Rising ever upward

RISING EVER UPWARD - 2021 ANNUAL REVIEW

The University of Kansas KU Memorial Union

SUPPORT THE UNION TODAY!

The KU Memorial Union celebrated its 100th anniversary of incorporation in the spring-the oldest union west of the Mississippi!

Learn how you can support the KU Memorial Union’s student programming efforts by participating in the excitement of the University of Kansas’s future by donating on One Day, One KU on February 17, 2022, the University’s 24-hour giving campaign.

To enrich our current programming dollars and help our students thrive, please consider your donation to our newly established Sue Buckley SUA Enrichment Fund. Donate to KU Endowment here.

Our Mission

To be an open and dynamic
environment where the KU community comes together for individual and collective discovery.
SUPPORT THE UNION TODAY!
David Mucci

Dear Jayhawks and Friends,


David Mucci
Director, KU Memorial Union

The Memorial Union celebrated its 100th anniversary of incorporation this spring—the oldest student union west of the Mississippi. And the institution surmounted the financial and health threats posed by the pandemic.

The past year proved our program vital to the institution—our operations continued throughout the pandemic. Hungry students were fed, classrooms provided, textbooks delivered (digital and physical).

Equally critical, the Union continued to provide needed engagement for students desperately in need of connection through SUA programs, Big Event service efforts and KJHK broadcasting/streaming. E-sports advanced with an expanded arena, extended teams and an enhanced win record.

As KU’s community center, we were able to call on so many for help—the institution providing federal relief funds, Endowment with a bridge loan and our staff with their energies and ingenuity in keeping the operation open at considerable personal risk.

We have turned the corner with a return to near normal—despite the challenges of labor shortages, supply disruptions and shifting Covid protocols. The Union program has proven resilient, necessary and adaptive as we move into our next century.

David Mucci
Director, KU Memorial Union

A year in review

Jayhawk with mask

The New "Normal"

Union business enterprises continue to serve KU, adjusting to the pandemic and the new "normal."
Back To School

Financial Stability for the Union

The Union moves toward financial stability having made drastic staff cuts and reductions to hours and services.
Alumni and Graduate

KU Alumni and Support

Alumni have always been a bedrock of Union strength and we continue to rely on their support.

Serving in the Pandemic

SUA Crafts

Student Union Activities

The Big Event

The Big Event

KJHK Tabling

KJHK Student Radio

E-Sports

New Programs Ventures

Union Corporation Board

2021-2022
Click here for a list of current Corporation Board Members
Corporation Board


What's New at the KU Memorial Union

SUE BUCKLEY TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

The Union Friends Organization has selected Sue Buckley as the first recipient of its Union Service Award at Homecoming.  This event will take place on Saturday, October 16th at 11:00am

BRENDA SELMAN ART EXHIBIT, UNION GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Brenda Selman, an accomplished painter, returns to her alma mater for a Homecoming exhibit of her recent work. A student of the legendary Robert Sudlow, Brenda creates compelling oil landscapes from her childhood home in the Kansas Flint Hills to the mountains of California. The exhibit will run…

NEW STAND Opens in Burge Union

New Stand is open in time for the fall semester. They are located on the first floor of the Burge Union, directly next to the Coffee House. This location offers a comfortable and welcoming area for students to gather between classes. The atmosphere is meant to relax and entice students throughout…

Grubhub is now available at The DeBruce Center at University of Kansas

Starting this semester, the Courtside Cafe and The CoffeeHouse at the DeBruce Center will be on the GrubHub app, making ordering meals and coffee on the KU campus a snap. All users on campus can get $3 off their first order with the promo code "NOMS." Mo

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