KU Today: 2015


KU Today: A look at KU's campus, community in its 150th year

The tangible pieces of Kansas University’s beginnings were meager. Established in 1865, “The Kansas State University” held its first classes in fall 1866 with a single building, North College, and three faculty members. KU’s first graduating class numbered four.

The intangibles were, as KU has themed its 150th anniversary year, “Boundless.”

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said 2015-16 will be a time to celebrate accomplishments — from scientific discoveries to basketball championships — and to recall KU’s founding value of providing opportunity for all.

“One of the things that always strikes me about the University of Kansas’ origins is that it never excluded people based on race or gender,” Gray-Little said. “This gives people an opportunity... to reinforce and rededicate ourselves to the goals.”

Today, KU’s Lawrence campus has more than 230 buildings and is abuzz with construction. It’s also abuzz with people — some 25,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staffers learning, researching, writing and creating.

In this this special KU section of LJWorld.com, read about what’s happening at KU today while also looking back at where it started 150 years ago.



KU Today


KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little


Six questions with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

University commissions artwork to commemorate sesquicentennial

Two books chronicle 150 years of KU history

University expanding outdoor wireless Internet access

KU grows online class offerings

Common Book highlights Hemingway's connection to area

Commemorative diplomas going to all sesquicentennial grads

Deans share top goals for the upcoming academic year

Exhibit offers rare glimpse into the KU student experience of yesteryear


KU People


KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning Dean Mahesh Daas


Architecture, design and planning dean has eye on future — and aesthetics

New vice chancellor for research keeping KU in ‘arms race’

Husband-wife duo join KU as Foundation professors of sociology

Marching band is all in the family for sons of uniform manufacturer

Vice provost tasked with building ‘climate of diversity’

Hall Creative Work Fellow crafts worlds for readers

KU archivist’s work brings past to present

Student artist carves commemorative gifts from ‘last elm’

New dean of social welfare wants to elevate university, help Kansas communities

Honors program awards boost out-of-class experiences

Study indicates Neanderthals weren’t as unsophisticated as once thought

New student body leaders want voices heard beyond the hill

Biology and law collide in award winner’s work

Goldwater Scholarship winner works on a small scale — a very small scale

Remembering Chancellor Robert Hemenway: A committed leader, scholar and teacher


KU Places


Concept for mixed-use development in KU's Central District


Major transformation of university’s Central District now underway

Getting down to business at the new Capitol Federal Hall

Learned expansion project engineered to be state-of-the-art

Grab your cellphone and get outside for curated sculpture tour during Spencer renovations

Construction begins on $82 million building for earth, energy research

Swarthout Recital Hall transformed by renovation

University groups team up to restore KU’s historic Prairie Acre


KU Life


President Barack Obama speaks at KU in January 2015


Presidential visit to campus enthralled community

Medical technology meets senior housing in New Cities project

Throwback Coke bottles commemorate KU 150

Got food allergies or religious dietary restrictions? New KU dietician is here to help

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ready to build on big grant

KU Catalyst helps ambitious students build, launch their own businesses

‘OERs’ take edge off textbook costs by putting study material online


KU Field Guide


The Jayhawk logo through the years


The evolution of KU’s one-of-a-kind mascot

How do I say…? A pronunciation guide for tricky KU landmarks

10 cool KU buildings worth getting off the beaten path to find

10 fun facts about how the university started 150 years ago

Know your alma mater, the song of the Jayhawks

Stay on top of Jayhawk news with these must-follow Twitter accounts

The 5 commandments of parking on campus (successfully)

Need help? 7 important student resources you should know about

Shows, stars coming to Lied Center in 2015-16

What’s going on? Don’t miss these key fall events

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