Photo of the redesigned WAA website to make it more visual and accessible, including more faces of alumni and friends.

Quick Hits

WAA redesigned its website to make it more visual and accessible, including more faces of alumni and friends.

WAA enhanced global connections by coordinating events that hosted Wisconsin notables when they traveled overseas. In February, alumni in London met with a trade mission that included Governor Scott Walker. In June, the alumni chapter in Seoul, South Korea, hosted WAA president Paula Bonner, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and Lora Klenke ’94, WAA’s director of international relations. Klenke is helping to maximize the university’s relationships with its international alumni.

WAA is partnering with graduates such as those in the African American, Native American, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities to facilitate greater connections with the university and its mission. Tracy Williams-Maclin, the association’s director of diversity and inclusion, spearheads those efforts.

In conjunction with the College of Letters & Science (L&S), WAA is expanding career-support services for students and alumni. WAA and L&S hired David Nelson MA’07, PhD’13, director of alumni career networks and professional resources to lead career networking events, build online networking platforms, and take alumni into classrooms and residence halls to talk about their careers and to support undergraduate students.

By the Numbers


Graphic number of 1,337,004

Number of reader impressions for On Wisconsin Magazine

Graphic number of 1,892,000

Number of reader impressions for Badger Voice e-newsletter

Graphic number of 131,141

Number of WAA member impressions for Badger Insider Magazine

Grandparents University

Graphic number of 1,364

Total participants

Graphic number of 89%

Rate of repeat attendees

Graphic number of 29

Number of states from which participants hailed

Graphic number of 3

Number of countries represented (other than the U.S.)

International & Athletic Travel

Graphic number of 814

WAA international travelers

Graphic number of 89%

Travelers on WAA’s Final Four trip

Graphic number of 29

Travelers to the Outback Bowl

Graphic number of 3

Percentage of travelers who are UW donors