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In Here, Out There

October 9, 2017

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The Crimson & Blue Day app will help prospective students plan their day of exploration on KU's Lawrence campus.Dear students, staff, and faculty,

Rise and shine, Jayhawks! This Friday is Crimson & Blue Day — our chance to show prospective Jayhawks how the University of Kansas soars above the others.

A thousand prospective students will be on campus with their family members to learn more about our programs and people and see examples of KU’s impact. In addition to presentations about academic opportunities, research, student organizations, and residential options, the Office of Admissions and campus partners have produced dozens of distinctive experiences including:

  • The School of Social Welfare’s “20 Questions in Twente: A Breakout Experience”
  • The School of Journalism’s hands-on workshops that let individuals explore animation, interactivity, and online publishing
  • The School of Architecture and Design’s demonstrations of animation, letterpress, photography, and footwear design
  • The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ talk that shines a light on the in-demand job skills students gain through their majors
  • Chancellor Douglas Girod’s special appearance in a session focused on the pre-med student experience.

Luminaries and Legends

The chancellor will be one of many Jayhawks starring in Crimson & Blue Day. More than 150 faculty and staff as well as numerous student ambassadors are taking time away from their usual routine to welcome our guests. But it would give me no greater pleasure than to see each one of us take a moment to say hello, offer directions, and simply make sure our visitors feel at home. Each of us knows something we can share of our own programs and KU experiences.

Both directly and indirectly many in our community have already contributed to making this day a success. Although the day focuses on prospective undergraduates, the foundation of so many of our achievements is through our outstanding graduate and professional programs faculty, students, and staff. Their scholarly contributions to our body of excellence and student experience are phenomenal.

There’s an App for That

It’s exciting that we will host a colossal crowd with such diverse interests. Our guests will be able to plan and keep track of it all in the palm of their hands through the C&B Day 2017 app available through Apple’s App Store and on Google Play. The free app also offers ways for visitors to connect with each other and follow along through KU’s social media channels.

Here, There, Everywhere

There is so much happening right here during Crimson & Blue Day, that it might be easy to overlook the meaningful community engagement activities and service endeavors taking place “out there.” KU’s outreach efforts take our mission and expertise to the people of the state and beyond.

  • This Saturday, representatives from the KU Natural History Museum and the KU Biodiversity Institute will be at the Topeka Science and Tech Fest. They’ll bring touchable specimens and lead paleontology activities to help youths develop a love for science and discovery.
  • The School of Music uses internet technology available through the Yamaha Disklavier to remotely teach piano to students at Eisenhower Middle School in Kansas City, Kan.
  • The School of Social Welfare, through its Field Practicum requirement, places KU seniors and graduate students in public service offices and agencies throughout Kansas and western Missouri. Our students gain practical experience as they help communities.
  • The Edwards Campus maintains the K-CART Autism Resource Center. The center offers training sessions and houses a lending library for families and practitioners with specialized books, DVDs and other resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

There is so much we can take pride in. KU is more than a place to learn or a place to work. KU is a place where passions can be cultivated, solutions found, and aspirations achieved. Let’s make sure the rest of the state, the nation, and the world know it.



News and Notes

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Lawrence and many locations across the country. All are encouraged to explore Native American culture and commemorate Native American history.

Celebration of Innovation – A Startup Showcase takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Adams Alumni Center. Congratulations to all who are taking part in this annual program that highlights entrepreneurial endeavors of KU students, faculty and alumni. 

Need to add a new program or experience to this Friday’s Crimson & Blue Day? No problem. Simply contact Assistant Director of Admissions Amanda Painter with the details. The open house style of the event and the mobile app make it easy to offer additional experiences for prospective students to sample.

Thank you to Julie Loats, director of the Center for Online and Distance Learning, for her many contributions during her 21 years at KU. Today is her last day here before she begins new endeavors as the CIO with the Southern California Association of Governments in Los Angeles. We wish her all the best and continued success. Laura Diede, CODL’s associate director, will lead as interim director until a search for a permanent director is completed.

The Chancellor’s Office is accepting nominations for the University Scholarly Achievement Award through December 15. The awards recognize standout researchers who embody KU’s mission to make discoveries that change the world.

Congratulations to Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Rodolfo Torres who was selected by the Lathisms Society and the American Mathematical Society to be Mathematician of the Day for Oct. 7.

KU Information Technology launched a security website last week. The site offers resources, services, training and information on a number of IT security topics — passwords, phishing, antivirus software, mobile security and more — that affect us on campus and off.

National disability rights activist Haben Girma, the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, will speak on “Embracing Inclusion and Innovation” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Dicus Family Auditorium of Capitol Federal Hall. So organizers can accommodate as many as possible, please RSVP.

The KU Natural History Museum will host its next Science on Tap event at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 11, at Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Paulyn Cartwright will talk about use of the CRISPR system to create transgenic jellyfish.

Associate Professor of English Laura Mielke will deliver “Shakespeare’s Portia and the North’s Argument Against Slavery: An American Performance History” at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Summerfield Room of the Adams Alumni Center. The presentation is free and open to all. Mielke is the 2017 recipient of the Byron T. Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Jayhawk Battalion of KU Naval ROTC was featured in the Midway Section of the Topeka Capital-Journal on Sunday for their battalion’s recent Nicholas Herren Memorial Run, which covered 72 miles between Lawrence and Alma. Herren, a senior in supply chain management, died in a car crash November 2016.  

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is again hosting the Tunnel of Oppression at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. The immersive experience explores issues around identities, diversity, oppression, and social justice. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 3. Classes and groups of more than five individuals are asked to fill out this form.

Registration is now open for the annual KU Veterans Day 5K Run on Sunday, Nov. 12. The event pays tribute to past and present veterans and raises awareness of the roles veterans play in our university and community. This year the run also honors KU ROTC’s centennial.

KU Public Safety Office offers information sessions for offices, and student organizations on a number safety related topics, including de-escalation techniques, concealed carry and active-shooter response. The programs allow attendees to ask questions that can help address their concerns. The link was incorrect in the previous Strong Ties message

Dr. Doug Dechairo, director of Watkins Health Services, advises that individuals traveling to hurricane-affected areas during Fall Break should take precautions to avoid potential health risks. All travelers should have a current tetanus vaccine and be immunized against Hepatitis A. Use DEET-based insect repellents to reduce risk of Zika virus, West Nile fever and dengue fever. Avoid exposure to open water as many bodies of water have been exposed to contaminants and can hide risks beneath the surface.  Drinking bottled water is recommended.

Fall Break begins Saturday and ends the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 17. If you’re headed out of town, safe travels.

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