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KU Talking Points - June 2014

KU homepage now fully responsive

The KU homepage is now fully responsive and adaptive to mobile device web browsers. Previously, ku.edu simply scaled down the desktop view of the homepage on mobile devices.

If you are having any compatibility issues or have questions regarding the update, please contact Justin Henning.

Barcomb-Peterson to lead News Service

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, KU alumna and current director of News/Editorial Services at Kansas State University, will join the Office of Public Affairs as director of News and Media Relations on July 1.

Barcomb-Peterson has been at Kansas State since 2006, in positions ranging from campus news coordinator to research news and features coordinator, before becoming director in 2011. Prior to that she was an editor at the Ottawa Herald and a reporter for the Eudora News. She holds a degree in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Updates to interactive campus map

The online map  at map.ku.edu now contains construction updates and data for summer construction projects. In addition, Marketing Communications worked with Jeff Severin to add a new layer that details bicycle rack locations on campus.

In the weeks ahead, we will be updating the construction layer with additional information and a legend to further clarify the information presented. If you have any questions about the map, please contact Justin Henning.

Nominations sought for tailgating procees

The Office of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas is seeking project requests for the proceeds of the "Proud To Be A Jayhawk" tailgating fundraiser.

Kansas Athletics will again donate the proceeds from KU football program sales to assist KU department or student-led initiatives. More than $50,000 has been raised through the fundraiser since the promotion began in 2001. Past beneficiaries include  the BullDoc Free Clinic through the KU Medical Center, the Marching Jayhawks, Math and Science Center, Mi Familia Program and the Center for Community Outreach, to name a few. The Big Event and the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic for the School of Law were the 2013 recipients.

Interested KU departments and/or student groups should submit their project requests to the Office of Public Affairs at publicaffairs@ku.edu by July 1. Information submitted should include: KU sponsor and contact information, project/program initiative, reason to request the funds, whom the program benefits, in 200 words or less.  Proceed recipients will be contacted by Aug. 1.

Upcoming message themes

We're currently emphasizing how KU scholars make discoveries that change the world, and will continue to highlight university scholarship and creative works through June 21 using the #KUdiscoveries hashtag.

From June 22 to July 12, we'll bracket the July 1 opening of the fall 2015 student application by highlighting how KU educates leaders. The hashtag for this theme is #KUleaders.

Finally, we'll 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, which runs July 13 to August 2.

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.

  • PR Daily has tips on writing more concisely.
  • Experts.ku.edu now directs reporters seeking insights to the public affairs officers who can help connect them with faculty scholars.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:

  • Kim Criner, education and outreach coordinator, Center for Sustainability
  • Zach Hoffman, web developer, KU Information Technology (based in Marketing Communications)
  • Madhavi Rainikindi, web developer, KU Information Technology (based in Marketing Communications)

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

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Message Themes

June 1 to June 21
Making Discoveries that Change the World

June 22 to July 12
Educating Leaders

July 13 to August 2
Building Healthy Communities

Upcoming Events

June 18 & 19
Board of Regents Meeting
Vote on 2014-15 tuition proposals

July 1
Fall 2015 application opens


KU School of Pharmacy has ranked top 5 nationally for NIH funding every year since 2001. 

KU economist Donna Ginther’s research has changed the way NIH awards funding. 

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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