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We're Here For You

UWAA Staff 2006
UWAA Staff in Suzzallo Library. Photo by Mary Levin.
At this time of transition at the UW Alumni Association—executive director John Buller, ’69, ’71, having left us recently to become president and CEO of Tully’s Coffee—we wanted to take a moment to tell you why you should care about this place.

After all, it is your alumni association.

Think about it: for the past 117 years, the UWAA has been here to serve you as well as support the University of Washington. Over the past five years, John Buller (see the tribute to him on page 14) led us to where we are today. We’re one of the largest alumni associations in the nation (with nearly 50,000 members) and we provide you with member benefits that save you money, opportunities to enjoy lifelong learning opportunities, and events that keep you connected to your old classmates, department or school. We also provide you lots of ways to just have fun and show your Husky pride.

But what, exactly, is the UWAA?

We are a non-profit organization that is closely affiliated with the UW. We have a $5 million annual budget and 35 hard-working, fun-loving employees who are headquartered in the brown building on the corner of N.E. 45th Street and 15th Avenue N.E., across the street from campus.
Our mission is simple: to reach, connect and celebrate alumni and friends of the University of Washington, and to support the University’s mission.

Which means: we are here to serve you.

We want you to stay connected to this place. We want you to take advantage of everything you have available to you, from free lectures by the UW’s world-class faculty to a free UW Libraries borrower’s card (for UWAA members) to being able to give back, signing up for a trip with UW Alumni Tours or perhaps helping a student find out about careers as a Husky Career Connections Network volunteer.

Even if you classroom days are behind you, we want you to feel that strong sense of belonging to the UW. Of course, we happen to feel that the best way to maintain that is to become a member of the UWAA. (And we’ll say it again—if you take advantage of even just a few benefits, you will more than make up for the $50 membership fee in no time.)

The other message we have for you is that no matter who leads the UWAA—we are handling things while a nationwide search is under way for a new executive director—the alumni association is always striving to make this place relevant to you.

That’s what our staff is dedicated to. That’s what our legion of passionate volunteers take time out of their busy lives for.

That’s why we are proud to bring you the kinds of things that matter to you, such as the 8th Annual Career Discovery Week (Jan. 22-27) and our 3rd Annual Washington Weekend (April 26-28).
We want you to feel passionate about the UW. We want you to show your Husky pride by becoming a member of the UWAA. We want you to come back to campus and take part in an event. After all, you’re family.

Looking ahead, we have our usual long list of great things in store for you—the History Lecture Series beginning in January, for instance—but we will never overlook one thing: we are here for you.

Sue Brockmann, ’72, Paul Rucker, ’95, ’02
Interim Co-Executive Directors