Thank You to Our Founding Committee
Our first order of business when launching the UICAA in October 2017 was building a solid foundation. We invited a number of seasoned and loyal volunteers to create Founding Committees, charged with examining overall operations, awards & traditions, college and unit engagement and student to recent alumni engagement. Each committee worked to assess our current state and recommend strategies to help us grow and improve.
Thank you to the following alumni volunteers who spent countless hours working diligently to meet that charge. We are extremely grateful for their dedication, time and expertise.
- Chair: Bill Merchantz ‘79
- Jim Dorociak ’81, ’83
- Debra Evans ’85
- Sonia Gabrielson ’03
- Troy Ingram ’10
- Charles (CJ) Kaskadden ’13
- Kerl LaJeune ‘92
- Annie Li ‘15
- Julio Nolasco ’02
- Uche Onwuta ‘97
- Kathryn Quinn ’77
- Joseph Rossi ’17
- Sue Stevens ‘67
- Eileeen Thanitanont ’18
Today, with our current state assessed and our recommendations in place, we are ready to start building up and out. This will mean many more opportunities to provide input, volunteer and have your alumni voice heard. Please read below the various ways to get involved, and let us know how you’d like to engage.
Each new alumnus is looking for his or her next opportunity, just as you did.
- Host internships for UIC students.
- Help conduct mock or informational interviews.
- Allow UIC students to job shadow.
- Serve as a mentor one-on-one or in small groups.
- Bring your company to a UIC job fair.
Many alumni join University administrators in advocating for federal and state funding for the Universities and for their interests.
- Lobbying or advocate through Illinois Connection.
- Reach out to alumni via phone, email or social media to encourage program and event participation.
- Host an event.
The time spent at UIC and varied experiences beyond make alumni perspectives and input uniquely valuable.
- Serve on a college, unit or University-level board, committees or task forces.
- Speak or facilitate in classrooms, at workshops or with student organization.
- Judge a competition.