Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • M. F. Amrine, warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing, brought his thirty-piece prison band to Mount Oread for a convocation. The band played several classical numbers and then Amrine gave a short talk, explaining the Kansas prison system and the attitude of prisoners toward it.
  • KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Paul B. Lawson notes, “The rather definite impression is gained down through the years that the leaders in their fields have been rather steadily leaving the University of Kansas for other institutions.”

  • Sophomore tailback Gale Sayers sets a new KU and Big Eight Conference record by rushing for 283 yards against a porous Oklahoma State defense.

  • The Jayhawk drawn by student Henry Maloy, generally considered the first formal KU mascot caricature to win widespread acceptance, makes its debut during the first year of the University Daily Kansan's existence.

  • Beginning as the Intensive English Center, the Applied English Center celebrates 50 years of assisting international students adapt to an American university.


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