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Jo Jo White to Hall of Fame

In a ceremony held September 12, 2015, in Springfield, MA, Jo Jo White was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Also in attendance were his college coach Ted Owens, and fellow Naismith-inductee and Jayhawk Lynette Woodard. White played for the Boston Celtics from 1969 to 1979, the Golden...

Max Lucas, former dean of School of Architecture & Urban Design, dies

LAWRENCE — William Maxwell "Max" Lucas, retired dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Design, died Sept. 4 at his home in Lawrence. "On behalf of the entire University of Kansas community, I offer my sincere condolences to Professor Lucas’s family, friends and colleagues,” Gray-Little said. “My thoughts...

Chalmers Gets His Recognition

Former KU Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers will be honored on Sunday, August 23rd, as the Art & Design building on campus is re-named the E. Laurence Chalmers Hall. He was the only ex-KU Chancellor without a building bearing his name. Chalmers served KU during the turbulent times of protests, violence and...

Hall of Fame Track Coach Bob Timmons Dies

Former Kansas track & field and cross country coach Bob Timmons passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. He was 91. During his KU career Timmons led the Jayhawks to four NCAA titles and 31 conference championships. He was also incducted into the National Track & Field Hall...

Chancellor Robert Hemenway Dies

Chancellor Hemenway passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015. He served the University of Kansas from 1995 to 2009. "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chancellor Hemenway," said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. "Chancellor Hemenway was a visionary leader who guided the University of Kansas to unprecedented...

Clyde Visits Pluto

When future KU alum Clyde Tombaugh discovered "Planet X" (now known as Pluto) in 1930, he never could have believed that he might one day visit the (dwarf) planet. But that happens this month as the New Horizons spacecraft, with Clyde's ashes aboard, reaches Pluto. Launching on January 19, 2006, it's...

1965 Strong Hall Sit-In: Reflection & Commemoration

On March 8, 1965, about 150 members of the Civil Rights Council, an organization of both black and white students, sat down in the hallway near W. Clarke Wescoe's office at about 10:30 a.m. with the goal of bringing attention to the administration’s tacit approval of discrimination in campus housing...

Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith Dies

Coach Dean Smith died on February 7, 2015 at the age of 83. He played both basketball and baseball at the University of Kansas in the early 1950s. Smith was a member of both the 1952 National Championship basketball team and the Final Four team of 1953 at Kansas. After...

150 Years of the University of Kansas – Monroe Dodd

Former Kansas City Star editor Monroe Dodd will discuss his new book commemorating the University of Kansas' sesquicentennial, tracking a 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics. The event is Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Kansas City Public Libraries'...

Streetcar Rail Now on Display

We've added a new display to the KU History Galleries in the Kansas Union. Located on level one of the Kansas Union, this is a piece of the original streetcar track that ran south up Mississippi Street to between Strong Hall and Bailey Hall on Jayhawk Boulevard between 1910-1933. It's...

Jayhawk Collection Grand Opening

The KU Memorial Unions will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Jayhawk Collection displays at 3:20 pm on January 29, 2015, on level two of the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard in Lawrence. The event will be held in conjunction with the Student Union Activities’ Tea @ 3 event...