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KU Talking Points - May 2015

Commencement on May 17

The university will celebrate its 143rd Commencement on May 17, and if you haven’t yet visited commencement.ku.edu, now is a good time to do so. The site features information on the ceremony, related recognition events, schedules, parking and transportation, accessibility information and more.

Communicators are encouraged to use the #KUgrads hashtag as we lead up to Commencement. The hashtag is a great way to collect graduation content – photos, videos, tweets, etc. – from across the university. If you have any questions, contact Katie McCurry.

Upcoming Message Themes

Beginning May 10 and through May 30, we'll highlight the achievements and milestones of the academic year with the "Best of KU 2014-15" theme and will use the #BestofKU hashtag.

May 31 through June 20, we will focus on how KU is making discoveries that change the world, and we'll use the hashtag #KUdiscoveries. This theme encompasses all the research, scholarship and creative endeavors that are central to KU's role as a flagship research university.

From June 21 through July 11, we will focus on how KU builds healthy communities and use the #KUcommunities hashtag.

Later this month, we will share with you a Master Integrated Calendar with the message themes for the 2015-16 academic year.

Campus Construction

The end of the academic year means the start of several construction projects that will alter travel around our campuses during the summer. Information about detours and alternate routes will be posted later this month at dcm.ku.edu and updated throughout the summer.

Presentations from April 23 Meeting

We were glad to have two outstanding presenters at our April 23 KU Communicators meeting – Jim Tracy, vice chancellor for research, and John Colombo, director of the Life Span Institute.

Jim joined KU a little over a month ago, and we encourage you to check out his bio to learn more about him. John's presentation is available online.

Special thanks to Karen Henry and Kevin Boatright for organizing and sponsoring the meeting, and to Emily Ryan for hosting us in The Commons.

  • Summer is prime time for camps at KU, so be sure to review the recently updated Youth Programs, Activities, and Camps site before hosting or organizing any events.
  • The Kansas Legislature continues to meet this week, though it is unclear when the session might end. If you wish to participate in the legislative process as a private citizen, the KU Alumni Association’s Jayhawks for Higher Education advocacy group is an effective way to do that.
New to KU Communicators

Please welcome to KU Communicators:

  • Stephen Bunch, Director for Program Development and Interim Director of Marketing, Continuing Education

If you have changes to the roster of communicators, email Emma Cornish, who maintains the KU Communicators directory.

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Message Themes

May 10-30
Best of KU

May 31 - June 20
Making Discoveries That Change the World

June 21 - July 11
Building Healthy Communities

Upcoming Events

May 7
Last day of classes
All campuses

May 8
Stop Day
All campuses

May 17

May 20-21
Kansas Board of Regents meeting


.@LawrenceKS is the center of @GoogleEarth b/c #KUgrad Brian McClendon is the creator.

.@AssurantEmpBene and @Garmin opened Lawrence offices to start internship programs with KU.

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.

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