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Frequently Asked Questions


Will Alumni Reunion Weekend be virtual or in person?
Both! All university activities on Friday, Oct. 1, will be virtual, while class reunion groups will be able to meet in person on Saturday, Oct. 2. If your class year ends in 1 or 6, your Class Coordinator will be reaching out to you this summer about your class reunion event on Saturday.

Why is the programming both virtual and in person?
We want all alumni and guests to be able to participate, no matter the format. Providing both virtual and in-person options is the best way to be inclusive of all parties and to ensure a successful, safe and fun event.


How is KU Medical Center evaluating its safety protocols?
KU Medical Center continues to monitor conditions and regularly consults with public health officials. The university follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the county health departments and our clinical partner, The University of Kansas Health System.

What are the safety guidelines for the off-campus in-person class reunions?
As of June 7, all restrictions for off-campus indoor and outdoor events have been lifted. Food is allowed at these events. Event attendees are still asked to social distance as much as possible.


When will we have more information on registration?
Additional event details and complimentary registration will be available this summer. Please follow us on social media and watch for emails from the Office of Alumni Relations for more information. Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn

How will I access the virtual events? 
Once you register to attend, you will be given access to the Alumni Weekend app. All of the virtual event links are available within the app. Links will also be emailed out to registrants about 30 minutes before events begin. Most of the events are on Zoom, with one exception: the Alumni Awards Celebration will live premiere on Facebook.

How does one use Zoom?
Zoom is a user-friendly video meeting platform that is free to access. If you're not familiar with Zoom, we recommend reading the Zoom instructions.

If my class wants to have a virtual reunion event instead of in person, is there another option than Zoom to connect with former classmates?
As of now, Zoom is the only option for virtual class reunions. However, we want to expand our programming and will continue to research the most accessible options for all. If you have suggestions for additional options, please contact the Alumni Relations team at

How much does it cost to register? 
All university events on Friday, Oct. 1 are free to attend. There may be a fee to attend your class reunion event off campus. More information about your event will be available when registration opens.

Once I'm registered, how do I change or cancel my reservation?
Contact the KUMC Alumni Relations office at 913-588-1255 or to make changes to your registration or to cancel. There may be a slight delay in returning your call while most of our staff is working remotely.

What if I need special accommodations? 
To request accessibility accommodations, please contact the KUMC Alumni Relations office at 913-588-1255 or


How does a virtual Alumni Weekend impact the 2021 Alumni Awards?
Our Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during Alumni Weekend through video. As this is the highest honor our office bestows, please know we are doing everything we can to ensure this is a special experience.

How can I attend the 2021 Alumni Awards Presentation?
Our video presentation featuring the 2021 recipients will air on Facebook on Friday, Oct. 1. A formal email invitation to view the presentation will be sent to all KU Medical Center alumni prior to the awards.

How will the recipients be recognized leading up to the awards?
Our Alumni Award recipients will be recognized in full through several channels. Thus far, award recipients have been recognized via social media and other university online resources. Make sure to follow these accounts to see how they are featured leading up to Alumni Weekend on Oct. 1 and 2.

How can we congratulate the award recipients?
If you are interested in congratulating our Alumni Award recipients, we welcome that! Please send any congratulatory messages to our office at or use our Kudoboards linked below to send congratulations.

Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Alumnus: Ming Xu, PhD'11

Honorary Health Professions Alumna: Marsha Melnick, PT, PhD

Distinguished Health Professions Alumna: Alison Steiber, PhD, MS'98, I'93

Early Career Achievement in Medicine Alumna: Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD'06, R'09

Honorary Medical Alumna: Michelle Niedens, LSCSW

Distinguished Medical Alumnus: James L. Vacek, MD, MS'10

Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumna: Samantha A. Johnson, BSN'15

Honorary Nursing Alumna: Amy L. Garcia, DNP, RN, CENP

Distinguished Nursing Alumna: Gaylene (Bouska) Altman, PhD, RN, MN, BSN'67, CNS


Last modified: Jun 21, 2021