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KU Today: Medical technology meets senior housing in New Cities project

Smart toilets, fall-sensing cameras, automated medicine dispensers, gait analysis detectors — this isn’t your typical senior housing unit.As so many things evolve to keep up with the latest technology, so is Kansas University’s New Cities Initiative. The New Cities Housing Lab is one of ...

KU Today: Throwback Coke bottles commemorate KU 150

At various locations on campus this year, you can get a small keepsake along with your soda. Coca-Cola is rolling out special glass bottles for Kansas University’s 150th anniversary. “It seemed like a commemorative bottle that fans, students and alumni could keep on their shelf would be a ...

KU Today: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ready to build on big grant

After receiving a $1 million grant from its national parent organization this spring, Kansas University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to hold classes in 19 Kansas cities this fall.And while hitting the double digits is admirable, the organization’s director, Jim Peters, said ...

KU Today: KU Catalyst helps ambitious students build, launch their own businesses

Many students come to Kansas University hoping that by the time they graduate, they’ll have the skills to succeed in the business world, and maybe one day even launch their own businesses.But a growing number of KU students are finding out they can accomplish that even before they graduate, ...

KU Today: ‘OERs’ take edge off textbook costs by putting study material online

In an effort to save money and promote access, Kansas University’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures now offers open educational resources for 11 different language programs.The school’s open educational resources — called OERs for short — are free, online textbooks that can ...

KU Today: The evolution of KU’s one-of-a-kind mascot

Kansas University may be 150 years old, but its mascot — the Jayhawk — is slightly more of a spring chicken. The term Jayhawk combines two birds: the blue jay, noisy and quarrelsome, and the sparrowhawk, a stealthy hunter, according to KU’s “Traditions” website. During the Civil War, ...

KU Today: How do I say…? A pronunciation guide for tricky KU landmarks

On the Kansas University campus, great pride is taken in following tradition. Often, it’s easy to distinguish the new students from the seasoned ones based on their knowledge of KU culture — and how they pronounce names of the 150 campus buildings and other landmarks.Names such as the Lied ...

KU Today: 10 cool KU buildings worth getting off the beaten path to find

The Campanile towers over Marvin Grove and fills campus with music. Stately Strong Hall is the centerpiece of Jayhawk Boulevard. And Fraser Hall’s sky-high flagpoles can be seen from miles outside Lawrence.But Kansas University has many view-worthy buildings that aren’t on the beaten path. ...

KU Today: 10 fun facts about how the university started 150 years ago

Here are a few Kansas University factoids to know as the institution celebrates its 150th anniversary.Quick language note: Another way of saying “150th anniversary” is to say the university is celebrating its “sesquicentennial anniversary.” Just in case you didn’t know.1: The first ...

KU Today: Know your alma mater, the song of the Jayhawks

Inspired by an existing tune — but with words changed to reflect the beauty of Kansas University’s campus on “The Hill” — the KU alma mater dates to the school’s early decades.According to KU history, in 1891 professor George Barlow Penny searched for a school song for the Glee and ...

KU Today: Stay on top of Jayhawk news with these must-follow Twitter accounts

So, you’ve moved into your residence hall, toured the campus, located where your classes will be, gotten a parking permit and thoroughly read ALL the brochures you’ve received from Kansas University (wink, wink). Now it’s time to get oriented with the KU Twitter-sphere. Twitter is a great ...

KU Today: The 5 commandments of parking on campus (successfully)

No more stickers on your windshield. Starting this school year, all parking permits will now be electronic — an e-permit registered under your license plate. For now, paper tickets will still be issued as the Kansas University parking department gradually switches to e-citations, in which ...

KU Today: Need help? 7 important student resources you should know about

Kansas University is a big place. The university has many offices and departments aimed at supporting students, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn if you need help. Here are a few of the university’s most important offices when it comes to safety, mental and physical health, ...

KU Today: What’s going on? Don’t miss these key fall events

From athletics to theater to speakers to music to community events, there is always — always — something going on at KU. Of the bigger events that have been scheduled so far, here are a handful of don’t-miss dates for your fall 2015 calendar. Sesquicentennial themes also are expected to ...

KU celebrates 150 years

It’s hard — if not impossible — to imagine Lawrence without Kansas University. But in the years leading up to KU’s founding in 1865, multiple Kansas towns clamored to be home of “The Kansas State University,” the state’s flagship university, said Mike Reid, director of the KU ...

KU students volunteer at more than 20 agencies as part of Super Service Saturday

Several Kansas University students have just finished staining a wooden picnic table and are sitting in a loose circle as they pull weeds from the paths between the raised beds at the Community Garden, 1313 Pennsylvania St. The students were volunteering as part of Super Service Saturday, ...

KU names first finalist for CLAS dean

Kansas University has named the first of four finalists for dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Walter Hawthorne, professor and chairman of the Department of History at Michigan State University, will make a public presentation from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Centennial Room, ...

KU community invited to forum about Central District redevelopment

Kansas University students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about redevelopment plans for KU’s Central District at an open forum from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday in the Courtside Room of the Burge Union.There will be a short presentation at 4:30 p.m. but the forum will center on a series ...

KU student killed in Colorado auto crash

As Kansas University students return to campus for fall classes, the KU community will be missing Noah Graham. Graham, who would have been a sophomore this year, according to KU, died this month in a car accident in Colorado, where he was from.Graham was a student in the College of Liberal Arts ...