Recently I attended an event with my local chapter and we all had a great time sharing stories about professors and catching up.

I enjoyed getting to know two fellow alumni and catching up with folks who I have been friends with since our freshman year. Later that evening, I texted a fellow attendee and said “I’m so glad I’m a W girl.” I feel so lucky that I have a place that feels like home and friends who would cross mountains and oceans to be there for me or really just answer my phone call, but you get the picture. I look forward to visiting more chapters this year and getting to know more of our amazing alumni.

The MUWAA Board of Directors has already been hard at work. As I talked with the Board members about the goals for the Association in the coming year, a word kept coming to mind – cultivate! One definition of cultivate is to foster the growth of; to improve by labor, care or study. Over the last six years the soil has been prepared, the seeds have been planted and we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. Now is the time to cultivate. As we begin our first full year implementing our newly minted strategic plan, we will begin to cultivate our activities, studying them so we can be strategic and fiscally responsible with our decisions. Some key areas we will focus on cultivating this year are:

1. Membership This year we will work to cultivate 2,000 active members in our association. We’ve been hovering right below this number for a couple of years and we seem primed to surpass this number! In order to become an active member, you just need to make a donation of any amount to the MUW Foundation. Visit to make your gift today! Also, I want to encourage you all to reach out to your friends who are alums and encourage them to make a donation of any amount to our association so we can knock that goal out of the park!

2. Connecting with Current Students Another area we will focus on is connecting better with our current students to begin cultivating them to be members of our alumni association when they graduate. We will work to identify ways we can connect with the students and meet them where they are. We have already begun the process of meeting with current students and evaluating what we do currently.

3. Supporting Faculty This past year, the Board of Directors was able to fully fund the Legacy Scholarship with proceeds from the Long Blue Line Silent Auction. With more than $21,000 raised at this year’s auction, we will shift our focus to endowing our three faculty awards – the Mortar Board Faculty Member of the Year, the Faculty Enhancement Grants and New Faculty Member Grant. These awards assist the faculty in enhancing the classroom experience for the students. Plans are already underway for the 2019 edition of the Long Blue Line Silent Auction. If you would like to be a sponsor, donate an item or volunteer, please reach out to auction chair Carolyn Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As I close, please know that I would love to hear from you! You can always reach me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if I can ever do anything to support you. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter meeting or on campus for Welty Weekend or Homecoming!