Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
• The University Daily Kansan provided an update on campus library construction, including the major project at Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
That project, as I’ve written before, was made possible by a donation from renowned KU art history distinguished professor emerita Marilyn Stokstad.
From what I’ve been told, the changes at the Spencer will be easy to see once the construction is complete (by the end of September, the Kansan tells us).
The reception desk will be moved up front, and the new reading room should be something to see. So stay tuned…
Look for other library facelifts at Anschutz, Spahr and Watson libraries this summer, too.
• It’s not too early to think about going back to school. We’ve actually only got a month left before summer ends. Every summer I think things are going to slow down for me, but they never actually seem to.
Hawk Week, the annual KU event to welcome students new and old back to campus, is back again this year. This time with swimming.
The event starts with an open swim at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
It’s a new era at KU this year as we transition to the new academic calendar — classes will be starting on Aug. 22, which is a Monday. That’s instead of the traditional Thursday yearly kickoff of years past.
That means several KU departments will be open on the Sunday before classes (here’s a rundown of them) during the last minute pre-class shuffle.
Hawk Week will also feature DJ Earworm, whom I mention just because Heard on the Hill could use more names like “DJ Earworm.”
• While looking up stuff related to Hawk Week, I also stumbled upon the SUA Carnival, brought to you by the fine folks at Student Union Activities.
It’s scheduled this year from 8 p.m. until midnight on Aug. 27 at the parking lot outside the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center.
It’s got your Ferris wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl, along with games and food, too.
It’s free for students, faculty and staff with a KU ID.
If this happened last year, I don’t remember hearing about it, but I thought it was an interesting enough idea to pass on.
• If you’ve got a tip for Heard on the Hill, send it to me, Andy “Earworm” Hyland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.