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Dec 13, 2013


The Daily Brief


Photo: Front row: Anthropology seniors Brooke Ann Coco (l) and Michelle Mecham (r)
with Anthropology faculty Jennifer Schlegel and Kim Shively in the Windy City.

Hearty congratulations to Anthropology majors Brooke Ann Coco and Michelle Mecham who presented their original research at the 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago from November 20-24. Brooke Ann presented a poster, "Beating the Odds: An Ethnographic Study of Women in Percussion" during a session sponsored by the National Association of Student Anthropologists. Michelle presented a paper, "Alpacas in Pennsylvania: Their Connections to Alpaca Owners of South America" in a session entitled "Agricultural Identities" reviewed by the Culture and Agriculture society. This is the first time in the institutional memory of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology that anthropology students have presented at this national conference.

Jennifer Schlegel, PhD


After very careful consideration, we will be holding Winter Commencement on Saturday as planned. Saturday morning's weather forecast is calling for some snow, with heavier snow --- as well as other forms of precipitation --- predicted for later Saturday, continuing possibly into Sunday morning. Based on this information, it is felt that moving forward with the ceremony on Saturday, as originally scheduled, is the best option.


As always, we encourage everyone to please put their personal safety first and foremost. Please make a decision you are most comfortable with regarding attendance on Saturday.


If you have family members and/or friends that are concerned about weather conditions, please let them know about this decision so they may plan ahead. Also, please let them know that the ceremony will be televised live locally on KUTV, and webcast at the following address, in the event they do not attend in person:


Thank you and congratulations to the KU class of 2013.

Robert T. Watrous, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students



Rohrbach Reminders:  Happy End of the Semester!!! Here are a few reminders from your friendly librarians:

•·         The librarians do not have contracts for the 2014 Winter Session. If you need something for a Winter course, please ASK NOW!

•·         The fall issue of the Rohrbach Library Newsletter can be found at: Read it to find out what changes are coming to LexisNexis, what's new with the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other information about your library.

•·         If you know when you want to have a librarian teach your class about research or other Information literacy topics for Spring 2014, reserve the date and time ASAP. We have an online instruction request form located at

Karen J. Wanamaker, assistant professor, librarian, Rohrbach Library



HOLIDAY BOXES are to be dropped off to the Community Outreach Center by Monday, Dec. 16!   We welcome all faculty, staff, departments, student groups, offices, and families to fill a box for Friend Inc Food Bank. A list of the items can be found in the Community Outreach Center MyKU page under documents. Please use this link: . Thank you.

Jerry W. Schearer, associate dean, Inclusion and Outreach






Chronicle of Higher Education now available to all - Because you want to stay in touch with breaking news in higher education during the Winter Break, your friendly neighborhood Rohrbach Library has you covered: The Chronicle of Higher Education is now yours to read from anywhere on the interwebs!

Access it via our website and you'll get the whole pile, back to 1970. So why not take a stroll down memory lane with an article like, "Separated at Birth?" (Nov. 4, 2005) and chortle over how the University of Kansas paid more than $70,000 more than we did for the same dang logo. Good times!  

Rohrbach Library -



Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. IUP, Keystone Arena                Live Stats             Live Audio          

Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. IUP, Keystone Arena       Live Stats             Live Audio