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KU & You

Friday, September 30, 2022

We’ll have a day of programming with behind-the-scenes tours and on-campus experiences between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. followed by an interactive, open-house style event from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

KU & You Main Event

6-8:30 p.m.

Burge Union, Lawrence Campus

 Join us for an insider’s evening with some of KU’s most innovative classrooms, research labs and performances. Interact with KU students and faculty to learn about the latest drug discoveries, cybersecurity advances, Metaversity virtual learning and how to become a rock sleuth. Enjoy food and refreshments with fellow Jayhawks while experiencing all this—and more—in an interactive, open-house style event!

6:45 p.m.

Remarks from KU Endowment President Dan Martin and Chancellor Douglas Girod.

Daytime Activities

10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Various Campuses

Register for daytime activities early as capacity is limited. Please note the time and location of each event before selecting as some may occur at conflicting times.

Lawence Campus

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory

Join Andy Fry, Ph.D., Director, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, and his team to have a firsthand and hands-on look at his state-of-the-art laboratory used for sports research. What enables basketball players to jump higher, run faster and shoot more accurately? Where should rowers be seated and arms be positioned to ensure a winning rowing team? Which tools and metrics keep football players healthy and enhance on-field strength? How do body alignment and asymmetries affect athletic performance? Why are the first two steps so integral to sprinting success? And more!

Can’t be combined with School of Journalism a due to time conflict.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

School of Journalism

Come see where the magic happens! The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites you to see what the next generation of media experts are producing. The Studio is KU’s own storytelling studio. Let’s capture you being interviewed on camera while the green screen puts you in recognizable KU (and beyond) locations. Tour the studio, hear testimonials from students while they are working, and stay to watch the Playmakers production live at noon.

(Guests may stay and watch the 11:30-noon prep for Playmakers and then observe Playmakers being produced live from noon-1:00 if they desire.)

Can’t be combined with Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory due to a time conflict.


1:00-2:00 p.m.

Spencer Museum of Art

Experience the Spencer Museum of Art’s freshly renovated and reimagined collection galleries and the all-new Lee Study Center before they open to the public later this fall. Project leaders from across the museum will take you through the installation-in-progress, highlighting new ways of engaging with art, ideas and experience, and how the renovation and reinstallation supports interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research.

Can’t be combined with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center due to a time conflict.


2:00-3:00 p.m.

Memorial Campanile

The bells of the Memorial Campanile ring inside every Jayhawk’s heart, and this tour gives you the opportunity to play them. Join us to journey up the winding staircase for a memorable trip inside KU’s most distinguished landmark and experience the melodic sounds of the carillon firsthand.

Can’t be combined with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center due to a time conflict.

KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Join Dr. Jeff Burns, co-director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Kansas and the team for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Institute on Aging-designated center. Participants will have a chance to learn about research programs that help investigators learn more about dementia risks, opportunities for investigational memory treatments, as well as educational classes and workshops promoting a brain healthy lifestyle. There are life-changing ways you can help the scientific community discover more about memory and aging in the fight against dementia. It’s time to THINK BEYOND with the Brain Health Initiative.

This tour is in Kansas City and can’t be combined with the Spencer Museum of Art or Memorial Campanile due to a time conflict.


The dress for all events is business casual.


Parking Information

Parking information for all activities will be sent via email prior to the event.


Book Your Hotel

Blocks of rooms are reserved under KU Endowment. Please make your reservation soon. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.


Best Western Plus West Lawrence

6101 Rock Chalk Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049


King $139

Dbl Queen $139

Drop Date 09/12/22

Booking Link


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lawrence

3411 S.W. Iowa, Lawrence KS 66046


King $109

Dbl Queen $109

Drop Date 09/15/22

Booking Link


Tru by Hilton Lawrence

510 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049


2 night minimum (Fri/Sat)

King $214

Dbl Queen $219

Drop Date 09/09/22

Booking Link


Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Olathe West

10360 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe, KS 66061


King $125

Dbl Queen w/sofa $145

Dbl Queen $135

Drop Date 09/09/22

Booking Link


Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Olathe

10574 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe, KS 66061


King $130

King w/sofa $135

Dbl Queen $140

Drop Date 09/09/22

Booking Link



Call 1-800-330-5832


Information about KU Homecoming

September 26–October 1

Visit the KU Alumni Association’s website to learn about KU’s Homecoming activities.

If you are interested in attending the Homecoming football game on Saturday, you can purchase football tickets through KU Athletics’ website.

You’re invited to help us create a future where students have uncommon educational experiences, researchers make life-affirming discoveries, and together, we change the world for the better. Ever Onward we go into a future of infinite possibilities.