A Great Time to Be a Duck

Dear UOAA members,

It is a great time to be a Duck! From the transformational changes in leadership and governance to our historic run to the inaugural College Football Championship game and our cutting edge branding campaign that boldly proclaims “we if” at the University of Oregon, the UO has the world’s attention.

In addition, it has been a record-breaking year at your Alumni Association. As we approach the beginning of a new academic year, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. This is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of our more than 27,000 alumni members and celebrate the impact of their support on the university.

This month, we published our first UOAA Annual Report. I hope that you enjoy reading the stories of impact included; they bring the six foundational pillars of our alumni program to life:

  • The Power of the Duck Alumni Network
  • Spreading the Good News of the UO and her Alumni
  • Mobilize Alumni Towards the UO
  • Impact the Student Experience
  • Strengthen Higher Education in Oregon
  • Harness Duck Spirit

Read our 2015 Annual Report here.

Under the direction of President Derrick Deadwiler, our Board of Directors established a scholarship program for deserving Oregonians who wish to attend the state’s flagship university. In addition, they oversaw a program that reached all-time highs in membership, introduced new alumni chapters, and sponsored more than 200 opportunities to gather with fellow Ducks.

The University of Oregon Alumni Association is proud to play an integral role in the advancement of our great university. This level of accomplishment is only possible with dedicated volunteers and the support of our members. I thank all of you for the support you have shown the UO and the UOAA this year. Together, we make the UO stronger by fostering lifelong relationships, helping Ducks become champions and cheerleaders, ambassadors and advocates, for our university.

Go Ducks!

Paul J. Clifford
Life Member
Associate Vice President of Advancement, UOAA Executive Director