The University of Washington Tacoma Alumni Council (UWTAC) is a university organization dedicated to connecting with the community, strengthening higher education in Washington State, and fellowship.
In 1889 a group of UW alumni collaborated to further strengthen their ties to establish a community that would revolutionize the university. The goal remains the same as it was 125 years ago: to connect the three branches, the community, each other, and representing UW’s best interest.
Through its years of existence, the council developed, and included other branches to the alumni council such as their 2010 establishment, the UW Impact (which focuses on advocating for higher education).
In the past, the group has sent legislation more than 10,000 messages from their UW Impact website advocating student body interests. The group created a stronger connection through building a district-by-district network of committed and active advocates. This is when they gained the name, “Dawg District.”
Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Officer, Thomas Duke explains the council’s vision for future growth and says, “Council members shall seek to define qualitative criteria that will guide the efforts to recruit new council membership, actively engage other alumni and alert staff to new council prospects or potential volunteers of another capacity.”
UWTAC strives to provide opportunities for long lasting engagement, collaboration, and networking all while supporting the mission, vision, and goals of UW Tacoma.
The council recently organized an event that will be held Friday, Nov. 27th called the Apple Cup. This event invites families, friends, students, alumni, faculty, and staff to join together and socialize with members of the community and “fellow Huskies.” The event will take place at the Swiss Restaurant & Pub from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are available as well as Husky-themed cocktails and drink specials for those of drinking age.
The council members have organized other annual events involving the community including the Turkey Trot, Giving Tree, and Gift Drive.
“Alumni, students, former students, faculty, staff, friends, donors, and their families are encouraged to take part in UWTAC activities and events,” says Duke.
The council encourages graduates to enroll as members of the organization. Any recipient who carries a degree or certificate from UWT is eligible to be a member. Students who want to be involved, but have not yet obtained their degree or a certificate can participate in specific assigned roles on the council.
University Y Student Center Building Supervisor, Rai Nauman, shared his thoughts about the council: “The UW Tacoma Alumni Council provides an opportunity to proactively engage the greater community as we further the mission of the university through advocacy, social, and service oriented programming efforts! I’m honored to serve as the chair this year with a group of selfless leaders. On the council, we are consistently exploring innovative mechanisms to bring the UW Tacoma community together.”