All the world's a stage for Kansas University's fund-raising efforts.
Chancellor Robert Hemenway and an entourage of KU officials this week are in London to meet with British alumni and donors. The events include one-on-one meetings and a reception at the Globe Theatre where William Shakespeare staged plays.
Jennifer Sanner, senior vice president for communications at the KU Alumni Association, said about 300 alumni live in Great Britain.
"There seems to be a heightened interest in international alumni, and these kinds of meetings help bring people together and help us connect with alumni who we might not have seen or heard of in many years," Sanner said.
Several hundred alumni and donors were expected Thursday night at the Globe Theatre for a reception and tour, KU spokesman Todd Cohen said.
In addition to Hemenway, KU's international contingent includes Provost David Shulenburger; Diana Carlin, dean of the graduate school and international programs; Kirk Cerny, the Alumni Association's senior vice president for membership services; Vicky Henley, a development director for the KU Endowment Association; and Jeff Weinberg, assistant to Hemenway.
"That's what makes it special for everyone involved because you really get a broad representation," Sanner said. "I'm sure for the alumni over there, that's quite a lineup of Jayhawks. This is really neat."
Cohen said the first four days of Hemenway's trip which began Saturday were considered private vacation that Hemenway paid for. The rest of the trip, until he returns Tuesday to Lawrence, includes meetings and is being funded by the KU Endowment Association.
Cohen said Shulenburger already was in England vacationing with his wife. The other trips were funded by the Endowment Association.
"It's not public (money)," Cohen said. "It's using private funds to raise more private funds."
Although it's unusual to have that many KU officials overseas at once, Sanner said international meetings weren't unusual. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, five such trips occurred.