Wooten, Sasaki join UWPAA Board at annual meeting
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Alumni Association (UWPAA) Board welcomed two new members following elections held during the organization's recent annual meeting. David Wooten ('11, Communication) and Brian Sasaki ('12, Business Management) were elected during the Thursday, May 16, gathering in the Alumni Room of the Student Center.
Association President Jim Kramer reviewed an active alumni year and set goals for the coming year. Alumni participated in the campus' entries in local Independence Day parades and in the successful Relay for Life Kenosha held at UW-Parkside.
The UWPAA strengthened its relations with the Racine Raiders football team, Kramer said, while improving ties with Liberty Mutual Insurance. Kramer praised the continued growth of Alumni Day at the Basketball Games and celebrated the association's sponsorship of the Liberal Education Essay Contest.
Among the association's goals for the coming year, Kramer said building the alumni base and getting more of the university's 20,000+ graduates involved in the UWPAA is a priority. He said the association is also partnering with university admissions to recruit future alumni.
The group heard from UW-Parkside Assistant Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement John Jaraczewski. Jaraczewski told alumni about the recent highly successful visit to campus of a team from the Higher Learning Commission, UW-Parkside's accreditation agency.
Jaraczewski recounted the university's ongoing efforts to upgrade its digital communications, the most visible sign being a new web site to debut this fall. He also encouraged alumni to assist current students through scholarships.The meeting closed with an invitation from Peggy Karls to join the Relay for Life Kenosha event coming to campus Aug. 2-3. Representing the Parkside Employee Alumni Group, Karls said alumni can get involved in this American Cancer Society fundraiser by visiting www.relayforlife.org or by calling Karls at 262-595-2350.