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Chapter Website Update

Our new websites are launching soon! In preparation, we would like to include a short “about us section” for each Varsity and Bascom chapter website. Please send your chapter representative a short description (450 characters or less) about your chapter and scholarship by December 15.

All recognized chapters will have a contact listed on the WAA website. In order for your information to be listed, please submit your board roster by the end of the year if you have not done so yet.

Game Watch Update

With the recent announcement of Badger football starting at the end of October, many chapters have reached out inquiring about game watches. We believe it’s important to stay vigilant regarding the health and safety of our alumni and communities. WFAA, including the chapter network, will continue connecting with alumni and friends in a virtual-only format until at least January 2021; this will include chapter-sponsored game watch events.

If your chapter plans to host a virtual game watch event this season, please submit an event request above to provide an event description and links. For all games, virtual game watch requests are due no later than 12 p.m. CST on the Monday before the game.

Scholarship Timeline

It is hard to believe, but we are just months away from a new scholarship season. Here is the timeline for your reference:

  • 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!

Athletics Update

It’s official! The Badgers’ season opener against Illinois kicked off Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. — right after Badger Leaders Conference. While there will be no fans at Camp Randall this fall, we have plenty of ways for alumni to keep their Badger spirits high from the safety and comfort of home. Share these opportunities with your chapter region on social media:

BADGER HUDDLE® Armchair Pregame Promote this spirited video series, presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, to help your local alumni fill that Motion W–sized void in their hearts while keeping a safe and healthy distance. Episodes will arrive in the weeks following Homecoming.

Bucky Boards Wish you could be at Camp Randall to show the team your support? With a Bucky Board fan cutout, you can still show your Badger pride (and your smiling face) inside the stadium.

Bucky’s Kids Club Are your alumni looking for ways to keep their kids connected to the Badgers this fall? Tell them about the revamped Bucky’s Kids Club, featuring activity packets and fun events for families to enjoy together.

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 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 end of the year.

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.

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


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Scholarship Training Series

Throughout the month of September, we will host a special training series focusing on chapter scholarships and fundraising. Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. CDT, we will discuss topics to help you better support and sustain your chapter scholarship program. Please share this information with your scholarship and fundraising committees, and encourage all to attend. Registration will be required for each session. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the session(s) they have registered to attend.

  • September 2: Goal Setting for Chapter Scholarships and Fundraising
  • September 9: Fundraising Basics
  • September 16: How to Steward and Cultivate Donors
  • September 23: Leveraging WAA Fundraising Support*
  • September 30: Tips, Tools, and Resources

Monthly Chapter Leader Call

December 2020 – Enhancing Online Engagement and Best Practices


Watch Recording

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September 2020 – Scholarship Training Series: Leveraging WAA Fundraising Support


Watch Recording

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August 2020 – Fundraising and Website Update


July 2020 – Student Welcome Virtual Event


June 2020 – Student Welcome Virtual Event and Day of the Badger Update


May 2020 – Fundraising and Student Send Off


April 2020 – Digital Engagement


March 2020 – Board transitioning and Onboarding


March 2020 – COVID-19



February 2020 – Founders’ Day Marketing Tips


January 2020 – Scholarships Overview


January 2020 – Day of the Badger


December 2019 – Awards Overview


October 2019 – Founders’ Day Topic Discussion


September 2019 – Founders’ Day Best Practices


August 2019 – NCAA Policy


June 2019 – Hosted by Fond du Lac


May 2019 – Social Media Best Practices


April 2019 – Student Send Off


March 2019 – Day of the Badger and Scholarship Fundraising


February 2019 – Hosted by Fox Valley


January 2019 – Chapter Scholarship Details


December 2018 – Hosted by the Milwaukee Chapter


October 2018 – Founders’ Day 2019


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


March 2016 – Badger Bridge


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


Badger Leaders Conference 2020

Thank you so much for attending Badger Leaders Conference 2020, if you missed the conference or need a refresher, please find the presentations and recordings below.

Badger Leaders Conference 2020: Domestic

Welcome Session

Website and Marketing Updates

Strengths Finder

Founders Day 2021

Board Transitions and Onboarding

Newsletters 101

Resources Refresher

WFAA and University Updates

Badger Leaders Conference 2020: International

Session 1: Building Your International Chapter Network and Experiences & Challenges of a New Chapter

Session 2: The Power of Big 10 Collaborations and How to Find & Stay Connected to Alumni in Your Area

Session 3: Supporting Future Badgers


General Chapter Questions

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

Domestic Chapter Questions

International Chapter Questions

Events and Registration