Continuing our tradition of excellence


For the first 12 years of my life, my family and I made the trip up K-10 to Lawrence for the KU football home game that was closest to my early September birthday. Afterward, we would stop at Don’s Steakhouse (still in its heyday at the time) or Vista for a celebratory meal. Now, I make the same trip daily as the new associate development director for KU Endowment, working on behalf of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Don’s and Vista are long closed, but the great traditions of KU and the warm, friendly people and comfortable surroundings of Mount Oread endure and thrive. Every day, I find myself establishing new relationships and deepening existing ones. Each conversation advances my understanding of what it means to represent the university and the esteemed School of Journalism.

Lawrence and the campus of our great alma mater are the foundation on which many of my most enduring relationships and cherished memories are based. What gives me great satisfaction is knowing that my fellow Jayhawks enjoy a similar, yet distinct, collection of KU-related reminiscences.

So that future generations have the opportunity to share in these same traditions and march toward distinction, I ask you to please consider joining the Dean’s Club. As a Dean’s Club member, your unrestricted gift of $1,000 allows Dean Ann Brill, the faculty and the students to continue their pursuit of excellence, uphold the values of the J-School, and preserve the significance of your degree. To those of you who already are Dean’s Club members or otherwise support KU and the J-School, a heartfelt thank you.

I look forward to hearing the stories of your time on campus and the years since. Together we can ensure that the legacy of the J-School and the University of Kansas continues, and we can build upon the tradition of excellence that the J-School’s namesake and Jayhawks everywhere deserve. 

Rock Chalk!

Patrick Allen (BSE ’04)
Associate Development Director
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
KU Endowment
pallen@kuendowment.org
1 (785) 832-7352