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• I stopped by a luncheon hosted by the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority that served to introduce Tim Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs, to members of the community.
Caboni, wearing his usual smile and bow tie, told the crowd that KU would take the lead in setting its own message. He’s a member of the community now, he said, who lives in East Lawrence and gets coffee at the Bourgeois Pig.
He mentioned new ideas, such as a KU News Service that would pitch stories to a wider audience and a new structure where public relations employees have their own internal “beats” they cover at the university.
“We’re going to tell our story our way, because it’s an amazing story to tell,” he told the crowd.
He also said he intended to generate a more frequent update for KU news to the internal KU community, which today only gets the faculty and staff newsletter, The Oread, about twice a month.
One interesting thing Caboni said was that one of the ways good public relations happens is through individual comments. He asked people to counteract negativity about KU with their own positive comments about the university.
• Perhaps catching a bit of the positivity Caboni was spreading, a tipster wrote to me later to point out a recent graduate who’s doing rather well for himself, just one day after I mentioned news coverage of a graduate who was a bit down on his luck.
That’s certainly not the case for Michael Spero, a KJHK alumnus who’s only 23. And he’s already landed a job as the radio play-by-play voice of San Jose State University football.
“I think it’s not unheard of to get a job right out of college at age 21 or 22 and be calling sports for a university,” Tom Johnson, KJHK general manager, told the Kansas City Star. “But frankly you’d be looking at D-III or something smaller market for sure than where he’s at.”
• A new KU billboard has gone up east of Lawrence on Interstate 70, in honor of the last shuttle flight this month.
The billboard honors Steve Hawley, professor of physics and astronomy, who is KU’s resident astronaut.
“OUR FACULTY IS STELLAR,” the billboard proclaims in all capital letters, and it’s got a picture of Hawley, to boot.
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