content management system for their websites should also now use the CMS to submit news releases and KU Today items. Instructions on entering news releases through the CMS are available at http://cms.ku.edu/news-page.

If you have questions, please contact Christy Little in the KU News Service.

A new website for Far Above

There’s a new home on the web for KU’s comprehensive campaign, Far Above: farabove.org.
All schools and units now have more robust pages containing their campaign priorities and giving opportunities. All content has been pulled from the campaign case statement and mini case statements. 

If you’ve been using a redirect anywhere to link to your previous campaign page, such as kuendowment.org/farabove_business for the School of Business, those redirects are unchanged.
A friendly reminder that the text and links of the Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas button in the KU CMS design can be edited. Feel free to use this button to link to your campaign page and/or a giving page for your area.
As always, if you have any redirect or giving page needs for your school or unit, do not hesitate to contact Jessica Sain-Baird, web and social media editor at KU Endowment.

Updated online map & building directory

KU's online map and online buildings directory have been relaunched and overhauled with a new design and new functionality.

The sites, buildings.ku.edu and map.ku.edu, are now integrated into a single comprehensive experience, places.ku.edu, that delivers richer information on the Lawrence Campus, including directions, parking locations and more. Future enhancements to the map are also in the works.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email Justin Henning, associate director of interactive at KU Marketing Communications.

Upcoming message themes

As we approach the end of the year, we'll highlight the achievements of KU students, faculty, staff and friends in our annual "Best of KU" feature. This message theme will run from December 8 through January 4.

Starting January 5, we'll highlight KU research, scholarship and creative works by promoting how the university is making discoveries that change the world. This feature will run through January 25.

And since the Kansas Legislature opens its 2014 session on January 13, from January 26 through February 15 our theme will be "Creating Prosperity: How KU contributes to the vitality and economy of Kansas."

These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU home page, on social media, through paid advertising and in other venues. Units are encouraged to use these themes in planning their own communications efforts.

New to KU Communicators

We did not receive word of any additions this month, but if you have changes to the roster of communicators, please e-mail Emma Cornish, who maintains the communicators directory

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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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KU Today

Message Themes

December 8 to January 4
Best of KU 2013

January 5 to 25
Making Discoveries that Change the World

January 26 to February 15
Creating Prosperity


Upcoming Events

December 14
School of Engineering Recognition Ceremony
9 a.m.
Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall

December 14
School of Business Fall Recognition Event
10 a.m.
Lied Center

December 14
School of Education Fall Recognition Event
1 p.m.
Lied Center

December 15
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Recognition Event
2 p.m.
Lied Center

December 18 & 19
Board of Regents Meeting

January 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Recognition: Inspired Dreams
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ballroom, Kansas Union


KU Assistive Technology for Kansans program helps people with disabilities obtain life-changing technology. http://bit.ly/18A1bf8

Thanks to private giving, KU students receive more than 10,000 scholarships, fellowships, awards and loans each year.

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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