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Strengthening Alumni Connections

On Nov. 4, 2011, the Alumni Board of Governors gathered for its first meeting of the academic year at College Hall on the South 40. The board informs, coordinates, energizes and encourages graduates to serve the needs of the univer­sity, students and other alumni. They represent alumni on the Washington University Board of Trustees and work closely with volunteers and staff.

One of the Alumni Board of Governors’ goals this year is to help prepare students for their lives after graduation. “In today’s economy, it is difficult for students to get that first job,” says Deborah Grossman, EMBA ’91, chair of the Alumni Board of Governors. “Our network of 120,000 alumni represents all ages, fields and career stages — from those who are starting their own businesses, working for corporations or nonprofit organizations, to those who are retired. Our connections and experiences put us in a position to help students transition from the academic world into careers of their choosing.” The board identifies alumni who can create internships and career shadowing experiences for students as well as permanent positions.

In addition, the board fosters engagement at all levels. Many opportunities to connect with alumni exist, especially in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis. Alumni can get involved as volunteers by interviewing prospective students, serving on Reunion committees, and planning regional events.

To find out how you can get involved, visit alumni.wustl.edu. You can also contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@wustl.edu, or call 314-935-7378 or 800-867-ALUM (toll-free).

Alumni Board of Governors
2011–12 Executive Committee

Executive Chair, Deborah Grossman, EMBA ’91
Immediate Past Chair, Henry Warshaw, AB ’76, MBA ’79
Executive Vice Chair, Jeff Rosenkranz, BSBA ’84
Vice Chairs:

• Jerome Brasch, BS ’44, MS ’47
• Allen Cowgill, BSBA ’03
• Donald Jubel, BS ’73
• Bennett Kleinberg, AB ’87
• Jessica Loyet, BS ’11
• Michelle Miller, BFA ’05, AB ’05
• Robert Sherwood, MArch ’79, MBA ’79
• Scott Simowitz, AB ’77

MY WASHINGTON:

Investing in People: Key to Realizing Potential Howard Wood, BSBA ’61, is a successful businessman in the telecommunications, real estate and cattle ranching industries. A scholarship recipient himself, he enjoys helping current students reach their potential.

ALUMNI PROFILES:

Restaurateur Serves Up Authentic Chinese Since graduating, Jason Wang, BSBA ’09, is helping take his father’s New York restaurant, Xi’an Famous Foods, to a new level of success.

Author Captivates Kids, Expands Imagination Janni Lee Simner, AB ’89, AB ’89, has published seven books and several short stories in the fantasy genre, primarily for children and young adults.

Entrepreneur Saves Lives With Sanitation Ani Vallabhaneni, BSBA ’02, BSCS ’02, co-founder and CEO of Sanergy, works in Kenyan slums to provide sanitation infrastructure.

ALUMNI ACTIVITIES:

A&D Launches New Website Looking for a new way to stay connected to the Washington University community? Visit the new A&D website, alumni.wustl.edu.

Reunion 2012 Join the 1st through 35th Reunion classes for Alumni Weekend at Thurtene Carnival, April 20–22. Undergraduate alumni from the classes of 1972 and back will celebrate during Commencement Weekend, May 18–20.

Strengthening Alumni Connections On Nov. 4, 2011, the Alumni Board of Governors (ABG) gathered for its first meeting of the academic year at College Hall on the South 40. One of ABG’s goals this year is to help prepare students for their lives after graduation.

CLASSNOTES:

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In Memoriam

ASIA EXTRA:

Asia Extra is a supplement to Washington Magazine for alumni and friends in Asia. (PDF download)

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