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Sport, University & You - I

This Residential Learning Community brings together students living in Oliver Residence Hall, who have an interest in taking a specially designed section of UNIV 101.

Sport, University & You is a Learning Community focused on sport and society, sports careers, and the role of sports at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with sports on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that sports play in our lives. 

UNIV 101
Howard Graham, First-Year Experience

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning athletics, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Sport, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.

Photo of Howard GrahamSports have always been part of Howard Graham’s identity. At different points in his life he’s been a player, a coach, an academic counselor for KU athletes, and (of course) a fan. Growing up in Cooperstown, New York and living in Lawrence for 12 years—the national homes of baseball and basketball, respectively—have shaped how he sees and thinks about sports. Over the years, Howard’s passion for sports has led him to pursue its study from a variety of disciplines, as well as more recently to name his son after his bowling ball.




Oliver Residence Hall is located on Naismith Drive – close to Allen Fieldhouse, Hoglund Ballpark, Horejsi Family Athletics Center, and the Ambler Student Recreation and Fitness Center. On a sunny afternoon, you’ll find Oliver students studying outdoors or playing basketball and volleyball on the courts just outside the front door. Oliver Hall is home to mostly first-year students living in traditional double rooms. Also in Oliver Hall is a dining center and the O’Zone, featuring sandwiches and pizzas “to go.” Students love living in Oliver Hall for the strong community and proximity to sports and recreation.

Photo of Steven Johnson JrSteven Johnson Jr. is a first-year complex director in Oliver Hall. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree as an Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineer at Iowa State University. His master’s degree is in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Johnson was born in Kansas City, Mo., and has spent a majority of his life in the Midwest. Johnson is passionate about music and was a bassoonist for 10 years. He participated in music competitions throughout high school and was awarded the opportunity to play in Carnegie Hall in New York City.



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Oliver Residence Hall exterior

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Oliver Residence Hall room interior

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