15 #BestofKU moments from 2015

Looking back, it’s amazing to see what our students, professors and alumni have accomplished in the past year. They made ground-breaking discoveries, received national and international recognition for their work and experienced exclusive learning opportunities. Here are just a few highlights from 2015. Relive the whole year of College news here. Professor’s film “Chi-Raq,” co-written with […]

Driver’s License to Degree: CLAS celebrates 16-year-old graduate

2015 was a big year for Alina Zheng; in the same year that she celebrated her sweet 16, she also earned a bachelor’s degree from KU. Alina said she was able to accelerate through education from a young age, and with Advanced Placement credits and careful planning she was able to graduate from KU in […]

Q&A with Stuartt Corder, alumnus astronomer

High in the mountains just outside Santiago, Chile, a group of scientists are looking toward the sky, capturing information about every corner of our universe. Led by KU alumnus Stuartt Corder, astronomers at ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) have been able to uncover never-before-seen features of space. Recently, they’ve captured the clearest picture ever taken […]

Classics professor Tara Welch wins student nominated HOPE Award

Tara Welch, professor and chair in the Department of Classics, is the 2015-16 winner of the HOPE (Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award. It is the only award for teaching excellence bestowed exclusively by students. Seniors nominate professors and from the top five faculty members with the most nominations, the Board of Class Officers […]

Beyond the Coffee Run: An Internship for Change

As an intern, Melissa Fontana wasn’t making coffee; she was making a difference. Using the interpersonal and communication skills she learned in her classes, Melissa developed meaningful relationships with students supported by the HALO Foundation. Hometown: Highland Park, IL Major and Minor: Communication studies major, business minor Internship title and company: Youth development intern at […]

From the Kazakhstan Press Desk: A Summer Internship Abroad

Garrett Farlow spent his summer halfway around the world in Kazakhstan working to help journalists break away from government censorship and playing sports with the National Special Olympics team. Casual. We asked Garrett to tell us all about this incredible experience and how he overcame the intimidation factor of interning overseas. Hometown: Tecumseh, KS Majors: […]

Chancellors Club Professor, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, helps students overcome fear of math

Helping students overcome anxieties about math, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics and courtesy professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been awarded the 2015-16 Chancellors Club Professorship by KU Endowment. These professorships are held by outstanding faculty who are chosen by students and colleagues. Teaching professors retain the title as long as they teach […]

The bleeding truth about vampires, soucouyants and the undead

Vampires are an elusive, transfixing and terrifying piece of folklore. Their human characteristics and affinity for blood make them even more fearsome. Vampires appear in cultural traditions all across the globe and are becoming more prominent in popular culture today – think Vampire Diaries and the shimmery beauty of Edward Cullen. We asked a couple […]

College Professors Win KU Teaching Awards

Two College of Liberal Arts & Sciences professors were honored with teaching awards during the 2015 KU Teaching Summit in August. Associate Professor of Theatre Nicole Hodges Persley received the Byron T. Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jeffrey A. Hall received the Ned N. Fleming Trust Teaching Award. We […]