Meet the Staff: Ally Stanton

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Ally Stanton, director of student programs for the KU Alumni AssociationAlly Stanton, j’10, g’12, directs student programs for the KU Alumni Association, including advising the Student Alumni Leadership Board. Previously, she represented the KU Office of Admissions helping to recruit future Jayhawks to campus. The former KU softball student-athlete also spent time as a graduate assistant for the KU Leads program within KU Athletics where she helped advise the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and facilitated leadership programming and retreats. Ally can still be found on the ball diamond, playing slow pitch for the 2016 Lawrence Parks and Rec Co-Ed Lower League Champions, the Squids in Space.

I became a Jayhawk because…

I visited campus for a KU softball camp and the feeling I had on campus was magnetic. When I returned home to St. Louis it felt like Jayhawks were coming out of the woodwork to tell me and my family all the great things about KU. It became a no-brainer to become a Jayhawk after that.

How has KU propelled you into your current career?

When I returned to KU in a career capacity, all the people who were there for me as a student immediately became helpful colleagues and friends. Jayhawks want to help other Jayhawks regardless if they are students, graduates, faculty or staff.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Allen Fieldhouse on a non-gameday afternoon.  We occasionally had plyometric workouts in the Fieldhouse as a team, because there are lots of stairs to run up and down in that place. The lights were always off, so our only light leaked in from the windows at the top of the building, making super-dramatic shadows inside. It all felt very special and secret, and you’d forgot how much your body was just dying from the workout.

My favorite KU memory is…

Coming back to work here after spending some time away working at another institution. That first week back in Lawrence was wonderful. That feeling of ‘coming home’ was exciting and reaffirming.

My best advice for college students is…

There’s nothing on Netflix that will be as cool as any of the programming and opportunities outside the classroom that are available to you on campus. And they are mostly FREE! Go meet the KU Common Book author. Soak up the Spencer Art Museum. Attend a film screening with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Go see a speaker at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Learn more about the programs Ally is responsible for, including the Student Alumni Network and the Student Alumni Leadership Board. For information about student programs, contact her at allystanton@kualumni.org.

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