Local alumni chapters have been an integral part of the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) since the first chapter was founded in 1900 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chapters continue to be vitally important in supporting an international network through which alumni can stay engaged and connected and give back to the university.
Alumni chapters are the face of the university in communities across the country, and the world.Paula Bonner, WAA President
Alumni chapters provide opportunities for alumni to engage locally, to identify and nurture volunteer leaders, to celebrate alumni who make a difference in their communities, and to showcase Badger spirit to current and future alumni. In an increasingly competitive world, the University of Wisconsin-Madison needs the help of chapters to raise money for UW priorities, including local student scholarships, to identify and involve alumni volunteers and to provide opportunities for alumni-to-alumni connections in locations around the world.
WAA-recognized chapters represent WAA and, by extension, UW-Madison in their communities. Alumni chapters provide opportunities for alumni to:
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- 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
Officially recognized chapters coordinate with WAA and receive staff and program support to plan and execute their events and activities.