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WFAA Update

The Wisconsin Alumni Association is hard at work planning virtual opportunities to connect in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our organization will work to offer delightful diversions and important information to our alumni and friends in innovative new ways — while not meeting in person through the August 15. If your group wishes to submit an event request prior to August 15 for an in-person event that will take place on or after August 15, you must also submit a contingency plan in case local conditions do not allow in-person gatherings by then.

The UW Now Livestream events have been covering the timeliest subjects in the COVID-19 era with UW-specific expertise and exploring our favorite Badger traditions . We're also creating ways to connect our alumni to campus with virtual backgrounds, and take you for a walk down memory lane with new online Badger Scrapbooks. You can catch up on the news of the week with a new #UWWeekinReview on Instagram, and we’ve got plenty more programming in the works.

As always, if you have questions or would like to learn more about these virtual opportunities, reach out to your chapter representative.


Student Welcome Event and Yard Signs

We have decided to once again host a virtual Student Welcome Event this summer, and we hope you'll join other WAA chapters as we introduce new Badgers to the UW experience! Of course, your participation in this virtual event is optional. Like last year, we are planning a BINGO game and will highlight chapter leaders and their incoming students. Also, back by popular demand, we will also be offering yard signs for chapters and your local incoming freshmen. Deadline for the event and ordering yard signs was Friday, June 18. If you have any questions, please contact your WAA representative.


Day of the Badger

Congratulations on another successful Day of the Badger! This year, groups raised 550 gifts for more than $153,000 for UW-Madison! We are absolutely blown away by your incredible efforts and growth over the past two years -- in 2019, groups raised $37,786 during the first Day of the Badger and $58,986 during Fill the Hill 2020. Additionally, groups received the second-highest number of gifts, following the College of Letters & Science. Congratulations!

Don't forget to thank your donors and to return your Donor Acknowledgement Report to your WAA Representative! For stewardship inspiration, you can view our Day of the Badger Toolkit and listen to our call discussing stewardship best practices.


Badger Leader Onboarding Sessions

We are excited to host official onboarding sessions for Badger Leaders on September 8 and December 8. These sessions will feature an overview from WFAA staff, resource refreshers, and a panel of experienced Badger leaders from around the country. We encourage you to share this session with any of your newer board members.


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.

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