Executive Team

Executive Director: Mikayla Leader, Junior majoring in mathematics while completing a teaching certificate

Director of Finance and Partnerships: Kalee Probasco,  Junior, majoring in English with Communications Minor

Director of Marketing and Engagement: Ellie Vandewater, Junior, majoring in Computer Science

Programming Committees

Friday Night Programming:

Coordinators: Donna Doung, Freshman majoring in Pre-Nursing and Aylar Atadurdyyeva, Junior majoring in Biochemistry, Global and International Studies, and Political Science

  • This committee plans events at the Studio on Daisy Hill to provide consistent events aimed at engaging the residential community
  • Meet regularly with related KU Dining staff, seeking to increase knowledge of their services and sales in their space

Daytime Events:

Coordinator: Breuana Duval, Freshman in Pre-health professions

Assistant Coordinators: Carlie Clary, Sophomore, majoring in social work and Ahmad Ashar, Freshman, Majoring in Mechanical Engineering

  • Committee’s mission is to activate the buildings owned and operated by the KU Memorial Union Corporation with significant emphasis on the Kansas Union
  • These events should encourage students to enjoy a daybreak and spend time in the space.
  • Expected to regularly communicate with KU Dining, KU Bookstore, and Event Services to collaborate as able

Kansas Union Gallery:

Coordinator: Mary Bisbee, Senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in public policy

Intern: Cody Murray, Senior majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics

  • This committee maintains the operations of the Kansas Union
    Gallery, showcasing a variety of local, regional, and national talent and engaging KU students with the displayed art
  • Works with the School of Visual Arts in the spring semester to host Senior Solo Shows in order to provide graduating visual arts majors with the unique opportunity to host a solo show

Large Entertainment: 

Coordinator: Brendan Falen, Junior majoring in Strategic Communications

  • The main objective of the Entertainment Committee is to provide a diverse selection of music, comedic, and popular culture related entertainment, ranging from local and regional talent to nationally recognized acts
Administrative Team

Recruitment and Retention:

Coordinator: Hayden Walls, Freshman majoring in Human Biology

  • Responsible for planning and executing a year-round membership drive through marketing efforts and outreach to campus organizations and departments.
  • Responsible for building a strong overall membership with adequate members on all committees.
  • Responsible for the communication of member expectations before a new member joins the organization.Responsible for providing adequate training for all members through a new member engagement program and on-going retreats, workshops, and opportunities.
  • Has on-going communication of member responsibilities, expectations, and opportunities.
  • Coordinates and facilitates outside workshops, training, and conference opportunities.

Communications:

Co-Coordinators: Kayleen To, Freshman majoring in business Management and Leadership and Finance and Thanh Nguyen, Freshman majoring in Business Analytics

  • Working with Director for all areas of event and organization promotion including management of social media accounts, ensuring fliers are produced and distributed as needed, newsletters, and creative promotional activities.
  • Liaison with the Kansas Union Marketing Department for cross-promotional opportunities.
  • Stay current on trends and best practices in marketing.

Development and Partnerships:

Coordinator: Wes Pittack, Sophomore majoring in Psychology and Business

  • Identify opportunities within SUA operations and events for sponsorship
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of potential and current donors
  • Communicate with potential and current donors to secure additional organization resources
  • Mindful attention to diversifying the offerings of SUA by ensuring current partners increase SUA’s ability to provide diverse and inclusionary events throughout the course of the year
  • Keep a record of all SUA cosponsorship agreements
  • Ensure that committees are aware of all partnerships and cosponsorships
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of potential and current partnerships and cosponsorships

Assessment:

Coordinator: Whitney Estes, Senior majoring in Supply Chain Management

  • Manage the collection of SUA event attendee data through channels such as paper and digital surveys and Rock Chalk Central
  • Work with Director of Marketing and Engagement to solicit feedback and opinions from current student body to inform future event decisions.
  • Provide a weekly update on data trends to the full membership
  • Prepare quarterly reports on data in relation to student organizational goals and needs