Alumni Update, Part 1: Alumni make summer plans
By Kelsey Hoff
There are several opportunities to stay involved this summer for the alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Alumni and their families can participate at the Racine and Kenosha Independence Day parades, walk or help with the smoothie booth at Relay for Life, and attend a retreat at Alumni Association President James Kramer's house.
Like last year, the Alumni Association will participate in both the Kenosha and Racine Independence Day parades, on July 1 and July 4, respectively. There are no hard and fast plans yet, though some members would like to construct a float. Alumni and their families are encouraged to contact Peppy O'Neill about participating at 262-595-2233 or access OneillP@uwp.edu via email.
Another chance to participate is the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life, which takes place at the UW-Parkside outdoor track August 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Teams raise money for each hour they are on the track that night, and members take turns walking. The Alumni Association has a team and a booth, where they sell smoothies to benefit ACS. Four to five thousand people attend this event each year to honor loved ones fighting cancer or already deceased.
"My favorite part is the survivors' lap which reminds me why I am there and the carnival feeling of the night which reminds me life is meant to be lived," said Heather Miles, the contact person for this event. She is always looking for volunteers to set up and tear down (262-595-2592, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The alumni board is currently planning a retreat for July 21. More details to come.In the photo, although our Alumni After Hours event is on hiatus for summer, there are still plenty of "thumbs up" events you can join in!