The UOAA’s Satellite Office in Portland Aims to Strengthen the UO’s Ties with the 45,000 Alumni in the Rose City.
On April 15, the University of Oregon Alumni Association opened a new office in Portland, to complement the Eugene office and better serve the UO’s alumni living in the Rose City.
Fully 45,000 of the UO’s alumni base of 190,000 live in Portland, making it the largest population of Ducks anywhere in the world—greater even than Lane County. Located next to the Duck Store in the White Stag Block, the UOAA’s Portland office will make the association even more accessible to alumni in Portland, and will be better positioned to aid the PDX Ducks chapter with the many events it sponsors.
“With nearly a fourth of our alumni base in the Portland area, we knew that a presence for the UO Alumni Association was necessary,” said University of Oregon Alumni Association Executive Director Tim Clevenger ’86. “The strong partnership of the UOAA with University Advancement presented us an opportunity to make that dream become a reality. This new office will be a visible reminder to students, staff, faculty, visitors, and alumni that the UOAA is their connection point with the University of Oregon, and it will allow us to serve our members and the Duck community on a daily basis, ultimately strengthening the relationships all Ducks have with the UO.”
The office space was purchased with the assistance of University Advancement, and when fully staffed with have two full-time employees. The office will act as an extension of the UOAA’s Eugene location, and will provide valuable and convenient assistance to the 45,000 alumni living in Oregon’s largest city.
Between the UOAA and its PDX Ducks chapter, many membership events are held in Portland, including the popular Portland Science Nights at Widmer Brothers Brewery, football watch parties at Cinetopia, and outings to see the Portland Timbers in action. The UOAA’s Portland office will aid in expanding and improving event offerings, all in the name of continuing the association’s mission of strengthening the UO by keeping alumni united and in touch with their alma mater.
A membership event held to celebrate the opening took place at the White Stag Block on April 15. Close to 100 alumni, including current and former members of the Board of Directors, joined UOAA staff members—and the Duck—at the event.