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John Brown’s Battle at Black Jack: Dawn of the Civil War

Saturday, June 2nd, is the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack near Baldwin City.  The Battle was a precursor of many violent things to come. Featuring the abolitionist John Brown, the battle was between Brown's anti-slavery forces and the encampment of Henry Pate.  Pate, along with his...

We Remember

On this Memorial Day weekend we remember the students and alumni that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. War memorials on the Lawrence campus date back to the 1920s when the Memorial Corporation was formed to construct Memorial Stadium and the Kansas Memorial Union, both standing in tribute...

A Servant of the People

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. First, Frank Burge was the first full-time director of the Kansas Union, coming from the University of Iowa Union.  In the 85+ years of...

Each Year Is A Banner Year

The University of Kansas has great history and traditions.  But many people don't know about our commencement banner tradition. Each senior class designs their own banner to carry down Campanile hill before commencement; a tradition as old as KU has had commencements (beginning in 1873.)  Not every banner...

The Kansas Union – 86 Years and Counting

April 30th marks the 86th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for the Kansas Memorial Union at 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard in Lawrence, KS. Originally part of the Million Dollar Drive of the early 1920s, the construction of the Kansas Union was delayed when most of the funds collected...

Piece of Historic Fence Stolen

A century-old iron fence was damaged over the March 17-18 weekend outside the Sprague Apartments near 14th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard. A five-foot section also was removed as well as some additional ornamental iron pillars.  KU Endowment officials are requesting that the pieces be returned, no questions asked,  so...

C. Jay Introduced at the Last Border War

A distant relative of Big Jay and Baby Jay was introduced to the raucous crowd at the KU vs. MU men's basketball game on Feb. 25th in Allen Fieldhouse. Perhaps the appearance of Henry Maloy's 1912 Jayhawk mascot brought the team luck as they went on to defeat the...

Dick Wintermote

The former Executive Director of the KU Alumni Association, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Mr. Wintermote was born July 10, 1926, in Augusta, KS. He graduated from Augusta High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy in 1946, Mr. Wintermote moved to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas....

University community mourns Jim Seaver

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Janet Campbell, director of Kansas Public Radio, issued the following statements today regarding the death of Jim Seaver, professor emeritus and host of one of the longest-running radio shows in history. Gray-Little: “On behalf of the entire KU community, I...