Heard on the Hill

KU's Facebook page ranks as fifth most engaging in the country

Matt Erickson

If you've felt yourself compelled to click the ol' "Like" button or maybe even leave a pithy comment on KU's official Facebook page, you're not alone. [KU's Facebook page][1] ranked as [the fifth-most engaging][2] in the country among college pages with 75,000 or more fans, according to a list from ...

KU political science professor a finalist for dean job at Marquette University

Matt Erickson

A political science professor at KU is up for a top job at Marquette University in Milwaukee, it would appear. [Erik Herron][1], a professor and associate chair of political science, is one of four finalists to become the dean of Marquette's College of Arts and Sciences, [per the university's website][2]. ...

Online magazine interviews KU instructor on her book of poetry

Matt Erickson

The online literary magazine The Millions has [a pretty extensive interview][1] today with Megan Kaminski, a creative writing lecturer at KU, about her book of poetry, "Desiring Map." On [her faculty page][2], Kaminski wrote that "Desiring Map," her first book, "explores human possibility in nature" of various places, including the ...

'There's No Place Like Home' documentarian coming to KU for screening

Matt Erickson

The director/sort-of-subject of the KU-focused ESPN "30 for 30" documentary that aired last fall is coming to campus for a screening next month, per a release from KU's Student Union Activities group. Josh Swade will provide live commentary on "There's No Place Like Home" as it's screened at 2 p.m. ...

Former KU dean Steinmetz to become provost at Ohio State

Matt Erickson

Joseph Steinmetz, a former dean of liberal arts and sciences at KU, is moving on up at Ohio State University, which he came to from KU in 2009. In July, he'll become the university's provost. Steinmetz was also serving as interim provost at KU [at the time he left][1] for ...

KU getting out ahead of new NCAA athletics eligibility requirements, national publication reports

Matt Erickson

The change isn't coming for three-plus more years, but KU's athletics department has already been preparing for some time for higher NCAA eligibility standards coming down the road, [Inside Higher Ed reports today][1]. In August 2016, the NCAA will raise the academic standards that incoming students must meet to be ...

At university in Massachusetts, students pay to walk on campus

Matt Erickson

Sure, parking can be tricky on the KU campus, and it's pretty hilly. But hey, students, at least you don't have to pay to use the sidewalks. That's what the students have to do at Worcester State University in central Massachusetts — sort of, anyway. The Telegram & Gazette of ...

Your assignment: #FindTheKUHashtag

Matt Erickson

On this first day of spring semester classes at KU, I've got an assignment for everyone. We need a Twitter hashtag for KU news. In case that sentence was gibberish to you, here's an explanation. (If you know what I'm talking about, skip this and the next paragraph.) Twitter is ...

What happened when a KU student's oral exam was broadcast live on TV

Matt Erickson

This is a story that I couldn't quite fit into [last week's article][1] on the death of former KU campus titan Francis Heller, but that I need to share with you in some form. It comes from [Fred Morrison][2], a law professor at the University of Minnesota, for whom Heller ...

Kansas in middle of pack on higher-education funding during last few years

Matt Erickson

A few days after we found out what kind of state funding Kansas' public universities might receive next year, the Chronicle of Higher Education [has a report][1] (link can be accessed for free) on how much higher-education funding states across the country provided for THIS school year. And Kansas was ...

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