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KU Talking Points - February 2015

KU Communicators February 17

The first KU Communicators meeting of 2015 will be at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, in the Kansas Room, Kansas Union.

In this age of shared content, it’s often difficult to know what sort of content usage is and isn’t allowable under the law. To help answer questions surrounding these issues, we’ll have two main speakers. Each of the speakers will give a presentation on topics related to content usage and sharing.
Photographer Earl Richardson will discuss the ins and outs of image rights and usage, including what designers can and can’t do with images. Richardson has more than 30 years of experience in newspaper, magazine, and commercial photography.
Associate General Counsel Rachel Rolf will then discuss copyright law and fair use as they apply to the university environment. Rolf returned to the KU Office of the General Counsel in 2010, having clerked there from 2005-2007, and served in private practice in the intervening years.
Additionally, we’ll hear a short presentation from Human Resources on the new talent management system, SuccessFactors.

To ensure we have enough lunch cards, please RSVP onlineIf you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request by 1 p.m. on February 6 to Emma Cornish or (785) 864-7100. 

Testimony on KU's budget

As policymakers grapple with the state's budget shortfalls, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and KUMC Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod will travel to Topeka to testify on the university's budget.

Gray-Little and Girod will both present to the House Education Budget Committee on February 11. Then on February 16, Girod will testify to the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education about the KUMC budget. The following day Gray-Little will testify to the same panel on the overall KU budget.

Updates from the Statehouse can be found atpublicaffairs.ku.edu/stateupdates.

Upcoming message themes

Through February 14, coinciding with the first weeks of the 2015 Legislative Session, we'll focus on how KU creates prosperity for the people of Kansas. This is done by educating the leaders that businesses and communities need to succeed, as well as through research that leads to new products, jobs, and companies. The hashtag for this is #growKS.

From February 15 through March 7 we'll focus on student recruitment, bracketing the FAFSA priority date, as prospective students narrow their college choices. "Why Choose KU" will emphasize the wide range of opportunities only available at a flagship research university, and will use the hashtag #BeAJayhawk.

Finally, starting March 8 and continuing through March 28, the focus will be on how KU builds healthy communities. This is through educating health professionals and providing health services, as well as through presenting the arts and humanities to communities, and creating jobs and companies.

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.

  • You can see and share KU's Super Bowl commercial highlighting our heroes, innovators, and legends via http://bit.ly/KUcommercial.
  • The Pew Research Center has issued its annual social media survey, detailing changes in social media usage by platform and demographics.
  • The 2015 KU Common Book will be A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, widely considered the best American novel about World War I.
New to KU Communicators

Jill Hummels is moving from the School of Engineering to be communications manager for the Office of the Provost. Cody Howard will serve as interim director of public relations for the school while a search is conducted.

Additionally, Gavin Young is now associate director of strategic communications in the Office of Public Affairs.

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

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KU Today

Message Themes

January 25 to February 14
Creating Prosperity

February 15 to March 7
Why Choose KU

March 8 to 28
Building Healthy Communities

Upcoming Events

February 11 and 12
Board of Regents Meeting

February 17
KU Communicators
Kansas Room, Kansas Union

March 1
FAFSA priority date


Twenty-eight active companies have been created from KU research, more than have been created by all other Kansas universities combined.

And KU has 100 active license agreements with companies using technologies developed at the university.

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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