KU’s Student Alumni Network expands Restaurant Partner Program

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in News

Students at Home Football Friday sponsored by Truity Credit Union | Restaurant Partner Program
Eight Lawrence restaurants will participate in the KU Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Network Restaurant Partner Program, which offers students a variety of food selections for network events and activities throughout the academic year. The restaurants featured in the program are the exclusive provider in each cuisine category.

Returning as partners for the third consecutive year are Bigg’s BBQ (barbecue), Hot Box Cookies (dessert), Jefferson’s Restaurant (burgers and wings), McAlister’s Deli (sandwiches), Papa Keno’s Pizzeria (pizza) and Salty Iguana (Mexican). Hy-Vee supermarkets, with two locations in Lawrence, return for the second consecutive year as the exclusive grocery store partner. New this year is Merchants Pub & Plate, which is the official farm-to-table food provider. Students also will be able to win gift cards and receive discounts, special offers and giveaways from each of the restaurant partners at Student Alumni Network events and through the network’s social media channels.

Since its inception in 2017, the Restaurant Partner Program has helped increase membership in the Student Alumni Network from 1,400 students to nearly 6,000 this year, making it the largest student alumni organization on campus and in the Big 12 Conference. The program is one of many benefits offered to SAN members, along with access to the Jayhawk Career Network, which includes an online mentoring platform and networking events; discounts with local and national businesses; a free mobile app; and other exclusive gifts. Membership in SAN is free for all KU undergraduate and graduate students, thanks to funding provided by the Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continuous support of our current restaurant partners, and we welcome the addition of Merchants Pub & Plate as our newest food provider,” said Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, Association president. “These partnerships have been invaluable in helping us strengthen our connection with KU students, and we’re excited to expand our range of programs, services and food offerings for Jayhawks this year.”

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