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This Week in KU History

  • The "Student Union Book Store" on level two of the Kansas Union begins operations. The store immediately begins offering the Union additional cash-flow for operations. One of the first accomplishments of the store was the purchase of the "Happy Jayhawk" design from student Hal Sandy. The logo is now recognizable world-wide.
  • The building known as the Fowler Shops is re-named Flint Hall in honor of longtime journalism professor Leon “Daddy” Flint. The building will be renamed Stauffer-Flint Hall on this day in 1983 to honor Oscar Stauffer, a KU grad who worked for Wm. Allen White and founded Stauffer Communications.

  • This week represents the 21st anniversary of the lightning strike that took Hoch Auditorium.

    Hoch had been used for so many things... enrollment, basketball games, theatre productions, Rock Chalk Revue and much more!  Before Allen Fieldhouse and before the Lied Center, Hoch was the facility used for major events.
  • The Summer Olympics are just around the corner (opening ceremonies on Friday, July 27th), but before we make the leap to London, KUHistory.com looks back 80 years to the Olympics of 1932.


  • The on-location filming in Kansas for the film "Picnic" was completed. The movie was based on KU alum William Inge's play.

KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times