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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual Badger Leaders Conference. If you missed any sessions, they can be viewed here. Also, save the date for Badgers Leaders Conference 2022: June 23–24, 2022 in Madison WI. We look forward to seeing you then!

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. 

Nominate Exceptional Badgers for Awards

UW–Madison alumni and supporters have a history of pushing boundaries, achieving great heights, and giving back. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) annually recognizes alumni who demonstrate the ideals of progress, discovery, service, and leadership.

If you know any amazing Badger graduates or supporters who deserve recognition, please nominate them for one of the following WAA awards.

The Forward Award (formerly Forward under 40) recognizes early-career achievement and community achievement, and honors alumni rising stars within 15 years of graduation.

The Luminary Award honors alumni who serve as aspirational examples for others through significant professional achievement and/or leadership within 30 years of graduation.

The Distinguished Service Award honors those who have made a significant impact on UW–Madison through service and/or philanthropy. Non-alumni are also eligible for this award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, WAA’s highest honor, recognizes exemplary achievements over the course of an alum’s career or lifetime. Past recipients include fashion icon Iris Apfel ’43, former Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl ’56, actor André De Shields ’70, and brain researcher Ann McKee ’75.

You can nominate individuals for these awards at The deadline is January 31, 2022. Award selections will be made in the spring and announced in summer 2022.

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.

Scholarship Timeline

  • January 1: Deadline to deposit money into scholarship funds
  • February 15–March 15: Chapter Scholarship Committee to review applicant data
  • March 16: Deadline to submit awardees and alternates to WAA via online form
  • March 16–21: Notify awardees and alternates
  • May 1: Commitment Day!

Virtual Events

We have been so impressed with the creativity of chapters around the world as they create virtual events to engage area alumni. In an effort to share these ideas and concepts, we have created a best practices document based on past virtual events. If your chapter hosts a virtual event, please expect a brief survey from your chapter representative to share details about your event. Thank you all for your ongoing enthusiasm, creativity, and engagement during these challenging times.

WFAA Update

The rapid developments regarding COVID-19 around the world serve as a stark reminder that the pandemic is not yet over. As it stands right now, we will continue to support in-person events for our alumni groups. We do ask that, as you plan for your events, you continue to prioritize the health and safety of our alumni and friends. WFAA strongly encourages you to wear masks at all in-person events and expects that you will monitor your local conditions and follow any required protocols.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your WAA staff representative.

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Additional Resources

The search for a new UW chancellor is on. Join a virtual listening session for community members and alumni on January 25, 4:30–5:30 p.m CST.