My tenure as president of the alumni association has been a time of learning, listening and looking to the future. We convened an Alumni Relations Task Force, conducted a survey and held a series of focus groups to determine how to strengthen connections among alumni and provide more opportunities for alumni and students to meet. With the insights gained through these efforts, the Alumni Leadership Council voted in November to approve a new mission statement that better reflects the association’s work. In addition, the council developed a vision statement and a set of values that will guide future programming and planning. I think they are a great reflection of our community today, and I hope you agree.
The UW Medicine community enriches our lives long after our education is complete, and our connection with the School lasts a lifetime. As a case in point, I had the pleasure of attending an admissions information session in February where Carol Teitz, M.D, Res. ’80 (orthopaedics), associate dean for admissions, provided an overview of the School’s admissions process for alumni and their “aspiring medical student.” I enjoyed spending an evening with fellow alumni, and it was a privilege to be part of these prospective students’ academic journey.
I’d like to remind you of another opportunity to connect: Reunion Weekend on June 6 and 7. There are programs for you even if your class is not celebrating a reunion. The two-day event includes brunch for the 50-Year Association, an open meeting of the UW School of Medicine Alumni Association Board and a “Learn & Lunch” featuring a discussion on healthy living. Most of all, I hope you’ll join us the evening of June 7 for the All-School reception at Husky Stadium, where we’ll also recognize and celebrate the 2014 recipients of the distinguished alumni awards.
The weekend is the perfect opportunity to catch up with classmates, renew old friendships and make new connections. I hope to see you in June!
Angela J. Chien, M.D. ’95
President , UW School of Medicine Alumni Association