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KU Talking Points - April 2014

Create more accessible communications

KU has launched a new website to help faculty and staff create electronic materials that are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
The new website, content.accessibility.ku.edu, is a tool for all members of the KU community who generate content for public consumption, including faculty creating instructional materials and staff creating materials for university initiatives. The site is structured around three categories of electronic materials — documents, web, and video — and includes contact information for KU units that can help you create these materials.
As faculty and staff, we should strive to make our materials accessible to the widest possible audience, and this responsibility will become even more important as we continue to expand our online and hybrid course offerings. This new website is a powerful tool, and we encourage you to use it proactively to ensure KU materials are accessible to everyone.
The new site is the result of recommendations made to the Provost’s Office by a team of staff from various offices, including the Center for Online and Distance Learning, the Academic Achievement and Access Center, KU Information Technology, and the Director of Accessibility and ADA Education.

Family Weekend & Band Day set

Family Weekend will take place September 19-21, 2014, with Band Day occurring Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with the football game versus Central Michigan.

If your school or department is planning events for Family Weekend, please send details to Wendy Bridges to post on the webpage.  The Office of Public Affairs will again collaborate with SUA to host a tailgate before the football game. 

Families plan early for their visits to campus, so as information becomes available, please share.

Upcoming message themes

Continuing through April 19, we are focusing on how KU Works for Kansas. This theme features the many ways KU directly serves the people of the state through outreach and service projects.

Starting April 20 and continuing through May 10, we will emphasize KU's first mission, which is educating leaders. This theme aligns with the May 1 New Student Fee deadline and with the lead-up to Commencement on May 18.

Finally, beginning May 11 and continuing through May 31, we'll highlight the achievements and milestones of the academic year with the "Best of KU 2013-14." 

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

If you have changes to the roster of communicators, please e-mail Emma Cornish, who maintains the communicators directory

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

March 30 to April 19
KU Works for Kansas

April 20 to May 10
Educating Leaders

May 11 to 31
Best of KU 2013-14

Upcoming Events

April 4
Legislature Adjourns for Break

April 16 & 17
Board of Regents Meeting

April 23
JCERT 5th Anniversary Breakfast
8 a.m.
Ritz Charles
Overland Park

April 30
Legislative Wrap-up Session Begins

May 1
Deadline for incoming students to pay the New Student Fee


KU's international area studies centers help Kansas teachers enrich their curricula. http://ow.ly/uhzLA

Musical Theatre for Kansas performs in communities throughout the state. http://ow.ly/vjr5S

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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