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Collaborative KU spirit welcomes Jayhawks home

April 21, 2023

In 2019, KU alumnus Keon Stowers joined the KU Endowment development team, immediately adding his philanthropic spirit to the momentum of the Jayhawk Welcome Center project. “This space will connect past, present and future Jayhawks through state-of-the-art technology and innovative storytelling exhibits,” Keon said. “I think every Jayhawk will be proud of this space and what it provides to the holistic mission of KU.”

Together, the newly renovated Adams Alumni Center and Jayhawk Welcome Center create unique opportunities for campus visits by leveraging an impressive glimpse of campus life through highly personalized and engaging virtual exhibits. Aiding in recruitment, the centers also provide space for current and past alumni to hold community events and meetings.

Funded entirely through private gifts to KU Endowment, the $29.4 million project includes 30,000 square feet of new space. Upon seeing the project complete, Keon summed up how it felt to see this project to its completion in one word — fulfilling. “It takes one second to walk inside the Welcome Center to realize its potential and witness the impact it is already making on our prospective students and families,” he said. “Seeing the project complete and beginning to leave its mark on campus has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career at KU Endowment.”

Appreciative of the collaborative nature of the project from donors to campus partners, Keon acknowledged what a truly special and monumental accomplishment this is for the University of Kansas.

A tour of this unique space is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. For more information on the Jayhawk Welcome Center, including space reservations, visit

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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