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    The Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) is your connection to UW–Madison. Since 1861, we’ve been enriching the lives of UW alumni and keeping you connected to your alma mater and to fellow Badgers.

    In 2014, WAA merged with the UW Foundation to form the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the University of Wisconsin–Madison. We now provide a unified effort to engage alumni and friends in support and celebration of the UW. Dues-paying WAA members — and those who support WAA even more as sustaining members — help to make it possible for us to serve alumni worldwide.

    Recent News Releases

  • Homecoming Week Kickoff Breakfast

    October 4th, 2018

    Free for UW–Madison Faculty and Staff. Read More >

  • Get the Scoop 2018 Summer Tour Comes to a Tasty End

    October 4th, 2018

    A special truck brought free Babcock ice cream to thousands. Read More >

  • John and Katie Baumann Inspiration Project Scholarship recipients announced

    September 13th, 2018

    UW–Madison Freshman Evan Studer and Sophomore Madeline Kuckuk receive John and Katie Baumann Inspiration Project Scholarship. Read More >

  • Louis and Loretta Albright Memorial Scholarship recipient announced

    September 13th, 2018

    Incoming UW–Madison Freshman Karissa Niederkorn is a Loretta Albright Memorial Scholarship recipient. Read More >

  • Harley-Davidson celebrates 115th anniversary

    August 22nd, 2018

    William Harley graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1907. Read More >

  • Get the Scoop 2018 Summer Tour in Neenah

    July 23rd, 2018

    Special truck brings free Babcock ice cream to Concerts in the Park. Read More >

  • Get the Scoop 2018 Summer Tour in Grant County

    June 20th, 2018

    Special truck brings free Babcock ice cream to Summer Nights on the Plaza in Lancaster. Read More >

  • Happy Birthday, Robert La Follette

    June 12th, 2018

    Remembering the fire of “Fighting Bob." Read More >

  • Get The Scoop 2018 Summer Tour in West Bend

    June 12th, 2018

    Special truck brings free Babcock ice cream to Music on Main. Read More >

  • Get The Scoop Summer Tour comes to Mineral Point

    June 4th, 2018

    Special truck brings free Babcock ice cream to “Jammin’ on the Porch” Read More >

  • Honoring UW–Madison’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day

    May 24th, 2018

    908 students and alumni have died in service to their country. Read More >

  • Uh Oh… SpaghettiOs

    May 14th, 2018

    UW–Madison graduate gave us “the neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon. Read More >

  • UW-Madison grad looks for fifth Kentucky Derby win

    April 30th, 2018

    82-year-old D. Wayne Lukas hopes Bravazo makes strong Run for the Roses. Read More >

  • Winner announced in 11th annual Red Shirt vote

    April 30th, 2018

    R-E-L-A-X — Lounging Bucky is the winner. Read More >

  • Fifty years ago, “The Greatest” came to UW–Madison

    April 23rd, 2018

    Muhammad Ali gave up everything for what he believed. Read More >

  • Three Badgers on 2018 TIME 100 List

    April 20th, 2018

    Virgil Abloh, Anne McKee, and JJ Watt among world’s most influential people. Read More >

  • Remembering Vel Phillips

    April 18th, 2018

    UW–Madison grad and pioneering civil-rights leader dies at 94. Read More >

  • Earth’s Caretaker

    April 16th, 2018

    Wisconsin native Gaylord Nelson started international Earth Day movement. Read More >

  • UW–Madison Founders’ Day Celebration in Wausau

    April 16th, 2018

    Two Badgers to be honored at event. Read More >

  • Badgers take issues to Wisconsin legislators

    April 16th, 2018

    UW–Madison Day at the State Capitol. Read More >

  • Badgers take issues to Congress

    March 19th, 2018

    UW–Madison Day in Washington, DC. Read More >

  • Happy Birthday, Jim Lovell

    March 19th, 2018

    Apollo 13 commander and former UW–Madison student turns 90 on March 25. Read More >

  • UW–Madison alumnus named Dairyman of the Year

    March 13th, 2018

    Pete Kappelman of Meadow Brook Dairy Farms in Two Rivers receives honor from World Dairy Expo. Read More >

  • March Madness ignited by UW–Madison grad

    March 13th, 2018

    Harold Olsen changed college basketball — and the country — forever. Read More >

  • UW–Madison grad makes Top 20 in U.S. Cheese Championship

    March 9th, 2018

    Mike Matucheski took two Sartori cheeses to the finals. Read More >

  • “Drama Queen” remembered during Women’s History Month

    March 5th, 2018

    UW–Madison alumna was the first woman to earn a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Read More >

  • Alumni Park wins landscape architecture award

    March 1st, 2018

    SmithGroupJJR honored by Wisconsin Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects. Read More >

  • Eight UW–Madison grads earn 2018 Forward under 40 Awards

    February 28th, 2018

    Honored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association for living the Wisconsin Idea. Read More >

  • Black History Month salute to Vel Phillips

    February 14th, 2018

    UW–Madison grad recorded several firsts in her fight for social justice. Read More >

  • Former Badger J. J. Watt named finalist for NFL Man of the Year Award

    January 23rd, 2018

    Caring and determination make Watt a winner on and off the field. Read More >

  • Lorraine Hansberry profiled in PBS series American Masters

    January 18th, 2018

    Barrier-breaking playwright attended UW–Madison. Read More >

  • Students, get your photos with Bucky!

    January 17th, 2018

    Wisconsin Alumni Association welcomes students back for the new semester. Read More >

  • Wisconsin Patriot Established Veterans Day

    November 6th, 2017

    World War I veteran made serving other veterans his lifelong mission. Read More >

  • Heads Up: It’s Homecoming

    October 17th, 2017

    The 2017 parade will mean closed roads on Oct. 20. Read More >

  • Schutt named Chief Alumni Officer and WAA Executive Director

    May 16th, 2017

    Sarah Schutt, an experienced alumni relations executive, has been named chief alumni officer and executive director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). The move was announced today by Mike Knetter, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). Read More >

  • Alumni Park Opening Date Announced, First Of Featured Alumni Revealed

    May 10th, 2017

    Just as the soon-to-be newest class of University of Wisconsin–Madison alumni readies to graduate and partake of traditions like sitting on Abe’s lap to have photos snapped, the Wisconsin Alumni Association announces the opening date for Alumni Park. Read More >

  • Longtime Campus Leader Bonner to Step Down

    February 20th, 2017

    Bonner, currently president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), said she will step down from those roles effective June 30. Read More >

  • American Family Now the Official Insurance of WAA

    December 16th, 2016

    American Family Insurance is now the official insurance company of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA), as well as the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Read More >

  • Class of 1966 to Reunite at UW–Madison

    September 30th, 2016

    Class of 1966 to Reunite at UW–Madison. Read More >

  • 5th Quarter Tailgate featuring the W Project

    August 24th, 2016

    Jump into Wisconsin, Class of 2020, and Jump Around with the 5th Quarter Tailgate featuring the W Project! Read More >

  • Downtown streets to be closed for 2015 Homecoming Parade

    October 9th, 2015

    Information on street closures for Friday’s UW Homecoming Parade Read More >

  • Class of 1965 to Reunite at UW-Madison

    September 24th, 2015

    Nostalgia and campus memories will blend with new Badger stories and visions of the future when alumni from the Class of 1965 celebrate their 50-year reunion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More >

  • Nicholas Family Provides $50 Million to Inspire Scholarship Support

    June 12th, 2015

    This week, Ab and Nancy Nicholas committed $50 million to inspire other donors to create undergraduate and athletic scholarships and graduate fellowships for UW-Madison students. The donation, a one-to-one matching fund, is the second-largest household gift in the university’s history, alongside the gift made in November by John and Tashia Morgridge, which supports faculty. Read More >

  • Teaching excellence at UW-Madison recognized with Distinguished Teaching Awards

    April 14th, 2015

    Twelve faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators. Read More >

  • Educated at Wisconsin, These Young Alumni Are the Future of Community

    March 2nd, 2015

    Nine young graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison making stand-out contributions in their communities are being honored with the Forward under 40 award presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). Read More >

  • Kohl and Selig Honored with 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

    December 23rd, 2014

    Their friendship has spanned decades: growing up in the same Milwaukee neighborhood, as roommates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and throughout careers at the highest levels of national leadership. And now, two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates are receiving the highest alumni honors. Read More >

  • Wisconsin Alumni Association Honors Silicon Valley Leader with Distinguished Alumni Award

    November 17th, 2014

    The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) has honored Michael Splinter, chair of the board and former CEO of Applied Materials, with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Read More >

  • 103 Years of Tradition Lives On for UW-Madison’s Homecoming

    October 20th, 2014

    The game-day opponent may be a first-timer, but this year’s University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming tradition is 103 years in the making. Read More >

  • Downtown streets to be closed for 2014 UW Homecoming Parade

    October 15th, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. — Some major downtown streets will be closed Friday, Oct. 24, for the annual UW Homecoming Parade. For the safety of parade participants and spectators, road closures will be in effect throughout the afternoon into the evening. Read More >

  • Moving Forward with the Class of ’64

    October 9th, 2014

    According to Joan Lappin, there were eight things women were allowed to be when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1964: school teacher, bank teller, secretary, stewardess, librarian, department store buyer, nurse and social worker. Read More >

  • ‘Fill the Hill’ Helps Annual Campaign Fly High

    October 6th, 2014

    What began as a prank has become part of University of Wisconsin-Madison lore. And now this quirky campus classic is set to come alive once again when pink flamingos return to roost this week on Bascom Hill. This time, they’ll be flocking to their grassy home as part of the University of Wisconsin’s Annual Campaign. Read More >

  • Klenke to lead UW-Madison’s International Alumni Relations

    August 11th, 2014

    Lora Klenke, a leader with nearly 20 years of experience in international development, is directing new efforts to connect the University of Wisconsin-Madison and alumni around the globe. Read More >

  • Williams-Maclin named WAA’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion

    July 23rd, 2014

    Tracy Williams-Maclin, a nationally recognized leader in building partnerships across multicultural communities, has been named the new director of diversity and inclusion at the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Read More >

  • Families Return to Campus for 2014 Grandparents University

    July 10th, 2014

    The Wisconsin Alumni Association hosted the first Grandparents University® (GPU) session of the year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 10–11, 2014. This award-winning outreach program was the first of its kind and has inspired similar activities at universities nationwide. Read More >

  • Forward under 40 Awards Honor Seven UW-Madison Alumni

    March 4th, 2014

    The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) has recognized seven young alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their contributions in a wide variety of fields to the global community. Read More >

  • Alumni Celebrate 165 Years of UW Excellence with Founders’ Day

    February 4th, 2014

    This spring, thousands of University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni will come together in nearly 70 cities across the country at Founders’ Day gatherings hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Through learning from faculty speakers and camaraderie with fellow alumni, they’ll celebrate the past, present and future of academic excellence at their alma mater. Read More >

  • Tradition Takes to the Streets for UW Homecoming 2013

    October 4th, 2013

    Thousands of alumni will return for the annual commemoration of Homecoming at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, set for Oct. 6-13, featuring a week-long celebration of UW graduates, future alumni, and all things Badger. Read More >

  • Badgers Vote for the “Moon” as The Red Shirt, Sixth Edition

    May 29th, 2013

    This year’s winning design incorporates elements of the popular UW song “If You Want to Be a Badger” and gives wearers a unique way to show their UW pride. This collectible T-shirt from the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) was developed to help fund student scholarships and alumni programming. Read More >

  • 2013 Forward under 40 Awards Honor Nine Young Alumni

    March 8th, 2013

    The founder of one of YouTube’s most viewed channels, Barely Political, Relles is transforming the world of online video and digital media. As head of programming strategy at YouTube, Relles instills his Wisconsin values as a leader and innovator, all while helping others bring their ideas to life. Read More >

  • UW-Madison’s Annual Homecoming Week to Emphasize Community Service

    October 18th, 2012

    Students will celebrate throughout the week leading up to the Badgers v. Spartans Homecoming football game on Oct. 27, with time-honored traditions like “Yell Like Hell,” and newer favorites, such as the air band competition and trivia night. Read More >

  • Class of 1962 to Reunite at UW-Madison

    September 12th, 2012

    Nostalgia and campus memories will join with a look at culture change and public policy as alumni from the Class of 1962 celebrate their 50-year reunion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More >

  • Grads Returning to Take a Bite out of Alumni Weekend

    April 18th, 2012

    Generations of University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni will indulge in their favorite foods from college as they return to campus April 27-28 for Alumni Weekend, hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Read More >

  • UW-Madison Students Celebrate Spring with All-Campus Party

    April 16th, 2012

    All-Campus Party (ACP), set for April 21-28, is a week of free events, food and prizes for UW-Madison students. Hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board and Wisconsin Alumni Association, the entire week is alcohol-free, making All-Campus Party the largest alcohol-alternative celebration on campus. Read More >

  • Awards Highlight Outstanding Teaching at UW-Madison

    March 12th, 2012

    This year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards honor 10 faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who are known and respected for their excellence in teaching. Read More >

  • Forward under 40 Awards Honor 13 Young Alumni

    March 9th, 2012

    As principal of Jones College Prep in Chicago, he led the school to achieve a Top 100 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and earned the first Blue Ribbon Schools designation that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to a Chicago public high school. Today, Fraynd is leading innovation across the district as chief school improvement officer for Chicago Public Schools. Read More >

  • Carillon Tower to Feature “Happy Birthday” for Founders’ Day on Campus

    February 2nd, 2012

    Marking the 163rd anniversary of the first classes at the university, this year’s Founders’ Day events, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, will highlight the history and development of the 100-year-old Wisconsin Idea — the concept that the university should use its knowledge to solve problems affecting the state of Wisconsin and the rest of the world. Read More >