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KU Talking Points - July 2014

Marketing Communications wins Telly

KU Marketing Communications has earned a Silver Telly, the Silver Telly Council's highest honor, in the category of online video for the piece highlighting KU research that settled the long-running debate into whether Tyrannosaurus rex was a hunter or a scavenger.

The video focuses on the research of Robert DePalma and David Burnham, and is part of a broader feature entitled "Long live the kings."

Represent KU at the State Fair

KU will have a booth at the Kansas State Fair, September 5 to 14.  If your school or department would like to help represent the university during this event, please contact Charlie Persinger.

Faculty and staff are welcome to volunteer.  The sign-up form will be available by July 15 at: http://publicaffairs.ku.edu/events/statefair

Planning for Family Weekend

KU Family Weekend is scheduled for September 19 to 21. The Office of Public Affairs is again collaborating with SUA to host a family pre-game tailgate event. 

If your school or department is hosting events that weekend that you would like included on the Family Weekend webpage, please forward information to Wendy Bridges

Upcoming message themes

Through this Saturday we are bracketing the July 1 opening of the fall 2015 student application by highlighting how KU educates leaders. The hashtag for this theme is #KUleaders.

Starting July 13 and continuing through August 2 we will highlight how KU builds healthy communities through health education and research, the arts and humanities, job creation, and other areas in which the university contributes to the life of our state and nation. #KUcommunities is the hashtag for this theme.

Then on August 3 we will focus on "The Jayhawk Experience" as students begin arriving for the fall semester. This theme encompasses all the different experiences that can only be found at a flagship research university. It will run through August 23 and will use the hashtag #KUexperience.

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.

  • David Martin has returned to his role as communications manager for the School of Medicine, after serving as interim director of the KU News Service. Erinn Barcomb-Peterson began as director July 7.
  • Scott Rothschild is the new KU reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World, as Ben Unglesbee is leaving for the St. Louis Business Journal.
  • Seven ways to lose Twitter followers.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director, KU News Service
  • Todd Beauford, account manager, KU Marketing Communications
  • Kim Criner, education & outreach coordinator, Center for Sustainability

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.
—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

June 22 to July 12
Educating Leaders

July 13 to August 2
Building Healthy Communities

August 3 to 23
The Jayhawk Experience

Upcoming Events

July 22
Board of Regents Budget Meeting

August 23
Traditions Night
8 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

August 24
Opening Convocation
7 p.m.
Lied Center

August 25
First day of fall classes

September 5 to 14
Kansas State Fair

September 19 to 21
Family Weekend

September 21 to 27
Homecoming Week


KU is one of only 50 universities with an ROTC program representing all military branches.

The KU debate team has 5 National Debate Tournament championships & 14 Final Four appearances.

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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