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Founders’ Day 2023

Founders’ Day season is fast approaching! Everyone’s favorite events celebrating the first classes at UW–Madison will happen around the world from February 5–May 31. This is a great way to showcase campus programs and faculty at the cutting edge of research and knowledge,​ as well as recognize outstanding local alumni.

If you are an international chapter leader interested in hosting a Founders’ Day celebration, please contact Briana Morganroth ’17.

Wisconsin chapters and out-of-state Bascom and Varsity chapters who are interested in hosting a Founders’ Day in 2023 must fill out the topic request form by November 15. After receiving your form, your group representative will work to identify a campus speaker for your event. Once you have identified a venue, please send the contract to WAA for legal review and signing. All event details and alumni award submissions are due eight weeks prior to your event.

As in prior years, WAA will provide the following:

  • Speaker briefing and orientation​
  • Travel expenses for UW faculty and WAA staff​
  • Virtual training for alumni groups and online resources​
  • Expanded event marketing​
  • Branded event supplies and collateral​
  • Awards, if applicable​
  • Post-event communications

If you have any questions, please contact your WAA representative.


Scholarship Update

The centralized WAA Chapter Scholarship program is evolving to maximize the impact of our chapter scholarships and support a competitive student recruitment process. Effective September 1, 2022, we will have a new timeline, process, and criteria for the 2023-24 award season. Please review and familiarize yourself with the following documents:

As we navigate through the new WAA Chapter Scholarship process for the 2023-24 Award Year together, we will be offering various opportunities for you to ask questions about and/or provide feedback regarding your experiences with the new process. All sessions will be virtual via zoom. The following opportunities that are currently scheduled:

Scholarship Process Feedback Session 1 (Scholarship Commitment Form)
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. CT

Scholarship Process Feedback Session 2 (Post Acceptance)
Tuesday, June 13, 2022 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. CT


Student Scholarship Engagement Opportunities

If you plan to be in Madison during the academic year and are interested in meeting your chapter’s scholarship recipient on campus, please contact Nathalie McFadden '14. We will arrange an informal meeting with your student if they are available.


Badger Leaders Conference

Thank you so much to everyone who attended this year’s Badger Leaders Conference! It was a great two days filled with learning opportunities, networking, and lots of Badger pride. If you missed it or need a refresher, you can find conference documents here.

Save the date for next year's Badger Leaders Conference on June 22-23 at Memorial Union.


Game Watch

If you have changes to your game watch plans, please submit this form. Submissions are due by noon on Monday of game week for regular season games.


Scholarship Fundraising and Stewardship Annual Calendar

We are excited to share our new annual fundraising and stewardship calendar to support your scholarship fundraising efforts. Please review this calendar with your leadership groups so you are familiar with the fundraising opportunities available for your scholarship program.


Website Training

We are so excited to launch the training for our new hosted group websites. You can find all the training materials here. We kindly ask that you complete the quiz after you finish your training. Once this is done, you will be able to make changes to your website. 

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