KU Students Mourn Loss of Chris Sowa Blog News 02/04/2016 Tweet KU students and staff mourn the loss of the associate director for residence life. Christopher M. Sowa died unexpectedly Friday. No cause of death has been released. Sowa started working for KU in April of 2010. During his time at KU, Sowa led the KU student housing residential curriculum and was instrumental developing partnerships for the daisy hill commons. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in the KU Memorial Union Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 5 p.m.