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KU Talking Points - March 2015

Budget proposal targets KU

Earlier this afternoon, the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education approved a proposal cutting $4.7 million in each of the next two fiscal years from the Lawrence campus and redistributing it to KU Medical Center. This proposal now moves to the full Senate Ways & Means Committee for a vote tomorrow morning.

This action is opposed by university leaders, including those at the medical center, and by the Board of Regents, which supports the Governor's original recommendation for flat funding. 
The KU Alumni Association's Jayhawks for Higher Education page has more information.
KU Communicators meetings

Thank you to the KU Biodiversity Institute for hosting KU Communicators today at the Natural History Museum's historic Panorama!

We plan to have two more meetings this semester, one at the Kansas Union in late March or early April and another on April 23 at The Commons, which will be hosted by KU Research and the Life Span Institute. Additional details on both of these meetings will be sent out as the dates approach.

Presentations from February meeting

Our presenters from the February KU Communicators meeting have shared their presentations and additional background information with us for your future reference. You can find copies of those documents at the links below.
Earl Richardson
Copyright, Copy Wrong & Ethical Issues
Excuses, Excuses
Rachel Rolf
Copyright Resources from KU Libraries
Traci Fullerton
Talent Development System
Performance Management System Employee Profile
Learning Management System User Guide

Upcoming message themes

The rest of this week we are concluding the #BeAJayhawk theme, and on March 8 we will shift our focus to how KU builds healthy communities. This can be through educating health professionals and providing health services, as well as through presenting the arts and humanities to communities, and creating jobs and companies. This theme uses #KUcommunities and runs through March 28.

Starting March 29 and continuing through April 18, we'll emphasize how KU works for Kansas. This theme centers around the many different ways, particularly through providing services directly to Kansans, that the university contributes to the state. Examples of past KU Works stories can be found at kuworks.ku.edu and this theme uses the hashtag #KUworks.

Finally, beginning April 19 and running through May 9, we'll focus on KU's mission of educating leaders. This theme aligns with the run-up to Commencement  and uses the hashtag #KUleaders.

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:

  • Benjamin Howard-Williams, assistant director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Meg Kumin, photographer, Marketing Communications
  • Elizabeth Perry, copywriter, Marketing Communications
  • Kirk Wayman, assistant director of communications, Office of Admissions

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

March 8 to 28
Building Healthy Communities

March 29 to April 18
KU Works for Kansas

April 19 to May 9
Educating Leaders

Upcoming Events

March 11 and 12
Board of Regents Meeting

March 16 to 20
Spring Break


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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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