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Recent Changes to the Chapter Scholarship Program

The Chapter Scholarship Program is undergoing major changes. Chapters are encouraged to continue to offer their own scholarship programs, but the match is being phased out over a period of three years. For a brief summary of these changes, read these answers to frequently asked questions.

May Chapter Leader Call

Our next chapter leader call will take place on Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. CT. This call will be hosted by a chapter leader. All chapter leaders are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have topics, questions, or best practices to share, please email them to Jesse James White to be included in the agenda.

Watch Past Calls

Founders’ Day 2018

We’re in the midst Founders’ Day season and wanted to remind you that event resources can be found on the resources page. If you have any questions or would like some assistance, please reach out to your chapter representative. Thank you for all the hard work in planning Founders’ Day 2018.

Badger Student Send-Off Celebration

Whether it’s an annual tradition or you are considering hosting your first, Badger Student Send-Off Celebrations are always a great way to connect with future Badgers from your area. There’s nothing like the Badger-to-Badger connections made at these invaluable events. Event details are due at least eight weeks prior to your event. If you have any questions or would like some assistance, please reach out to your chapter representative. Thank you for your time and effort in welcoming the newest Badgers to our ever growing Badger family.

Chapter Scholarship Submissions

Please submit all of your chapter scholarship winners here. The deadline is July 1, 2018. Please make sure all information is accurate and complete when submitting or it will hold up the process. Do not submit any Bascom Chapter submissions through this form. Those need to be sent directly to Nancy Powell.

Chapter Leader Handbook

Chapter Leader Handbook

WAA-recognized chapters represent WAA and, by extension, UW-Madison in their communities. Alumni chapters provide opportunities for alumni to:

  • Engage with other local alumni
  • Identify and nurture volunteer leaders
  • Celebrate alumni who make a difference in their communities
  • Showcase Badger spirit to current and future alumni

View the full Chapter Leader Handbook

Welcome Alumni

Being Accessible, Hospitable and Responsive

The first job of every WAA chapter is to be welcoming to all UW-Madison alumni. For the Badger alumni in your area, your chapter is the face of the university. Through special events such as Welcome to the City, chapters introduce alumni to a group that they can call their own local Badger “home.”

  • Be accessible: Update your website with event and local “hangout” information
  • Be responsive: Actively answer inquiries (calls, emails, social media, at events)
  • Be hospitable

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Create Connections

Serving as a Social and Professional Hub

Alumni-to-alumni connections are the lifeblood of WAA chapters. Chapter volunteers provide crucial mentoring and career guidance for new UW-Madison graduates as well as future alumni. Chapters bring alumni together through a variety of events.

  • Be a conduit for volunteering on behalf of UW-Madison
  • Be a social and professional hub, host events, facilitate Badger-to-Badger alumni connections

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Support the UW

Encouraging Alumni to Support the UW

Chapters increasingly play a significant role in supporting UW-Madison priorities and initiatives. In-state chapters provide a vital network for grassroots legislative advocacy. Chapters nationwide assist WAA and UW Athletics with special events.

  • Encourage alumni to support the UW with time, talent and treasure
  • Spread the message of the UW to everyone in your community
  • Participate in the annual campaign
  • Capture and translate the alumni voice back to the UW and WAA

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Chapter Resources

Bascom Chapters

Monthly Chapter Leader Call

April 2018 – Student Send-Off Celebration

March 2018 – Call hosted by Purnita Howlader, WAA: Washington, DC Chapter president

February 2018 – Chapter Leader Handbook Updates

January 2018 – Founders’ Day 2018

December 2017 – Looking ahead to Founders’ Day 2018

October 2017 – Student Financial Aid and Founders’ Day

September 2017 – Campus Update

August 2017 – Registration and Fall Updates

July 2017 – Welcome to the City and Fall Events

June 2017 – WFAA 2.0

April 2017 – Student Send-off Preperation

March 2017 – Updates on current enrollment trends.

January 2017 – Founders’ Day Best Practices and Awards

December 2016 – Chapter Website Updates

October 2016 – Founders’ Day 2017 Prep

September 2016 – Admissions Update

August 2016 – RE-Wisconsin, Annual Reports, Badger Bridge Chapter Competition

July 2016 – President’s Council Challenge, Welcome to the City

June 2016 – President’s Council Challenge, Chapter Leader Handbook, The Red Shirt Showdown, Scholarship Update

May 2016 – Student Send-Offs and scholarships

February 2016 – Update from campus Admissions

January 2016 – Founders’ Day messaging

December 2015 – All Ways Forward

October 2015 – Athletics policies and deadlines

September 2015 – Chapter framework and mission: Welcome, Connect, Support

August 2015 – Welcome to the City

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