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KU Talking Points - January 2014

Creating an accessible university

As part of our responsibility to ensure university events are accessible to all, Institutional Opportunity and Access hasresources available to communicators who are planning an event.

For example, event invitations should include language outlining how attendees needing accommodations due to a disability can contact the organizers. These accommodations can include sign language interpreting, accessible print materials or other accommodations. There's also a link to the accessibility map for main campus.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jamie Lloyd Simpson or IOA at (785) 864-6414.

Legislative session starts next week

The 2014 Kansas Legislature gavels into session on Monday with budget issues again expected to dominate the agenda.

Governor Sam Brownback will deliver his State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 15, with his budget recommendations expected to be issued the following day. 

The top priorities in KU's 2014 State Agenda are restoring the $13.53 million in budget cuts that were passed last year and securing state support for the Health Education Initiative. This initiative would expand our ability to educate doctors at a time when many communities in Kansas are facing a shortage of physicians and health providers.

The Office of Public Affairs coordinates communications with legislators on behalf of the university, with Lindsey Douglas having recently been named director of state relations. We will post updates throughout the session, and you can also sign up to receive updates through the KU Alumni Association's Jayhawks for Higher Education.

Upcoming message themes

Through January 25 we are focusing on how University of Kansas scholars and researchers make discoveries that change the world. This topic encompasses the full range of scholarly and creative endeavors our faculty, students and staff are engaged in.

Starting January 26 and running through February 15, we are focusing on how the university contributes to the prosperity and vitality of the state of Kansas. This aligns with the early weeks of the 2014 Legislative Session.

And February 15 through March 8, we are supporting student recruitment efforts by emphasizing why students should choose KU. This theme coincides with the FAFSA priority date on March 1.

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

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Lindsey Douglas, director of state relations, Office of Public Affairs
  • Alejandra Guzman, account manager, Marketing Communications
  • Christina Holt, associate director for Community Tool Box Services, Working Group for Community Health and Development

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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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today

Message Themes

January 5 to 25
Making Discoveries that Change the World

January 26 to February 15
Creating Prosperity

February 16 to March 8
Why Choose KU

Upcoming Events

January 15 & 16
Board of Regents Meeting

January 20
Martin Luther King Recognition: Inspired Dreams
4:30 p.m.
Readings and music in the Strong Hall rotunda, followed by candlelight walk to Kansas Union Ballroom

5:15 p.m.
Program begins in the ballroom

March 1
FAFSA Priority Date


The KU School of Pharmacy has ranked in the top five nationally for NIH funding every year since 2001. 

A 400-year-old rap? A KU researcher has developed an e-book to help actors perform Shakespeare with confidence. http://ow.ly/sb44i

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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