Alumni Turn Out for Club Events

Around the world, Washington University alumni gather to reaffirm their connection to their alma mater. The Alumni Association sponsors 26 clubs in the United States and 16 internationally. Alumni, parents, and friends participate in a variety of social and educational activities. There are no club fees, although event fees may apply. Here are some activities that University Clubs enjoyed this year:

Volunteering at Saturday’s/Sunday’s Bread
Alumni and friends helped prepare and serve a hot meal for people in need at a local nonprofit organization in Boston.

James Adams, Jr., A.B. ’78, watched the men’s basketball team take on the Chicago Maroons with his daughters, (from left) Audrey and Elisabeth.

Bears vs. Maroons
The Washington University Club of Chicago hosted an afternoon of fun as the basketball Bears took on the University of Chicago Maroons.

Classes Without Quizzes
A large group gathered at the Arts District Banquet Facility in the Trammel Crow Center to hear a presentation by Himadri Pakrasi, the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg Professor of Biology in Arts & Sciences, professor of energy in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and director of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES). (See the feature on Professor Himadri Pakrasi.)

Spring Awakening
Alumni, parents, and friends saw a matinee performance of Spring Awakening at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and enjoyed an exclusive talk backstage with the cast following the show.

Kansas City
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The day included a luncheon at the Kansas City Convention Center, a performance of Spamalot, and a private backstage tour of the Kansas City Music Hall.

Los Angeles
Harry Potter Sneak Preview
More than 150 alumni and family members had a private sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before it opened nationwide.

Cardinals vs. Brewers
Alumni, parents, and friends gathered for a dinner buffet and then enjoyed the annual baseball game.

Explore Haunted Philadelphia
Attendees experienced the chilling tales of America’s most historic and haunted city on a candlelight walking tour of Society Hill and Independence Park.

San Diego
A Day at the Races
Alumni dined in a private suite and had a great view of the races from the balcony at the Sea at Delmar Racetrack.

Washington, D.C./Baltimore
Zoo Tour and Lunch
Attendees spent the morning at the Smithsonian National Zoo, which began with their choice of two private, guided tours.

For more information on club events in your area, call the Alumni Association at (314) 935-7378 or visit

Margaret Scavotto, J.D. ’05, Alumni Board of Governors Executive Committee, Vice Chair for Young Alumni

Alumni Volunteer Spotlight

Why do you volunteer for Washington University?

I volunteer because Washington University gave so much [to me] when I was a student. Now that I am an alum, it continues to provide tremendous resources and opportunities through the St. Louis Young Alumni Program, which is how I am involved. I love volunteering with the Young Alumni Program because it allows me to participate in community activities and community service work. It has introduced me to terrific friends and mentors. Also, it provides continuing education through lectures, classes, and other programming. I continue to get so much from the Washington U. experience that I wanted to give back.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer position?

I love staying connected to the University and learning about its latest achievements. As a student, I loved being a part of the University. The great thing about volunteering is that I continue to learn what is going on with current students and the changes around campus—the new buildings and new programs. I enjoy connecting with the talented students and alumni I meet. It is fascinating to be able to keep up with the University’s contributions to St. Louis and society overall.

What advice would you give to young alumni who are considering volunteering at the University?

I would tell them that the Washington University experience does not have to end on graduation day. The Young Alumni Program allows recent graduates to give back to the University with a different, but equally valuable resource, which is their time. I would encourage them to contact the Alumni Association to see what opportunities are available. There is something for everyone.

To learn more about how you can volunteer, contact the Alumni Association at (314) 935-7378 or (800) 867-ALUM (toll-free), or



Founders Day Celebration 2009

November 7, 2009 • 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency–St. Louis Riverfront

Plan now to join us to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Washington University. If you would like more information on Founders Day 2009, visit

2010 Alumni Weekend

April 23–25, 2010
Classes of 2000, 2005, and 2009

Join undergraduate alumni of Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering as they gather to celebrate their 1st, 5th, and 10th Reunions.

May 20–23, 2010
Classes of 1945, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, and ’90

Mark your calendars to attend the undergraduate Reunions for alumni of Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering.

If you would like to volunteer to help make your Reunion one to remember, contact the Alumni Association at (314) 935-6503 or (800) 867-ALUM (toll-free), or