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Frequently Asked Questions


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 is the current campus visitor recommendation?
The KU Medical Center policies regarding campus visitation will not be reevaluated until August 2021. Visitors and guests are being limited on campus to protect employees, students and the visitors themselves.

Everyone should be vaccinated by the time of the reunion, so wouldn't it be safe to connect in person?
While vaccines are encouraged among campus community members, they are not required. Therefore, following the pillars of infection control continues to be critically important. Moreover, the transmission of the virus is still possible amongst vaccinated persons.

Can we just use social distancing and wear masks or go outside?
The University does not have enough space to accommodate the distancing and occupancy requirements for an in-person event the size of Alumni Weekend. A virtual format serves as the best option of being inclusive of all parties and remains the most effective way to keep our alumni and guests safe. 


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 be a 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.

How much does it cost to register? 
Alumni Weekend is free to attend! Virtual events are less expensive to produce than in-person events, so we are passing these savings along to you.

Once I'm registered, how to I make a change or cancel? 
Contact the KUMC Alumni Relations office at 913-588-1255 or to make changes to your registration or 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


Are we allowed to plan our own activities using KU Medical Center-provided alumni contact information?
The Alumni Relations office is unable to support any events organized by alumni. We understand our alumni are eager to connect after the circumstances of the past year and a half. However, our office does not have the resources to assist with these events. The KUMC Alumni Association considers our alumni's privacy with the utmost importance. Please note that any individual who has access to alumni contact information should have signed our release of information policy. We consider your personal information private information and are committed to its protection.

Is there another option than Zoom to connect with former classmates?
As of now, Zoom is the only option for 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 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: Apr 28, 2021