It’s fall, one of our favorite times of year in Charlottesville. The leaves are turning orange (Wahoowa!), the days are getting cooler, and we’re kicking off our football weekend tailgates here at Alumni Hall. Be sure to stop by if you are in town for a game!
A few weeks ago students returned to the Grounds for the new academic year, and the Alumni Association was pleased to present first-years with their Jefferson nickels during Convocation, as we have for years. We love being part of the student journey, from those very first days on the Lawn—or even before, through our Admission Liaison Program—to Final Exercises and beyond. We truly believe that ’Hoos are students for a short time, but alumni forever.
To that end, we’re excited to announce a big change to our Student Life Membership program. Beginning this fall, we are opening up our programming to ALL current students, with no membership or financial commitment required to participate. This fits with our belief that the Alumni Association should be here for students from Day One, to help them make the most of their time at UVA. Through our programming, students can look forward to Food Fests, Bingo Nights and beloved UVA traditions like Lighting of The Lawn. It’s a great way to build an inclusive UVA community and, with our eyes on the future, to further President Ryan’s aim of building a great and good University.
We hope to see you at Alumni Hall this fall. Whether you’re in the class of ’73, ’03 or ’23, our home is always yours.
Jenifer G. Andrasko (Darden ’10)
President & CEO, UVA Alumni Association
With our eyes on serving…
Admission Liaison Program
The Admission Liaison Program (ALP) serves alumni in many ways. Some alumni look to our Advising program to personalize and demystify the UVA admission process for their children, while others use ALP to find meaningful and impactful opportunities to engage and mentor underrepresented prospective students. For example, our Virginia Alumni Admission Network (VAAN), in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s Outreach Team, helps recruit and enroll African-American and Hispanic/Latinx students, while our First Generation Alumni Initiative does the same for those students. Through it all, the Alumni Association helps UVA build a strong pool of future ’Hoos.”
Sarah Fay Waller (Col ’10)
Director, Admission Liaison Program
In last year’s All-Alumni Survey, your top reason for becoming a member of the UVA Alumni Association was to improve UVA as an educational institution. Supporting talented future ’Hoos through ALP is one way we do this.
More than 2,300 alumni and children received direct services from ALP in 2018-2019, whether in person, by phone or by Skype.
The Alumni Association supports VAAN, a group of 300+ enthusiastic African American and Hispanic/Latinx alumni who personally interact with prospective students to augment the work of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
The Alumni Association’s Legacy Scholarship, awarded to incoming undergraduate students whose parent, stepparent, or legal guardian earned a degree from UVA, is valued at $5,000 annually and $20,000 over four years at UVA.