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This Week in KU History

  • Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.

  • KU Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy announces the appointment of Frank R. Burge (above) as director of the Kansas Memorial Union, a position he would hold for more than 30 years.

  • KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.

  • Today marks the 60th anniversary of the hiring of Frank Burge as director of the the Kansas Union.  There are many reasons why this is significant.

  • Kansas Governor Andrew Schoeppel announces that KU will receive a surplus US Army barracks building, a structure that will become the 160-man dormitory known as Oread Hall.


KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times