Landmark named to list of picturesque college fountains

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 in Campus News and News

Chi Omega fountainThe beloved fountain  on the west end of Jayhawk Boulevard recently made a list of the top 15 most picturesque fountains on college campuses, according to Lawnstarter.

The fountain, a memorial to Chi Omega alumnae, was authorized in 1952 on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lambda chapter. It cost $11,800 to build;  students, alumni and friends raised $5,000 and the Elizabeth M. Watkins Fund at KU Endowment contributed the balance.

It was dedicated April 23, 1955, and has since become a popular spot for selfies and, on some occasions, swimming.

Read the full list here.

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Sorority house earns local landmark designation

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in Campus News and News

Chi Omega house at the University of Kansas

A University of Kansas sorority house was recognized by the City of Lawrence as a historical landmark this week.

Members of the Chi Omega sorority filed an application with the City of Lawrence last February to nominate the chapter’s house, 1345 West Campus Rd., for designation as a landmark on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.

City staff recommended approval of the designation, and the Lawrence City Commissioners unanimously voted at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12,  to add the structure to the register.

Listing on the local register helps preserve resources important to Lawrence’s history; a primary goal of the Historic Resources Commission is to build a register of properties which show the diversity and growth of Lawrence since its inception.

According to the nomination materials, the Tudor-style house was originally designed by Topeka architect Walter Earl Glover and constructed in 1925. The house was expanded in 1964.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2001

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Campus News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet meme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The 2001 Homecoming theme was “A ‘Hawk Odyssey.” The photo featured in today’s post is a float created and built by members of Chi Omega sorority and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity for the Homecoming Parade, which was held before the football game. The Jayhawks fell to the #3-ranked Sooners 10-38.


 Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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