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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.

October Chapter Leader Call

The next chapter-leader conference call will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. central time. We be discussing Founders’ Day 2019. If you have any questions prior, please email them to Jesse James White.

Watch Past Calls

Annual Reports Due Oct. 1

Annual reports are required for chapters seeking Varsity or Bascom status. Other materials you may need to submit include:

  • Board roster updates (Who needs it: all chapters)
  • Treasurers’ report (Who needs it: chapters looking to keep or obtain Bascom status)
  • Data agreement (Who needs it: chapter leaders who need access to alumni and/or student data)

Please reach out to your chapter representative if you have any questions about annual report requirements.

Founders’ Day Topic Requests Due November 15

Start planning for 2019 Founders’ Day season! This year we are providing a more comprehensive list of topic ideas that will align your Founders’ Day event to better support university priorities. UW Changes Lives through life changing research, affordable and accessible world-class education, service and outreach to Wisconsin citizen, and innovation and economic development. Please complete the submission form no later than November 15. If you have questions, please contact your chapter representative.

Submit Topic Request

Spring Chapter Scholarship Submissions

If you’d like to award a chapter scholarship for the Spring 2019 semester, the deadline is December 1. Learn more about the scholarship program here. Questions, please contact Lauren Anderson.

Submit Scholarship Details

Submit Your Football Game Watch Details

The Badger football season is upon us. Be sure to submit your game-watch schedule.

Badger Leaders Conference

Badger Leaders Conference

October 18–20
Homecoming Weekend

This is the conference you’ve been waiting for. This event is about you, our chapter leaders. Learn tips and techniques for advancing your chapter’s goals, build leadership skills, network with other chapter leaders, celebrate your shared Badger spirit, and more.


Register by October 10, 2018. The fee is $25, which includes admittance to the Welcome and Scholarship Reception on Thursday, a full day of conference events with breakfast and lunch on Friday, and a tailgate on Saturday. Tickets are available at an additional cost for you to bring a guest to the Thursday reception and Saturday tailgate, and a limited number of tickets to Saturday’s football game against Illinois are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for the 2018 Badger Leader Conference is now closed.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 18 | Welcome and Scholarship Reception
University Club | 803 State Street

  • 5–6:30 p.m. — Reception

Friday, Oct. 19 | Conference Day
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery | 330 N. Orchard Street

  • 8–9:50 a.m. — Conference kickoff and breakfast
  • 10–11:45 a.m. — Breakout sessions
  • 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1–1:45 p.m. — Breakout sessions
  • 2-3 p.m. — Conference wrap up
  • 5:30 p.m. — Homecoming parade

Saturday, Oct. 20 | Tailgate and Homecoming Game
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery | 330 N. Orchard Street
Camp Randall | 1440 Monroe Street

  • 8:30–10:30 a.m. — Tailgate
  • 11 a.m. — Wisconsin vs. Illinois football game

Visit the UW Homecoming page to check out and register for other great events that will be going on around campus that weekend, including a Wisconsin Fish Fry, the UW Homecoming Parade, UW Homecoming Block Party, and more. These spirited events are fun and affordable — and many are even free!


Check out these or other hotels in the area.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

The Doubletree Hotel

Please feel free to contact your chapter representative or Jesse James White with any questions.

Chapter Leader Handbook

Chapter Leader Handbook

Local alumni chapters have been an integral part of the Wisconsin Alumni Association® since the first chapter was founded in 1900 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chapters remain vitally important in supporting an international network through which alumni can stay engaged and connected and can give back to the university.

The mission of Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) chapters is to:

  • Welcome: be accessible, hospitable, and responsive
  • Connect: serve as a social and professional hub
  • Support: encourage alumni to support the UW

View the full Chapter Leader Handbook

Chapter Resources


Monthly Chapter Leader Call

September 2018 – Day of the Badger and Fundraising Best Practices

August 2018 – Updates from Campus

July 2018 – Hosted by the San Diego Chapter

June 2018 – Welcome to the City and Badger Bridge Chapter Leader Group

May 2018 – Hosted by the Chicago Chapter

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

Contact WAA

General Chapter Questions

Please direct chapter-related questions to chapters@uwalumni.com.

Domestic Chapter Questions

International Chapter Questions

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Events and Registration