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Nov. 18, 2020

President hawkinson speaking at podium at the Alumni Plaza, with photo and flowers in the foreground

The KU community held a vigil Monday to honor graduate student Hannah Varn, who passed away last week. Several university and community representatives spoke, and a moment of silence was held to remember Hannah and honor her memory.

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Get Help When You Need Help - Students who would like to speak with a mental health counselor are reminded to call the KU Counseling Center at 610-683-4072. Students who need to speak to a counselor for mental health emergencies when the Counseling Center is not open can call Service Access and Management at 610-236-0530 or KU Public Safety at 610-683-4001.  

Completion of Face-to-Face Classes, Thanksgiving Recess, Reminder of Fall Semester Schedule - Here's the schedule for the remainder of the fall semester, with some important dates to remember.

  • Face-to-face instruction will be completed Fri. Nov. 20.
  • No classes will occur the week of Nov. 23.
  • Residence hall occupancy ends Wed. Nov. 25.
  • University offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26-27.
  • Classes will resume Mon. Nov. 30; all classes will be in a 100% online format.
  • All finals will occur online the week of Dec. 7.
  • Virtual Fall Commencement is set for Saturday, Dec. 12.
  • University operations will not change after Nov. 20, when students return home and move to online learning.

First Gen Tip - Breaks offer a great opportunity to rest, reflect, and plan ahead. Brainstorm a study schedule that will allow you to prepare for finals over break.

Health & Wellness Center Closed - Wed. Nov.  25 through Sun. 29 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. Medical and Counseling emergencies call Public Safety 610-683-4001.

Counseling and Psychological Services Closed - Mon. Nov. 23 through Sun. 29 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. Counseling emergencies call Public Safety 610-683-4001.

Shuttle Service Ends Fri. Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. - Reminder to all students: Shuttle services end at 4 p.m. this Friday.

McFarland Student Union Updated Hours - Beginning Mon. Nov 23. 8:00am- 4:30pm , Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. The MSU will be closed Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, and Dec. 25 –Jan. 1.

Print Center Has Swag - Let's recognize your graduate in a personalized way. Personalized yard signs, banners, boxes you can filled with goodies. Contact us at

Flex Dollars - A reminder that any unused flex dollars expire at the end of the academic year (May 2021). These are non-refundable if you withdraw or graduate.


Wed. Nov. 18

GoinGlobal-Searching in the US & Abroad - 2 p.m. Learn about this internship and job search tool with over 16 million listings from the U.S. and around the world.

Career Development Center Mini-Workshop Marathons - Get all the workshops you need in one place!

  • 3-4:30 p.m. Successful Interviewing 3 p.m., Internship & Job Search Strategies 3:30 p.m., Thinking About Graduate School 4 p.m.
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Successful Interviewing 6 p.m., Internship & Job Search Strategies 6:30 p.m., Thinking About Graduate School 7 p.m.
  • 6-7: 30 p.m. Soft Skills 6 p.m., Designing Your Career Path 6:30 p.m., Writing Your Resume & Cover Letter 7 p.m.

Covid-19 and Medical Geography - As part of Geography Awareness Week, the Geography Department presents a lecture by Dr. Eric D. Carter, Macalester College.

KU Stock - This event has been canceled.

Thu. Nov. 19

Germany & the Alps Summer Program Info Meeting - Please join us for information about this exciting short study summer program. 11 a.m.  Zoom link.

Mon. Nov. 23

Ireland KU Faculty-led Study Abroad 2021 - Cautiously optimistic plans are underway for a summer 2021 study abroad trip to Ireland. See website. Info meetings Mon 11/23 & Wed 12/2, 7 p.m. via zoom. 


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Be Successful Online

  • Create a good workspace
  • Know your resources
  • Stay organized
  • Create a schedule and manage time wisely
  • Seek help when needed

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