Former Kansas basketball players Jeff Hawkins, c’06, and Jeremy Case, c’07, along with assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, rappelled down a seven-story building in downtown Lawrence this weekend.
They went “over the edge” to support Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Read more here, and look for coverage in issue No. 5 of Kansas Alumni magazine.
The largest higher education fundraising effort to date in the state, Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, raised $1.66 billion, far exceeding its $1.2 billion goal, according to KU Endowment. The campaign, which ended June 30, boosted student support, faculty, facilities and programs at the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.
Among the campaign’s notable accomplishments were 735 new scholarships and fellowships, 53 new professorships and 16 new buildings or major renovations. Others included achieving National Cancer Institute designation and strengthening a wide range of pioneering academic and research programs.
Fundraising for the campaign began in July 2008, in the middle of the Great Recession, and it had a public kickoff in April 2012. More than 131,000 donors—49 percent of them new donors—from all 50 states and 59 countries made gifts.
“The success of Far Above is a testament to the confidence our alumni and friends have in KU,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Every gift sent a message that our donors want to elevate KU to greater heights. Their generosity touched virtually every aspect of the university by funding new facilities, supporting future leaders and enabling our faculty to push the bounds of discovery.”
Read the full announcement from KU Endowment.
More info about Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas at farabove.org.
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