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Hawks to Watch: Elizabeth Keever, Nonprofit director

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:30
Why Elizabeth’s a Hawk to Watch:

Food is all around us. The average American lives just 2.14 miles from a grocery store, and yet despite the close proximity for most, access to healthy food remains out of reach for many families. In Douglas County alone, 19,000 residents are at risk of hunger. So Elizabeth Keever and her dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the nonprofit food bank Just Food are on a mission to combat food insecurity, one meal at a time. 

Located just northeast of 11th and Haskell in Lawrence, Just Food collaborates with community partners to reduce hunger, cultivate self-sufficiency, and empower all community members to live healthy, happy lives. And through tireless collective effort, the relatively small organization is making a major impact. Now approaching their tenth year, Just Food serves over 9,000 residents each month. That’s 150-200 families each day!

As a political science major at KU, Elizabeth, who now serves as Just Food’s executive director, learned how community members’ lives are shaped by public policy. And when she came across a job opening at the non-profit, then looking to hire their second staff member, she saw a perfect opportunity to personally make an impact on her community through on-the-ground work and building strong relationships.

Whether you’re passionate about service in your community, looking to get involved, or searching for ways to apply your talents to a cause that matters, the story of Elizabeth’s journey is sure to offer food for thought.​

Tell us in a sentence or two what you do for a living:

I lead an organization with the mission of ending hunger in our community by increasing access to healthy foods, reducing barriers to health and well-being, and cultivating self-sufficiency.  My daily tasks include developing and implementing our strategic plan and fundraising efforts, providing community outreach, and overseeing the operations of the organization.

How did you end up doing what you do? Was there a certain moment when things came together? Or was it a longer journey?

I had the opportunity to be Senator Marci Francisco’s intern in the Kansas Senate during my senior year and worked with the staff of the Kansas Democratic Party (KDP) during that time. The KDP offered me a job and I started working as the Director of Operations for the Kansas Democratic Party the day after I walked down the hill with a degree in Political Science from KU. The position was an incredible and unforgettable experience for a new graduate, providing me with skills I continue to use when fundraising and advocating for progressive social policies. After the 2012 election, I wanted to make a change and work for an agency providing direct service to those in need, and I saw an opening at Just Food. At the time it was a small, developing nonprofit looking to hire their second staff person. When I saw how my work could personally impact my community I knew it was the right place for me.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

When I started at Just Food in 2013, we were a staff of two and had a relatively small annual operating budget. We were a modest organization with strong community support and committed volunteers. Over the years, the organization has gone through a number of hurdles and hardships, but the needs of those experiencing food insecurity remains our top priority.

When I took over as Executive Director in 2015, I knew that the growth of the organization was essential to our mission of serving the community. Now, as the organization approaches its 10 year anniversary, I am proud to say that we are a thriving, local nonprofit serving thousands annually with a staff of seven. In the past six years, we have increased access to our food pantry by 252%, increased the amount of food we distribute by 355% and have grown our annual operating budget by 275%. Ultimately, this means that more people in Douglas County have access to healthy food and programs that cultivate self-sufficiency than ever before. Honestly, it feels incredible to lead our dedicated team of volunteers, staff, donors, and board members who have helped to make the organization what it is today. 

What’s your lowest career moment and how did you pick yourself up and move on?

In 2015, the Just Food Board of Directors and I discovered financial misconduct and embezzlement perpetrated by the Executive Director. This discovery and the subsequent removal of the existing leadership put the organization into a precarious position.

The Just Food staff and board were tasked with some daunting responsibilities; to raise enough capital to cover the stolen funds, and to regain the trust of our community. At the time, there was a distinct possibility that we would be forced to close our doors and the fear of not being available for those families in need was unnerving. We worked tirelessly to develop a plan to move past this ordeal, and I was given the honor of stepping up as Executive Director. I was fortunate to have the incredible support from my family, who lifted me up when I was struggling, and gave me the confidence I needed to lead. I found strength in the Just Food staff, volunteers, and board members, who never stopped working towards our mission and always believed that we could succeed. And finally, I was inspired by a community that believed that everyone deserves access to healthy food. Through this combined effort, Just Food weathered the storm, and emerged stronger than ever.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope to be in a position where I can use my knowledge and skills to enact meaningful change in my community. Whether it’s a leadership role at a nonprofit organization, or holding office in local politics, I know that I will be serving my community and giving a voice to those in need.

What’s your best career pro-tip?

My best advice is to advocate for yourself, and use positions of leadership and privilege to advocate for others. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network; you never know how the people you meet can impact your future.

What do you know now that you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

There are things that you learn in college that, at the time, don’t seem to have any practical, real- world application. I would tell myself to get rid of those doubts, and to absorb as much as you can, as there are times when that knowledge does have a use. I’ve pulled more from my time at KU than I ever realized I would while in school, and I deeply value all that I’ve learned.

How did your KU degree prepare you for your current job?

In my political science classes, I learned how policy is created, and how it can shape the lives of those who fall under its purview. As the key communicator on behalf of an organization, I am constantly using the skills I developed through the essays and papers I wrote for each class. As I stated before, I was fortunate to be an intern at the Kansas State House in my senior year, and I received real-life work experience that gave me the opportunity to network with people in the industry.

What do you do after you’ve clocked out?

In my early years as a KU student, I enjoyed electives centered around metalsmithing and jewelry making. I continue to enjoy creating jewelry in my downtime, along with spending time with my family and friends, watching television, and playing board games.

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

Growing up in Texas I played tennis and competed in it one year. I made it all the way to state and placed 3rd. Fortunately for me, there were only 3 people in my age bracket.

Be like Elizabeth. Find ways to make a difference for a cause you believe in. For more information, visit the department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, and learn more about Just Food here. Do you need food? Explore resources through Just Food and the KU Campus Cupboard.

Hawks to Watch are disrupters. They’re poised for greatness, inspiring their colleagues and excelling in their professions. Basically, they’re killing it. Having recently graduated, they are just starting to leave their mark and we can’t wait to see how their story unfolds. These Jayhawks span all industries including business, non-profits, tech, healthcare, media, law and the arts. 

Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:18
Why Carl’s a Hawk to Watch:

Wisdom and The Wizard of Oz, LGBTQ+ rights and the legacy of Stonewall, family and the uneasy tension between memory and reality, time and the construction of personal identity. KU alum Carl Grauer is using his background in biology to explore human nature, but not in the ways that you might expect.

Through his work as a contemporary portrait and figurative artist, Carl is exploring the human elements at work in moments both mundane and magnificent, ranging from personal recollections to pop culture icons. With a mix of scientific precision and humanist curiosity, he examines the depths of everyday experience and the meaning we assign to the past, using brushstrokes and fine pigments to tell stories of humanity and document the rich, vivid, complex, entirely ordinary beauty of his subjects in 2-D form.

Meet Carl, our May Hawk to Watch, and learn how a B.A. in biology led him from a pre-med track to graduate work in medical illustration, and later, art shows across L.A., New York, and London. Get his advice for others wanting to pursue a career doing what they love, and discover how he carved out a path that was unexpected, yes, but completely of his own creation, with honesty, kindness and persistence.

Tell us in a sentence or two what you do for a living:

I am a contemporary portrait and figurative artist working in oils.

How did you end up doing what you do? Was there a certain moment when things came together? Or was it a longer journey? 

This was a rather long journey. I’ve always had an interest in drawing and art but it took a roundabout way to get where I am now. I started off as a pre-med biology major at KU, but I always had the little voice in the back of my head to be an artist. While at KU, with the help and direction of the career development office, I started taking art courses in drawing, painting and illustration and upon completing my biology degree at KU I was accepted into a graduate program in medical illustration, which then led to work in NYC. During this time I worked with several companies in advertising and then went freelance, all the while drawing and painting in my free time. 

About 10 years ago I co-founded a retail antique and design store that hosted art events and openings. This was an amazing lesson in running a business and being quick on my feet in New York. We had great success and began doing interior decorating work and landed some great gigs including the Nighthawk Cinema theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. However, it wasn’t until the passing of my brother in 2011 when I fully decided to make a leap into painting full-time and it was then when things really started coming together. 

I decided to start painting as many people as I could in a span of two hours. It started as a practice to get better and then six years later it has grown into a full body of work that will continue until my death. This project began in 2012 and it continues to excite because of this element of time. It documents the subjects in a specific amount of time and also my evolution as a painter. In the past several years I have had the great privilege to paint live in many locations including galleries in Los Angeles, New York and recently I have had in invitation to show in London this coming October. To date I have painted a little over 200 Two Hour Portraits.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

My biggest achievement would probably be exhibiting with the Royal Portrait Society in London, and building this fully realized body of work for my upcoming exhibit entitled “The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous,” which opens at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York on Wednesday, June 12th. Envisioned as a tribute to the Stonewall Rebellion that occurred in New York City in 1969, the show features portraits of 15 figures who have impacted the LGBTQ+ rights movement. But mostly, it has been finding the strength and persistence to pursue this work I love.    

Whats your lowest career moment and how did you pick yourself up and move on?

My lowest point was after I had accepted a job in NYC for a company doing medical illustration, signed a lease on an apartment and was very excited to start this new life. Everything seemed amazing!!! However, after a month working for the company… no paycheck came. The second month…. no paycheck. They kept saying the checks will be coming but they never paid me. It was during the Dot com bust in the early 2000s and unfortunately myself and several other entry level employees were being taken advantage of. I wasn’t able to pay my rent, almost got evicted and had to scramble to find a new job. The main motivator was getting money to afford an apartment. I eventually moved to Brooklyn with roommates, interviewed at as many places that would have me and finally found a job in advertising doing illustration and web design. 

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

I see myself still making a living doing art. With 10 years I will have continued to learn more and to push my work even further. By then I will hope to amass at least 600 more Two Hour Portraits, several strong solo shows, at least 5 residencies including the American Academy Rome Prize as a major goal.

What do you know now that you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

Shed your fear, trust yourself and believe in your talent completely. It will all work out.

Whats your best career pro-tip?

Pursue your path with honesty, kindness and persistence. If you believe in what you are and what you are doing, do not give up.

How did your KU degree prepare you for your current job? 

My time at KU continues to prepare me. Having a liberal arts degree gave me a breadth of knowledge that I still use as a starting point for research or for general interest. It showed me that there are many avenues in your life and that one path may lead to a very unexpected one and that is okay. Having had amazing instructors in the fine arts department like Jon Swindell, Michael Krueger, and Tanya Hartman, who guided me with a kind arm to look harder, still stands out to me and how I approach my work. 

 What do you do after youve clocked out?

I really never clock out, but cooking at home with my husband, watching movies and taking walks in the Hudson Valley. A must-do once a month is going to an art museum like the Clark, Dia Beacon, Olana or Stromking. Or to go down to the city for the Met, Whitney, Frick or gallery hopping are some of my favorite things. 

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

I grew up in a very small town in the middle of Kansas called Wilson. It’s always fun to see people’s reaction when I tell them my town had a population of 800, my graduating class had 16 people and there were no stoplights unless you count one red blinking light in an intersection.  

Be like Carl. Find your path and pursue it with honesty. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Biology Program and the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas. Learn more about Carl’s work and upcoming events on his website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page.

Hawks to Watch are disrupters. They’re poised for greatness, inspiring their colleagues and excelling in their professions. Basically, they’re killing it. Having recently graduated, they are just starting to leave their mark and we can’t wait to see how their story unfolds. These Jayhawks span all industries including business, non-profits, tech, healthcare, media, law and the arts. 

DC Internship Program celebrates 35 years

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:01

The University of Kansas hosted a reception in Washington, D.C., this April to celebrate 35 years of the Washington, D.C., Internship Program. Since its inception in 1984, the D.C. Internship Program has helped more than 600 students secure internships in the nation’s capital. The majority of participants are KU students, however the program expanded in the last 20 years to include students from Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University.

Several alumni of the program attended, alongside members of the Kansas delegation and KU leadership, including Professor Burdett “Bird” Loomis, founder and director of the program; Gary Meltz, the current D.C. director; Chancellor Doug Girod; Interim Provost Carl Lejuez; and Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Reggie Robinson.

D.C. Internship Program alumni have held internships in a broad variety of offices and organizations, including Congress, federal offices, the White House, museums, C-SPAN, D.C. Public Schools and several other national organizations and public policy groups. Students are tasked with researching, identifying and contacting the offices and organizations with which they would like to intern. The program hosts weekly seminars featuring notable guest speakers throughout the semester-long internship, as well. Many students have been able to use their internship experience as a springboard to careers in Washington, D.C.

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Unwinding with Hannah Britton: Anti-trafficking Researcher

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:25

What does human trafficking look like? Most of us have seen stories of captivity play out on big or small screen with familiar casts of villains and victims. Compelling drama, perhaps, but the reality is far more complicated, and closer to home, than we might like to imagine. Make no mistake, says KU researcher Hannah Britton: it’s happening in the Heartland, and often in plain sight.

Issues as complex and consequential as human trafficking, exploitation, and gender-based violence, which intersect with culture, labor and migration, race, policy and power, are challenging subjects to unpack, surely. But for Hannah and her team of researchers in KU’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative (ASHTI), the ball truly begins to move forward when students, scholars and policy makers collaborate both across and within their respective disciplines, not only to respond to instances of exploitation, but to identify areas of vulnerability and strategies for prevention.

In the final episode of Unwinding, we sat down with Hannah Britton, professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice at the Institute of Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at KU, whose research has brought her around the world and all throughout Africa. But some of the best and most productive research, she says, takes place in the classroom with her students. And as she likes to point out, learning is not a one way street; quite the opposite, it is a multidirectional force that impacts both students and instructors alike. Meet Hannah, and learn about how she’s incorporating hands-on, qualitative research methods in her classes, KU’s unique position in advancing human trafficking research, and her ongoing work with ASHTI to understand and stamp out the root causes of exploitation that affects communities from the Global South to the Midwest.

It’s Unwinding with Hannah Britton:

Unwinding is a podcast that tells the human stories driving the minds and talents of the University of Kansas. In each episode we sit down with KU researchers in a favorite or familiar setting to chat about what they’re working on, why they’re passionate about it, why it matters, and what makes them tick as humans. You may find us on campus, running the trails, on a farm, at a coffee shop or down at the pub. Wherever the location, the conversation explores the fascinations and motivations that produce new discoveries.

Unwinding is a collaboration between The Commons at KU and KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Commons is a catalyst for unconventional thinking, interdisciplinary inquiry, and unexpected discoveries across the sciences, arts, and humanities. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the heart of KU. It’s home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, offering more than 100 majors, minors and certificates. A collaborative and creative community, the College is committed to making the world better through inquiry and research.

Music: Lee Rosevere‘s “Let’s Start at the Beginning

Phillip McGruder: ‘Believe Autism Matters’

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 13:13

For nearly all his life, KU College alumnus Phillip McGruder has felt a duty to make an impact on the world. Inspired by his mother’s determination to earn a college degree during the American civil rights movement, he was driven to be a role model for those who may not otherwise have one. And, having been diagnosed with autism early in life, he endured personal struggles of his own growing up.

Phillip knew he wanted to be Jayhawk the first time he set foot on KU’s Lawrence campus. The people and resources offered at the University, as well as its close proximity to his hometown in Kansas City, Kansas, made for an easy decision. But early on, he realized the extent to which feelings of social isolation affect life at the Univeristy for students with autism. So he decided to do something about it.

Meet Phillip, founder of Believe Autism Matters (KU BAM), which aims to increase awareness of autism at KU and in Lawrence and improve the lives of individuals with autism. Learn about how he brought BAM to life, his current work with the Kansas City Chiefs, and how experiences at KU led him to get behind a cause that matters.

Where are you from? And why did you decide to come to KU?

I am from Kansas City, Kansas, born and raised. I’ve wanted to come to KU since I was a little kid growing up 45 minutes east of Lawrence. The first time I stepped foot on KU’s campus, I got the feeling that it was the place where I belonged. I toured the facilities, met great people who were very nice and also provided the resources that I felt would allow me to have success, and that’s what my decision was based on. Lawrence is a wonderful college town as well. Great community, great places to visit, and it’s a great place to study and have peace and quiet.

Why did you choose your major? Was there a moment when you decided this is what you wanted to study? What was that journey like?

I earned my Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Sports Management. I chose my major because the General Studies major doesn’t focus on one specific course of study, but rather provides students with a well-rounded set of core classes in many areas. Students can then decide what interests them most and continue on to concentrate on specific academic areas.

I decided to major in General Studies when I created “Believe Autism Matters,” and I noticed that the program offered the courses that would make me a better person and leader. I was in the Sports Management program and at the time I didn’t fulfill my requirements. The General Studies degree helped me to become a well-rounded individual. I was still able to take Sports Management courses and follow my dreams of working in the world of sports. 

How did your KU degree prepare you for your current job?

I work for the Kansas City Chiefs as a guest service representative during games and concerts. My job is to provide “Championship service,” to make sure the fans have a great time. We guide fans to their seats, provide information if needed, and make sure things don’t get out of hand. Sometimes, depending on a situation, we provide a level of security just in case. Sometimes I would hype the crowd up because Arrowhead Stadium is the loudest stadium in the world. The 2018 season where the Chiefs were one game away from Super Bowl 53 was a great experience, even though it didn’t turn out in our favor.

Networking was the most important aspect from my degree that helped prepare me for this job. The BGS major provides students the opportunity to customize their major and minor areas of concentration rather than adhere to the sequence of courses that is required of students in the respective BA/BS programs. Because of that, it helped me to work around my schedule of classes with my areas of focus like taking those Sports Management courses. Those courses would help me meet the requirements that the organization was looking for, and I also believe it will lead to a bigger opportunity. I also went to the Career Center to create my resumes. That was tough at first because I was released from the Sports Management program, and I was also dealing my father’s passing. But in the end, it worked out well. 

What is the benefit of being in the KU College alongside students studying sciences, arts and humanities?

I feel confident that students in the College gain a better understanding of the world we live in today. I was glad to meet people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and found that working together in this program made us well-rounded individuals. I gained a better understanding of the world around me through my peers in the College, and I hope to apply the lessons that I learned in my courses and from my peers as I strive to make a difference in the world.

Tell us about Believe Autism Matters. How did you decide to start that origination, and what was the experience like? What do you hope to achieve?

The focus of Believe Autism Matters (KU BAM) is to increase the KU and Lawrence community’s awareness of autism, and to improve the lives of those affected by the disorder. Through fundraising, I also sought to establish scholarship support for people on the spectrum at KU, attract speakers, fund programs, support community advocacy, organize monthly events encouraging social networking, and connect with the autism research program at the KU Edwards campus.

It began with talks during my first year at KU with my floor mate at Templin at the time, Brian Gier. Brian already had experience in spreading Autism awareness in high school. I was happy to meet someone with awareness of my disability, and we decided to create the group. The next step was sending the information through the University Daily Kansan on September 20, 2014, the beginning of KU BAM. I wanted to inspire those who have autism and are silent, to let them know that they are important and that they are included. 

I was diagnosed with autism when I was an infant and it’s been a somewhat turbulent journey for me. But I survived the bullying and verbal abuse, and I became a better individual in the process. A major difference between those dealing with autism at the University and those who do not is a feeling of social isolation. My group attempts to remedy that, especially for those who felt they were labeled as socially awkward before college. When I first got to KU, people didn’t assume I had autism. When people would tell me, “I didn’t know you were I autistic,” I kind of took offense. I would think to myself, “This person doesn’t really know what autism is.” That’s what motivated me to create BAM and reach out to those that have faced a similar path. I hope to continue to provide Awareness post-KU, and I’m actually thinking about starting another organization focused on providing awareness like BAM did.

What advice would you give to KU students who want to start or get involved with an organization to advocate for a cause they believe in?

My advice to students is to follow your intuition. If you have that gut feeling that you want to get behind a cause that you believe in, go for it. Find individuals that have the same mind-set, learn about resources, and make connections in order to make it a reality.

Give a shout-out to a professor, mentor, advisor, or someone at KU who has helped you?

I met a lot of great faculty members during my time at KU, many of whom are not at KU anymore. I wish I could name them all because they really helped me during my time there, and I wouldn’t have made without them. One person is Dr. Scott Ward (a.k.a. Scooter). I took his History of Physical Education course at KU. It’s important to build relationships with your instructors at the beginning of each semester, but Dr. Ward was more than that. He is a dear friend who helped me and gave moral support during my rough period at KU. His encouragement is what motivated me to make a difference in the world. He reminds me of Mr. Russo from the TV show “Freaks and Geeks.” Like Mr. Russo, he’s the cool guidance counselor who often serves as a confidant to the main characters. He genuinely cares for the students, identifying their problems and offering cogent advice in an upbeat manner. That’s what makes him a great mentor.

What would you tell your freshman self?

Do not procrastinate. Step out of your comfort zone. Talk to your professors at the beginning of your first day of classes, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What’s your best KU memory?

When Anthony Ianni, the first man with autism to play Division-1 Basketball at Michigan State, spoke on April 2, 2015 during Autism Awareness Day. His message was incredible and his story is similar to mine. From that moment, not only did I want to make an impact, I formed a brotherhood with Anthony. He’s my big-brother from another mother. The moment that made me cry tears of joy was when KU’s official Instagram posted my photo spreading Awareness on that day. I felt my message was brought to the forefront.

What motivates you?

What motivates me is that I am the living dream of my ancestors. Growing up, I was taught about African American history. My Mom became the first in my family to graduate college during the Civil Rights Era. For me, that display of determination, despite the obstacles, motivated me to graduate despite the stigmas I had faced.

I am a visual learner. I can visualize in my mind what my Mom and Dad went through during that era. When I hear her tell me those stories and how it had affected her, it motivated me to become a better person and to make a difference in the world. Also, I think about children who are growing up going through the same cycle like me when I was young. They probably don’t have a role model or an authority figure to show them the way. I have to get out of bed and strive to live well. If I don’t, I feel I would be disappointing those that came before me and went through turbulent times in the past in order for me to live in the present.

Be like Phillip. Believe in something, and let the world know why it matters. For more information, explore the B.G.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences option and the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training at the University of Kansas. Check out more details about Phillip and BAM in the University Daily Kansan‘s 2016 article. Also, visit Believe Autism Matters and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Top Six Reasons to Take a Summer Class

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:49

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time to start thinking about making the most of the warmer months. Summer classes are the perfect way to stay on track to accomplishing your academic goals. Here are the top six reasons you should enroll for Summer 2019.

1. Stay on Track – Maybe Get Ahead (Gasp!)

Had an intense semester? Need time to do an internship? Working on a double major or adding a minor? Summer classes are your friend AND a great way to stay on track for graduation. Not sure what to take? Talk to your advisor! Also, keep reading. We’ve got some ideas.

2. Flexibility

The summer is a great time to take advantage of the “extra” hours in the day. Summer classes are typically just a few hours a day, leaving time to work, travel and enjoy your friends and family.

Bonus Idea: Take an online course and learn in your living room. Can’t get more flexible than that!

3. KU Core

There are more than 160 classes available during the summer that will fulfill a KU Core requirement. (Seriously, we counted.) See #1 on why this is important.

4. Take a hard, single class

Need a chance to really concentrate on a writing, math, or science course? The summer is the perfect time to focus on a class that you’ve maybe been dreading or know will need your singular attention.

5. Take a cool elective in KU Core – enrichment courses for life

Okay, this seems to go against #4 and could be the same as #3, but go with us for a second. You know those classes that catch your eye every year? The classes about zombies, Russian graphic novels, samurais or sci-fi films – now is the time! Go for it.

6. You CAN graduate in the summer!

Did you know that you can graduate in the summer? Maybe you had an internship this semester, or a giant senior project that took more time than expected. That’s cool. Walk in May, finish up and graduate in summer. No problem.

Summer 2019 – KU Core Classes

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:44
Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning

Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking (GE11):

AAAS 105, ABSC 100, ATMO 220, CLSX 148, COMS 235, ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, HIST 104, HIST 114, HUM 204, HUM 205, LING 110, LWS 332, PHIL 148, PHIL 160, PHIL 310, SOC 104, SOC 150, SOC 160, WGSS 333

Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy (GE12

COMS 356, LA&S 108, MATH 101, MATH 105, MATH 115, MATH 365


Goal 2.1 Written Communication (GE21):

ANTH 389, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, HIST 120, HUM 204, SLAV 320, WGSS 389, COMS 130

Breadth of Knowledge

Goal 3H Arts and Humanities (GE3H):

AAAS 103, AAAS 105, AMS 100, ANTH 160, ANTH 360, ANTH 389, CLSX 148, CLSX 332, COMS 232, ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, FMS 200, FMS 380, HA 100,   HA 166, HA 300, HA 330, HIST 104, HIST 120, JWSH 124, PHIL 148, PHIL 160, PHIL 310, REL 124, SLAV 148, SLAV 149, WGSS 389

Goal 3N Natural Sciences (GE3N):

ANTH 304, ATMO 105, ATMO 220, BIOL 100, BIOL 400, EVRN 148, GEOG 104, GEOG 148, GEOG 150, GEOL 105, GEOL 171, GEOL 301

Goal 3S Social Sciences (GE3S):

AMS 110, ANTH 100, ANTH 160, ANTH 315, ANTH 360, ANTH 389, ANTH 484, COMS 310, ECON 142, ECON 144, EVRN 150, GEOG 102, HA 315, LING 110, LWS 330, POLS 100, POLS 170, POLS 320, PSYC 104, SOC 104, SOC 110, SOC 563, SPLH 261, SPLH 566, WGSS 101, WGSS 389

Culture and Diversity

Goal 4.1 Human Diversity (AE41):

AAAS 106, AMS 100, AMS 110, AMS 324, HIST 109, HIST 353, LING 110, LING 320, SOC 104, SOC 110, SOC 160, SOC 324, SOC 450, WGSS 101, WGSS 327, WGSS 333

Goal 4.2 Global and Cultural Awareness (AE42):

AAAS 320, AMS 332, ANTH 100, ANTH 160, ANTH 201, ANTH 360, ANTH 389, ANTH 484, ECIV 104, GEOG 102, GIST 535, HA 100, HA 166, HA 300, HA 363, HIST 124, HUM 204, HUM 205, JWSH 124, LAA 100, POLS 150, POLS 170, REES 110, REES 111, REL 124, SLAV 148, SLAV 149, SOC 130, SOC 332, SOC 534, WGSS 389

Social Responsibility and Ethics

Goal 5 Understanding Social Responsibility and Ethics (AE51):

ABSC 150, CLSX 384, COMS 539, LAA 300, PHIL 160, PHIL 360, PHIL 380, SOC 150, SOC 160

Integration and Creativity

Goal 6 Integration and Creativity (AE61):

COMS 496, ENGL 590, LA&S 490, LA&S 494, LING 320