March 31—An Update on Reunions 2020
Dear fellow alumni –
We wish you and your family well amid the growing pandemic that affects each of our daily lives. As social distancing becomes a way of life for the foreseeable future, our connectedness to each other and to the University community is more important now than ever.
Keeping you connected and building community is at the heart of the mission of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. I’m writing to let you know how your Alumni Association will continue fulfilling that mission in the face of COVID-19.
First, some disappointing news. It pains me to tell you that we need to postpone 2020 Reunions to next year. We hope you understand, especially all the volunteers who have worked so hard planning for this year. With UVA’s in-person summer programs halted through June 30, with the Virginia governor banning gatherings of more than 10 people and instituting shelter-in-place restrictions, and with public health the priority, we and our University partners saw no other option.
The good news is we have an exciting alternative, and it starts with creating the largest Reunions ever. We’re moving the celebrations for the class years ending in -0 and -5 to June 2021, combining those events with the Reunions planned for the class years ending in -1 and -6. For those classes affected, our Reunions staff will be in touch with more information in the coming weeks, including details about refunds for this year’s celebration.
On other fronts, here’s how your Alumni Association is informing, serving and connecting you amid the current challenges, and continuing to invest in our future alumni.
- We will continue to inform you through Virginia Magazine, starting with the April digital edition’s exclusive video interview with crisis leaders President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill. In June, look for Virginia Magazine’s summer print issue and its special section devoted to how the pandemic has affected UVA life.
- Amid times of economic uncertainty, our Alumni Career Services will continue to serve you through virtual career advising appointments, updated postings to UVAlumniJobs, and by connecting you to our expanding lineup of industry-specific Alumni Professional Networks.
- Our Admission Liaison Program will continue to serve the children of alumni interested in applying to UVA. During this time, it operates at full steam via phone and video conferencing. In addition, through the Virginia Alumni Admission Network, our African American and Hispanic/Latino alumni volunteers are working in overdrive to help yield newly admitted underrepresented students for the class of 2024.
- We invite you to connect with the Alumni Association and one another on our @UVA_Alumni social media accounts, where you will find stories of some of the incredible alumni who are serving our community. We encourage you to read alumni stories and share your own story with our UVA community.
- You can also join our Corner Book Club to virtually connect with global alumni through a love of reading. This year’s focus is on alumnae authors in honor of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at UVA.
- We will continue to invest in academic excellence and in our future alumni through our scholarship programs. Undaunted by crisis, our alumni committees are using conferencing technology to review applications, interview candidates and make their selections—keeping on pace to award more than $1.5 million to deserving students by mid-summer. We also continue to support student leaders through our Class Council and Trustee student programs – helping them meet the new challenges they face.
Those are just some of the examples of how our team at the Alumni Association remains at your service, now more than ever. I will tell you, their dedication, and the devotion of our alumni and students to the University of Virginia inspire me every day. These are extraordinary times, but this is also an extraordinary community. May you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.
Wahoowa and be well,
Jenifer G. Andrasko, Darden ’10
President & CEO
University of Virginia Alumni Association
March 13—Office of Engagement Update on Events
As the response to the novel coronavirus continues to unfold, we continue to monitor remaining regional events and will communicate further if changes are made based on the University’s guidance. Updated information for individual UVA Club and Lifetime Learning events can be found on the Alumni, Parents, and Friends events calendar.
March 12—Alumni Association Statement
Dear UVA Alumni community,
We want to let you know that we at the Alumni Association are working closely with the University as our global community responds to the novel coronavirus.
We, like the University, will be acting out of an abundance of caution to try to limit the spread of this potentially deadly virus. Beginning Monday, March 16, Alumni Hall will be closed to outside visitors and will be open for official and essential business only. All events are currently cancelled through Final Exercises, per guidance from the University.
We are in uncharted territory and a very fluid situation. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our leadership continues to re-evaluate each program and event with the safety and well-being of our community members in the face of this illness as our highest priority.
As we make decisions on specific programs, we will update their pages.
As always, we’re here to connect our community of alumni with each other and with the University. However our programs adjust during this health crisis, please know that we welcome your thoughts and concerns.
Jenifer G. Andrasko
President and CEO, UVA Alumni Association