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Be A Jayhawk: Ella Richards, a Jayhawk dedicated to helping people

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:58

Majors: Women, gender and sexuality studies major and psychology minor.

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

What has been your favorite class at KU? And why?

I loved my WGSS 101 class. I was expecting a class of 300 people, but found my way to a room of about 20. We were students from different majors, different family backgrounds, and students from all over the world. It enhanced the class 10 fold.

Inside a women, gender and sexuality studies classroom.

How do your majors and/or minors complement each other?

Currently I’m working on a women, gender and sexuality major and I have completed my psychology minor. I feel like both of these can be used to help one another enhance the understanding of the other one. For example, in my women, gender and sexuality classes we often try and examine the things we are reading through different lenses. My minor in psychology provides me with a psychoanalytic lens to look through as well as a basic knowledge about that psychoanalytic lens.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

If I am being totally honest, I am not sure. I’ve taken so many wonderful classes that have inspired me to do so many things that I am torn as to what direction to take. Over the next few years I am taking classes from different colleges, especially a few business classes. I am thinking I might want to become an administrator at a women’s shelter. My number one goal is to help people. How I do that? At this point, I’m not sure. But the classes I get to take now are presenting all kinds of options as well as opportunities to expand my resume and help me figure out my strengths and weaknesses.

What’s your favorite part of campus?

I think my favorite part of campus is the energy it has. I feel it walking to class everyday, surrounded by all kinds of students. If it’s 90 degrees or -5, raining, snowing, or when it’s foggy, there is an incredible energy here at KU. I’m surrounded by Jayhawks, and that is a feeling that can’t be matched.

What would you tell your freshman self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. College is hard, and there is a huge adjustment period. Try new things.

But I think my most important thing is this, spend time on campus. Sit on the grass and watch people walking to class while you study, have lunch at the union, study at the library. BE on campus- live on campus. You’ve got four years, and there is no place like the home you will make for yourself on campus.

What is the benefit of studying in the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences?

I love studying with students that have such a variety of backgrounds. We all bring something unique to class.


Often times I’ll meet and hear about someone’s plans and we will be going in a similar direction with what we want to do, but taking two  different paths to get there. The chance to meet and know students in such a variety of areas of studies also allows me to investigate things I didn’t know were on option. Maybe they took a really incredible sociology class that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the diversity of passions in my classes.

What’s your best KU memory?

I think my favorite KU memory would be going to my first KU basketball game as a student. I had been to many games before then, but sitting in the middle of everything, being part of something I had admired my whole life, was an incredible experience (Plus it was my birthday). I was simply sitting in the middle of the greatest place on Earth. You think Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, you obviously haven’t been to Allenfield House.

How do you recharge your batteries?

I really like going and sitting by Potter lake. I take a book and blanket and just go and be. I can hear the activity of campus, but am in a bubble of peace and calm. It’s like nothing else.

Sunrise over Potter Lake. Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

What motivates you?

Three things:

  1. My Parents. They have worked so hard to help me to be where I am. They want to see me do my best, and I want to make them proud.
  2. My responsibility as a KU Student. I have been a diehard KU fan since the day I was born. I want to make my university proud, I want to live up to the stories I heard growing up. I want to take that walk down The Hill, and I will.
  3. Myself and my surroundings. I will sit in the library and see other students studying, working on projects, and being productive. I see them, and it inspires me to focus and do my work. It pushes me to be the best that I can. I also know that I only have four years on this campus, I want to make the most of every single moment that I have here, and, for me, that includes succeeding.

Liberal Arts & Sciences at work: Sandra Sanchez at the Smithsonian

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:12

Hometown: I’ve moved too many times to have one!

Majors: History, Chinese language & literature; Minor: Indigenous studies

Internship title and organization:

Intern for the Program in Latino History & Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH)

What were your responsibilities during your internship?

The museum just opened a whole new wing with a focus on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds, so I am primarily working on that. I help compile various scholarship and materials for my supervisor that will be developed into curricula for k-12 U.S. history teachers. The aim of the project is to better integrate primary sources in to the classroom, and to reform traditional narratives into more inclusive and critical histories. I also interact with visitors on a daily basis with an ‘immigration cart,’ using various items that people from Latin America might bring with them to the U.S. This is an engaging way to spark conversation with the public about the history of immigration in the U.S.

An example of the ‘immigration cart’ Sandra displays in the museum to start a conversation about immigration from Latin America to the U.S.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? 

Being able to listen to the wonderful curators and scholars who are a part of the Smithsonian has really solidified my own love of research and has kept me engaged in academics this summer. If I had any doubts about continuing into higher education, they are long gone. I’ve also been inspired by how the historical research here at NMAH is translated into publicly accessible materials, and how programs like the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Asian Pacific American Center bring attention to lesser-known experiences and cultures.

A photo of Sandra Sanchez and the public engaging with an exhibit that forms part of a new wing at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History focused on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds. This photo originally appeared in an article on The Washington Post, available here.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? 

Learning about the vast collections of material available for research and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes work on object collection definitely is an invaluable experience as I look to continue my own research in graduate school. At NMAH there is a big emphasis on material culture and telling stories through objects that might not be considered important—like a lost pair of child’s tennis shoes found near the U.S.-Mexican border to illustrate one type of migration—so I can bring that focus to my own research and be as open-minded as I can be.

How did you find out about this internship?

I had signed up for the mailing list from the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships quite a while ago, and was waiting for an opportunity for a paid internship to open up. One day, I opened my inbox and I saw there were applications open for the Minority Awards Program which would fund any internship across the Smithsonian Institution. From there, I researched with whom and where I wanted to work at and then applied.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship?

It is imperative to start looking for possible opportunities as early as possible so that you can start preparing what criteria you might need (whether it is a class, language experience, etc.) and so you can begin planning financially (applying for scholarships or outside aid if needed.) Think of different career paths you might be interested in and look for internships in those fields. Your internship doesn’t have to be what you’re going to do for the rest of your life and often having experience through an internship will help you decide whether or not you really want to work in that field. Lastly, start asking around! Ask your professors, your mentors, advisors—anyone! There are so many great opportunities that you may or may not stumble upon alone so if you expand your network then you’ll have a wider range of options.

Why did you choose your majors/minors?

So much of what we learn about history ends in a high school U.S history textbook. These historical narratives are narrow in focus, and rarely discuss the diverse identities that are vital to understanding human experiences through history. As members of a society, we cannot hope to live together and progress if we do not examine our past and our interactions with each other, be they driven by hatred, indifference, or understanding. I’ve chosen my studies because they provide a path where I am constantly learning different perspectives and confronting my own beliefs and prejudices, as well as seeking dialogues with others. What I study is only one possible path of critical study that I hope helps me better engage in the current world and its conflicts and will allow me to reflect on my own role in it.

What do you plan to do next?

I am going into my final year and will soon be applying for PhD programs in immigration studies or transnational studies, so hopefully next year at this time I’ll be preparing to enter graduate school!

My favorite KU memory is… meeting Nora Naranjo-Morse when she came to speak at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Multi-media artist Nora Naranjo Morse delivered the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture on Feb. 9 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

The best advice I ever got: Never, ever, be afraid to ask for help.

How do you recharge your batteries? I like to eat good food and play with my cat.

What motivates you? I like to know that what I do will help people and that I can share my success—for instance, I hope that if people see this post, then there will be more KU students interning at the Smithsonian who might not have been aware of the opportunity!

Your superpower would be … Being able to speak any language.

Cool Classes: Magic for Muggles

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00

Still waiting on that invitation to a certain school of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Even at KU, you can still indulge your interest in magic. The College has some recommendations for you. Check ’em out!

ENGL 203 Monsters in Literature and Film

No promises that your professor will become a mythical creature, but this class will offer a look at werewolves and other classic monsters. Find out where they came from and what they mean in literature and society.

From antiquity to present, monsters have dominated the imagination of writers and readers. Vampires, werewolves, and various other monstrous creatures appear in literature, art, and film. Students will be asked to consider such questions as: Why do we create monsters? What purpose do they serve in literature and film? How do the images of these monsters change throughout various time periods, historical contexts, and mediums? What can monsters teach us about the human body, sexuality, and identity?

ASTR 191 Contemporary Astronomy

Sorry, Harry. If you’re looking into the stars to predict your future, you won’t find divination here. But with astronomy, you can look to the stars to understand the mysteries of the universe from a scientific perspective.

The structure and evolution of the universe, from nearby planets to distant quasars, are examined. Topics include recent discoveries concerning planets, stars, pulsars and black holes as well as their evolution, the structure of the universe today and how it will be in the future.

ANTH359 Anthropology of Sex

Love potions work at Hogwarts, but for us Muggles, love isn’t that simple. Learn more about the birds and the bees from a new perspective, as the anthropology department shows you the science.

An evolutionary perspective on the behavior and biology of males and females in human society. Topics will include the evolution of sexual dimorphism, social and biological issues in human reproduction, primate social patterns, human sexual behavior and taboos, sex and social structure, and the sociobiology of sex.

ANTH484 Magic, Science and Religion

For those of us who are still waiting on that letter from Hogwarts, enroll in this class to learn how magic and wizardry fit with religion and other beliefs throughout history.

Comparative study of religion and systems of value and belief in non-Western cultures

For more #CoolCLAS recommendations follow our Twitter account: @KUCollege

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Hawks to Watch: Stephanie Downes

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:18
Why Stephanie’s a Hawk to Watch:

When you think biology degree, you may picture someone sitting in a lab or collecting specimens outside. For Stephanie, a biology degree led to a different path, where skills in analyzing and experimenting help her engage audiences with digital media. Following graduation from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Stephanie moved to New York City and has become a rising star at Condé Nast. This biology graduate is now winning awards and praise for growing the online audiences for well-known magazines covering fashion, popular culture, and music, including W magazine and Pitchfork.comat one of the biggest and most respected media companies in the world.

Introducing: Tell us, in 140 characters or less, what you do for a living:

I lead Digital Audience Development and Analytics for, at Condé Nast.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

I can’t point to a specific achievement, but working hard and smart every day to put myself in a situation where it’s possible to get promotions and raises is something I’m proud of. I’m close to quadrupling my salary since my first full time job after college, and that feels good. Not because I’m trying to live an extravagant life, but knowing my value, doing the work, and successfully advocating for myself feels good. I received the Business Accelerator Award at Condé (thank you Biology degree), and co taught a class at NYU on digital media.

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

Honestly I’m not sure that I have seen my career low yet since I’m pretty early on. I don’t really keep track or dwell on the low moments. If you expect to make mistakes it seems less devastating when you do. There have been plenty of less than ideal situations in my career but they all have led me to evaluate the situation and make a new game plan.

What’s your best career pro-tip?

Also, always have a mentor that’s pulling you up with them and giving you feedback. Men tend to be good at this but we need to get better, ladies!

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

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

Don’t stay at a company because you feel like you owe it to the company, or because you fear everything will fall apart if you leave. A company will never care about you the way you care about it, so do what’s best for you first. And if things are truly going to fall apart if you leave, then it’s not a sustainable business anyway.

What do you do after you’ve clocked out?

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

In New York my fun fact is that I’m from Kansas, a lot of people are surprised when I call them and my location caller ID reads “Topeka”

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. 

Know a Hawk to Watch we should feature? Tell us!

Distinguished Alumni: Delano Lewis, diplomat and executive

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:00

The list of careers Delano Lewis has held is lengthy and diverse. After graduating from KU in 1960 with majors in political science and history and a law degree soon after, he embarked on a career including roles with the Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda, as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, CEO of NPR and more than 20 years in telecommunications with C & P Telco in D.C., culminating as president of Bell Atlantic/DC, which is now Verizon.

Alongside his professional career, Lewis has made contributions as a public servant and philanthropist in the Washington, D.C. community, and on a federal level. Recently, he’s focused his energy on sharing his experiences with others, compiling his life lessons in his memoir, “It All Begins with Self: How to Discover Your Passion, Connect with People, and Succeed in Life.”

In recognition of his diverse and impactful career, the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is honoring Lewis with our 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. We sat down with him to learn more about his approach to leadership and learning.

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

KU degree: Bachelor’s in political science and history (1960)

Current title: Author and motivational speaker

What does it mean to you to be a Jayhawk? It’s the beginning of my growth, it started in Lawrence. To me, coming out of high school, KU presented me the opportunity to explore and to learn. I was excited about learning, and I had great professors. I had a great European history teacher (Professor William Gilbert) that made history fun. The thirst of learning and knowledge I had leaves a strong memory of KU.

I was in a fraternity, and it was a really wonderful experience for me, living in a fraternity house and becoming a fraternity brother, an Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest predominantly black Greek organization. And, KU is where I met my wife. For her, her parents were KU grads, her grandparents had gone to school there, her brother and sister on her side went, and I was the first person to attend college in my family. KU has that kind of strong attachment for us. It was a place of learning, a place of having fun, a place of experiencing life right out of high school.

How did you discover your career? I had an idea that I wanted to be a lawyer to work in civil rights. But when I got the offer at the Justice Department, it was in the criminal division, internal security division; we were looking for communists and spies. I spent one year learning how to do the job and one year trying to get out. It was nothing close to civil rights. But I had an opportunity to go to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, who would really get into employment discrimination, where I really had a chance to use the law, so that was a really good move.

Delano Lewis was appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Lewis served in that post until 2001.

Then out of the blue at a dinner party a woman asked me if I wanted to go to Africa. And I said “Africa? How could I do that? I’m just out of Kansas.” She said, “Well you could go to Africa with the United States Peace Corps.” I wouldn’t have known that living in Kansas, that such an offer existed in the mid-60s, that you could go as a federal employee, with your family, salary and housing provided, to be an administrator of an American program. So I was getting further from the law, but it was something to think about. When I came back and I told Gayle (my wife) that I was thinking about it, and that maybe I could get into civil rights in Jefferson City if we came back to this area, she said “Jefferson City? Nigeria? Is there any choice here?” But she was excited about going away.

Every time I was making these moves within the federal government I would talk to my dad, and he would say to me, “Why are you leaving? Why are you changing jobs?” He was a Santa Fe railroader, and he was there for 37 years. In his generation, you found a good job, and you stuck with it. In my case, I got to understand the system of government work fairly quickly. D.C. is a lawyer’s town. If you are interested in the law and government, D.C. is the place. It’s just a great network. I found a way to move up when I moved out, so I would soak in all that information. Sometimes you have to move outside your comfort zone to seize your opportunities.

What are some points you want your audiences to take away from your speeches or your book? I’m just a strong believer in education, and I wouldn’t be able to do the things I did without it. Sometimes we get hung up on education with degrees, more degrees, and advanced degrees. I’ll never forget, someone once said “if you’ve got your B.A. degree, then you’re trainable.” You mean I’m spending all this money and time and I’m just going to be trainable? And that’s about what you are. And then you move into work and you develop experiences. In education, the degrees are important, but the experiences, the internships, the studying abroad, all of those things lead to your experience base.

Information is power. I tell people there are so many resources out there today, and now with the Internet there shouldn’t be any excuse at all. In my day it was a lot of who you knew, and it still is today, but it’s combined with the knowledge you have at your fingertips.

Does learning end after graduation? Thirty-five years of full time work living in Washington, and we are continually learning. People talk about retirement; I don’t know what that is. Keep doing things, keep your mind active, and share. That’s what I’m trying to do with the book I’ve written and the speeches that I’ve given, is share my experiences and hopefully someone can learn from what I’ve been through.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I would invite Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Mother Theresa

What’s at the top of your bucket list? A trip to India!

What is the last thing you read for fun & enrichment? “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” by Trevor Noah

What’s your guilty pleasure? Eating Godiva chocolates!

Meet Your Advisor: Cindy Thompson

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:22

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

An icebreaker when you meet Cindy:

Everything you need to know about Cindy (sort of)

Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies

I became an advisor becauseI did not have the best experience with advisors during my time in college and wanted to change that for other students; plus I’m just a helper by nature.

My best advice for college students: 

My  soapbox: Choose for you, not for a parent, grandparent, sibling.  Be true to yourself and trust your instincts.

My favorite KU memory is The couple of times I was a “guest” coach for the football team, it was great being on the sidelines pre-game.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? An elementary ed. teacher, but then I started in this area and knew it wasn’t for me, so I changed my major and then I changed it again J

My favorite place on campus isMy office, seriously, it’s where I do what I love, guiding students through this maze of higher education.

My super power would be: Flight, I’m a bit of a nervous flyer (I don’t let it stop me though), but I would love to just soar on my own.

Cindy’s people and furry friends:

Get in touch with Cindy if you’re interested in studying Communication Studies or Anthropology:

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Kathleen Meeds interns at a newspaper in Eutin, Germany

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 16:12

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Majors: English major with German and Journalism minors

Why did you choose your majors/minors? I’ve always really enjoyed English and German, and I figured I would do the best studying what I have interests in. I decided to minor in Journalism as well, because it is a good way to learn to apply what I’m learning in English. The more I learn about it, the more I like it.

Internship title and organization:  I was an intern at a newspaper called the Ostholsteiner Anzeiger in Eutin, Germany. Eutin is a small town in Schleswig-Holstein. It is the sister city of Lawrence.

What were your responsibilities during your internship? My responsibilities changed throughout my six weeks there. Towards the beginning, I spent a lot of time reading newspapers and focused on practicing my German. I got to write an “About Me” article the first week and a journal-style article every week after that about my experiences in Germany. A couple of weeks in, I started writing a “Tourist of the Day” article everyday, where I interviewed interesting tourists in Eutin about their visit. This was a great opportunity for me to practice my conversational German. Additionally, I got to go along with my coworkers and boss to a lot of interviews and events.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? I really enjoyed seeing what I wrote in the newspaper. It was pretty cool picking up the newspaper the day after you worked on an article, and then reading it. It was like “Hey, that’s my name! I know her!”

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? My German really improved while I was there. Also, this was my first experience working in journalism, so I got to apply what I knew about writing already, while learning how to improve it there. Most of the tips and tricks I learned apply in English too!

Kathleen met up with KU students from the Language Institute in Berlin, Germany.

How did you find out about this internship? Jimmy Morrison came into my German class last fall and spoke about interning in Eutin. He is a part of the German department and coordinates internships to Eutin. He said he could work with people studying in different areas, as long as they were also learning German.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship? I would tell them that if they can do it, they should do it.

What do you plan to do next? I am in Naval ROTC, so I have two more years at KU, and then I will be in the Marine Corps.

What do you like best about studying in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU? People have a tendency to agree with what is popular in a class.

My favorite KU memory is… I can’t think a specific one, but I always love a good basketball game.

The best advice I ever got: Anytime I go anywhere, my dad tells me to have fun, but not too much fun.

How do you recharge your batteries?  I run to recharge my batteries, which sounds a little counterintuitive, but it works. It gives me a chance to clear my head, and do something physical after dealing with assignments, or other people, or whatever is bothering me that day. And it is always nice to take a break and get outside.

What motivates you? Whenever I’m working out or doing homework, I think of the tater tots I’ll eat when I’m finished.

Your superpower would be … Turning invisible would be pretty cool.

Images courtesy of Kathleen Meeds.

5 tips to balancing a double major or minor

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:50

It might be easier than you think to add another major or minor. You can still graduate on time and, bonus, your diverse studies can help you stand out in the job market. Here are some tips from College students on how to balance multiple majors and minors:

1. Don’t be afraid to explore.

“I spent a lot of time exploring different courses and majors, and I’m still going to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. It’s probably not advisable to change as often as I did, but there is a lot of wiggle room for those who are a little more indecisive than most.”

–Kassandra Knoff, senior majoring in English and minoring in Korean language

2. Have a plan.

Tell your advisors what you are interested in and figure out a plan to achieve different goals. It is really easy to balance multiple majors if you start early and have a solid plan.”

–Liam Murphy, junior double majoring in communication studies and political science

3. Meet with your advisors early:

“I meet with my advisors at least a month before I enroll so that I have enough time to meet with both advisors for my majors and adjust my schedule.”

–Lauren Davidson, sophomore double majoring in Spanish and journalism and minoring in business

4. Ask questions.

“Whenever I have a question I talk to one of my advisors. They have great insight and their doors are always open. They helped a lot and I feel very confident that I can obtain both degrees, not be super stressed by my course load and graduate on time.”

–Emma Easom, freshman double majoring in philosophy and Spanish

5. Take advantage of the KU Core.

“KU makes it easy for students to double major within CLAS. With the (relatively) new KU Core, there are less general education requirements and some classes count for multiple requirements between the two majors. With the KU Core and the AP credits I brought in from high school, I’ve never found myself too overwhelmed by classes.”

–Cody Christensen, junior double majoring in economics and political science and minoring in math

Thinking about adding a double major, triple major or a minor? Start exploring the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Meet Your Advisor: Kat McCreery

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:46

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

An icebreaker when you meet Kat:

Everything you need to know about Kat (sort of)

Undergraduate Major: Political science

I became an advisor because … after finishing my undergrad degree I accepted a position in higher education through the NCAA Women & Ethnic Minority Internship Program.  One of the best parts of my position was working with college students and helping them in their journey through undergrad.  KU is the 5th institution I have worked with students in some type of advising capacity.

My soapbox: I think my favorite quote sums it up best – “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers, Jr.

My favorite KU memory is  I am still newer to KU as I am entering my 2nd year so would say the wonderful welcome my family received from the KU community when my husband and I started our positions.

My best advice for college students: 

What did you want to be when you were growing up? The first female to play in the MLB.

My favorite place on campus is … my office – it’s where I get to interact with students and where I am reminded of my most important job – parenting my two (soon to be three) children as shown through the pictures on my wall.

My super power would be: the ability to always remain calm and show kindness in any situation.

Get in touch with Kat if you’re interested in studying Psychology (students with a last name starting with A – K), Pre-Behavioral Neuroscience and Sociology:

7 College classes Rory Gilmore would love

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:00

Are you done with the same old lectures every day? Be like Rory Gilmore. Read more books, explore more worlds, write more words.

Despite her despair at carrying so many books, we all know that Rory’s true passion is reading, writing and forever learning. Step aside, Dean. Jog on, Jess. Stay in London, Logan. Books are Rory’s true love.

Given the opportunity, Rory would take every single KU College class, majoring in all 50+ College majors and never leaving KU. But if she had to choose, classes on reading and writing would surely be top priorities.

Take a page out of Rory’s book and try some of these classes to flame your love of reading and writing.


ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction:

In-depth reading of and writing about prose fiction with emphasis on critical analysis of a variety of narrative types from different historical periods.

With 5 different subjects offered, Intro to Fiction gives students their choice of subject matter. Unlike Rory, you probably don’t have time to tackle them all…

CLSX 168 Ancient Epic Tales:

This course provides a survey of ancient epic poetry, focusing on literature from the Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean world. 

Okay, maybe an old book doesn’t make you freak out like Rory. But their words transport you to ancient worlds packed with adventure. Take CLSX 168 Ancient Classic Tales and discover worlds more exciting than Games of Thrones.

HUM 140 Introduction to World Literature:

This course provides an introduction to the field of world literature as an approach to critical reading and writing about literary works in a global context. 

Rory’s love of books knows no geographical boundaries, reading works from across the globe. Enroll in HUM 140 to explore the world through literature.

HIST 361 Youth, Sex, and Romance:

Most people don’t think of sex and romance as having a history.  But the nature of “courtship,” the definitions of sex, and the meaning of “youth” have changed dramatically over time, and people struggle over those definitions right up to the current day. In this class we try to make historical sense of those struggles by focusing on a volatile and complicated period in U.S. history: the years from World War II through the recent past. (Same as WGSS 361.)


At various stages of her life, Rory falls in love with Dean, Jess and Logan and each relationship is very different. Discover the changing meanings of youth, sex and romance in HIST 361.

PHIL 381 Feminism and Philosophy:

An examination of topics of philosophical interest that are important in the feminist movement such as the nature of sexism, the concept of sexual equality, the ethics of sexual behavior, the nature of love, feminist analyses of the value of marriage and family, the ethics of abortion, and justifications for preferential treatment of women.

Is Rory Gilmore a feminist? The question is hotly contested. Take PHIL 381 Feminism and Philosophy, then decide for yourself.

THR 308 Script Analysis:

This course provides knowledge and methods enabling students to conduct in-depth study of dramatic scripts. Emphasis is given to the analysis skills appropriate to practitioners of stage and screen arts.

Rory read everything she could, including scripts of history’s greatest plays. Enroll in THR 308 and take a look at classic Greek tragedies and more.

ENGL 220 Creative Writing:

In-depth reading and writing in multiple genres (e.g. poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting). Creative assignments combine with critical analysis to help students identify, analyze, and employ forms and techniques across various genres, audiences, and contexts. Written assignments include creative works in multiple genres and critical responses to reading.

Now take what you’ve learned and apply it! Try your hand at writing in the different styles you’ve learned. You’ll be graduating before you know it!

For more #CoolCLAS recommendations follow our Twitter account: @KUCollege

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

The College: The heart of KU traditions

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:33

Jayhawks love their traditions. They unite our community, connect us to our past, and capture the values that will propel us to greatness. But did you know that several of the most famous KU traditions were born out of the creativity of College faculty and alumni? From the Rock Chalk Chant to good luck charms, here’s some of the reasons why the College is known as the historical heart of KU.

Rock Chalk Chant:

The cheer that President Theodore Roosevelt once dubbed “the greatest college cheer ever devised” all started with a chemistry professor. In 1886, KU’s Science Club was trying to create a cheer. E. H. S. Bailey (namesake of Bailey Hall), suggested the phrase “Rah, Rah, Jay Hawk, KSU.” The club adopted Professor Bailey’s cheer and it soon became popular among the whole student body. Not long after, about a year, the chant became what it is today: “Rock Chalk.” Although the exact authors of the alteration are unknown, Bailey gave credit to geology professors, inspired by the “chalk rock” found throughout Kansas and Mount Oread.

The 1912 Jayhawk:

 The first Jayhawk recognized by the university was drawn by a student in the College, Henry Maloy. Maloy’s illustration first appeared in the University Daily Kansan and then the Jayhawker Yearbook. Although students and faculty began to identify as Jayhawks starting in 1866 with the first iteration of the Rock Chalk Chant, there was no university-endorsed version of the mythical bird until Maloy’s illustration. In fact, the football team was known to use a pitbull or a pig as its mascot in the early 20th century. Although Maloy’s version didn’t last as the official Jayhawk, it can be credited as the first version to feature shoes, a trait all other versions, except the 1920 Jayhawk, shared. Maloy graduated from the College in 1914.

“Academic Jay” and “Moses”:

Elden Tefft, a professor of art at KU for 40 years, sculpted two of the most recognizable sculptures on campus. The “Academic Jay,” which currently stands outside Strong Hall was commissioned by the Class of 1956. Tefft said he was inspired by the “fighting Jayhawks” that were mascots from 1929 to 1946. The sculpture was placed at sites near the Kansas Union first, then moved to Strong Hall at the suggestion of Chancellor Archie Dykes in 1975. Another iconic sculpture created by Tefft brings the University of Kansas seal to life in three dimensions. Tefft created the “Moses” sculpture outside Smith Hall. It’s sited in front of the “Burning Bush” stained-glass window, with the Moses sculpture kneeling before it, much like the scene depicted in the university’s seal. Fire symbolizes knowledge in many stories and myths. Moses is thought to represent the humble attitude of the scholar who recognizes the unquenchable nature of the pursuit of truth and knowledge. The sculpture was dedicated in 1982.

Good Luck Charm:

 As anxiety mounts on campus before finals week, students employ a variety of rituals and good luck charms to boost their confidence. One of the most popular may be rubbing the nose on the bust of Chancellor Ernest H. Lindley. The sculpture was placed in the late 1950s, commissioned by leftover money from the class of 1929. In 1969, the Lawrence Journal-World first reported on the tradition of rubbing the former chancellor’s nose for good luck. The tradition is so popular that the nose has been replaced seven times, each time after the nose has been rubbed to the point it becomes much shinier than the rest of the bronze sculpture. The bust sits, fittingly, in Lindley Hall, home to the College’s Departments of Geology, Geography & Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Studies.

Meet Your Advisor: Shelly Mann

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:30

Undergraduate Major: B.A. (double major) in sociology and administration of justice. M.S. in Mental Health Counseling.

I became an advisor because … earning a college degree can be one of life’s most rewarding accomplishments – but navigating a university can be very intimidating! I enjoy working with students to help them reach their goals and assist them in overcoming obstacles that might get in their way along their academic journey.

My super power would be: Superhuman Endurance – I would never get tired and my “to do” list could be completed daily! (With left over energy to add more check boxes to the list!)

My favorite KU memory is… being hired to work at KU!

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be lots of things! Every time I finished a good book, I wanted the jobs of the characters I had just read about. Ok, I still do that!  So maybe I’m still growing up?

My  soapbox: Don’t get stuck in the mindset that only a certain major will lead you to a specific career. Declare a major you enjoy. Following your passion often leads you to finding your purpose.

My favorite place on campus is … Watson Library. Libraries feel like a sanctuary to me. They are usually relatively quiet and allow me to collect my thoughts. Book + Coffee = the perfect lunch break escape!

Shelly’s tips to help you succeed:

My best advice for college students: Utilize the resources made available to you! Attend instructor office hours and meet with your advisors. You are the reason we are here and we want to see you!!




Get in touch with Shelly: Why you should go see an advisor:

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

Building Relationships with Advisors and Faculty Mentors

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:13

by: Shelly Mann, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Retention Advisor

As the fall semester begins, think about your academic goals and how you can connect with a faculty member or advisor, to begin building a mentoring relationship. College Advising & Student Services are here to help:

What can a mentor do for me?

Mentors can have a powerful impact on your academic journey. It’s important to have a network of people you can count on to provide support and guidance as you work toward earning a degree and defining your career goals. A mentor is more than an acquaintance.  A mentor knows the benefits of a college degree, can identify with the obstacles students face and even serve as a reference for jobs or internships.

Where do I find a mentor?

Many people can serve as mentors depending on your individual needs and expectations. Often, professors or academic advisors can fill this role. Make regular appointments with your academic advisor. Stop by your professors’ office hours to ask them questions about your academic progress and get their advice on opportunities. And don’t forget, the College offers the Take Your Professor to Lunch program that allows you to take your professor to lunch for free and get to know them better as a mentor.

Mentors listen, answer questions, help problem-solve and take a sincere interest in your personal growth and professional development. They will celebrate your achievements and successes with you and provide constructive advice.

A mentoring relationship can be an empowering resource for students, but relationships require nurturing. Reach out to faculty members and advisors to ask questions, discuss challenges and to seek feedback and support. One-on-one interactions with a mentor can often lead to a broader network of contacts who share your same interests and goals.

What will we talk about?

A faculty mentor will share knowledge, experiences, resources and networks that can guide you beyond the classroom to a broader exploration of your own career path. They can provide information on how their field of study is expanding, discuss research opportunities, major course selections, suggest organizations to join and praise your accomplishments if employers call on them as a reference.

An advisor mentor will help you navigate the university system as you make progress toward graduation. Advisors will provide information including university policies and procedures, degree requirements, class scheduling, academic standing and campus resources.

7 classes to help you succeed in a global society

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:00

We live in a global society. Prepare yourself for a career with international co-workers, clients and friends by expanding your horizons and learning about cultures outside your own.

1. SLAV 230 Vampires in Literature, Film and Television

American vampires have been portrayed as old and scary, i.e. Dracula, young and shiny, i.e. Edward Cullen, and just plain crazy, i.e. Nicolas Cage. Explore Slavic vampire legends in a variety of cultural forms such as literature, film, linguistics, arts and press.

2. LAA 302/AAAS 323 Haiti and Dominican Republic

Striking out on your understanding of Hispaniola culture, history or politics? This course can help with that. Bonus: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura would be proud.

Investigation of special topics on Latin America at the undergraduate level.

3. ECON 586 Economy in China

The Chinese economy is a big deal. It’s a major player on the world stage and is complex. Grasp a better understanding of the yuan, how so much came to be “made in China,” and how this growing country affects the rest of the world.

This course studies the Chinese economy, especially during the post-1979 reform period, and its relationship to the development of the Greater China Circle (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Prerequisite: ECON 142 and ECON 144.

4. LING 110 Language and Mind

Ever struggled with a language? This course focuses on what’s going on in our minds when we learn and process language.

Study the relationship between language and the human mind, focusing on language as a fundamental aspect of human cognition. Topics include what is innate and what is learned during first and second language acquisition, how we process language, and whether there are areas of the brain specialized for language.

Satisfies KU Core: Goal 1 Outcome 1, Goal 3 & Goal 4 Outcome 1

5. EALC 319 Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film

A sword, like a pen, only comes alive in skilled hands. This course will help sharpen your mind and expand your knowledge of Chinese film beyond “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

This class is a general survey of important Chinese fiction and film from the late 20th century to the present. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English, knowledge of Chinese is not required.

Satisfies KU Core: Goal 4 Outcome 2

6. HA 367 Art and Culture of Japan

You probably know this print by Hokusai, know as The Great Wave. This course on Japanese art will allow you to broaden your mind and discover other works of art like this.

An introduction to the arts, focus on visual arts, of Japan in historical and cultural context.
Satisfies KU Core: Goal 3, Goal 4 Outcome 2

7. REES 220 Society and Culture of Eurasia

This map shows a little geographic history of Eurasia, but if you’re interested in a cultural viewpoint this course can help.

A broad, survey-type course that examines all the former Soviet republics-Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan-with additional coverage of neighboring regions. The course addresses the history of the region, literature, culture, geography, religion, and the building of post-Soviet states and societies.
Satisfies KU Core: Goal 4 Outcome 2

For more #CoolCLAS recommendations follow our Twitter account: @KUCollege

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Hawks to Watch: Caitlin Hotzel

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:33
Why Caitlin’s a Hawk to Watch:

Caitlin has never been afraid to take a risk to pursue passions and achieve her dreams. The books Caitlin read during her English degree at KU inspired her to run with bulls in Spain and then move her life to London to start her culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu. Since then, Caitlin’s mastery of classic French pastries have landed her jobs in some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in Kansas City, including Bluestem and Extra Virgin. Now a pastry chef at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Caitlin finds herself in the perfect place where her beautiful treats match the works of art that hang on the walls.


Tell us, in 140 characters or less, what you do for a living:

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

Honestly, my biggest achievement is probably moving abroad to attend culinary school. I was the kind of person that had everything planned out, and cooking professionally was not in those cards, so it was a big deal for me to change directions. I moved 4000 miles to London in the process of charting that new course, and while it was terrifying at the time, I’m really proud of it in hindsight and would do it again in a heartbeat.

A few examples of Caitlin’s creations. There are so many beautiful looking treats featured on Caitlin’s website.

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

I was once fired in a text message! My first management position just was not a good fit for me at all. I was logging 60+ hours most weeks and dreaded going to work every day, but I felt like I had to pay my dues and stick it out. They were totally right to fire me—I started subconsciously under-performing because I felt undervalued—but they wouldn’t even take my calls to explain their side. I definitely had a momentary melt down on impact, but after a conversation with someone that knows me well, I realized just how unhappy I had been there and saw it as an opportunity for a fresh start. Within a few hours I had polished and sent out my resume to a handful of places, and four days later I accepted a job that I actually like going to!

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

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

Still cooking, happy, and hopefully with health insurance; beyond that, I’m still figuring this out! I’ve really enjoyed my time in restaurants and fine dining, but production and events-based kitchens tend to be more conducive to family life should I choose to settle down. For now my options are wide open.

What’s your best career pro-tip?

Stop waiting to feel ready. All of the best opportunities and jobs that I’ve come upon have arrived when I felt woefully underqualified, but I took them anyway. 

What do you do after you’ve clocked out?

I like to explore the city with friends, maybe grab dinner and a drink. When it’s not oppressively hot outside, I like to sprawl out on the lawn of the Nelson with a book after work.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lawn, via Wikipedia.

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

I reread “The Sun Also Rises” during my senior year at KU, and it inspired me to head to Pamplona after graduation and run with the bulls myself that summer.

Learn more about Caitlin, and see more images of her beautiful pastries here. All images courtesy of Caitlin except the image of the Nelson-Atkins Museum lawn (via Wikipedia).

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. 

Know a Hawk to Watch we should feature? Tell us!

Meet Your Advisor: Anna van Haandel

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 13:11

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

An icebreaker when you meet Anna

Everything you need to know about Anna (sort of)

Undergraduate Major: B.A. History

I became an advisor because… As a former student, I know universities can be big confusing places. I wanted to be someone students could come to, to help find their way through their college journey.

My best advice for college students: You get to experience college as an undergraduate once; make the most of it!

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I would love to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I had a new career every week. It was anything from a nurse to Paula Abdul’s back-up singer.

My 140-character soapbox:

My favorite KU memory is… This will take people way back, to maybe before they were born. I was 5 in 1988 when KU won the NCAA championship. I remember driving around with my parents honking the car horn and having a feeling of camaraderie with complete strangers. It is one of my most vivid childhood memories.

My super power would be:

Get in touch with Anna if you’re interested in studying applied behavioral sciences, economics and speech-language-hearing.

12 classes you didn’t take in high school

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:00

High school provides a great foundation of education. But now that you’re at KU, it’s time to explore – and there’s no better place than in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. With more than 55 departments, programs and centers; 40 languages; and 100 major and minor options – chances are we’ve got what you’re looking for. Check out this list and visit to discover new subjects and find your future.

SPLH 120: Speech-Language-Hearing – The Physics of Speech

It’s not about what you said, but how you said it. This course is an introduction to the physical characteristics of speech. You’ll learn about simple harmonic motion, the propagation of sound waves, aerodynamic aspects of vocal fold vibration, resonance, digital speech processing, frequency analysis, speech synthesis – and what all these words mean.

Also listed as LING 120. Prerequisite: MATH 101 or 104 or equivalent.

ATMO 105: Atmospheric Science – Introductory Meteorology

We don’t do metaphors here – explore what is literally in the air. This course is a lecture and lab combination introducing the atmosphere, weather and climate phenomena. Topics covered include: the structure of the atmosphere, energy and energy budgets, climate and climate change, air pollution, clouds and precipitation, pressure and wind systems, severe weather, and weather forecasting.

SOC 104 – Elements of Sociology

Do you belong with the plastics, varsity jocks or desperate wannabes? In this course you’ll study social life, including how human groups are organized, how they change, and how they influence individuals.

HA 100 – Intro to Western Art History

This art is #flawless. Study major historical and cultural developments, analyze key art works and monuments, and discover basic art historical principles and analytical methods. You’ll survey Western art and architecture, including the ancient Near East, Europe from antiquity to the present, and North America from the colonial period to the present.

ASTR 191 – Contemporary Astronomy

Study the structure and evolution of the universe, from nearby planets to quasars far, far away. Topics include recent discoveries concerning planets, stars, pulsars and black holes as well as their evolution, the structure of the universe today and how it will be in the future.

REL 104 – Introduction to Religious Studies

Religions have been and remain among the most powerful forces shaping human history. They are central to understanding both what divides us and unites us.  You’ll be introduced to the academic study of religions, examining key methods and issues in religious studies, without seeking to promote or disprove any specific belief system. The skills that religious studies students gain in critical thinking and cultural awareness have led them to successes in a wide array of career fields, including education, law, journalism, healthcare, chaplaincy, and social justice advocacy.

WGSS 101 – Intro to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Study the role gender plays in life, power relations and within economic, political, educational and other social structures. You’ll also examine and explore alternatives to traditional constructions of gender and sexuality, and consider other markers of difference, such as disability, race, class, and religion, which intersect with gender identity and sexual identity.

LING 106 – Introductory Linguistics

What is linguistics anyway? It’s all about language. In this course you’ll learn the fundamentals of linguistics; the sound system, grammatical structure and semantic structure of languages. How language changes and affects a specific culture and society. Students will also learn techniques of linguistic analysis in a variety of languages including English. Also listed as ANTH 106.

FMS 100 – Introduction to the Film Medium

You’ll study film not just as entertainment, but as a visual art. Analyze selected films reading signs, syntax and structure of cinematic language focusing on communication between film viewer and film maker. J.J. Abrams will be so proud.

GEOL 101 – Geology: The way the Earth works

Hank Schrader knows the difference between minerals and rocks. Do you? In this course you’ll be introduced to the principles of Earth science, studying the structure of minerals and rocks; action of streams, oceans, glaciers, volcanism, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. You’ll also discuss earth processes in the context of sustainable energy, environmental concerns, climate and other topical issues.

This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement.

SLAV 140 – Introduction to Russian Cultures

In high school, you probably had the opportunity to study a few different cultures and languages. Now that you’re at KU, you can study more than 40 languages and cultures – just like Russian nesting dolls, the opportunities keep coming. This course is an introduction to the principal achievements of Russian cultural history, with particular emphasis on literature, folklore, spirituality, and the visual arts.

ANTH 108 – Intro to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology = study of people. This course will introduce study of culture, language, society, and personality focusing on major themes like the variety of social, economic and political structures. Specifically, emphasizes the implications of overpopulation, developments in the Third World, and cultural dynamics in Western and non-Western societies.

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Cassie Wilson

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:00

Hometown: Dryden, NY

KU degree: B.S. & M.S. atmospheric science

Current title: Meteorologist & environmental reporter

Tell us a little about your career journey: 

I originally moved to Reno after completing my master’s at KU to pursue a Ph.D. in geography & climate policy.  But sitting behind a computer and doing research just wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to get people excited about weather, climate and science. So I decided to leave my PhD program in the hope of finding a better way to reach the community and help bridge the gap between science and society. Now, not only do I forecast, but I tell science stories and stories with science.

What do you love about being a meteorologist?

The ability to spread my passion for science and weather to viewers, really, it’s the ability to build science literacy in my community. It’s not just when is it going to rain with me but what happens after it rains, how does that impact the overall climate… I really love that I have the ability to focus on the little picture inside of, and how it is a part of, the big picture.

What’s the hardest part of being a meteorologist?

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?

There is so much more to broadcast meteorology then just being a smart scientist with a degree from a good school. There is a whole business to being successful in television, which I honestly had a hard time adjusting to (social media, your look, your voice, connecting with viewers, there is a true performance aspect to it) and it’s just something you learn with time. But one thing I found is that being a yoga teacher has really helped me grow a lot of those skills and find my authenticity. I guess sometimes you have to look outside your comfort zone for those growth opportunities. It’s easy to get stuck in a box like, I’m going to be the most accurate forecaster and then just focus on that, but it is truly about balance. Bottom line, how accessible is your science and how authentic is your delivery.

What’s your best KU memory?

Just one… that’s hard, because I have so many amazing memories from KU; the one million homecoming festivities I participated in year after year as a Tri Delta, late night studying that always turned into shenanigans in Lindley Hall, and of course when KU brought home the 2008 NCAA Championship… the way everyone lined the street in pure joy and celebration was truly an unforgettable experience.

My best advice for college students:

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Everything and anything… I think I changed my major around six times while in college. But once you find something that excites you, that lights a fire within you, like weather and climate did for me, follow it, even if it is a narrow field with crazy hours that takes you far from home.

My guilty pleasure:

Easy. Fried pickles (especially 23rd St Brewery’s) as well any kind of queso.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

A couple of my climate science heroes, Dr. James Hansen & Dr. Stephen Schneider. Then easily Thich Nhat Hanh, Gabrielle Bernstein and of course Brandi Chastain.

Cassie takes over the College Instagram account:

Cassie completed her KU degrees in the Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, part of the College Liberal Arts & Sciences. Find out more about Cassie, here.

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Cody Boston mixes film major with DJing

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:30

Recent KU film and media studies grad Cody Boston found his home and purpose at KJHK, KU’s student-run radio station. As KJHK’s Multimedia Director, Cody put the skills he learned in the classroom to work, pulling together the popular Thursday night show “Live @ KJHK.” From booking bands, to overseeing the filming, editing and sharing of the show, to hosting as DJ Boston, Cody gained a wealth of real-world work experience, perfectly complementing his studies. These are skills and experiences that he drew upon both working as a videographer for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and during the summers of 2016 and 2017, working for Kansas City Public Television.

You can learn more about Cody in this KJHK “Of the mic” interview, where he discusses his biggest fears, favorite music, the chances of him becoming a life coach, and more about his quest in life.

In February 2017, Cody hijacked the College Instagram account to show us his typical week balancing his studies and his work at KJHK.

Photos and quotes are used with permission from KJHK.

Find Your And: McKenzie Cory, scientist, artist & zoo intern

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:14

Combining classes in photography, sign language, biology & anthropology, junior McKenzie Cory takes full advantage of all the variety the College and KU has to offer. Oh, and she’s interning at Topeka Zoo too, and crafting in her spare time. Busy, busy.

In March 2017, we handed McKenzie the keys to our Instagram account to show us what it’s like to take “a crazy variety of classes” in one week, and because we wanted to see all the cute animals at the zoo!

Here’s KU from McKenzie’s point of view:










Want to show us KU from your point of view? We’re currently accepting applications to takeover our Snapchat or Instagram accounts: