Rising ever upward


The University of Kansas KU Memorial Union


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.
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


New Programs Ventures

Union Corporation Board

Click here for a list of current Corporation Board Members
Corporation Board

What's New at the KU Memorial Union

Ascher Dedication Statue Unveiling

Ascher Dedication Statue Unveiling September 23, 2022– LAWRENCE, KAN: The KU Memorial Union will host an unveiling ceremony for the newest Asher Family Plaza Statue at 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2022 on Asher Family Plaza.


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

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

University of Kansas Memorial Corporation celebrates 100 anniversary

Over 100 years, ago on May 10, 1921, a group met for the first time on The University of Kansas campus to discuss the construction of what would ultimately become a student union -- the home to a number of student groups, Student Senate chambers, and ultimately a "home away from home" for all Jay

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