Heard on the Hill

KU's first female regent and her microbiologist granddaughter

Matt Erickson

We started off yesterday with [a bit of history][1], so why not stick with that pattern today? The Wichita Eagle this past weekend [told the story][2] of Cora Downs, who in 1881 became the first woman on the KU Board of Regents. (In those days, according to [this article on ...

It's birdhouse-auction time at Hilltop

Matt Erickson

If you've ever admired KU's Lippincott Hall and have an affinity for birds, then this week presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you, really. But it also presents a nice opportunity for anyone who likes to help people in need around the holidays and enjoys cute things made by kids. It's ...

71 years ago today at KU: UDK responds to Pearl Harbor

Matt Erickson

As Finals Week dawns at KU this morning, the always-interesting [KU History][1] site lets us know [what was going on][2] at KU 71 years ago today, a few days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. On Dec. 10, 1941, the Daily Kansan published a blistering ...

Student's 'whim' leads to some extra holiday cheer for Lawrence agencies

Matt Erickson

The [Center for Community Outreach][1], a student community-service group at KU, usually receives some items each holiday season from the direct-sales company Thirty-One Gifts to distribute to various Lawrence agencies. This year CCO executive director Jill Wenderott, a junior from Alma, decided to see what would happen if she asked ...

Student-government campaign season beginning at KU

Matt Erickson

It is "stop day" at KU, but the only thing we'll be "stopping" here at Heard on the Hill is the course your day was taking before you saw this link and clicked on it. The current academic year at KU may be nearly half over, but the political chess ...

New KU Core curriculum filling up with course options

Matt Erickson

As I talked Wednesday with Sara Rosen, KU's senior vice provost for academic affairs, about [the fate of the Mount Oread Scholars][1] program, I also asked her for an update on the effort to revamp KU's undergraduate curriculum — the "KU Core," as you might know it. She told me ...

KU looking for alternatives to new job-application system, provost writes

Matt Erickson

We [touched in October][1] on some trouble with KU's new [online job-application system][2], which launched that month along with a new online human-resources/payroll infrastructure. It turns out those problems may have been a bit more than just growing pains. Provost Jeff Vitter wrote in [his biweekly eNews dispatch][3] on Wednesday ...

NYT blog focuses on KU lowrider expert

Matt Erickson

It was while he was in graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin that Ben Chappell, an assistant professor of American studies at KU, first took an interest in lowriders, the vehicles that sit low above the ground, bear brightly colored paint jobs and bounce on hydraulic suspensions. ...

Good news for wireless-dependent KU travelers

Matt Erickson

As a person living in the year 2012, I tend to have a question pop into my head about three seconds after I walk into any room: Can I get wireless internet in here? If you also have this problem, and you're a KU student, faculty member or staffer who ...

Mount Oread Scholars program to end after 16 years

Matt Erickson

KU's Mount Oread Scholars, a program that aims to advise and develop high-ability freshmen, is ending after this academic year, the Daily Kansan [reports today][1]. It will be folded into the [KU Honors Program][2], the Kansan story says. A [KU release in August][3] said 257 freshmen were taking part this ...

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