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KU Talking Points - November 2014

KU Communicators November 18

The third KU Communicators meeting of the 2014-15 academic year will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18 in the Gridiron Room of the Burge Union. If your unit has a website, you'll want to make sure you attend this meeting.

Katie McCurry, digital strategist, and Meredith Tack, user experience designer, both with KU Marketing Communications will give us a presentation on KU’s transition from Google’s classic analytics setup, to Google’s Universal Analytics structure. We’ll learn what this means for your departmental websites, how it will be implemented within the CMS, and how to access any of your historical analytics once you make the switch.
As always, lunch cards will be provided.

Please RSVP online: We are taking reservations online athttps://publicaffairs.drupal.ku.edu/ku-communicators-meeting. Simply submit the web form and your RSVP is done.
If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request by 1 p.m. on November 7 to Emma Cornish,ecornish@ku.edu / (785) 864-7100. 

Upcoming message themes

Our first mission as a university is to educate students who will go on to become leaders in their communities and disciplines. Stories for this theme can include classroom activities, experiences outside the classroom, extracurricular activities, and all the other ways that a KU education prepares students for successful careers and prosperous lives. The hashtag for this theme is #KUleaders.

Starting November 16 and running through December 6, we'll shift gears and emphasize how KU builds healthy communities. This theme encompasses not only our health-related teaching, research, and service, but also the ways that KU creates more vibrant communities through the arts and humanities, and more prosperous communities through economic development. This theme's hashtag is #KUcommunities.

Finally, to close out the end of the calendar year, from December 7 to January 3, we will recap the Best of KU 2014. This theme will highlight the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and university over the past year. The hashtag for this theme is #BestofKU.

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 new members of KU Communicators:

  • Christian Beer, coordinator of media, outreach, recruitment and development, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Lucy Crabtree, communications specialist for CLASWeb, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Lesley Owens, Coordinator of Student Engagement, University Honors Program
  • Meghan Spreer, communications coordinator, School of Music
  • Rachel Vague, designer, KU Endowment

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

October 26 to November 15
Educating Leaders

November 16 to December 6
Building Healthy Communities

December 7 to January 3
Best of KU 2014

Upcoming Events

November 18
KU Communicators
11:45 a.m.
Gridiron Room, Kansas Union

November 19 and 20
Board of Regents Meeting

November 26 to 28
Thanksgiving Break
More information


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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.

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