Staff Profile: Christina Ruiz, paddler

Christina Ruiz is an accounting specialist for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Shared Service Center and enjoys recreational paddling When did you start kayak/canoeing? Canoeing began for me about 15 years ago. Within that same year I purchased my first kayak. Some people say they are either a “kayak person” or a “canoe person”, but […]


Professors pay it forward to fellow first-generation college students

Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett and Steve Fawcett fund scholarship to ease burden on families “My mother was born in Sidney, Montana in the spring of 1911, the second of four daughters. She had an itinerant upbringing, the little girls often piled into the car late at night to outrun the landlord and start over in a new […]


Fed banks on art students for Centennial celebration

For the past four semesters, more than 50 visual art students, faculty and staff have been working on a commissioned work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, “An Abounding Asset: A Diligent Reserve,” became a permanent display Nov. 15 as the Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary. This educational partnership began with […]


Alumna is first female combat arms officer

The University of Kansas Army ROTC commissioned its first female Field Artillery officer this spring following Pentagon orders in 2013 to open combat-arms branches to women across all military services. Madeline Wilcox, of Leavenworth, commissioned on Monday, May 19, as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch. “Cadet Wilcox’s selection to Field Artillery was […]


Cool Class: LAA 300 – Life, Death and the Living Dead

Images of rotting, flesh-eating zombies familiar to fans of “The Walking Dead” are far removed from the Haitian folklore that inspired the term. But the different Hollywood and Haitian versions of zombies are an example of how different cultures interpret ideas of death, dying and the afterlife. Through cultural concepts such as the Haitian zombie […]


Cool Class: LA&S 292 – Academic Success Seminar

The path to earning a degree is often filled with challenges and obstacles to overcome. KU students never have to make that journey alone. The university is full of advisors, offices and programs designed to help students succeed in getting to graduation. In this course, students will learn study skills, time management techniques and how to utilize […]


Careers & Curriculum

The college experience is meant to shape, guide and prepare students for success after graduation. As important as what’s learned in class is how students apply that knowledge outside class. “For students to be successful in the long term, it’s not just a degree alone. Employers are looking for motivated, well-rounded students who can apply […]


Professor Profile: Sandi Zimdars-Swartz, quilter/knitter

Sandi Zimdars-Swartz is director of the Department of Humanities & Western Civilization and creates many of her own vests and sweaters through knitting and quilting. How did you learn to knit/quilt? I find it impossible to think of a time when I have not been sewing, since I learned when I was about 5 years […]


Putting the Issues in Perspective

Faculty called upon for expertise as media cover significant current events Tweet When a young man was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., media coverage did not naturally gravitate toward examining mid-century suburban development in the St. Louis area. For Clarence Lang, however, the connection between the current situation and his historical research on […]