Happy holidays, Ducks!
This past year was filled with numerous changes at the UOAA; most positive, but one bittersweet. This month we said farewell to executive director Paul Clifford, as he left the UOAA to head Penn State's alumni association. A native Pennsylvanian, Paul grew up attending Nittany Lions football games with his family and was unable to resist the lure of his dream job. We wish him all the best for the future, and the UO has already begun the process of identifying a new executive director to lead the expanding alumni association.
On a brighter note, our staff has grown by one, with the addition of Tyde Kaneshiro, BS '15 as assistant director of advocacy and affinity; and in the New Year we will welcome Camille Ogden, BA '06, BA '15 as the Duck Career Network's program coordinator. With Tyde and Camille on board, we will be able to reach even more Ducks than before, and keep them engaged with the UO and connected to each other.
We have also welcomed a new domestic chapter (hello, Inland NW Ducks!), a new international chapter (apa kabar, Indonesian Ducks?), and two new affinity groups (welcome, Oregon Alumni Band and Oregon Executive MBA!). A record number of Ducks are now members of the UOAA, strengthening their alma mater and displaying their Duck Pride worldwide, while also making use of the rewards
available to them.
The UOAA is, as it always has been and always will be, here to serve you, the alumni of the University of Oregon. Every day we work hard to provide you with better programming and rewards than ever before, and together we make the UO stronger by fostering lifelong relationships, helping Ducks become champions and cheerleaders, ambassadors and advocates, for the university.
Happy Holidays, and here's to a great 2016 (starting with a win in the Alamo Bowl on January 2, we hope!)
Sandra McDonough, BA '76
UOAA Board President