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This Week in KU History

  • Bernadette Gray-Little became the 17th Chancellor of the University, replacing former Chancellor Robert Hemenway. She is the first woman and African American to serve in the position.

  • KU formally announces that the Kappa Sigma fraternity house will cease its temporary wartime function as a women’s dormitory known as Tipperary Hall.

  • Mathmatics and astronomy professor F. W. Bardwell dies at 46. During the Civil War Bardwell, a white officer, was a member of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

  • Dr. Charles Robinson, former state governor, an illegally-elected territorial governor, KU Board of Regents member, state senator, agent of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and free state leader, dies in Lawrence. He played many roles in the establishment of KU.
  • The Daily Kansan notes “Nearly every class that has attended the University of Kansas since the 1920s will have a different memory of the Kansas Union. Since its placement at its present site in 1924, the building has been under constant change and remodeling.”


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
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times