Ally 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.
The University of Kansas Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Network has launched a Restaurant Partner Program, teaming with popular area restaurants to offer students a variety of food selections for upcoming network events. The restaurants featured in the program will be the exclusive provider in each cuisine category. They 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 The Salty Iguana (Mexican). 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.
The new restaurant partner program is one of many benefits offered to KU students in the Student Alumni Network, the largest student organization on campus. Other benefits include alumni networking events and career services, free food at student events, discounts at the KU Bookstore and other local and national businesses, a free mobile app, and other exclusive gifts. Membership in the Student Alumni Network is free for all KU undergraduate and graduate students, thanks to funding provided by the Alumni Association and KU Endowment.
“We are immensely grateful to these outstanding Lawrence restaurants for their support,” said Heath Peterson, Association president. “Through these partnerships, we can provide students with more programs, benefits and opportunities throughout the school year, not to mention delicious food.”
Students new to the Hill mingled with fellow Jayhawks and learned how to get involved at Hawk Fest, an annual event coordinated by the Student Alumni Network, the Office of First-Year Experience and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
More than 600 student organizations and activities were represented at the information fair, and students enjoyed plenty of freebies and giveaways including T-shirts, food and coupons.
The Student Alumni Network unveiled its new Restaurant Partner Program at the event, with five students winning gift cards and other items from the five participating restaurants. Congratulations to the lucky students:
Haley Mitchell, Papa Keno’s gift card
Emily Overton, Hot Box Cookies gift card
Alex Fesi, Bigg’s BBQ gift card
Alexandria Williams, Jefferson’s gift card
Tatum Boyer, Salty Iguana
After Hawk Fest, students headed next door to Memorial Stadium to learn how to wave the wheat, perform the fight song clap, and hear from KU celebrities and coaches.
Local personality and talk show host Mike Anderson, g’06, PhD’12, served as the evening’s emcee.
Check out the slideshows below to see pictures from both events, or visit our Flickr page. Photos may be downloaded for personal use. If you’re a current KU student, be sure to activate your Student Alumni Network membership! Download the KU Alumni app and register, or complete the activation form online.
In order to better serve the students of the University of Kansas, the KU Alumni Association’s student program is evolving from the Student Alumni Association to the Student Alumni Network.
Replacing the term “association” with “network” highlights a renewed focus on connecting KU students with the vast network of KU alumni around the world. In addition to the name change, Student Alumni Network memberships are now free for all KU degree-seeking students due to support from KU Endowment.
With the networks of over 28,000 students and 300,000 alumni around the world available, the Student Alumni Network will help students develop their own professional networks for career advice and opportunities long before they leave the Hill.
“As the largest student group and the premiere networking organization on the KU campus, the rebrand of the Student Alumni Association is a precursor to a much more robust plan to launch new programs to foster high-level career connections across industries,” Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association President, said. “The effort will include a dynamic KU alumni mentoring platform, programs featuring industry leaders across the country, new internship pipelines and job connections, enhanced career data, and new partnerships across the KU enterprise.”
In addition to these new and upcoming initiatives, traditional Student Alumni Network events such as Home Football Fridays and Finals Dinners will be offered to all students, and the Student Alumni Leadership Board will continue to serve as the student representatives of the KU Alumni Association.
To activate a student membership, simply complete the online activation form, download the KU Alumni mobile app and register, or attend any of the numerous SAN events throughout the year.