KU Mini College returns to campus this summer

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

KU Mini College

KU Mini College, the popular educational program that brings alumni and other lifelong learners back to Mount Oread each year, will be June 3-5 at Spooner Hall. Mini College is open to all alumni as well as adults with no KU affiliation, and there is a modest charge of $30 to participate.

The program was created in 2009 by Jessica Proctor Beeson, c’05, who then worked in the dean’s office for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as a brief summer retreat for alumni and community members to take classes on the Lawrence campus. After budget cuts forced the University to withdraw support of Mini College in 2016, several alumni volunteers stepped in to keep the tradition alive.

“KU Mini College has been an important part of enriching my life over the last 11 years,” says Meg Buckley, c’97, a longtime participant from Portland, Oregon, who helps organize the event. “I have the chance to not only reconnect with campus and soak in Kansas sunshine in June, but I get to relive the thrill of a liberal arts experience.”

This summer’s courses span a wide range of topics taught by University faculty, staff and alumni from several campus units, including the School of Journalism, the School of Engineering, KU Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Other activities include tours of the bird and fish collections at the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, led by collection managers Mark Robbins and Andy Bentley, and a discussion of the University’s 2019 Common Book.

For more information and to register for the event, visit kuminicollege.org.

—Heather Biele

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