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KU Talking Points - May 2013

Commencement details

Commencement.ku.edu features information on the ceremony and related recognition events. The site lists schedules, details on parking and transportation, accessibility information and more. For more information on Commencement, contact Charlie Persinger.

Additionally, communicators are encouraged to use and promote the #kugrads hashtag in any messages as we lead up to Commencement weekend. The hashtag is intended to serve as a way to collect graduation content from students and other areas of campus - pictures, photos, videos, tweets etc. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Henning.

Know of an outstanding student?

Marketing Communications is interested in speaking to outstanding seniors and juniors about their experiences at KU for possible future use in marketing and recruitment communications.

These students are ones who have earned prestigious academic honors, created compelling research or art, or whose life stories and academic achievements are inspiring to us all. 

If you are aware of stories involving exceptional seniors and juniors, please send them to David Duncil by Monday, May 13. 

KU on iTunesU

The University of Kansas now has an iTunes U account, which is looking for partnerships across the university to provide additional academic content.

If you are interested in adding content to iTunes U, please contact Justin Henning. Official guidelines for content submission are still being finalized with KU Information Technology.

Upcoming message themes

Through May 11, we are emphasizing 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.

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

And from June 2 through June 16 we'll again emphasize the ways that KU research, scholarship and creative works change our world and contribute to prosperity and well-being.

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.

  • The Kansas Legislature will return to Topeka May 8 to begin the wrap-up session and we will continue to post updates on legislative actions affecting the university to the Public Affairs website.
  • When transitioning your site to the CMS, please make sure you use link redirects to ensure sites that link to your important pages don't end up with broken links.
  • Visit the “What’s New” link on the CMS top menu after logging in for updates on added features and functionality.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Sonja Heath, assistant director, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity
  • Malcolm Neelley, graphics specialist, Continuing Education
  • Kathy Rose-Mockry, director, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity

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

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Message Themes

April 21 to May 11
Educating leaders

May 12 to June 1
Best of KU 2012-13

June 2 to 17
Making discoveries that change the world

Upcoming Events

May 8
Legislature convenes for wrap-up session

May 10
Stop Day

May 19

June 19
Expected Board of Regents vote on 2013-14 tuition

July 1
Application for fall 2014 admission opens


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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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