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From tulips to blue skies, see spring color on the Hill. 

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Who said April showers bring May flowers? April boasted some beautiful color, especially around campus. From tulips to blue skies, scroll through our spring color album to see what spring has in store on the Hill. Happy May Day Jayhawks! #exploreKU
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“What are you reading?” is a great question. But an even better question is “What do you think about this specific book?” Literature has the power to connect. So when KU’s entire freshman class and the broader academic community come together to read a single book — the KU Common Book — the results are powerful.

Learn more about KU's Common Book program: http://bit.ly/1OwvYQj
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Without a Wounded Warrior scholarship, Timothy Hornik probably wouldn’t be at KU pursuing a doctoral degree in therapeutic sciences. And he definitely wouldn’t have led the Pledge of Allegiance during President Barak Obama’s visit to the university in January — a moment he will never forget.

Hornik, a retired Army officer, lost his sight while serving as an air defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq. The Wounded Warrior Educational Initiative, launched at KU in 2008, provides financial support and specialized training to help injured veterans and their family members pursue advanced degrees. 

With his education, Hornik plans to counsel soldiers through trauma.

“All of the opportunities and services I’ve received originated from the efforts of someone else paying it forward or back,” he says. “I simply hope to continue this cycle and change the lives of others.”

Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Scholarship: http://bit.ly/1xhbaxy
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1970 was just one of the five years KU's debate team won the National Debate Tournament. They've also been in the final four 14 times, and qualified for the tournament for 48 consecutive years.

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Zunwu Zhou defies the laws of physics by bike & laws of chemistry in the lab. #exploreKU & watch his BMX tricks.
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Pink, yellow, and red, oh my! With spring flowers blooming left and right, there’s been no shortage of color this week as students #exploreKU.

“Seeing the flowers and trees bloom make me feel alive and happy! We have some of the prettiest trees and flowers planted everywhere,” said Alex Robinson, a sophomore studying anthropology and film and media studies.

Sarah Kenning, a 2014 graduate who now works for the Environmental Studies Program, agrees. “Whether it’s your first year on campus or if you have been a Jayhawk for many years, the beauty of KU’s campus during springtime is truly overwhelming!”

Get out and enjoy the tulips, Jayhawks – there’s no place like campus in the spring.

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White-gowned girls winding May poles on the lawn in front of Blake Hall celebrate the first May fete in 1908. A queen was crowned, old-time fiddlers played music, and archery and bowling were played around campus.

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Junior architecture student Zach Zielke steps along the tessellated tiles winding through the gallery of the Art & Design building. After completing the pathway as a class project, his roommate, junior Anthony Schmiedeler, snapped a photo to show off Zielke’s work.

Zielke says the installation was an intervention — to encourage students and visitors to pause and consider the displays of artwork instead of using the gallery as a shortcut through the building.

“The gallery allows the creativity and hard work of KU art students to be seen and appreciated,” Schmiedeler says. “By exploring different campus buildings, students can garner an appreciation for the great diversity of the university.”

As you continue to explore KU, make sure to stop by the gallery to see the new tiles and the gallery artwork!

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As we celebrate #EarthDay today, check out some of KU's environmentally friendly research and other initiatives:

Environmental movement has made progress in Western nations, study finds: http://bit.ly/1cRXHdb

Researcher sees laptop-cooling technology as way to less-thirsty power plants: http://bit.ly/1GI3n3U

Radars help create 3-D view of structure, age of Greenland's ice: http://bit.ly/1t7lMU6

KU dining halls work to be sustainable, reduce food waste: http://bit.ly/1HMA01u

Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data: http://bit.ly/ZECKew
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Can a Plan B be just as exciting and fulfilling as a Plan A? When KU senior Chelsea Lotz’s plans of becoming a pilot in the Air Force fell through, she came up with a compelling alternative—design and build airplanes. Follow her story as she prepares for an international aerospace competition that KU has dominated for decades.

Read more about Lotz and her work in KU’s award-winning aerospace program: http://bit.ly/1aEcUN9
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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/1awodaa  
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How will we meet the living and housing needs of the growing number of retirees across Kansas? The problem calls out for architectural and design solutions, but also plenty of business savvy. 

This year several architecture students joined the School of Business MBA program’s Kansas Impact Project (KIP), learning the business aspects of architectural projects.

KIP, the cornerstone of KU’s MBA curriculum, pairs teams of students with organizations around the state in need of management consulting. Joe Colistra, associate professor of architecture, says KIP gives his students the unusual — and invaluable —experience of working with peers with extensive business and marketing knowledge.  
Last semester the KIP teams investigated Campus Village, an intergenerational community envisioned by KU’s New Cities Initiative and its former director, Dennis Domer. 

This semester several teams are using the business plans and cost data they developed to design Campus Village concepts around Lawrence. By applying both business and architecture solutions, they’ve developed models that could be used by other Kansas communities seeking design and business guidance to create affordable housing for all ages.

Another team integrated their KIP skills into a winning entry for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development affordable housing design competition. That team is one of four national finalists in the competition, which concludes later this month.
 
See other ways KU works for Kansas here: bit.ly/KUworks

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The University of Kansas currently enrolls just under 29,000 students from all over Kansas, the United States and the world.

KU has 50 ranked academic programs, offers more than 130 study abroad programs, and provides more than $72 million in scholarships and grants to students each year. 

KU students have won more Rhodes Scholarships, and more federally sponsored research is conducted at KU, than at all other Kansas universities combined.