The KU Memorial Union celebrated its 100th anniversary of incorporation in the spring-the oldest union west of the Mississippi!
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Dear Jayhawks and Friends,
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.
Director, KU Memorial Union