Meet the Staff: Keon Stowers

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in Campus News, Career/Life, and News

Keon Stowers, assistant director of student programs, KU Alumni AssociationKeon Stowers, c’15, assists with student programs for the KU Alumni Association, including advising the Student Alumni Leadership Board. Previously, he represented the KU Office of Admissions helping to recruit first generation and underrepresented students to campus. Keon served as a two-time team captain for KU Football and was featured on Big 12’s Champions for Life series. When Keon isn’t spending time with his beautiful family, he can be found manning the BBQ pit.

I became a Jayhawk because…

When I first got a call from KU I actually had to look on the United States map to find where Kansas was. But after visiting KU for my official recruitment visit, I fell in love with the people. Most importantly, I fell in love with this school and everything the Jayhawk stands for. Now I get the honor of raising two little Jayhawks!

How has KU propelled you into your current career?

After graduating and moving home for a year I returned to KU seeking job opportunities, and that’s where I found an opportunity to work in our Office of Admissions as a recruiter. During my time there I learned so much more about the university and what we have to offer here. I truly believe that my past experience working in the office of admissions has given me great insight on my new role here as Assistant Director of Student Programs.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Having lunch at the Market in the Union. It gives the perfect view of Memorial Stadium on a beautiful Lawrence day!

Kansas football players

My favorite KU memory is…

Snapping the horrible Big 12 losing streak against WVU and celebrating with the student section as they rushed the field. It was only our second win that season but it was our Super Bowl and I’ll never forget that game and the euphoric feeling of celebrating with my peers.

My best advice for college students is…

Get involved on campus early. KU has more than 600 student clubs and organizations, pick one and join. That way, you have an immediate cohort of friends to lean on when college gets tough. Also, it gives you a chance to build relationships and build your network for professional opportunities after you walk the hill.

Learn more about the programs Keon works on, including the Student Alumni Network and the Student Alumni Leadership Board. For more information about student programs, contact him at kstowers@kualumni.org

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Meet the Staff: Ally Stanton

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Campus News, Career/Life, 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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KU Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Network partners with local restaurants for events

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in Campus News, Career/Life, and News

Student Alumni Network Restaurant Partner Program

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.”

For more information on the program, visit kualumni.org/restaurant.

Student Alumni Network Restaurant Partner Program

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New students learn about KU at Hawk Fest, Traditions Night

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Campus News, Career/Life, and News

Hawk Fest 2017

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.

Hawk Fest 2017

Traditions Night 2017

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KU Alumni Association student programs evolve to Student Alumni Network

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Campus News, Career/Life, and News

Students with Baby Jay at Hawk Fest
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.Student Alumni Network logo

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.

To learn more about the Student Alumni Network, visit our website.

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