Heard on the Hill

Learn about anatomy with life-size "Operation"-like game Saturday at Natural History Museum

Matt Erickson

If you won't be among those jetting out of Lawrence sometime by tomorrow with the end of the fall semester, the KU Natural History Museum might have something for you Saturday, especially if you have children or are a child yourself (in which case I'm quite impressed that you're reading ...

Dust Bowl tale chosen as KU's Common Book for 2013-14

Matt Erickson

KU this morning announced its second-ever Common Book: ["The Worst Hard Time,"][1] an account of families who lived through the Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. The book will be distributed to all incoming freshmen during orientation next summer, and they'll be urged to read it before classes start in August. ...

Liberal-arts education isn't going away at KU, CLAS dean says

Matt Erickson

I met Tuesday with KU's dean of liberal arts and sciences, Danny Anderson, to learn more about where the College of Liberal Arts of Sciences will be going in 2013 and where it stands on revamping its curriculum for next fall. You can expect to read more on both of ...

Transport yourself back to third grade with this KU fortune teller

Matt Erickson

Want to distract yourself for about 6 minutes? Of course you do. So click on [this snazzy animated interactive feature][1] from KU Endowment, and thank me later. It's a fortune teller — you know, one of those things you would make out of notebook paper in third grade. But instead ...

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 ...

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