Bascom Chapters

Bascom Chapter status is given to chapters whose extraordinary efforts during a given fiscal year have distinguished them. Criteria include welcoming and connecting alumni in their area, supporting UW-Madison students and faculty, strengthening branding, and increasing donor and volunteer engagement that go well beyond the minimum requirements for a chapter. In order to be considered for Bascom Chapter status, a chapter must submit an application detailing its qualifications in these areas.

The deadline for submitting an application for this designation is October 1. Bascom Chapters receive additional WAA support and resources that are consistent with their commitment to serving the diverse needs and interests of all graduates.

Requirements

Bascom Chapter Requirements

  • Submit a chapter-leadership roster. (WAA provides an online form through which chapters update the names, positions, and demographic profiles of their board members.)
  • Sponsor the following WAA-related events annually:
  • Founders’ Day (International chapters may substitute an annual dinner or event.)
  • Welcome to the City
  • Badger Student Send-Off Celebration
  • Submit a treasurer’s report.
  • Submit an annual report.
  • Maintain an enhanced, WAA-hosted chapter website.

Conduct one of the following administrative initiatives:

  • Participate in leadership training: have chapter leaders become “peer mentors” to train others or host a local leadership training event
  • Hold regular meetings of the board of directors (more than one per year)
  • Submit the description of an event, program, or activity that demonstrates best practices to be shared as a resource for other chapters

Conduct one event that supports alumni engagement:

  • Career-development opportunity
  • Alumni for Wisconsin advocacy event
  • Submit an award nominee for a Badger of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, and/or Forward under 40 Award
  • Assist with a student initiative (e.g., targeted scholarship programs or coordination with the admissions office to provide support for admissions services)

Conduct two of the following outreach initiatives:

  • Hold one educational event (beyond Founders’ Day)
  • Work with WAA to host a lifelong-learning event in your area
  • Participate in educational-outreach programs with local schools or community organizations (e.g., tutoring or service-learning programs)
  • Partner with a local organization, community group, or other alumni association to coordinate an event
  • Hold an event that engages diverse alumni in your community
  • Hold an event that engages alumni families in your community

Complete two of the following membership initiatives:

  • Have a diverse board (age, gender, alumni of color)
  • Have a young-alumni committee that orchestrates events specifically for young alumni
  • Develop a WAA membership plan and set targets for WAA membership in chapter area
  • Communicate through WAA to area alumni at least twice per year

WAA Support

Bascom Chapters receive all of the chapter-level support, plus:

  • One $1,000 need-based Bascom Scholarship for a local student
  • Matching-Dollar Scholarship Program
  • An autographed football or basketball for an auction or raffle
  • Eligibility to apply for educational and programming grants to fund new events and activities (or to enhance an existing event)
  • Eligibility to apply in advance for travel grants for chapter leaders who attend WAA and UW-Madison leadership events (visit uwalumni.com/chapterleaders to find the Bascom Chapter travel-grant application)
  • WAA staff representation at an event of your choosing (based on staff availability)
  • Marketing-research assistance
  • Data management
  • Two paid registrations to attend the annual Building Badger Leaders conference
  • The choice of a chapter banner or customized chapter logo shirts (maximum of four)
  • The choice of a tablecloth or podium skirt that displays the chapter’s logo
  • Two Red Shirts
  • Recognition in WAA’s member publication, Badger Insider

Current Bascom Chapters

Bascom Chapters represent the highest tier of WAA alumni chapters and we’re proud to see the great work happening in these communities.

2016-2017

Atlanta
Bay Area Badgers
Big Apple Badgers
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Fond du Lac
Fox Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Mile High
Milwaukee
Motor City Badgers
Orange County
Paris
St. Louis
Sarasota
Seattle
Singapore
Twin Cities
Valley of the Sun
Washington, DC

2015-2016

Atlanta
Bay Area Badgers
Big Apple Badgers
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Fond du Lac
Fox Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Mile High
Milwaukee
Motor City Badgers
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2014-2015

Atlanta
Bay Area Badgers
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Fond du Lac
Fox Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Mile High
Milwaukee
Motor City Badgers
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Valley of the Sun
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2013-2014

Atlanta
Big Apple Badgers
Bay Area Badgers
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Fox Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Mile High
Milwaukee
Motor City Badgers
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Valley of the Sun
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2012-2013

Atlanta
Bay Area Badgers
Big Apple Badgers
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Motor City Badgers
Fox Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Valley of the Sun
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2011-2012

Bay Area
Big Apple
Boston
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Delaware Valley
Heart of Illinois
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Milwaukee
Mile High
Motor City
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2010-2011

Big Apple
Boston
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Delaware Valley
Los Angeles
Milwaukee
Mile High
Motor City
Orange County
Rochester
San Francisco
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2009-2010

Big Apple
Boston
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Delaware Valley
Houston
Los Angeles
Marshfield
Mile High
Motor City
Orange County
Rochester
San Francisco
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Washington, DC
Waukesha County

2008-2009

Big Apple
Boston
Brown County
Chicago
Chippewa Valley
Delaware Valley
Houston
Los Angeles
Marshfield
Motor City
Orange County
Rochester
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Washington D.C.
Waukesha County

2007-2008

Big Apple
Boston
Brown County
Houston
Marshfield
Motor City
Rochester
Twin Cities
Waukesha County