Samira Sayeh

Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French and Italian, specializes in Francophone literature and culture and the history of countries other than France that speak the language. Read More

Welcome to the new Oread

New layout, features highlight site

Welcome to the new Online Oread. This marks the first time in the Oread’s 33-year history that an issue has been published exclusively online.

We announced last month that we would discontinue print versions of the Oread to save money in these difficult financial times, as well as to reduce our environmental impact. Although we’re sad to see the print issue go, we look at this as an opportunity. In our new online-only format, we have new features, more user-friendly navigation and more opportunities to present multimedia content.

Take a look over the site; you’ll see video clips about KU professors presenting their movie at the Sundance Film Festival and the first installment of Professor Profiles, a new feature that will highlight the research, teaching and service conducted by KU’s world-class faculty.

The news and features you’ve come to expect will remain. The news will focus first and foremost on issues that matter to KU faculty and staff. Features such as KU People, Kudos, Bookshelf and Web Works will showcase the people, departments and accomplishments that make KU a unique place to work.

The site may look different, but the mission of the publication is the same. As always, we welcome feedback from our readers. Contact Editor Mike Krings at or 864-8860 to let us know what you like and don’t like about Oread’s new presentation, how we can serve you better and ideas for stories. Thanks for reading.

Employees urged to register e-mail addresses

As Oread transitions to an online-only publication, it is striving to reach all employees and as many interested readers as possible. E-mail will continue to be one of the primary means of notifying faculty and staff of new issues. Many KU employees assume they have a registered e-mail address. However, nearly 4 percent of faculty and staff do not have registered e-mail addresses. The figure is more than 20 percent among employees of affiliated corporations.

Employees who use a KU Exchange e-mail have a registered e-mail address. Those who use an external e-mail address should verify that their address is registered to ensure they receive KU mailings such as the Oread.

To make sure they have a registered e-mail address, employees should go to Employees will need to enter their username and password to log in. If the page shows an e-mail address after “Your e-mail address,” the individual is registered. If no address is displayed, individuals should click on “Continue – Add or change services” button and enter the e-mail address they wish to register. If any problems are encountered, contact the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080.

Oread staff encourages everyone to make sure their e-mail accounts are registered so official KU news can continue to reach as many employees as possible.

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