Excitement builds for #POTUSatKU

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Campus News and News

President Obama’s visit to the University of Kansas marks the first time in more than a century that a sitting president will have visited campus. The KU community took to Twitter and other social media platforms to share their excitement. Here are a few highlights curated among KU students, alumni and friends.

–David Johnston

This is definitely not your average first day of classes. #POTUSatKU

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KU Info moves into new outpost

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Campus News and News

New KU Info booth | www.kualumni.orgThe Jayhawk Boulevard facelift has changed more than just the pavement—the KU Info booth has been rebuilt to better serve students who walk the iconic thoroughfare.

Recent construction opened the door to creating a contemporary version of the classic structure. The original booth was a gift from the Class of 1950. The new and improved booth is larger and complies with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. “The old booth was perfectly comfortable for one person, but if there was more than one person, you’d better really like that other person,” says Curtis Marsh, KU Info director.

The new space represents KU Info’s commitment to remain a ready resource for students. “This service is here with whatever students need help with. You don’t get judged for the questions you ask,” says Marsh, j’92. “We’re the experts on the KU stuff, but if you want to know how to wash your clothes or cook ramen, we want to help students with any issues they have. We want alumni to call, too, because we love the fact that alumni think of us as a tradition.”

Marsh made sure to honor tradition in the ceremonial opening of the new booth by inviting Warren Corman, e’50, longtime University architect, to clip the ribbon.

KU Info receives an average of 300 inquiries a day. For help, visit kuinfo.ku.edu or call 785-864-3506.

—Dan Storey

New KU Info Booth | www.kualumni.org
New KU Info Booth | www.kualumni.org

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KU Info booth revamped; ribbon cutting set for Saturday

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Campus News and News

This weekend, alumni, friends and KU Info superstars are invited to help celebrate the new KU Info booth on Jayhawk Boulevard. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for noon on Saturday, three hours before kickoff of the Homecoming football game.  Learn more about the new booth in this post submitted by Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info. 

KU Info booth from the 1960sKU students today are used to a continuous stream of crimson and blue buses that transport them to all reaches of Lawrence. In the 1950’s, just three decades after the electric trolley stopped running between campus and Massachusetts Street, there were buses on Jayhawk Blvd, but very few.

There was a bus stop on Jayhawk Boulevard, just south of Bailey Hall, built with funds from a gift of the class of 1950. Students could take shelter from the elements and wait for the occasional public transport. It included a small building that was rarely used. Research has only uncovered one example of its regular use, and that was in the volatile early 70’s when campus law enforcement committed to staffing the booth in the early evenings.

This small shelter fell into disrepair after decades of non-use. In the mid 2000’s, a group proposed refurbishing the booth to provide walk-up service for KU Info. The booth got a facelift, and from 2010 to spring 2014, students could get all their questions answered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

(The photo above right is from the 1960’s. The photo below was taken during the summer of 2014.)

KU Info Booth construction on Jayhawk Boulevard

But last summer, the booth had to be taken down in preparation for the second phase of the Jayhawk Boulevard reconstruction project. Because the structure was a class gift, and because it had been rejuvenated as a campus information desk, the decision was made to rebuild it just a few yards to the southwest of its original location.

The campus master plan dictated that the booth be further away from the street to increase safety for pedestrians. The structure was also moved closer to Wescoe Hall to better position it as a bus stop.

It represents a contemporary version of a classic campus structure and will still host KU Info staff during regular class times. KU Info itself is a contemporary version of a classic campus service, so it is a perfect marriage of the two.

—Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info

The photos below were taken on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and show the current state of construction on the booth.

KU Info Booth construction on Jayhawk Boulevard

KU Info Booth construction on Jayhawk Boulevard

KU Info Booth construction on Jayhawk Boulevard

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