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KU professors who died over break remembered for focus on social justice, pioneering in pharmacy

The Kansas University community is mourning two professors who died over the winter break.

Toni Johnson, associate professor of social welfare, died Jan. 7 in Austin, Texas. She was 59. Johnson had worked at KU since 2005, according to a KU news release. Her field of study was children’s mental health.

“Toni was a stalwart advocate for social justice,” Social Welfare Dean Paul Smokowski wrote in a statement to the school. “Her research centered on vulnerable populations, such as offenders, families of offenders, and children of prisoners. She sought to design and evaluate programs, such as child asset accounts, meant to help disadvantaged families move out of poverty.”

Services for Johnson were held in Texas, according to her obituary.

Toni Johnson

Toni Johnson

Patricia Howard, who had worked at KU since 1983, died Dec. 16. She was 64. Howard was a professor and vice chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, held a joint appointment as professor of cardiovascular medicine at KU Medical Center, and was a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, according to a KU news release.

“She entered the pharmacy field at a time when it was rare for women to be in the cardiology area. She had to be tough and at the top of her game at all times, because she was being judged by some on a different scale,” Pharmacy Dean Ken Audus said, in the release. “She met and exceeded those elevated standards.”

Howard died of pancreatic cancer, according to her obituary.

Patricia Howard

Patricia Howard

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Updates from the DeBruce Center, future home of Naismith’s ‘Rules of Basket Ball’

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the DeBruce Center, the big glass building under construction adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse that will soon be home to James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball.” But things over there are moving right along.

When plans were first announced a couple years ago, the DeBruce Center was hoped to open in fall 2015 (which, obviously, it did not). DeBruce is now slated to open in March. (On a related note: with the new facility becoming available, that’s when the Burge Union will shut down to prepare for demolition and rebuilding.)

Kansas Memorial Unions on Friday announced a few other DeBruce Center updates, most importantly that it has named a director. Curtis Marsh, who is currently the director of KU Info, will continue in that role and also take on the new role of directing activation and ongoing operations at the DeBruce Center.

Here’s what Marsh said, in a news release, about leading the DeBruce Center: “The original rules of basketball serve as the jewel on the crown of the country’s most storied college basketball program. I am committed to making the DeBruce Center accessible to students, guests and the entire Jayhawk Nation so we can all enjoy the story of the game’s beginning, and what is quite possibly the world’s most valuable element of sports memorabilia.”

Marsh has been at KU in various roles for 20 years, according to Memorial Unions. Fun fact: In addition to professional accomplishments and awards, he was a member of one of the first organized basketball camping groups, “Cpt. Jayhawk and the Superfans.”

A little more on what’s coming in the new facility, according to KU Memorial Unions:

• Square feet: 32,000

• Pièce de résistance: James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball.” KU alumnus David Booth and his wife, Suzanne Booth, purchased the document at auction in 2010 for $4.3 million — a sports memorabilia record, according to Sotheby’s in New York City.

A photo of the original rules of "Basket Ball," written by James Naismith and sold at auction Dec. 10, 2010. The rules sold for $4.34 million.

A photo of the original rules of "Basket Ball," written by James Naismith and sold at auction Dec. 10, 2010. The rules sold for $4.34 million.

• Gift shop: It will be named The Original Rules Gift Shop.

• Dining options: The Courtside Cafe, with seating for more than 200, and a Roasterie coffee shop.

• Displays: Celebrating Naismith, former KU athletics director and basketball coach dubbed the “Father of Basketball,” and Forrest "Phog" Allen, the "Father of Basketball Coaching.”

Rendering of KU's DeBruce Center by Gould Evans Architecture.

Rendering of KU's DeBruce Center by Gould Evans Architecture.

Rendering of KU's DeBruce Center by Gould Evans Architecture.

Rendering of KU's DeBruce Center by Gould Evans Architecture.

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Kansas university employee gun survey results are in; KU generally more anti-gun than other schools

Most — 70 percent — Kansas state university employees said they’d like to see state law amended so guns won’t be allowed on campus starting in 2017, and 7 percent want to keep the current law but extend universities’ exemption past 2017. Of the other university employees, 19 percent want to allow guns on campus, and 4 percent answered “don’t know.”

That’s according to opinions revealed in a statewide survey of Kansas Board of Regents university employees, which closed last week. It was prepared and administered by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University for the Regents Council of Faculty Senate Presidents.

Not unlike preliminary results from a similar survey of students statewide, percentage-wise KU’s Lawrence campus was overwhelmingly more anti-gun than any other school in almost every category.

Statewide, the employee response rate was 54 percent. KU had the second-highest response rate with 64.7 percent, behind Fort Hays State University with 67.1 percent.

Following are a few other figures from the employee survey — I’m highlighting employee-specific ones. This is only a sliver of the many survey questions, though. If you’d like to take a look at the entire results for yourself, click here.

Image from state university employee gun survey results, Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University.

Image from state university employee gun survey results, Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. by Sara Shepherd

• 54 percent of respondents said campus carry would negatively affect how they teach, and 52 percent said it would limit academic freedom. (At KU, 65 percent said guns would negatively affect how they teach, and 64 percent said guns would limit academic freedom.)

• 51 percent said campus carry would make them less likely to work at their respective schools. (At KU, that number was 61 percent, again the highest of any state school.) 42 percent said campus carry wouldn’t affect their decision. Eight percent said campus carry would make them more likely to work at their respective schools.

• Generally — including at sporting venues, offices, lab spaces, classrooms, dorms and open areas —respondents were more OK with employees carrying guns than students and visitors (recall, as I previously reported, the students themselves felt the same way). Specifically, 29 percent of faculty and staff thought faculty and staff should be allowed to carry concealed in faculty offices, but only 14 percent thought students should be allowed to carry in offices. There was even less support for visitors carrying in offices.

Do this and the student survey matter? Most people I’ve heard talk about this don’t think it’s realistic to get the Kansas Legislature to backtrack on this law, though some anti-campus-carry folks have indicated they want to try.

It sounds more likely that survey results could inform how each state university decides how to implement the law on their respective campuses. The Regents are scheduled to approve a statewide policy next week, which will leave it up to each school to determine specifics such as which buildings to install security in to prohibit guns and where on campus to offer secure storage for guns.

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Here’s what’s happening at KU for MLK Day

Kansas University’s spring semester classes start Tuesday, but there will be activity on campus on Monday — and into the week — for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The main event is a candlelight vigil and walk followed by a reception with live music.

KU’s MLK Day walk will begin at Strong Hall at 4:30 p.m. Monday. A reception with entertainment by Genuine Imitation will follow at the Kansas Union, from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. KU’s Black Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Student Senate representatives will lead the march. The event is free.

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity from across the United States marched with hundreds of others Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, from Kansas University’s Strong Hall to the Kansas Union. In the front row, from left, are Kareeem Wall, Elden Mitchell, DeVante Green and Adam Khalil. The march was one of several events Monday in Lawrence in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity from across the United States marched with hundreds of others Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, from Kansas University’s Strong Hall to the Kansas Union. In the front row, from left, are Kareeem Wall, Elden Mitchell, DeVante Green and Adam Khalil. The march was one of several events Monday in Lawrence in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. by Richard Gwin

King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” will screen at 3 p.m. Thursday on Level 4 at the Kansas Union, during the weekly Student Union Activities Tea @ 3 event. The event is free.

Throwback Thursday, featuring Freedom Songs, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. Also free.

KU faculty will be featured at several other MLK Day and related events:

• KU School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi will be the featured speaker at the MLK Day Community Breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. Monday at Maceli’s Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The breakfast is organized by the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club.

• KU associate professor of film and media Kevin Willmott will be on hand for a screening and discussion of his film, “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

• KU professor of American Studies and African and African-American Studies Randal Jelks will present “More Than a Dream: The Broader Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.” at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Lawrence Public Library. Admission is free.

For information on other community-wide MLK Day events, visit mlklawrence.com.

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Hoverboards still have a green light at KU, even as other universities ban them

Dozens of universities nationwide have recently banned or restricted hoverboards, The Associated Press reported last week. But hoverboards still have a green light at Kansas University.

Disclaimer: the battery-powered devices aren’t actually hoverboards like those in the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” which actually hover. They’re more like motorized skateboards with two wheels, propelled by the operator's body movements. Universities banning the devices have called them unsafe, citing the risk of falls and collisions as well as warnings from federal authorities that some of the self-balancing scooters have caught on fire, according to the AP.

Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard walks beside hoverboard-bound junior Frank Mason III as they shop for a local family at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa Street, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 16, 2015.

Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard walks beside hoverboard-bound junior Frank Mason III as they shop for a local family at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa Street, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 16, 2015. by John Young

Hoverboards are still allowed on the KU campus, even on the sidewalks, according to Capt. James Anguiano of the KU Office of Public Safety. He said they fall into the same category as the two-wheeled motorized scooters with upright handles manufactured by Segway.

“If we see one on Jayhawk Boulevard, we treat it like a Segway, we don’t treat it like a skateboard,” Anguiano said. “You wouldn’t get a citation for it.”

Lawrence city ordinance does ban skateboards and roller blades from Jayhawk Boulevard and 1,000 feet on either side of it, according to KU policy on skateboarding and rollerblading on campus. No KU policy specifically addresses hoverboards, and that includes in residence and scholarship halls.

“There isn’t currently any policy or rule prohibiting hoverboards on campus or in Student Housing units,” said Kip Grosshans, associate director of KU Student Housing. “We are aware that bans exist on several US campuses but no action has been taken at KU at this time.”

I haven’t myself seen anyone riding a hoverboard on campus, but at least one University Daily Kansan opinion writer recently wrote that it isn’t uncommon to see them coasting along Jayhawk Boulevard, or even inside campus buildings and elevators. Matthew Clough said in his column he thinks KU should ban them throughout campus.

“Capable of speeds somewhere between 6 and 10 mph, self-balancing scooters disrupt the normal pace of those walking down the boulevard,” he wrote. “It also doesn’t make much sense that people are able to ride self-balancing scooters on campus given the University’s stance on similar vehicles of transportation ... University officials need to take a stand on their usage before they continue to grow in popularity.”

For a visual, here is a YouTube video of some guys who are pretty good at riding hoverboards. Below that, a video of KU basketball player Wayne Selden gliding along a line of fans. For a balanced perspective, just Google “hoverboard fail.”

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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KU names final candidate for director of Institutional Opportunity and Access

Kansas University has now shared the name of the third and final candidate to become director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, which investigates complaints of sexual violence and discrimination against students.

Robinette Kelley is scheduled to give a public presentation at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Kelley was Title IX coordinator and director of Iowa State University’s Office of Equal Opportunity, which handles sexual violence and discrimination complaints and investigations for that school. She held the position from 2013 until October, according to her LinkedIn resume.

Previously she worked at State University of New York at Buffalo for five years as assistant director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Administration (and also deputy Title IX coordinator) and for 10 years in the Employee Relations section of Human Resources, according to a resume shared on the KU website.

Kelley received a master’s degree in higher education administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from SUNY at Buffalo.

KU’s first two IOA director candidates, both attorneys, gave public presentations this week. Ebony Calloway-Spencer, a supervisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, spoke Wednesday. Abigail Byman, director of academic labor relations at California State University, presented on Monday.

KU’s new IOA director will replace the office’s first director, Jane McQueeny, who resigned in October. McQueeny is an attorney who previously worked in the USDE's Office for Civil Rights and also for Jackson County, Mo., both as a trial attorney in the prosecutor’s office and defending the county in employment matters in the County Counselor's office.

— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Update on director searches for two KU offices focused on sexual assault

Kansas University has released the name of the second finalist for the position of director of its Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, or IOA. Ebony Calloway-Spencer will give a public presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union.

Calloway-Spencer has worked seven years as an attorney and supervisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, according to a resume provided by KU. Among other things, that office oversees universities’ compliance with sexual violence investigations opened under Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in education. Calloway-Spencer previously worked for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Florida Office of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division.

The first IOA director candidate, attorney Abigail Byman, director of academic labor relations at California State University, presented on Monday. The third candidate, not yet named, is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Alderson Auditorium in the Union.

KU IOA investigates reports of sexual harassment — including sexual violence — and other forms of discrimination on campus. The new IOA director will replace Jane McQueeny, who resigned in October.

• SAPEC leader hiring update: In a separate but related search, KU “should have an announcement relatively soon,” possibly by the end of this week, on whom it’s hiring to lead its new Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center, or SAPEC, according to KU spokesman Andy Hyland.

While the IOA previously oversaw the campus’ sexual assault training and other educational duties, KU announced this fall that it was creating a new office for that, SAPEC. In October, assistant vice provost for student affairs Jane Tuttle — who is overseeing the new office — said finalists were expected to visit campus at the end of November and that KU hoped to hire a director before the fall semester ended.

— Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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The top KU news stories of 2015

As the Journal-World’s Kansas University reporter, I was busy this year. Numerous KU happenings made national news, and some will have lasting impact on the university. There were high-profile visitors, buildings going up and coming down, an alumnus' ashes rocketing through space and controversies over race, sexual assault and donations from Koch Industry affiliates.

Here are my picks for the top KU news stories of 2015, some of which you’ll also find in the Journal-World’s overall top stories of the year feature on Friday. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve pared my list down to a baker’s dozen.

13 — Jaybowl closes for good

After 62 years, bowling at the Kansas Union ended in May. Citing declining popularity and loss of revenue, KU shut down Jaybowl and replaced it with an event space.

People bowl and socialize at the Jaybowl during the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Spencer Research Library, Kansas University Libraries.

People bowl and socialize at the Jaybowl during the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Spencer Research Library, Kansas University Libraries.

12 — University Daily Kansan slashes print production

The Kansan, KU’s 111-year-old student newspaper, cut back this fall to printing just two days a week. Editors announced the change as a move toward “digital-first” journalism.

11 — Professor who said n-word in class placed on leave

This story got more clicks than anything I wrote all year, thanks in part to being picked up by numerous national news websites and blogs, including the Drudge Report. Students filed a discrimination complaint against Andrea Quenette, assistant professor of communication studies, after she used the n-word during a class discussion on race. Quenette said she meant no harm but was using the word in the context of a discussion about racism. She’s on paid leave until KU completes its investigation.

10 — KU prof discovers only known audio recording of James Naismith

Associate professor Michael Zogry, while researching for a book, unearthed the only known recording of the voice of James Naismith himself — inventor of basketball and former KU basketball coach. The 1939 radio show clip is now online for all to hear.

Michael Zogry, KU associate professor in the department of religious studies, who discovered the only known audio recording of James Naismith, talks about some of the many items in his Naismith collection.

Michael Zogry, KU associate professor in the department of religious studies, who discovered the only known audio recording of James Naismith, talks about some of the many items in his Naismith collection. by Richard Gwin

9 — KU takes action on sexual assault

In May the chancellor’s Sexual Assault Task Force delivered 27 recommendations for change in how KU handles campus rape. KU is implementing some suggestions, including creating a Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center. Others aren’t happening, including requiring freshman fraternity members to live in dorms.

8 — Teacher with Koch ties settles lawsuit against university

The case of KU School of Business teacher and Center for Applied Economics director Art Hall v. KU was settled out of court in August. A student group paid $1,800 for an open records request hoped to reveal more about Hall’s ties to Koch Industries, but Hall sued and the students only received some of the documents.

7 — KU basketball team moves into new apartment building

Another viral story. (And I bet some of the people clicking on it were Kentucky fans trying to see if their basketball dorm has been outdone — pretty sure it has.) The Jayhawks moved into the posh new McCarthy Hall apartment building in October. It’s classy, not to mention accommodating of exceedingly tall people.

Brandmeyer Family Court, a half-court basketball facility, is one of the highlights of the new $11.2 million McCarthy Hall, which houses the Kansas men's basketball team.

Brandmeyer Family Court, a half-court basketball facility, is one of the highlights of the new $11.2 million McCarthy Hall, which houses the Kansas men's basketball team. by Mike Yoder

6 — Racial tensions flare on campus

After high-profile protests at Mizzou, KU scheduled a town hall forum to talk about race in November. About 1,000 attended, including a group of mostly black student protesters calling themselves Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk. The following weeks saw an effort to oust Student Senate execs, a new task force to address diversity problems and a protest in the chancellor’s office.

E. Nathan Thomas III, Kansas University Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, right, speaks to a group of student protesters gathered inside the administration offices at Strong Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

E. Nathan Thomas III, Kansas University Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, right, speaks to a group of student protesters gathered inside the administration offices at Strong Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. by Mike Yoder

5 — $4.2 million river study exploring effects of climate change, development

This was the highest-dollar research grant story I wrote all year. A KU professor is lead investigator on this pioneering collaborative project spanning two continents, 18 rivers and eight other universities.

4 — Pluto’s ‘heart’ named for KU grad who discovered planet

The world’s eyes were on the sky in July, when NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft snapped unprecedented close-up photos of Pluto. Aboard New Horizon were the ashes of the KU grad who discovered Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, and NASA announced that a prominent heart-shaped feature on Pluto’s surface was being named for him.

This July 13, 2015, image provided by NASA shows Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. The United States is now the only nation to visit every single planet in the solar system. Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 19, 2006.

This July 13, 2015, image provided by NASA shows Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. The United States is now the only nation to visit every single planet in the solar system. Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 19, 2006.

3 — KU kicks off massive Central District redevelopment project

In November the Kansas Board of Regents OK’d KU’s $350 million Central District redevelopment plan, including a novel “public-private partnership” funding mechanism to pay for it. KU will build a new science building, residence hall, apartment building, student union to replace the Burge, parking garage and utility plant — all within the next three years. That’s on top of the neighborhood’s privately funded new McCarthy Hall, DeBruce Center and Capitol Federal Hall, as well as the already completed LEEP2 engineering building and Oswald and Self halls on Daisy Hill. To reiterate, Central District redevelopment is a massive and transformational project for campus.

2 — McCollum Hall comes tumbling down

The most dramatic piece of the aforementioned redevelopment project was without a doubt the spectacle of McCollum Hall imploding on Nov. 25. What’s probably Douglas County’s largest building square-footage-wise, home to 50 years of memories for an estimated 43,000 KU students echoed with dynamite blasts and crumbled in a matter of seconds.

1 — President Barack Obama visits KU

Obama’s Jan. 22 address on “middle class economics” wasn’t exactly historic, politically speaking. But the man is a mega-star, and KU greeted him as such. In a whirlwind couple of days, KU announced Obama’s visit, worked with Secret Service and law enforcement on myriad logistics, doled out coveted tickets and even arranged live music. The atmosphere inside Anschutz Sports Pavilion was electric, and many KU students and community members called the chance to see the sitting president a highlight of their lives.

President Barack Obama gives remarks on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Anschutz Pavilion on the campus of Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. President Obama visited Lawrence to outline some of his themes delivered during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

President Barack Obama gives remarks on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Anschutz Pavilion on the campus of Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. President Obama visited Lawrence to outline some of his themes delivered during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20. by Nick Krug

— What did I miss? Share your opinions on the year’s top KU stories in the comments below (did I mention this was really hard to narrow down?). As always, reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Holiday greetings from the KU beat, social media style

Merry Christmas from the KU beat. Just for fun and festiveness, here’s a roundup of holiday greetings from a handful of KU units’ social media accounts.

• First, KU Athletics wishes you happy holidays in many languages — headlined by soloist Carlton Bragg on piano:

• The KU Alumni Association’s holiday e-card, in which the Strong Hall Jayhawk gets ice skates and Phog Allen gets a tiny paper stocking cap:

• An animated greeting card from KU Endowment:

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• A sesquicentennial-inspired GIF greeting from KU (that’s Old North College, by the way, KU’s very first building). The university said on its Facebook page, "From the Hill, we hope all Jayhawks have a happy holiday season" and shared the following quote: “Oread in winter! The winter view is most impressive on a breathless boreal morn when the smoke goes straight up into the sky…” — Sydney Prentice, class of 1896

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• A holiday decoration only a med student could love (I'm talking about the skeleton in a Santa hat), from the KU Medical Center Instagram account:

• Courtesy of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library blog, click here to see a photo from their archives of the Chancellor’s Residence decked out in evergreen and lights back in 1966.

• Photos of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks, cheerleaders and KC Wolf visiting the KU Hospital pediatric unit, via the hospital's Facebook page:

Chiefs at KU Hospital's pediatric unit. Contributed photo from KU Hospital.

Chiefs at KU Hospital's pediatric unit. Contributed photo from KU Hospital. by Sara Shepherd

• Some excellent advice from the Jayhawk Buddy System Twitter handle:

None by Jayhawk Buddy System

• And finally, Big Jay and Baby Jay getting in the holiday spirit in their KU ugly Christmas sweaters, courtesy of the KU Athletics Instagram feed:

#KUuglysweater spirit all throughout Allen Fieldhouse

A photo posted by Kansas Jayhawks (@kuathletics) on

#KUuglysweater spirit all throughout Allen Fieldhouse by kuathletics

— Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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Theft of holiday sweaters follows world record at KU’s Allen Fieldhouse

At least the Grinch who stole two holiday sweaters from Allen Fieldhouse Saturday didn’t get to count them as part of Kansas University Athletics’ new Guinness World Record.

Someone took two “KU ugly sweaters” from the fieldhouse just after 3 p.m. Saturday, an estimated loss of $154, according to the KU Office of Public Safety. The sweaters were picked up off a table, at a kiosk that had been selling them, as the KU men’s basketball game against the University of Montana was ending, KU police Capt. James Anguiano said.

Earlier in the game, KU Athletics set the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters. According to a Guinness spokeswoman contacted Tuesday, the official Guinness text now reads: “The largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters is 3,473 and was achieved by Kansas Athletics (USA) at the Men’s Basketball game vs. Montana in Lawrence, Kansas, USA on 19 December 2015.”

Fans wearing holiday sweaters meeting the criteria — long sleeves and decorated with at least one holiday-themed item — were given “participation” tickets when they entered the Fieldhouse. According to KU Athletics, the official count was taken during a 5-minute window partway through the first half, during which everyone in holiday sweaters was required to be in their seats with sweaters on and pass their tickets to the aisle to be officially counted.

With 3,473 holiday sweaters in the Fieldhouse, KU easily surpassed the previous world record, set at Loughborough University in Loughborough, United Kingdom, where 1,175 people wore holiday sweaters on Dec. 10, 2014.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the ugly-sweater thief had not been caught and the investigation remained open, Anguiano said.

A sea of ugly Christmas sweaters come together for the Alma Mater during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

A sea of ugly Christmas sweaters come together for the Alma Mater during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

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