Milwaukee Chapter Newsletter – September 2019

Greetings from the Chapter President

Dear Badgers,

Just like that, summer is gone, and back-to-school and football season is here. This summer, our chapter hosted a number of alumni events, including the Fourth Annual Golf Outing. This golf outing was our best one to date, raised almost $7,000 for our annual scholarships. I want to thank our generous sponsors, volunteers, golfers, and alumni board for their hard work that made the outing a success. We hope this event continues to grow, not only to help us raise scholarship funds but also to bring together Badger alumni and friends.

Earlier this month, we hosted our first Get Sett mixer/networking event at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. It was a fun opportunity to welcome new alumni to the city and help them connect with area Badgers.

This fall, join us for our alumni game-watch parties — friends and family are welcome. We have partnered with The Mecca Sports Bar and Grill as well as 97.3 The Game to make this the official Badger game-watch location for all football games. Come cheer the football team to victory and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Dates and times are listed on the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA): Milwaukee Chapter events page. Don’t forget to wear your Wisconsin gear!

Finally, be sure to add the Big Red Rally to your calendar on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Be the first to learn more about the football team’s 2020 recruiting class. Watch for more details in the next month or so.

We hope to see you at a chapter event. On, Wisconsin!

Joe Crain ’03
Wisconsin Alumni Association: Milwaukee Chapter


UW Football Bus Trip to Camp Randall — Wisconsin vs. Iowa

Saturday, Nov. 9 | Time TBA
TGI Fridays | 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee
Cost: $175

Get your ticket today — space is limited! This year, the package includes a pregame breakfast, roundtrip bus fare, an all-inclusive tailgate party in Madison, and a game ticket. Our private tailgate party in the new Union South includes a buffet, free beer, and a cash bar.


Football Season Game-Watch Events

Badger football season is in full swing! Join Badger friends and alumni along with 97.3 The Game at our official Badger game-watch party location, The Mecca Sports Bar and Grill. Help us cheer the football team on to victory. Keep an eye on our Facebook Events page and our website for specific game-watch events.

Big Red Rally – Save the Date!

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Get a big dose of Badger football this winter and be among the first to learn about the football team’s 2020 recruiting class. Registration and sponsorship are forthcoming — watch for details in our next e-news. We hope you can be a part of this annual Milwaukee chapter tradition.

Chapter Golf Outing Raises More Than $7,000 for Scholarships

The Fourth Annual WAA: Milwaukee Chapter Golf Outing at Silver Spring Country Club raised more than $7,000 for our scholarship fund through player fees, sponsorships, contests, and a silent auction. Last year, $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to Milwaukee-area students headed to the UW. That pool of students included seven first-generation college students and four students from Milwaukee Public Schools.

Our thanks to the very generous sponsors, participants, and donors who helped make the event such a great success.


Badger Spotlight

The WAA: Milwaukee Chapter Board of Directors works diligently connect fellow Badgers and keep them informed about what is happening at the UW. To help you get to know your chapter better, we are putting the spotlight on the hardworking board members like Erica Blohm ’15.

Blohm is the vice president of the WAA: Milwaukee Chapter Board of Directors and has been humming “On, Wisconsin” since middle school. As the youngest serving board member, she is focusing on social and professional networking opportunities for area alumni.


Make a Gift to Support Chapter Scholarships

The Milwaukee chapter awards tuition scholarships each year to seniors graduating from Milwaukee County and Ozaukee County high schools who will attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These scholarships are made on the basis of financial need, high school grades, extracurricular activities, and general social adjustment. The scholarships are for freshman year only.


Badger Café

Badger Café takes UW–Madison professors to communities for timely talks on a variety of topics. At Badger Café events, you’ll meet some of the world’s most important scientists and scholars; hear exciting, new ideas; and learn about surprising innovations. These casual, free events are open to the public, and light refreshments are served.

The Unexpected Origins of the Division of Korea: How Korea Was Divided and Why It Matters

Thursday, Nov. 7 | 6–8 p.m. | The University Club of Milwaukee


Stay Connected

Want to make sure you know what’s going on in our local WAA: Milwaukee Chapter? Visit and update your profile to ensure that you’re in the know about everything UW related in our area. You can always check our website or Facebook page for events, or, if you’re busy like the rest of us, visit our board of directors page to share your thoughts with one of us directly.

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors!

UW Credit Union | MillerCoors | The Big 920Hudson Business + Lounge | 97.3 The Game

Would your company like to help support the WAA: Milwaukee Chapter while gaining visibility with loyal Badgers in the area? For details, email Robert Rooney ’70, chapter sponsorship chair, at We have social-media platforms and an email list of nearly 15,000.