Alumni group: “A lot of things we want to do.”
After a year of successful events like a bus trip to Madison to cheer on the women's basketball team and the Alumni After Hours social gatherings, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Alumni Association plans an even more ambitious agenda in 2012-13. That was the message Alumni Association President Jim Kramer delivered at Thursday's annual meeting.
"We're going to build upon the successes we experienced this past year," Kramer told alumni gathered in Studio A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. "And we want to play an even larger role at the university."
The Alumni Association was represented throughout southeastern Wisconsin last year at Kenosha Relay for Life, the Boys and Girls Club Career Day, Racine and Kenosha Fourth of July parades, and hosted the biggest turnout ever for Alumni Day at the Basketball Games.
The first order of business, Kramer said, is to turn more UW-Parkside graduates into engaged UW-Parkside Alumni Association members. He foresees greater participation by alumni in campus events and a larger role for the group as ambassadors for the campus.
During the business portion of the meeting, the responsibilities of treasurer were transferred from Macy Yuen-Lee to Nieka Welsey. Kramer thanked Yuen-Lee for her efforts and dedication. The board re-elected Jim McPhaul, Jim Stephens, and Gary Nephew and welcomed Chris Smith. Smith moves to the board from the Graduate Business Students Alumni Association.
Prior to the meeting, alumni were greeted and thanked for their efforts by Chancellor Debbie Ford. They also received a pledge of support from new Assistant Chancellor of University Relations and Advancement John Jaraczewski.
"We are here to serve you," Jaraczewski told alumni, adding the university is focusing on efforts to grow the alumni association.
In the photo, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford talks with alums Tyson Fettes, left, and Gary Smith while John Mielke joins the conversation.