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BY CATHY WHITEHEAD (MBA ’98)
PRESIDENT, UVIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

THE DAYS GROW SHORTER, THE TEMPERATURE COOLS, AND THE LEAVES turn bright red and gold; once again it is indeed a pleasure to welcome fall and to send greetings from your Alumni Association.

Our annual board planning retreat in August was devoted to long-term planning, and developing objectives and strategies as input to an updated strategic plan for the Alumni Association. The key areas on which we will focus in the next five years include: increasing the number of alumni actively involved with the Alumni Association, the university and students; making the Alumni Association board more representative of our total alumni base; better meeting the needs of our alumni by ensuring we know what they need and want from the association, and developing strategies to address those needs and wants. Our priorities will be to connect with new grads, re-establish contact with lost grads, and create new opportunities for meaningful involvement by our alumni. In addition, we will be collecting information through our Web site, market research, and face-to-face interaction with alumni, to ensure we are aware of, and responding as effectively as possible to your needs. As always, we welcome your input and suggestions.

One exciting initiative discussed at our planning retreat was to establish a First Nations chapter of the Alumni Association. Doug Johnson, vice-president of the Alumni Association board, will be spearheading this effort and we look forward to his leadership in the formation of this new chapter.

We are also excited about the first annual Legacy Awards, to be held in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on November 4. Proceeds from the Legacy Awards will support UVic Scholarships and Vikes Athletic Awards. In addition to honouring recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Excellence in Teaching Award and the inaugural inductees into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame, we will be looking forward to the participation of members of the broader Victoria community, many of whom may not be alumni of UVic but are certainly friends and supporters of both the university and the Alumni Association. For more information and to order tickets visit alumni.uvic.ca/legacyawards. Please join us. We would be delighted to see you there!


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