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July 6, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760, or Jen Humphrey, KU Endowment, (785) 832-7400.

KU Alumni Association gets new look thanks to $100K Borden family gift

LAWRENCE — The K.S. “Boots” Adams Alumni Center at the University of Kansas has received a landscaping facelift and a new plaza for outdoor events, thanks to a $100,000 gift from a former KU Alumni Association chair and his wife.

The gift from Larry J. Borden, who received a business degree in 1962 and master’s in 1967, and Nancy Borden of Colorado Springs, Colo., enabled the association to take down the old wrought-iron fence and brick pillars in front of the building. New landscaping completed in June features Knock Out roses, white birches, Prairiefire crabapples, Japanese maple and boxwood hedges. New exterior accent lighting significantly enhances the appeal of the center at night.

The area has been named the Borden Family Plaza. It was designed to complement the Docking Family Gateway under construction near the alumni center and will help mark the northern access to Jayhawk Boulevard and the campus.

“We are grateful to Larry and Nancy for their wonderful gift and their many years of loyalty as KU volunteers,” said Alumni Association President Kevin Corbett. “It’s fitting that the Bordens, who have made countless Jayhawks feel at home in Colorado, have helped create a beautiful space to welcome alumni back to campus. Larry and Nancy set the standard for KU hospitality, and we’ll continue that tradition with great events on the Borden Family Plaza.”

In 1989, the Bordens received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in honor of their volunteer service as KU ambassadors in their home community.

A longtime member of the association’s national board, Larry Borden served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2005 and helped steer the organization through a change in leadership. He is vice president and chief operating officer of Winslow Motors, a BMW dealership in Colorado Springs.

Nancy Borden is a native of Tulsa, Okla. She earned a master’s degree in French from the University of Oklahoma. She studied dance and French at the University of Colorado and taught French at a private school, the Colorado Springs School, from 1968 to 1970. The Bordens have three children.

The Bordens’ gift will be managed by KU Endowment, an independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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