2013 is almost done—we have the cold dark days to prove it. Nothing sparks reflection like a year's end. And, what a year for me—I have a fancy new title and a big job: to build a network more than 40,000 Seawolves strong across the world. I've asked you to join us (alumni relations certainly can't do it on our own).
The UAA Alumni Association now belongs to all alumni without dues, restrictions or expirations. In the years to come, it will be what we have started to make it today. We are growing chapters and clubs specific to your interests, like geography (hello, Houston Seawolves!), academics (engineering alumni, way to hit the ground running!) and special interests (student-athlete alumni, are you reading this?).
We are hosting special events like the Green and Gold Gala, which raised more than $100,000 in donations and pledges for student scholarships this year. And, we are building a home for ourselves in the heart of campus. The Alumni Center in the UAA/APU Consortium Library will open in winter 2014 as a venue to hold meetings, gatherings and events.
2014 will also see the release of our first alumni magazine—with you, not other community leaders, industry or elected officials—as the only target audience in mind. All of this is being done with you, not for you, as an increasing number of alumni leaders join councils, advisory groups and boards.
To all the alumni who have participated in this change—a heartfelt thank you. To all of the alumni reading this, a challenge—join us in 2014 to continue reshaping alumni relations at our alma mater. We can have a big year together.
Rachel Morse, M.B.A. '08
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations