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Hawks to Watch: Sarah Stern

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:43

Why Sarah’s a Hawk to Watch:

Sarah Stern could have been considered a Hawks to Watch even while still an undergraduate at KU such were her achievements.  A fellowship from Kansas Paraguay Partners took her to Paraguay where she mastered Spanish and Portuguese and conducted a study of poor women’s experiences with microfinance programs.  A lifelong photography enthusiast, Stern also participated in the Paraguayan Carnaval Encarnaceno, somehow managing both to photograph the event and dance in it.  In a visit to Brazil, she collaborated with photographer Gary Mark Smith to create the photography book Favela da Rocinha, Brazil, a pictorial chronicle of life in that famous shantytown of Rio de Janeiro.  Proceeds to the book support community education projects in the favela. As a result of these and other accomplishments, Sarah was named one of Glamor Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2012.  After graduating with honors from KU, Sarah accepted a position as an Account Assistant for the Jeffrey Group, a Miami-based public relations agency that serves firms that do business in Latin America. At the Jeffrey Group, Sarah won a prestigious SABRE Award for her work promoting Spotify in Latin America. Now she works as the manager of Netflix’s Latin America consumer division. And that’s why Sarah is a Hawk to Watch.

Tell us, in 140 characters or less, what you do for a living:

I work with the media in Latin America to tell stories about Netflix.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

Finding a job that keeps me on my toes learning every day and allows me to combine my passion for travel and Latin America.

What’s your lowest career moment and how did you pick yourself up and move on?

I wouldn’t use the word low, but one of the hardest moments was starting my career, leaving Kansas to work in Miami where a lot of the Latin America work is. It’s hard to move somewhere completely new where you don’t know anyone and start at a new company, but it pushes you to grow, and there is a lot of learning in those moments. I worked a lot of long hours, asked a lot of questions and luckily had some KU connections that introduced me to Jayhawks living in Miami that later became great friends of mine.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

Still traveling. Maybe I’ll have found a winning idea to start a business of my own!

What’s your best career pro-tip?

What do you do after you’ve clocked out?

I’m outside as much as possible…usually finding something new to explore in LA.

What do you know now that you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

In all fairness, my j-school advisor Susanne Shaw did tell me, that if you’re going to work in PR or even Advertising, take an editing class. I wish I would have specialized in news or at least taken a few more news classes while I was in school.

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

I studied abroad in Paraguay and danced in Paraguayan Carnaval Encarnacen there.

Be like Sarah. Here’s more information on KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies’ Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Hawks to Watch are disrupters. They’re poised for greatness, inspiring their colleagues and excelling in their professions. Basically, they’re killing it. Having recently graduated, they are just starting to leave their mark and we can’t wait to see how their story unfolds. These Jayhawks span all industries including business, non-profits, tech, healthcare, media, law and the arts. 

Warning: A KU Research Haunted House

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:23

Step through the creaky door of your imagination, and enter the KU College haunted house. Our faculty will guide you from room to room, where warring insects, shape-shifting vampires, ghosts and your darkest fears lurk. Enter if you dare.

Crypt of blood suckers:

A mist rises from Potter Lake, as a full moon emerges from behind the dark clouds. You’re sweating, but the air feels cool. At the top of the hill, where Strong Hall normally stands there’s a rickety wooden house. A single light flickers in the upstairs window. Are you dreaming? Battling through the fog, you follow a cobbled path to a stone crypt. A growling sound amplifies behind you. You shift the stone blocking the entrance to one side and slip-in, holding your breath. You’re safe for now. Creeeaaak, a wooden coffin in the corner swings open to reveal a blood sucker. To some, a brooding, young sexy Edward Cullen skulks out and flashes a pout.  To others, it’s an older man with almost translucent skin, slicked back black hair, baring two sharp pointy teeth. Or maybe you see an elderly skin-shedding woman, otherwise known as an soucouyant, loogaroo or old hag, readying for a night of flying and blood sucking. The world of vampires is as diverse as the human world, and it’s your fears that control what form they take. How do we know. Because of research by Giselle Liza Anatol, a KU associate professor of English, and Ani Kokobobo, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures.

Vampires aren’t just ‘Twilight’ sexy or ‘Dracula’ old, new book finds

From Slavic folklore to Sookie Stackhouse, new course will study vampire depiction in the East and West

Cellar of creepy crawlers:

A path takes you from the crypt to the house’s cellar. Spider webs cover the doorway, a low buzz greets you. As you enter, your eyes don’t adjust but you feel tiny legs and some slimy things crawling all over your body. A lit candle in the corner slowly brings the room to view, and it’s covered with insect larvae, beetles and bugs all squirming in different directions. In one corner, a red and white stink bug pierces a beetle larvae. In another, what first appears to be a damaged leaf begins to throb, revealing a cluster of larvae covered by the their own feces as they hide from would be killers. Lucky for you, the bugs are too small to wage war on you. So stop a moment, and think about how this warfare could help explain the mechanics of evolution by learning more about the research of Caroline Chaboo, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Biologists parse evolutionary ‘arms race’ between insects, predators and plants

A typewriter click-clacks in a study:

From the cellar, you climb a ladder up to a dusty old study. A red leather arm chair, a big oak desk where a typewriter sits. Silence. For a second. Then a click. Silence. And then a clack. Click clack, click clack. Faster and faster. An old three-pronged Gothic candle next to the typewriter sparks to life, and the keys bounce up and down, as if pressed by an invisible presence. Suddenly, a ghost emerges from the typewriters’ carriage and drifts towards a bookcase. More ghosts emerge and shriek passed your ears, one cuts right through your body sending chills. As you approach the typewriter, you see the name Peter Straub scratched into it’s body, as if with a knife. And you want to know the stories connecting Straub and these ghosts. Bang! A book falls off the bookcase, the spine shines in the light: “The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub, by John C. Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Film Studies.”

New book examines America’s greatest ghost-story writer

It’s in your head:

You duck through a small archway, and a door slams behind you. The room is not much bigger than your body. Your shoulders touch each wall, the cold ceiling rests on the tip of your head. And it’s pitch black. You’re stuck, and the hours pass. Tick tock, tick tock. Time begins to melt. And your thoughts begin to take over. Death and decline swirl in your mind. You blame it on new technology. Social media is ruining the world. You long for the good old days, when life was simple. Is it just you who feels that way? “No”, says a voice. It’s Ani Kokobobo, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures. “Tolstoy, Chekhov and a bunch of Russia’s most notable 19th century writers had exactly the same problem.

Great 19th century Russian writers and Y2K scare influenced by same anxiety, scholar says

Jayhawks share internship advice

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:23

Students are increasing adding an internship to their College experience to increase their career prospects after graduation. According to a recent article in the New York Times, “internships have gone from nice-to-have-on-a-résumé to absolutely critical,” because employers now hire about 50 percent of their interns after graduation. Internships can be a direct route to a job at a company or organisation. They can also let you try out a career, build a network, establish mentors outside of College, earn college credit, acquire new skills, and gain vital experience in a professional environment. But how do you go about getting involved in an internship?

We sat down with five Jayhawks who’ve recently interned in different industries in the US and beyond to share their advice. From the Smithsonian museum, to the U.S. government, to a scientific research company in India, to a global advocacy organisation, to a newspaper in Germany, these students interned in a variety of industries and gained skills that’ll set them apart in the future. Here they offer their advice on how to get started and find the internship that’s right for you.

START EARLY, PAID INTERNSHIPS EXIST: 

Sandra Sanchez jetted off to Washington D.C. to spend the summer of 2017 interning at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Majoring in history and Chinese language & literature, with a minor in indigenous studies, Sandra put her academics to work supporting a new exhibit focused on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds.

“Working here is an experience beyond KU,” Sandra said. “Learning about the vast collections of material available for research and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes work on object collection definitely is an invaluable experience as I look to continue my own research in graduate school. At NMAH there is a big emphasis on material culture and telling stories through objects that might not be considered important—like a lost pair of child’s tennis shoes found near the U.S.-Mexican border to illustrate one type of migration—so I can bring that focus to my own research and be as open-minded as I can be.

Her advice for finding internships is to start early. “It is imperative to start looking for possible opportunities as early as possible so that you can start preparing what criteria you might need (whether it is a class, language experience, etc.) and so you can begin planning financially (applying for scholarships or outside aid if needed.),” she said. “Think of different career paths you might be interested in and look for internships in those fields. Your internship doesn’t have to be what you’re going to do for the rest of your life and often having experience through an internship will help you decide whether or not you really want to work in that field.”

Few students can afford to work without pay. We get that. But it shouldn’t stop you interning. Sandra knew she needed to be find a paid internship so made sure that one came up, she was ready. “I had signed up for the mailing list from the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships quite a while ago, and was waiting for an opportunity for a paid internship to open up. One day, I opened my inbox and I saw there were applications open for the Minority Awards Program which would fund any internship across the Smithsonian Institution. From there, I researched with whom and where I wanted to work at and then applied.”Learn more about Sandra’s internship here.

THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU’D LIKE TO INTERN, CHECK THEIR SITE:

Trent Allen loves all things politics. At KU, he majors in political science and economics. And his commitment to public service grew more while attending events at the Dole Institute of Politics. So he asked himself: how do I turn my passion into a career? His answer: Apply for KU’s Washington D.C. internship program.

“I decided early on in the fall semester leading up to my internship that if I was going to learn about education policy implementation there would be nowhere better to work than the Department of Education, so I went on their website, found their internship page, and just applied!”

Trent’s internship is part of KU’s Washington, D.C. internship program, which helps students find an internship if they are unsure of the path they want to take. KU also has an agreement with an apartment complex in the D.C. area to provide housing which saves interns a lot of time and money; and there are also a few scholarships given out by KU to subsidize some of the costs.

Trent developed professional experience, and started building a professional network which will be invaluable when he graduates. “I gained valuable office experience by learning the skills it takes to be successful in an office setting. I also learned what I like and what I dislike about working in such a setting, which will be invaluable when I am looking for jobs after I graduate next year. Along with the experience I gained, though, I also met many individuals with similar interests who are serving as valuable mentors to me now, and will continue to do so after I leave the Department.” Learn more about Trent’s internship here.

KEEP OPEN TO OPPORTUNITIES, REACH OUT TO YOUR KU NETWORK:

While at KU, Kathleen Meeds chose majors that would allow her to pursue her passion for in German and English. She soon found herself on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, interning at a newspaper in Eutin Germany, Lawrence’s sister city.

Kathleen’s path to an internship came out of nowhere. “Jimmy Morrison came into my German class last fall and spoke about interning in Eutin. He is a part of the German department and coordinates internships to Eutin. He said he could work with people studying in different areas, as long as they were also learning German.”

This experience helped Kathleen gain professional experience, while developing language skills. “My German really improved while I was there. Also, this was my first experience working in journalism, so I got to apply what I knew about writing already, while learning how to improve it there. Most of the tips and tricks I learned apply in English too!” Learn more about Kathleen’s internship here.

Sandra Sanchez adds that it is important to start asking around. “Ask your professors, your mentors, advisors—anyone! There are so many great opportunities that you may or may not stumble upon alone so if you expand your network then you’ll have a wider range of options.

PREPARE TO LIVE SOMEWHERE NEW, AND EMBRACE DIFFERENCE: 

Often an internship will be in a different city, state or country, maybe even somewhere you’ve never been. Before you go, spend time researching the place you’ll be living and working in advance. In the summer of 2017, Evin Smith wanted to put her economics and finance classes to work. She’d seen a research internship at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms in Bangalore, India, advertised in an email from the KU School of Business two years previously. She applied, and was accepted.

Her advice is to prepare for the cultural differences of living and working in a different place. “India is a great country, but it is very different from the US and will take some time to get used to both physically and culturally, it takes time and patience but if you throw yourself at India and are willing to learn, India will be a phenomenal experience,” she said. “Living and working in India has been such a unique experience. Every day, I’m learning about different foods and customs. During my internship, I learned to adapt to and appreciate cultural differences. India is such a diverse country that has a long and rich history. I enjoyed learning about India from the locals and sampling all the amazing food!” Learn more about Evin’s internship here.

DO YOUR RESEARCH, AND APPLY:

Global-minded Elizabeth Orr spent last summer interning at the International Relations Council in Kansas City.

Double majoring in global & international studies and French, with a minor in economics, the experience helped translate passions developed in the classroom into a professional setting. “I have developed a greater understanding of how one can bring a knowledge of and a passion for global affairs to a professional setting,” she said. Adding, “I gained the ability to adapt quickly in a different environment and the ability to think critically about data and make judgements based on current market conditions. I have also obtained firsthand experience in the nonprofit sector and an understanding of the operations of a mission-driven organization. Finally, I have gained valuable professional event planning experience in this setting, as well.”

Elizabeth advises students to start early and do their research. “I would advise any student considering an internship to apply! Do some research about the organization and find what about it suits your interests and abilities. I found out about this internship and the International Relations Council through KU’s Global & International Studies Program. Through further research, I found the specific internship for which I was best suited. There is nothing to lose from applying, and everything to gain.” Learn more about Elizabeth’s internship here.

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Evin Smith in India

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:39

Hometown: Tribune, Kansas

Majors: Finance and Economics

Internship title and organization:

I am a research intern at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)

 

What were your responsibilities during your internship? 

C-CAMP is an incubator for start-up companies that are in the life sciences field. I research the competitive landscapes and write reports for the scientist to use as a reference point as they decide to commercialize their research. My job is to figure out what the challenges for commercialization might be as well as what companies are currently researching and/or doing similar projects and how those companies will play into the future of the start-ups from an acquisition standpoint.

I worked on two projects, one deals with an immunomodulation therapy in HIV patients, and the second one was a device that does rapid antimicrobial resistance susceptibility testing. One of the biggest public health concerns for the future is the growing resistance to antibiotics in the general population, so this device is able to detect resistance before it becomes a problem and before antibiotics are even prescribed. This will help doctors more accurately treat patients according to the type of infection they have.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? 

I’m really enjoying learning about the biological background of my projects, it has been a long time since I’ve taken a science class, so learning about science again is a nice change from what I’ve been doing the past three years.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? 

How did you find out about this internship?

I actually heard about it through the B-School two years ago in an email and I have always wanted to do it.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship?

India is a great country, but it is very different from the US and will take some time to get used to both physically and culturally, it takes time and patience but if you throw yourself at India and are willing to learn, India will be a phenomenal experience.

Why did you choose your majors/minors?

I decided to be a finance major first because I was interested in learning about how companies work from a technical standpoint, and I liked learning about financial markets. After my freshman year I chose to pursue economics as well for a few reasons, the main one being I liked how well it tied into finance and also it allowed me to look at the global economy from a broader viewpoint.

 

What do you plan to do next?

At the moment I am studying for the GRE and planning to apply to go to grad school and do my masters in applied economic analysis.

The best advice I ever got:

How do you recharge your batteries?

I’m a runner, so whenever I feel like I need a time out, putting in some music and going for a nice long run always helps me recover when I need it.

What motivates you?

I am most motivated when I’m working on something that will have a positive impact on my community and the world around me or when I’m doing something I really love.

Final Steps Towards Graduation

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:25

Written by: Precious Sanders, Graduation Advisor

It’s senior year! You know that graduation is around the corner, but you’re unsure of what final steps you need to take to get there. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head down that final stretch towards earning your degree!

Be aware of deadlines:

One of the first things you will want to do is to read over the Graduation Information Sheet for the term in which you plan to graduate. These information sheets list a number of deadlines that you will want to be mindful of as you head down the final stretch towards graduation. These sheets can be found under “Graduation Paperwork” here, or you can pick one up in 109 Strong Hall.

Apply for graduation:

Simply finishing your requirements is not enough. Submitting your application for graduation is the trigger that lets your graduation advisor know that you plan to finish your
requirements and graduate in a given semester. You can apply for graduation through your Enroll & Pay account. Be sure to apply for the semester in which you plan to finish your degree requirements, not the semester in which you plan to walk in the ceremony. Check the appropriate graduation information sheet to find the application deadline.

Check your Academic Notices and email frequently:

When you apply for graduation, your graduation advisor will conduct a review of your academic record to make sure you are on track with your current enrollment. If there are any questions or concerns, you will receive an email from your advisor detailing those concerns and requesting your feedback. If everything appears on track for graduation, you will receive an Academic Notice. This is just one of many instances in which you might be contacted by the University regarding your requirements or other important steps towards graduation, so make sure that
you are checking both your email and your Notices regularly!

Do you have transfer credits?

You will always (I repeat: always) want to check course transferability through CredTran in order to verify that the classes you are taking at another institution will transfer to KU as the ones you need to fulfill your requirements. Remember that you must earn a C or better for a course to transfer to KU, and it is your responsibility to have your official transcript sent from that institution to KU’s Office of Admissions by the deadline of your graduation term.

Study Abroad, Incomplete Grades, and other outstanding coursework:

Keep in mind that you cannot have any outstanding coursework upon graduation. If you have outstanding study abroad coursework or incompletes you are working on, you must have grades posted for them by the deadline (check your info sheet!). Outstanding coursework could result in a delay of your graduation, so don’t procrastinate!

If you have any questions not addressed here, you can make an appointment with your graduation advisor by calling College Advising & Student Services at 785-864-3500 or stopping by 109 Strong Hall. Not sure who your graduation advisor is? You can find out by logging into your myKU Portal.

Meet Your Advisor: Shantae Coleman

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:13

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

Everything you need to know about Shantae (sort of)

Undergraduate Major: Psychology

I became an advisor because:

 

My soapbox: Use a planner, either physical or electronic.  They are definitely key to staying organized.

My favorite KU memory is … I’m still making memories as I haven’t been at KU for very long.  I’ll definitely remember my first day on campus. It immediately felt like home.

My best advice for college students:

What did you want to be when you were going up? I wanted to be a carpenter/handywoman. I even had my own toy tool set and went around “fixing” things.

My favorite place on campus is…  I’m still exploring but right now I love sitting on the Baumgartner Terrace outside of Hawks Nest at the Kansas Union.

My superpower would be: Time Control!

Get in touch with Shantae if you’re interested in studying History or English:

Conquer the Iron Throne with these 13 College classes

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:55

Who will claim the Iron Throne in the end? Cersei, Daenerys and Jon Snow seem the most likely human contenders, though the Night King and his newly acquired dragon might just defeat them all. Or maybe you could make a late bid by mastering the skills of persuasion, politics and the weather by taking these 13 College classes…

ATMO 220 Atmospheric Science – Unusual Weather

Winter has been coming for six whole seasons, though Jon Snow has had his fair share of time braving the snow in the North. But as the first snow begins to fall in Kings Landing, what’s behind this unusual weather system? Master this class, and you might be the savior of Westeros.

An introductory lecture course which surveys the general principles and techniques of atmospheric science and illustrates their application through discussions of natural but unusual weather phenomena such as blizzards, hurricanes, tornados, and chinooks, of the effects of air pollution on weather, and of intentional human alteration of the atmosphere. Satisfies: Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11) ,  Goal 3 Natural Sciences (GE3N) ,  N Natural Science (N) ,  NE Earth Sciences PC (NE)

POLS 562 Political Science – Women and Politics

Daenerys Targaryen is a fierce and just leader, winning loyalty for her belief in a fair, free and equal society from the Dothraki, unsullied and a group of unlikely allies along the way. Cersei Lannister rules by violence, political gaming, and money. Both are strong powerful women who’ve had to fight incredibly hard for their positions and for respect. Arya and Sansa Stark have also successfully navigated the tumultuous political waters of Westeros in their quest for survival and revenge. Learn about real life Daenarys, Cersei, Arya and Sansa in this class.

This course exposes students to contemporary research on women and politics by surveying the sub-fields of political science. Topics include women’s representation in the U.S., women and U.S. public policy, gender and legal theory, international women’s movements, women and revolution, and women as political elites. We will examine the ways in which feminist theory and women’s activism have challenged the narrow focus of the discipline as well as redefined women’s place in society. (Same as WGSS 562.) Prerequisite: Sophomore level or consent of the instructor. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 1 (AE41) ,  S Social Science (S)

COMS 232 Communication Studies – The Rhetorical Tradition

How many times has Tyrion been in a tight spot? He’s been on trial by his own family, a prisoner in far-away lands and a confidente of some of the most powerful leaders. When he has to, Tyrion fights. But on the whole he uses his smarts and way with words to survive and thrive. Be more like Tyrion by learning the art of communication and persuasion.

Historical survey of theories of communication and persuasion, the people who produced them, and the philosophical assumptions upon which they rest. Beginning with the Greeks, especially Plato and Aristotle, and ending with selections from Kenneth Burke and other contemporary figures, the course focuses on changing concepts of rhetoric throughout a time span of some 2000 years. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. Satisfies: Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H) ,  H Humanities (H) ,  HR Philosophy & Religion PC (HR)

CLSX 168 Classics – Ancient Epic Tales

The Game of Thrones world is epic. There are seven kingdoms in Westeros alone. Not to mention the lands across the narrow sea and over the Wall. And many characters find themselves a long way from home. Daenerys travels from city to city, finding fame, fortune, and enslavement, as she tries to find her way home to Westeros. Epic journeys home are common in ancient poetry, and they are just as exciting as the travels of characters in Game of Thrones.

This course provides a survey of ancient epic poetry, focusing on literature from the Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean world. All readings will be in English; no knowledge of any ancient languages is required. The works selected will be ancient epic tales primarily from Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean world (e.g. Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Apollonius, Vergil, Ovid, Statius) though some ancient epics from other cultures may be used for comparative purposes (e.g. Beowulf, Popol Vuh, Mahabharata). Class discussion and assignments focus on understanding the ancient cultures and their relation to our own, evaluating the arguments of scholars, and creating well-reasoned written and oral arguments about ancient epics. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42) ,  Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11) ,  Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H) ,  H Humanities (H) ,  HL Literature & the Arts PC (HL)

ANTH 160 Anthropology – Varieties of Human Experience

Wildling Ygritte and Jon Snow have a love and hate relationship. From prisoner, to love affair, to attempted murder, to watching Ygritte die in his arms, their feelings are about as extreme as they come. But much of the hatred in their relationship stems from a mistrust of other cultures. In their love, they bridge the long-held animosity between Wildlings and all south of the Wall, showing the possibility of appreciating cultural difference if one can overcome prejudice.

An introduction to basic concepts and themes in cultural anthropology by means of the comparative study of selected cultures from around the world, for the purpose of appreciating cultural diversity. Emphasis is on systems of belief and meaning. Not open to students who have taken ANTH 360. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42) ,  Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H) ,  Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S) ,  NW Non-Western Culture (NW) ,  S Social Science (S) ,  World Culture (W)

GEOG 102 Geography – People, Place, and Society

Across the Game of Thrones universe there are noticeable differences in languages, clothes, food, and social customs? Each city or landscape seems to shape the people who live there, and their culture. How and why do the different environments in Game of Thrones shape the local populous?

An examination of the relationships between humans and their environments. The course introduces students to basic concepts in human geography relating to economic activities, landscapes, languages, migrations, nations, regions, and religions. Serves as the basis for further course work in cultural, economic, political, population, and urban geography. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42) ,  Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S) ,  S Social Science (S) ,  SC Culture & Society PC (SC)

LING 320 Linguistics – Language in Culture and Society

When Daenerys first lives among the Dothraki she is alienated because she can’t communicate with husband-to-be Khal Drogo. The gruff tones of the Dothraki language sound aggressive and threatening, and the inability to communicate creates resentment. It even threatens her life. But once she masters the language, she is able to forge a bond with Drogo and eventually lead the nomadic horse-mounted warriors of Essos. Be like Daenerys, discover the importance of language.

Language is an integral part of culture and an essential means by which people carry out their social interactions with the members of their society. The course explores the role of language in everyday life of peoples in various parts of the world and the nature of the relationship between language and culture. Topics include world-view as reflected in language, formal vs. informal language, word taboo, and ethnography of speaking. (Same as ANTH 320.) Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 1 (AE41) ,  Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61) ,  S Social Science (S) ,  SC Culture & Society PC (SC)

PCS 120 Peace and Conflict Studies – Intro to Peace & Conflict Studies

Having three dragons on hand can be pretty helpful when negotiating peace with an enemy. But so too can skilled negotiation and compromise, as Tyrion knows well. If your ultimate aim is to unite the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, knowing all the ways to find peace will prove key.

An introduction to the content and methods of peace studies. Peace studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of war and peace. Building on and integrating the work of various fields of study, the course examines the causes of structural and direct violence within and among societies and the diverse ways in which humans have sought peace, from conquest and balance of power to international organizations and nonviolent strategies. Satisfies: Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11) ,  Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H) ,  H Humanities (H) ,  HT Historical Studies PC (HT)

PHSX 594 Physics – Cosmology and Culture

Is it the Night King and his band of zombies that are bringing winter to Westeros? Or are cosmological forces at work? What is surprising is how little the Game of Thrones heroes and villains look up, to the sky, and examine the ways that the cosmos shapes their world. If you master this course, you might just learn a new explanation about why winter comes so infrequently in Westeros.

A survey of modern physical cosmology, its recent historical roots, and creation myths from many world cultures. An examination of the effects of these stories on their parent cultures. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42) ,  N Natural Science (N)

METL 515 Metalsmithing/Jewelry (METL) – Advanced Metals I

Will a gentle and humble working-class blacksmith win the Iron Throne in the end? Gendry is an outside bet, but he is an heir to the throne as Robert Baratheon’s son. If he does take power, it will probably be due to his metal work skills making swords. Be like Gendry, learn to metalsmith.

Emphasis on individual design aesthetic through intensive designing, rendering, and modelmaking as preparation for fabricated pieces of jewelry, holloware, and/or small objects; capstone experience. Prerequisite: METL 362. Satisfies: Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61) ,  H Humanities (H)

GIST 686 Global & International Studies – International Human Rights

Sadistic Ramsay Bolton is probably the premier torturer of the Game of Thrones universe. Cersei comes close, but Ramsey is a next level piece of work. Both Theon and Sansa feel his hate, and Sansa eventually gets revenge. The violent mistreatment of humans could be avoided if there was a human rights body governing Westeros. Learn how to think about the challenges and theories of human rights, and be prepared to take a real-life Ramsay Bolton to the Hague with this class.

The course introduces students to historical and philosophical bases of contemporary human rights, theoretical approaches and methodological challenges to studying human rights questions, and acquaints them with the main topics, controversies, and tensions in the scholarship, practice and politics of human rights. (Same as POLS 686.) Prerequisite: Sophomore level or consent of instructor is required. Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42) ,  S Social Science (S)

GEOL 351 Geology – Environmental Geology

Why is the North so sparsely settled? The weather doesn’t help, that’s for sure. But neither does the landscape. Avalanches on those mountains are a hazard, as are frozen lakes that constantly threaten to thaw and swallow you up. Perhaps the Night King’s real motivation to take his army of white walkers south isn’t the Iron Throne, but the need to find land and resources so his icy mob can settle down.

An introductory course dealing with the implications of geologic processes and materials for civilization. Topics to be considered include: geologic hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanism; the availability of water, mineral, and energy resources; and the environmental impact of resource utilization. The importance of recognizing geologic constraints in land use planning and engineering projects is emphasized and illustrated by examples. Satisfies: Goal 3 Natural Sciences (GE3N) ,  N Natural Science (N) ,  NE Earth Sciences PC (NE)

ENGL 507 English – Science, Technology & Society

Cersei might have Jaime ‘Kingslayer’ Lannister by her side, but it’s the silent work of Maester Qyburn that gives her a technological advantage over the others. The mastermind behind the use of wildfire in warfare, the Frankensteinal Mountain, and a new weapon that can even take down a dragon, it’s a scientist and inventor that’s keeping Cersei in power.

Science and technology offer many benefits to individuals and to societies, yet they also present many challenges. This course explores the past, present, and possible future effects of science and technology on society through readings and discussions of nonfiction articles in conjunction with science-fiction stories and novels. Capstone course. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least one 300- or 400-level English course. Satisfies: Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61) ,  H Humanities (H)

Tyan Fairbank, biologist and social media guru

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:23

Major: B.S. biology

What would you tell your freshman self?

I transferred to KU sophomore year and attended a community college before, but I would tell myself to get involved in campus organizations early!

What is the benefit of being in the College, studying alongside students studying sciences, arts and humanities?

I think the benefit of being alongside students of so many academic majors is that you really get a sense of everything there is to offer at KU. It adds multiple perspectives on questions, and you learn to see perspectives from every angle possible.

What has been your favorite class at KU? And why?

What’s your favorite part of campus?

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I recently decided to take a gap year, but after that year is over the main goal is to attend med school.

What’s your best KU memory? My favorite memory is probably seeing students win $10,000 from Bill Self for two years in a row. Last year, the guy that was chosen for the contest was sitting in the row behind me.

How do you recharge your batteries? A face mask and a night of Netflix definitely does the trick. I also have a playlist for when I’m stressed out that I listen to!

What motivates you? My family. I just want to make them proud.

9 reasons why you should study the liberal arts & sciences

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:37

The president of Colombia, the former chair of the FDIC, a top executive at Sesame Street and a MacArthur genius all have something in common. Successful careers and accomplishments, sure. But they also all earned degrees from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU. So, what’s in a liberal arts and sciences degree that helped them not only get jobs, but launch successful careers?

Here’s 9 key reasons why you should study the liberal arts & sciences:

1. You learn how to think:

With a liberal arts and sciences education, you learn to think critically, creatively, and analytically.  Rather than taking everything presented to you at face value, you learn to delve into the whats, whys, and hows of the world.  How will this project improve my company?  Is there a better way?  What are this politician’s true motives?  Why should I vote for him or her?  You learn how to challenge all preconceived notions about what is “best,” and you become a fully-functioning, interactive member of society, rather than another sheep in the flock.

2. You learn how to communicate:

In a liberal arts and sciences environment, you learn how to express ideas, both verbally and on paper.  And if you learn a foreign language, that’s even more appealing.  The ability to communicate effectively is a skill that becomes absolutely crucial both in the workforce and in everyday life.  Besides, nobody wants to be “that guy” in the office who can’t even construct a proper sentence in his emails.

3. It’s flexible!

We no longer live in a world where an individual finishes school and then works for the same company until retirement 40 years later (okay, some folks still do this, but it’s becoming rarer and rarer).  With a liberal arts education, you develop a broad-based foundation of knowledge on which you can build a variety of skills.  Earning that history degree doesn’t mean you must become a professor or work in a museum.  The critical thinking skills that you gain can be adapted to a wide range of careers.

4. It’s appealing to employers.

It ties into that ability to think and communicate.  Employers value people who can develop and take charge of projects.  This means not only constructing the project itself, but also anticipating any potential roadblocks or challenges and being able to communicate effectively with a team of people to carry out the necessary steps.  Still not convinced?  According to a survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), 93% of employers believe that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate’s] undergraduate major.” (http://www.aacu.org/press/press-releases/employers-more-interested-critical-thinking-and-problem-solving-college-major)

5. It provides a solid foundation for grad school.

The development of critical thinking skills is a crucial component to graduate study, and an undergraduate degree in a liberal arts and sciences field can provide a head start where that’s concerned.  What’s more, a liberal arts and sciences degree proves that you have the ability to learn across a diverse field of studies, which also provides a foundation of knowledge to go straight into graduate study in any subject you might choose.

6. You can follow your passion.

 The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers more than 50 different majors in a wide range of fields, including sciences like biology and physics, social sciences like economics and psychology, humanities like English and history, and various foreign languages and area studies.  With such a broad selection to choose from, you would be hard-pressed not to find a major that captures your interest.  Can’t choose just one?  Don’t worry — the flexibility of the KU Core has made it easier than ever to pursue multiple areas of study.

7. You become a citizen of the world.

Globalization is making it less and less possible to get by just knowing the customs and traditions of your local community.  If you work in business or technology, your career will almost inevitably involve interacting with other cultures and maybe even other countries.  Even if you opt to spend the rest of your life in a small town, chances are good that you will find yourself interacting with someone from a different background.  The liberal arts and sciences exposes you to a variety of cultures and ways of thinking and they help you to keep an open mind when you encounter something new or unexpected.

8. You get to know yourself better:

You will find yourself asking questions of yourself and exploring a broad spectrum of ideas well outside of your comfort zone.  You will learn to think abstractly and to consider a wide range of perspectives on many issues.  You will be able to place things into a broader context, and you may even be challenged to consider your own role within that context.  Embrace it!  You just might discover something about yourself that you had never realized before.give

9. Our alumni say so, and they excel:

Who knows better than our #CLASof2017 why studying in the College of liberal arts & sciences is the best? Check out these Jayhawks reflecting on the small classes, the huge variety of subjects available, and the flexibility to pursue more than passion.

In the words of one recent alumni, “studying in the College gives you the opportunity to do anything you want to do.” Don’t believe us? Check out our Hawks to Watch, a group of alumni who are killing it in their careers at Disney, Pitchfork, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and more.

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Elizabeth Orr

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:02

Hometown: Westwood, KS

Majors: Global & international studies and French, minor in economics

Internship title and organization: Events Intern at the International Relations Council

What were your responsibilities during your internship? I help coordinate the logistics and execution of a variety of events and programs that engage community members in international affairs. I am also responsible for conducting researching and developing resources that will facilitate event planning in the future.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? My favorite part of the internship has been the opportunity to attend and assist with events and programs. These programs, such as lectures on international relations, panels regarding global affairs, and educational workshops, are interesting from an international academic perspective and have given me the opportunity to learn how to successfully execute a professional event as well. Participating has also given me the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of people. Overall, I have loved being able to help promote global awareness in the Kansas City community.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? I have developed a greater understanding of how one can bring a knowledge of and a passion for global affairs to a professional setting. I have also obtained firsthand experience in the nonprofit sector and an understanding of the operations of a mission-driven organization. Finally, I have gained valuable professional event planning experience in this setting, as well.

 How did you find out about this internship? I found out about this internship and the International Relations Council through KU’s Global & International Studies Program. Through further research, I found the specific internship for which I was best suited.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship? I would advise any student considering an internship to apply! Do some research about the organization and find what about it suits your interests and abilities. There is nothing to lose from applying, and everything to gain.

Why did you choose your majors/minors? An interest in international affairs and a lifelong love of travel inspired me to learn more about the world and prompted me to initially choose to major in global & international studies. This major gave me the opportunity to take a variety of courses that offer different perspectives about our globalized world. My study abroad experience in Angers, France, prompted me to add French as a second major. Finally, after having taken some introductory courses, I developed an interest in economics, so I chose to add economics as a minor, as well.

KU Study Abroad Office can help you study spend the semester in Angers, France, studying French language, literature and civilization at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.

What do you plan to do next? This year, I plan to do research for an Honors Capstone for my Global & International Studies degree as well as write an Honors Thesis in French. Following graduation, I plan to seek an internationally-focused job before likely attending graduate school in the future. In the long term, I hope to work towards an international career.

 What do you like best about studying in the College? The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU has given me the opportunity to take a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses that have broadened my worldview and perspectives. I have been very fortunate to have knowledgeable and devoted professors who have shaped my collegiate experience, as well.

My favorite KU memory is… While it is too difficult to choose just one favorite memory, KU has given me a number of fantastic opportunities. From serving as an executive officer in Alpha Gamma Delta to singing in one of KU’s choirs to starting the KU French Club, KU’s broad spectrum of networks has been extremely influential in my college experience. Additionally, though I was not in Lawrence, studying abroad has been my favorite experience that KU has provided me. My semester in Angers, France, not only taught me fluency in the French language and an ability to adapt to new situations in foreign countries, but gave me lifelong memories and relationships.

 The best advice I ever got: 

Hawks to Watch: Stephanie Stillo

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:38
Why Stephanie’s a Hawk to Watch:

Imagine a job that transports you to a distant, sometimes magical world every single day. You’ll discover fantastic beasts, long-lost languages, and entirely new ways of thinking about the world and our place in it. Nope, we’re not talking about Dr Who, this job exists and is currently being performed by College alum Stephanie Stillo, curator of some of the country’s rarest material at the Library of Congress. Stephanie graduated from KU with a PhD in Modern History in 2014. During her time here she cultivated several digital humanities projects that helped her stand apart when she entered the highly competitive academic job market in her field. She landed a postdoc teaching history and digital humanities at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, before moving on to her current prestigious role at our country’s national library. And that’s why Stephanie’s our October Hawk to Watch.

Introducing:

 

Tell us what you do for a living:

I curate the Lessing J. Rosenwald Graphic Arts Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection holds some of the country’s most rare printed books from the last six centuries, with major concentrations in fifteenth-century printed books (incunabula), William Blake material, and important livres d’artiste of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection has thematic concentrations in the history of printing, historic illustration processes, science and medicine, and decorative arts.

My day-to-day is largely devoted to working with visiting scholars and artists. However, I also plan exhibitions, conferences, and formal and informal talks about topics ranging from fifteenth-century woodcuts to how to best handle a rare book. I also act as a Purchasing Officer for the Library of Congress, meaning I work with antiquarian books dealers to find rare materials that complement the items in the Rosenwald Collection.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far?

I was recently part of a team that organized the largest exhibit of material ever put on display at the Library of Congress. The event was in honor of a prestigious group of visiting bibliophiles, the Association internationale de bibliophilie. The exhibit presented hundreds items, including books by Galileo, William Blake, Picasso and many contemporary book artists. We also displayed wondrously rare maps, prints, and manuscripts including a 1540 land map from colonial Mexico, Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, and a page from Frederick Douglas’ memoirs describing his escape from slavery. It was a singular privilege to be able to share that much history.

What’s your lowest career moment and how did you pick yourself up and move on?

I had a fabulous two-year postdoc appointment teaching history and digital humanities at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. My colleagues were marvelous and the students were utterly brilliant. However, I was constantly vexed by the question of “what’s next.”  I had several great interviews, but nothing seems to fully materialize. I think the only way to get through these inevitable moments is a good bottle of scotch and the determination to get up the next day and try again. It’s frustrating, but I like to think that it gave me a permanent sense of humility and a genuine appreciation for what came next.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

What do you know now that you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

What’s your best career pro-tip?

Take risks that will make you stand out on the job market. There are small armies of PhDs looking for jobs in Washington, DC. Luckily I had cultivated several projects in digital humanities that helped me stand apart. These projects often meant I was overloading during my graduate career. However, they made all the difference when I hit the job market.

How did your College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree prepare you for your career?

KU’s History Department placed a tremendous emphasis on writing. Being able to write clearly and to multiple audiences is one of the most useful and valued skills I cultivated at the University of Kansas. In this way, my degree prepared me very well for a job that is fundamentally rooted in interpreting complex ideas to audiences that often have no context or frame of reference. Never underestimate how important it is to communicate effectively.

My degree also taught me to be sensitive to researchers working with heady theoretical frameworks, such as global and environmental history, transatlanticism, queer theory, and digital humanities. It is important that researchers have someone that can not only lead them to resources, but can (at least try) to understand their methodology. Making that connection with a researcher – and becoming a touchstone for their research – is very rewarding.

What do you do after you’ve clocked out?

I’ll let you know once it happens.

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people?

I’m totally obsessed with 1970s and 80s science fiction movies. I think the future through the lens of the past is totally fascinating.

Hawks to Watch are disrupters. They’re poised for greatness, inspiring their colleagues and excelling in their professions. Basically, they’re killing it. Having recently graduated, they are just starting to leave their mark and we can’t wait to see how their story unfolds. These Jayhawks span all industries including business, non-profits, tech, healthcare, media, law and the arts. 

Know a Hawk to Watch we should feature? Tell us!

Liberal arts & sciences at work: Elizabeth Orr

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:10

Hometown: Westwood, KS

Majors: Global & international studies and French, minor in economics

Internship title and organization: Events Intern at the International Relations Council

What were your responsibilities during your internship? I help coordinate the logistics and execution of a variety of events and programs that engage community members in international affairs. I am also responsible for conducting researching and developing resources that will facilitate event planning in the future.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? My favorite part of the internship has been the opportunity to attend and assist with events and programs. These programs, such as lectures on international relations, panels regarding global affairs, and educational workshops, are interesting from an international academic perspective and have given me the opportunity to learn how to successfully execute a professional event as well. Participating has also given me the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of people. Overall, I have loved being able to help promote global awareness in the Kansas City community.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? I have developed a greater understanding of how one can bring a knowledge of and a passion for global affairs to a professional setting. I have also obtained firsthand experience in the nonprofit sector and an understanding of the operations of a mission-driven organization. Finally, I have gained valuable professional event planning experience in this setting, as well.

 How did you find out about this internship? I found out about this internship and the International Relations Council through KU’s Global & International Studies Program. Through further research, I found the specific internship for which I was best suited.

 What advice would you give students who are considering an internship? I would advise any student considering an internship to apply! Do some research about the organization and find what about it suits your interests and abilities. There is nothing to lose from applying, and everything to gain.

Why did you choose your majors/minors? An interest in international affairs and a lifelong love of travel inspired me to learn more about the world and prompted me to initially choose to major in global & international studies. This major gave me the opportunity to take a variety of courses that offer different perspectives about our globalized world. My study abroad experience in Angers, France, prompted me to add French as a second major. Finally, after having taken some introductory courses, I developed an interest in economics, so I chose to add economics as a minor, as well.

KU Study Abroad Office can help you study spend the semester in Angers, France, studying French language, literature and civilization at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.

 What do you plan to do next? This year, I plan to do research for an Honors Capstone for my Global & International Studies degree as well as write an Honors Thesis in French. Following graduation, I plan to seek an internationally-focused job before likely attending graduate school in the future. In the long term, I hope to work towards an international career.

 What do you like best about studying in the College? The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU has given me the opportunity to take a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses that have broadened my worldview and perspectives. I have been very fortunate to have knowledgeable and devoted professors who have shaped my collegiate experience, as well.

My favorite KU memory is… While it is too difficult to choose just one favorite memory, KU has given me a number of fantastic opportunities. From serving as an executive officer in Alpha Gamma Delta to singing in one of KU’s choirs to starting the KU French Club, KU’s broad spectrum of networks has been extremely influential in my college experience. Additionally, though I was not in Lawrence, studying abroad has been my favorite experience that KU has provided me. My semester in Angers, France, not only taught me fluency in the French language and an ability to adapt to new situations in foreign countries, but gave me lifelong memories and relationships.

 The best advice I ever got: 

Meet Your Advisor: David Nickol

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:41

College students get lots of cliché advice, such as “go to class,” “take advantage of office hours” and “meet with your advisor.” These sentiments are shared so often because they work. Meeting your advisor can be especially helpful for choosing a major or minor, finding internship or job opportunities, and overall making the most of your time in college.  Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help students be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Not sure who your advisor is? Find your academic advisor by logging in through your myKU portal.

Everything you need to know about David (sort of)

Undergraduate Major: Literature, Language & Writing

I became an advisor because I love the University and want to help students understand its policies, requirements and opportunities.

My best advice for college students: 

My  soapbox: Learning is challenging and sometimes difficult. If it was effortless, we wouldn’t be learning something new.

“My favorite KU memory is… The first time I visited campus, struck by its beauty.

Aerial, Jayhawk Blvd., view to the southwest, clockwise from lower-left: Spooner Hall, Fraser Hall, Dyche Hall

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I thought starring in a sit-com would be pretty cool. You know, something literary like Three’s Company or Laverne & Shirley.

My favorite place on campus is Between Blake and Twente Halls looking south. The view of the valley is beautiful.

My super power would be: Shape shifting, if that means I can cheat and become an invisible bird to get two super powers in one.

Get in touch with David for graduation advice (students with last names R-V)

Ella Richards, dedicated to helping people

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:30

Majors: Women, gender and sexuality studies major and psychology, business and human sexuality minors.

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

What has been your favorite class at KU? And why?

I loved my WGSS 101 class. I was expecting a class of 300 people, but found my way to a room of about 20. We were students from different majors, different family backgrounds, and students from all over the world. It enhanced the class 10 fold.

Inside a women, gender and sexuality studies classroom.

How do your majors and/or minors complement each other?

Currently I’m working on a women, gender and sexuality major and I have completed my psychology minor. I feel like both of these can be used to help one another enhance the understanding of the other one. For example, in my women, gender and sexuality classes we often try and examine the things we are reading through different lenses. My minor in psychology provides me with a psychoanalytic lens to look through as well as a basic knowledge about that psychoanalytic lens.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

If I am being totally honest, I am not sure. I’ve taken so many wonderful classes that have inspired me to do so many things that I am torn as to what direction to take. Over the next few years I am taking classes from different colleges, especially a few business classes. I am thinking I might want to become an administrator at a women’s shelter. My number one goal is to help people. How I do that? At this point, I’m not sure. But the classes I get to take now are presenting all kinds of options as well as opportunities to expand my resume and help me figure out my strengths and weaknesses.

What’s your favorite part of campus?

I think my favorite part of campus is the energy it has. I feel it walking to class everyday, surrounded by all kinds of students. If it’s 90 degrees or -5, raining, snowing, or when it’s foggy, there is an incredible energy here at KU. I’m surrounded by Jayhawks, and that is a feeling that can’t be matched.

What would you tell your freshman self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. College is hard, and there is a huge adjustment period. Try new things.

But I think my most important thing is this, spend time on campus. Sit on the grass and watch people walking to class while you study, have lunch at the union, study at the library. BE on campus- live on campus. You’ve got four years, and there is no place like the home you will make for yourself on campus.

What’s your best KU memory?

I think my favorite KU memory would be going to my first KU basketball game as a student. I had been to many games before then, but sitting in the middle of everything, being part of something I had admired my whole life, was an incredible experience (Plus it was my birthday). I was simply sitting in the middle of the greatest place on Earth. You think Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, you obviously haven’t been to Allenfield House.

What is the benefit of studying in the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences?

I love studying with students that have such a variety of backgrounds. We all bring something unique to class.

Often times I’ll meet and hear about someone’s plans and we will be going in a similar direction with what we want to do, but taking two  different paths to get there. The chance to meet and know students in such a variety of areas of studies also allows me to investigate things I didn’t know were on option. Maybe they took a really incredible sociology class that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the diversity of passions in my classes.

How do you recharge your batteries?

I really like going and sitting by Potter lake. I take a book and blanket and just go and be. I can hear the activity of campus, but am in a bubble of peace and calm. It’s like nothing else.

Sunrise over Potter Lake. Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

What motivates you?

My Parents. They have worked so hard to help me to be where I am. They want to see me do my best, and I want to make them proud. Myself and my surroundings. I will sit in the library and see other students studying, working on projects, and being productive. I see them, and it inspires me to focus and do my work. It pushes me to be the best that I can. I also know that I only have four years on this campus, I want to make the most of every single moment that I have here, and, for me, that includes succeeding.

Be A Jayhawk: Ella Richards, a Jayhawk dedicated to helping people

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:58

Majors: Women, gender and sexuality studies major and psychology minor.

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

What has been your favorite class at KU? And why?

I loved my WGSS 101 class. I was expecting a class of 300 people, but found my way to a room of about 20. We were students from different majors, different family backgrounds, and students from all over the world. It enhanced the class 10 fold.

Inside a women, gender and sexuality studies classroom.

How do your majors and/or minors complement each other?

Currently I’m working on a women, gender and sexuality major and I have completed my psychology minor. I feel like both of these can be used to help one another enhance the understanding of the other one. For example, in my women, gender and sexuality classes we often try and examine the things we are reading through different lenses. My minor in psychology provides me with a psychoanalytic lens to look through as well as a basic knowledge about that psychoanalytic lens.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

If I am being totally honest, I am not sure. I’ve taken so many wonderful classes that have inspired me to do so many things that I am torn as to what direction to take. Over the next few years I am taking classes from different colleges, especially a few business classes. I am thinking I might want to become an administrator at a women’s shelter. My number one goal is to help people. How I do that? At this point, I’m not sure. But the classes I get to take now are presenting all kinds of options as well as opportunities to expand my resume and help me figure out my strengths and weaknesses.

What’s your favorite part of campus?

I think my favorite part of campus is the energy it has. I feel it walking to class everyday, surrounded by all kinds of students. If it’s 90 degrees or -5, raining, snowing, or when it’s foggy, there is an incredible energy here at KU. I’m surrounded by Jayhawks, and that is a feeling that can’t be matched.

What would you tell your freshman self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. College is hard, and there is a huge adjustment period. Try new things.

But I think my most important thing is this, spend time on campus. Sit on the grass and watch people walking to class while you study, have lunch at the union, study at the library. BE on campus- live on campus. You’ve got four years, and there is no place like the home you will make for yourself on campus.

What is the benefit of studying in the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences?

I love studying with students that have such a variety of backgrounds. We all bring something unique to class.

 

Often times I’ll meet and hear about someone’s plans and we will be going in a similar direction with what we want to do, but taking two  different paths to get there. The chance to meet and know students in such a variety of areas of studies also allows me to investigate things I didn’t know were on option. Maybe they took a really incredible sociology class that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the diversity of passions in my classes.

What’s your best KU memory?

I think my favorite KU memory would be going to my first KU basketball game as a student. I had been to many games before then, but sitting in the middle of everything, being part of something I had admired my whole life, was an incredible experience (Plus it was my birthday). I was simply sitting in the middle of the greatest place on Earth. You think Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, you obviously haven’t been to Allenfield House.

How do you recharge your batteries?

I really like going and sitting by Potter lake. I take a book and blanket and just go and be. I can hear the activity of campus, but am in a bubble of peace and calm. It’s like nothing else.

Sunrise over Potter Lake. Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

What motivates you?

Three things:

  1. My Parents. They have worked so hard to help me to be where I am. They want to see me do my best, and I want to make them proud.
  2. My responsibility as a KU Student. I have been a diehard KU fan since the day I was born. I want to make my university proud, I want to live up to the stories I heard growing up. I want to take that walk down The Hill, and I will.
  3. Myself and my surroundings. I will sit in the library and see other students studying, working on projects, and being productive. I see them, and it inspires me to focus and do my work. It pushes me to be the best that I can. I also know that I only have four years on this campus, I want to make the most of every single moment that I have here, and, for me, that includes succeeding.

Sandra Sanchez at the Smithsonian

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:12

Hometown: I’ve moved too many times to have one!

Majors: History, Chinese language & literature; Minor: Indigenous studies

Internship title and organization:

Intern for the Program in Latino History & Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH)

What were your responsibilities during your internship?

The museum just opened a whole new wing with a focus on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds, so I am primarily working on that. I help compile various scholarship and materials for my supervisor that will be developed into curricula for k-12 U.S. history teachers. The aim of the project is to better integrate primary sources in to the classroom, and to reform traditional narratives into more inclusive and critical histories. I also interact with visitors on a daily basis with an ‘immigration cart,’ using various items that people from Latin America might bring with them to the U.S. This is an engaging way to spark conversation with the public about the history of immigration in the U.S.

An example of the ‘immigration cart’ Sandra displays in the museum to start a conversation about immigration from Latin America to the U.S.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? 

Being able to listen to the wonderful curators and scholars who are a part of the Smithsonian has really solidified my own love of research and has kept me engaged in academics this summer. If I had any doubts about continuing into higher education, they are long gone. I’ve also been inspired by how the historical research here at NMAH is translated into publicly accessible materials, and how programs like the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Asian Pacific American Center bring attention to lesser-known experiences and cultures.

A photo of Sandra Sanchez and the public engaging with an exhibit that forms part of a new wing at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History focused on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds. This photo originally appeared in an article on The Washington Post, available here.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? 

Learning about the vast collections of material available for research and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes work on object collection definitely is an invaluable experience as I look to continue my own research in graduate school. At NMAH there is a big emphasis on material culture and telling stories through objects that might not be considered important—like a lost pair of child’s tennis shoes found near the U.S.-Mexican border to illustrate one type of migration—so I can bring that focus to my own research and be as open-minded as I can be.

How did you find out about this internship?

I had signed up for the mailing list from the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships quite a while ago, and was waiting for an opportunity for a paid internship to open up. One day, I opened my inbox and I saw there were applications open for the Minority Awards Program which would fund any internship across the Smithsonian Institution. From there, I researched with whom and where I wanted to work at and then applied.

Aerial view of the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Via Wikipedia.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship?

It is imperative to start looking for possible opportunities as early as possible so that you can start preparing what criteria you might need (whether it is a class, language experience, etc.) and so you can begin planning financially (applying for scholarships or outside aid if needed.) Think of different career paths you might be interested in and look for internships in those fields. Your internship doesn’t have to be what you’re going to do for the rest of your life and often having experience through an internship will help you decide whether or not you really want to work in that field. Lastly, start asking around! Ask your professors, your mentors, advisors—anyone! There are so many great opportunities that you may or may not stumble upon alone so if you expand your network then you’ll have a wider range of options.

Why did you choose your majors/minors?

So much of what we learn about history ends in a high school U.S history textbook. These historical narratives are narrow in focus, and rarely discuss the diverse identities that are vital to understanding human experiences through history. As members of a society, we cannot hope to live together and progress if we do not examine our past and our interactions with each other, be they driven by hatred, indifference, or understanding. I’ve chosen my studies because they provide a path where I am constantly learning different perspectives and confronting my own beliefs and prejudices, as well as seeking dialogues with others. What I study is only one possible path of critical study that I hope helps me better engage in the current world and its conflicts and will allow me to reflect on my own role in it.

What do you plan to do next?

I am going into my final year and will soon be applying for PhD programs in immigration studies or transnational studies, so hopefully next year at this time I’ll be preparing to enter graduate school!

My favorite KU memory is… meeting Nora Naranjo-Morse when she came to speak at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Multi-media artist Nora Naranjo Morse delivered the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture on Feb. 9 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

The best advice I ever got: Never, ever, be afraid to ask for help.

How do you recharge your batteries? I like to eat good food and play with my cat.

What motivates you? I like to know that what I do will help people and that I can share my success—for instance, I hope that if people see this post, then there will be more KU students interning at the Smithsonian who might not have been aware of the opportunity!

Your superpower would be … Being able to speak any language.

Liberal Arts & Sciences at work: Sandra Sanchez at the Smithsonian

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:12

Hometown: I’ve moved too many times to have one!

Majors: History, Chinese language & literature; Minor: Indigenous studies

Internship title and organization:

Intern for the Program in Latino History & Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH)

What were your responsibilities during your internship?

The museum just opened a whole new wing with a focus on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds, so I am primarily working on that. I help compile various scholarship and materials for my supervisor that will be developed into curricula for k-12 U.S. history teachers. The aim of the project is to better integrate primary sources in to the classroom, and to reform traditional narratives into more inclusive and critical histories. I also interact with visitors on a daily basis with an ‘immigration cart,’ using various items that people from Latin America might bring with them to the U.S. This is an engaging way to spark conversation with the public about the history of immigration in the U.S.

An example of the ‘immigration cart’ Sandra displays in the museum to start a conversation about immigration from Latin America to the U.S.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? 

Being able to listen to the wonderful curators and scholars who are a part of the Smithsonian has really solidified my own love of research and has kept me engaged in academics this summer. If I had any doubts about continuing into higher education, they are long gone. I’ve also been inspired by how the historical research here at NMAH is translated into publicly accessible materials, and how programs like the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Asian Pacific American Center bring attention to lesser-known experiences and cultures.

A photo of Sandra Sanchez and the public engaging with an exhibit that forms part of a new wing at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History focused on how America was created by different people of different backgrounds. This photo originally appeared in an article on The Washington Post, available here.

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? 

Learning about the vast collections of material available for research and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes work on object collection definitely is an invaluable experience as I look to continue my own research in graduate school. At NMAH there is a big emphasis on material culture and telling stories through objects that might not be considered important—like a lost pair of child’s tennis shoes found near the U.S.-Mexican border to illustrate one type of migration—so I can bring that focus to my own research and be as open-minded as I can be.

How did you find out about this internship?

I had signed up for the mailing list from the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships quite a while ago, and was waiting for an opportunity for a paid internship to open up. One day, I opened my inbox and I saw there were applications open for the Minority Awards Program which would fund any internship across the Smithsonian Institution. From there, I researched with whom and where I wanted to work at and then applied.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship?

It is imperative to start looking for possible opportunities as early as possible so that you can start preparing what criteria you might need (whether it is a class, language experience, etc.) and so you can begin planning financially (applying for scholarships or outside aid if needed.) Think of different career paths you might be interested in and look for internships in those fields. Your internship doesn’t have to be what you’re going to do for the rest of your life and often having experience through an internship will help you decide whether or not you really want to work in that field. Lastly, start asking around! Ask your professors, your mentors, advisors—anyone! There are so many great opportunities that you may or may not stumble upon alone so if you expand your network then you’ll have a wider range of options.

Why did you choose your majors/minors?

So much of what we learn about history ends in a high school U.S history textbook. These historical narratives are narrow in focus, and rarely discuss the diverse identities that are vital to understanding human experiences through history. As members of a society, we cannot hope to live together and progress if we do not examine our past and our interactions with each other, be they driven by hatred, indifference, or understanding. I’ve chosen my studies because they provide a path where I am constantly learning different perspectives and confronting my own beliefs and prejudices, as well as seeking dialogues with others. What I study is only one possible path of critical study that I hope helps me better engage in the current world and its conflicts and will allow me to reflect on my own role in it.

What do you plan to do next?

I am going into my final year and will soon be applying for PhD programs in immigration studies or transnational studies, so hopefully next year at this time I’ll be preparing to enter graduate school!

My favorite KU memory is… meeting Nora Naranjo-Morse when she came to speak at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Multi-media artist Nora Naranjo Morse delivered the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture on Feb. 9 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

The best advice I ever got: Never, ever, be afraid to ask for help.

How do you recharge your batteries? I like to eat good food and play with my cat.

What motivates you? I like to know that what I do will help people and that I can share my success—for instance, I hope that if people see this post, then there will be more KU students interning at the Smithsonian who might not have been aware of the opportunity!

Your superpower would be … Being able to speak any language.

Cool Classes: Magic for Muggles

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00

Still waiting on that invitation to a certain school of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Even at KU, you can still indulge your interest in magic. The College has some recommendations for you. Check ’em out!

ENGL 203 Monsters in Literature and Film

No promises that your professor will become a mythical creature, but this class will offer a look at werewolves and other classic monsters. Find out where they came from and what they mean in literature and society.

From antiquity to present, monsters have dominated the imagination of writers and readers. Vampires, werewolves, and various other monstrous creatures appear in literature, art, and film. Students will be asked to consider such questions as: Why do we create monsters? What purpose do they serve in literature and film? How do the images of these monsters change throughout various time periods, historical contexts, and mediums? What can monsters teach us about the human body, sexuality, and identity?

ASTR 191 Contemporary Astronomy

Sorry, Harry. If you’re looking into the stars to predict your future, you won’t find divination here. But with astronomy, you can look to the stars to understand the mysteries of the universe from a scientific perspective.

The structure and evolution of the universe, from nearby planets to distant quasars, are examined. Topics include recent discoveries concerning planets, stars, pulsars and black holes as well as their evolution, the structure of the universe today and how it will be in the future.

ANTH359 Anthropology of Sex

Love potions work at Hogwarts, but for us Muggles, love isn’t that simple. Learn more about the birds and the bees from a new perspective, as the anthropology department shows you the science.

An evolutionary perspective on the behavior and biology of males and females in human society. Topics will include the evolution of sexual dimorphism, social and biological issues in human reproduction, primate social patterns, human sexual behavior and taboos, sex and social structure, and the sociobiology of sex.

ANTH484 Magic, Science and Religion

For those of us who are still waiting on that letter from Hogwarts, enroll in this class to learn how magic and wizardry fit with religion and other beliefs throughout history.

Comparative study of religion and systems of value and belief in non-Western cultures

For more #CoolCLAS recommendations follow our Twitter account: @KUCollege

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Cool Classes: Magic for Muggles

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00

Still waiting on that invitation to a certain school of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Even at KU, you can still indulge your interest in magic. The College has some recommendations for you. Check ’em out!

ENGL 203 Monsters in Literature and Film

No promises that your professor will become a mythical creature, but this class will offer a look at werewolves and other classic monsters. Find out where they came from and what they mean in literature and society.

From antiquity to present, monsters have dominated the imagination of writers and readers. Vampires, werewolves, and various other monstrous creatures appear in literature, art, and film. Students will be asked to consider such questions as: Why do we create monsters? What purpose do they serve in literature and film? How do the images of these monsters change throughout various time periods, historical contexts, and mediums? What can monsters teach us about the human body, sexuality, and identity?

ASTR 191 Contemporary Astronomy

Sorry, Harry. If you’re looking into the stars to predict your future, you won’t find divination here. But with astronomy, you can look to the stars to understand the mysteries of the universe from a scientific perspective.

The structure and evolution of the universe, from nearby planets to distant quasars, are examined. Topics include recent discoveries concerning planets, stars, pulsars and black holes as well as their evolution, the structure of the universe today and how it will be in the future.

ANTH359 Anthropology of Sex

Love potions work at Hogwarts, but for us Muggles, love isn’t that simple. Learn more about the birds and the bees from a new perspective, as the anthropology department shows you the science.

An evolutionary perspective on the behavior and biology of males and females in human society. Topics will include the evolution of sexual dimorphism, social and biological issues in human reproduction, primate social patterns, human sexual behavior and taboos, sex and social structure, and the sociobiology of sex.

ANTH484 Magic, Science and Religion

For those of us who are still waiting on that letter from Hogwarts, enroll in this class to learn how magic and wizardry fit with religion and other beliefs throughout history.

Comparative study of religion and systems of value and belief in non-Western cultures

For more #CoolCLAS recommendations follow our Twitter account: @KUCollege

Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters. 

Kathleen Meeds interns in Eutin, Germany

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:12

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Majors: English major with German and journalism minors

Why did you choose your majors/minors? I’ve always really enjoyed English and German, and I figured I would do the best studying what I have interests in. I decided to minor in journalism as well, because it is a good way to learn to apply what I’m learning in English. The more I learn about it, the more I like it.

Internship title and organization:  I was an intern at a newspaper called the Ostholsteiner Anzeiger in Eutin, Germany. Eutin is a small town in Schleswig-Holstein. It is the sister city of Lawrence.

What were your responsibilities during your internship? My responsibilities changed throughout my six weeks there. In the beginning, I spent a lot of time reading newspapers and focused on practicing my German. I got to write an “About Me” article the first week and a journal-style article every week after that about my experiences in Germany. A couple of weeks in, I started writing a “Tourist of the Day” article everyday, where I interviewed interesting tourists in Eutin about their visit. This was a great opportunity for me to practice my conversational German. Additionally, I got to go along with my coworkers and boss to a lot of interviews and events.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship? I really enjoyed seeing what I wrote in the newspaper. It was pretty cool picking up the newspaper the day after you worked on an article, and then reading it. It was like “Hey, that’s my name! I know her!”

What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future? My German really improved while I was there. Also, this was my first experience working in journalism, so I got to apply what I knew about writing already, while learning how to improve it there. Most of the tips and tricks I learned apply in English too!

Kathleen met up with KU students from the German Language Institute in Berlin, Germany.

How did you find out about this internship? Jimmy Morrison came into my German class last fall and spoke about interning in Eutin. He is a part of the German department and coordinates internships to Eutin. He said he could work with people studying in different areas, as long as they were also learning German.

What advice would you give students who are considering an internship? I would tell them that if they can do it, they should do it.

What do you plan to do next? I am in Naval ROTC, so I have two more years at KU, and then I will be in the Marine Corps.

What do you like best about studying in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU? 

My favorite KU memory is… I can’t think of a specific one, but I always love a good basketball game.

The best advice I ever got: Anytime I go anywhere, my dad tells me to have fun, but not too much fun.

How do you recharge your batteries?  I run to recharge my batteries, which sounds a little counterintuitive, but it works. It gives me a chance to clear my head, and do something physical after dealing with assignments, or other people, or whatever is bothering me that day. And it is always nice to take a break and get outside.

What motivates you? Whenever I’m working out or doing homework, I think of the tater tots I’ll eat when I’m finished.

Your superpower would be … Turning invisible would be pretty cool.

Images courtesy of Kathleen Meeds.

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