As thousands of ’Hoos came together this spring to watch our men’s basketball team become national champions, I was delighted to see us all connecting and celebrating together in Minneapolis, Charlottesville, and around the world. Thank you to Coach Tony Bennett and his team for representing our University so well and shining a light on our UVA family. Thanks as well to our Alumni Association social media guru Molly Grieco (Col ’13). Molly captained our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence during the games, helping our #uvaalumni all join together in this exciting moment.
The Alumni Association also hosted a successful Black Alumni Weekend this April, which happened to coincide with the Final Four. Alumni gathered to watch the UVA vs. Auburn game together, as well as to connect over seminars and social gatherings. As we head into summer, class reunions are in full swing as well. Our Alumni Association’s Engagement team leads these programs to strengthen bonds on and beyond Grounds. Whether supporting student and alumni leaders, planning events, kicking off our new virtual Corner Book Club or funding student initiatives, we connect alumni to UVA and each other over a lifetime.
And speaking of students, please join me in congratulating our newest alumni—the Class of 2019—and welcoming them to our UVA alumni family. I would especially like to recognize our Alumni Association interns who graduated this May: Emily Branch (Batten ’19), Chi Chan (Col ’19), Rachel Clark (Col ’19), Carly Feyerabend (Col ’19), Alana Herran (Educ ’19), Wendy Pendleton (Col ’19), Will Rimer (Engr ’19), Amelia-Rose Scarpulla (Educ ’19), Jamison Spinner (Col ’19) and Austin Widner (Col ’19). With our eyes on the future, we can’t wait to see what these new alumni will do next.
Jenifer G. Andrasko (Darden ’10)
President & CEO, UVA Alumni Association
With our eyes on connecting…
The Alumni Association is all about meaningful moments, connecting alumni with each other and the University over a lifetime. Many alums know our programs like Reunions, Black Alumni Weekend, and Young Alumni Reunions—but we’re also building student and young alumni leaders through student Class Councils, the Trustee program, and Young Alumni Council. And we’re developing new programs to give our alumni opportunities to engage at every age and stage—including a retirement generation council, special family programs, and an online book club. We want to be welcoming and convenient to whenever or however you want to reconnect and engage with our University family.”
Jason Life (Col ’94, Educ ’96)
Vice President, Alumni Engagement
In last year’s All-Alumni Survey, more than four-fifths of you rated your alumni experience as excellent. The Alumni Association helps build those positive experiences by connecting you to UVA and to your fellow alumni.
Each year the Alumni Association welcomes 11,000+ alumni back to Charlottesville for Reunions and other events. In October 2018, over 3,000 young alumni attended Young Alumni Reunions, a program started in 2006.
The Alumni Association co-sponsored more than 200 student events in 2018–19 through its student engagement programs, including Lighting of the Lawn and undergraduate Class Dinners.
Nearly 500 young alumni volunteers work with the Alumni Association every year to keep their classmates connected to each other and to the University.