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The start of the academic year is a time of renewal. As we welcome new students, faculty and staff to the University of Kansas, we’re also welcoming new ideas, energy and perspectives to our community of scholars.
During her remarks to the university's 148th Opening Convocation, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new Jayhawks and connected the themes of this year's Common Book with the expectations the university has for its students.
A few weeks ago we celebrated Commencement, concluding an academic year that has seen the University of Kansas take big strides toward achieving our bold aspirations. We’re poised to continue that progress, but first I must update you on the latest round of state budget cuts.
Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law. Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years.
Chancellor Gray-Little concluded the 2013 Commencement ceremony with the traditional farewell to the graduating class, discussing what it means to be a Jayhawk.
Chancellor Gray-Little participated in a panel entitled "Enabling Breakthroughs in Sustainability Science" organized by the Council for Scientific Society Presidents. During her remarks, she focused on the need for better communication about the benefits of the various sustainability-related projects underway around the world.
Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed the attendees of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes 2013 Annual Meeting during remarks at The Commons.