Building Relationships
"Washington University has been a very important part of my life," says J.J. (Julia Jane) Stupp, M.B.A. '83 and chair of the Alumni Board of Governors for 2004-05. "Being involved in the University community has enriched my life far beyond anything I could ever contribute in return. That's why I always say 'yes' when the University calls. I'd like to see every alum experience a relationship with the University as rewarding as the one I have been fortunate to have."
J.J. Stupp, M.B.A. '83, is the current chair of the Alumni Board of Governors.

Stupp's roots at Washington University go deep. She is a native of St. Louis; her father, Robert P. Stupp, graduated from the University in 1952; and her grandparents, Erwin P. and Mildred Phelps Stupp, graduated in 1919. J.J. Stupp began her involvement with the Alumni Board of Governors after chairing the Young Alumni Committee in 1985. Later she served as vice chair of careers and technology, a two-year term, prior to becoming executive vice chair of the board in 2003-04. The chair and executive vice chair of the Alumni Board of Governors serve as the Alumni Association's representatives to the University's Board of Trustees.

Stupp is also an active volunteer at the Olin School of Business, where she has been a member of the board of the Alumni Association since 1993 and served as president in 1999-2000. She is on the School's Eliot Society Membership Committee and serves on its National Council.

While in the M.B.A. program at the Olin School of Business, Stupp was part of a team that wrote initial state legislation to assist new technology businesses in the St. Louis region and designed and developed the St. Louis Technology Center (now known as the Center for Emerging Technologies). Stupp wrote her master's thesis on university-based innovation centers, and today she is the co-founder and chief financial officer of Data Search Systems, Inc. (DSSI), which was formed to develop and market products based on technology invented at the Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science. She is also the community liaison for Oakwood Medical Investors IV, LLC, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm.

A successful entrepreneur in her own right, in 1992 Stupp founded TableTalk—an award-winning publisher of nationally distributed educational games—and managed the company until it was sold in 2000. She serves on many business and civic boards, including Midwest BankCentre, St. Louis Academy of Science, Capital Committee for the Coalition for Plant & Life Sciences, Center for Emerging Technologies, Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, and the Magic House.

Stupp's leadership in the area of careers and technology on the Alumni Board of Governors came at the right time. As the network of Washington University alumni has become global, electronic communications are essential to keeping alumni connected with the University and each other. To better serve alumni regardless of where they live or how often they move, the Alumni Board of Governors is working to make its extensive online services even simpler and easier to use.

One of the most important priorities for the Alumni Board of Governors is to strengthen efforts to help students take the first steps in their careers. "Helping graduates launch their careers is essential for the future strength of the University," Stupp says. "Our alumni are a global resource of expertise, contacts, and information."

She continues: "A few years ago, we helped create Career Connections, an online networking service for alumni, students, and parents. Today more than 5,000 volunteers from across the University are listed as resources and share information about job opportunities and careers. Both students and alumni can search the database by their field of interest, by geographic location, or by academic major. It's a great service for students and recent graduates, and it's a very rewarding way to get involved.

"Washington University alumni share a strong bond—our mutual appreciation and respect for the University and everything it stands for," Stupp adds. "Building those relationships benefits us all."

Alumni Stay Connected
The Alumni Association sponsors Washington University Clubs in 40 cities worldwide, where graduates gather to network, participate in community service, and enjoy programs featuring visiting faculty. Faculty members also lead tours for the Alumni Travel and Learning Program and present alumni seminars and lectures on campus. Visit the Alumni Association home page,, for more information.

To take advantage of Career Connections and other online services, including e-mail forwarding, you must first log on to the password-protected Alumni Directory, using the seven-digit number that appears above your name on the back of this magazine.

Alumni Board of Governors
Executive Committee 2004-05

The Alumni Board of Governors oversees events executed by Washington University volunteers around the world. The board advises the University about activities and programs for all alumni.
Julia Jane Stupp, M.B.A. '83
Melvin F. Brown, A.B. '57, J.D. '61
Executive Vice Chair
Gordon W. Philpott, M.D. '61
Immediate Past Chair
F. Gilbert Bickel III, B.S.B.A. '66
Vice Chair, Annual Giving
Jerome F. Brasch, B.S.Ch.E. '44, M.S.Ch.E. '47
Vice Chair, Planned Giving
Randall S. Edge, M.B.A. '93
Vice Chair, Club Programs
Andrew T. Grossman, A.B. '92
Vice Chair, Alumni and Parents Admission Program
Jacqueline P. Ullin, A.B. '97, J.D. '01
Vice Chair, Young Alumni

Danforth Receives "Search" Award
In Washington University's Sesquicentennial year, the William Greenleaf Eliot Society presented its 2004 "Search" Award to William H. Danforth, who has a place at the top of the "most admired" list for everyone from students and faculty to alumni, community leaders, and fellow educators. He received the Society's highest honor at the Eliot Society's 37th annual dinner on April 22.

Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth with the 2004 "Search" Award.

Danforth served as chancellor of Washington University from 1971 to 1995, the longest tenure in University history. Now chancellor emeritus, he continues to serve the region as chairman of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He is a longtime director of the Danforth Foundation, which devotes much of its resources to education and made the lead gift of $100 million to the Campaign for Washington University.

Danforth joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1957, where he served as vice chancellor for medical affairs and as president of the Washington University Medical Center. He chaired the University's Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999 and served as vice chair from 1999 to 2004.

Under Danforth's wise leadership, the University successfully emerged from a difficult period for higher education to re-establish positive relations with the community while promoting academic excellence, building the endowment, and elevating the University to the top rank of world-class research institutions.

Among many honors during his career, Danforth received the Alexander Meiklejohn Award from the American Association of University Professors for his strong defense of academic freedom. Presenting the "Search" Award, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton paid tribute to Danforth's kindness, personal commitment, and "great and enduring influence."

The "Search" Award represents the unending pursuit of truth and knowledge. In 1987, the Eliot Society presented the award to Elizabeth "Ibby" Danforth, William Danforth's wife.

Mark Your Calendar
Reunion 2005 — May 19-22

If your class year is 1940, '45, '50, '55, '60, '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, or '95, plan now to attend Reunion for undergraduate alumni of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Art, and Architecture next May. Are there friends you hope to see? We can make it easy to get involved, get in touch, and make plans. Call (314) 935-7378 or 1-800-867-ALUM (toll free), or e-mail:

5th Reunion -- Class of 2000
Celebrate during Thurtene Weekend
April 15-17, 2005

Announcing a Reunion celebration during Thurtene, exclusively for the undergraduate Class of 2000! Watch for details to come.



Celebrating Friendships Old and New
Alumni from every generation renewed ties with classmates and made new friends at Reunion weekend, May 21-23, 2004. A total of 929 alumni attended Reunion this year, with 278 arriving on Thursday, May 20, to take part in Reunion College. The Class of 1954 celebrated its 50th Reunion in great style by winning the trophy for the greatest increase in participation in the Class Gift since their last Reunion, and overall giving by Reunion classes reached nearly $12 million for the year. The celebration included everything from class parties to softball games, topped off by the Great Bear Parade and the Reunion Gala, making this a wonderful weekend for all.

Class of 1974: Co-chairs Tom Bugnitz (center), B.S. '74, M.B.A. '74, and Rob Meyer (right), B.S. '74, M.S. '76, D.Sc. '78, carried the class banner with Professor Emeritus Seymour Pollack (left), one of the faculty members honored by the 30th Reunion class.

Class of 1994: Lissa Padnick Silver, B.S. '94, enjoyed Reunion with her family: (from left) Matthew, Jay, and Ilana Silver.

Class of 1999: (From left) Samantha Friedman, A.B. '99, J.D. '03, Sarah Haynes, A.B. '99, and Christina Nelson, A.B. '99.

Class of 1974: Olabisi Sobomehin Solar, A.B. '74, M.S.W. '75, marched with her classmates.

Class of 1934: Elizabeth "Bee" Conrad Robinson (left), A.B. '34, and Virginia "Ginny" Waggoner Bryan, A.B. '34, celebrated their 70th Reunion by serving as grand marshals of the Great Bear Parade, driven by Reunion intern Jacob Choi, Arts & Sciences Class of '06.