Husky pride

Connecting beyond Seattle

While the majority of the UW Alumni Association’s events take place on the University’s three campuses, UWAA also produces a line-up of signature events designed to engage with alumni all-over. No matter where we travel, one thing remains the same: a strong sense of Husky pride!


Students visit Pinterest on the Bay Area Career Trek.

A new take on Spring Break. Begun as a pilot program in Spring 2016, UWAA’s Career Treks allow students to explore a city and its job opportunities with a little help from the Huskies who live there. A typical trek includes visits to a wide range of businesses and organizations, social networking opportunities and of course — a few famous sights along the way. Students must apply for the program, and itineraries are created to match their interests while challenging what their careers can be. Alumni hosts enjoy the opportunity to connect with their alma mater in a real way. Past Career Treks have included the Bay Area (Spring ’16, ’17); Portland (Fall ’16); and Washington, D.C. (Spring ’17). Read more about our Spring Break 2017 trips.


Destination sunshine. A time-honored Southern California tradition, Dawg Days in the Desert brings University leaders and Husky alumni together in March for a series of events sponsored by various social groups and colleges. UWAA was proud to lend its support to two of the celebration’s signature events: the Desert Scholarship Luncheon and Chow Down to Washington. Thousands of alumni were served over the course of two weeks and no one was having more fun that UW President Ana Mari Cauce — and we have the pictures to prove it.


Walla Walla Wine Weekenders enjoy each other’s company.

Beyond the I-5 Corridor. Since the 2015 opening of the UW Spokane Center, UWAA has played an active role in strengthening UW ties with alumni in central and eastern Washington. Our quarterly 509 e-newsletter provides alumni in the area with a timely mix of campus news, event updates and alumni profiles. (Have information to share or want to subscribe? Contact editor Karen Chilcote at

Third quarter saw the UWAA team road-tripping east for a number of events designed to bring the Husky community together. In February, Husky Socials were held at local breweries in Yakima and Spokane, while March’s Walla Walla Wine Weekend appealed to alumni from both sides of the mountain. See photos and learn more here and keep an eye out for more summer activities, including Spokane’s new student reception, Welcome to Washington; family-friendly Husky Socials in the Tri-Cities and Yakima; and UW Night at the Spokane Indians.