Washington University Clubs: Keeping Alumni Connected

Alumni, parents and friends gathered in Florida for St. Louis Cardinals spring training games in March 2011. (Reinhold Matay)

Every year, the Alumni Association hosts hundreds of events around the world that reunite alumni and reinforce their connection to the university. With 26 clubs in the United States and 16 international clubs, alumni, parents and friends can participate in club activities right in their own backyards.

On March 19, alumni gathered in Jupiter, Fla., to watch a St. Louis Cardinals spring training game against the Florida Marlins. Alumni gathered the following day in Ft. Myers, Fla., to watch the Cardinals play the Boston Red Sox. On both days, participants enjoyed an afternoon of barbecue and baseball while bonding with friends.

Lectures from the university faculty, theater performances and docent-led museum tours are just a few other activities that bring thousands of alumni together every year.

See what club events are happening (http://alumniclubs.wustl.edu) near you. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@wustl.edu or call (314) 935-7378 or (800) 867-ALUM (toll-free).

Don’t miss the May Travel Lecture Series

“Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa” – Karin Muller
Fri., May 6, 2011
Graham Chapel
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5
(Complimentary for members of the Eliot Society)

Follow American filmmaker Karin Muller as she discovers the ancient heart of modern Japan and gains new insight into her own life. Looking for a competitive edge in her judo practice as well as some fresh perspective, Muller embarked on a yearlong quest to deepen her appreciation for such Eastern ideals as unquestioning commitment and single-minded devotion to detail. “Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa” is the story of Muller’s quest for harmony, or wa, and adventures into a side of Japan that few outsiders get to see.

Ibby’s prix fixe dinner
6:45 p.m. or 8 p.m.
$25 per person

Enjoy a three-course meal at Ibby’s, the on-campus bistro, before or after Muller’s film. Ibby’s will offer a special prix fixe dinner including appetizers, entrée (three choices) and dessert — all for $25! Reservations must be received by April 29, 2011, by calling Kathy Lewis at (314) 935-7378.

For more information on the Travel Lecture Series or to make dinner reservations, visit alumni.wustl.edu.

Broaden Your Horizons through the 2011 Travel Program

China, Spain, Vietnam — These are just a few of the destinations scheduled through the Alumni Association Travel Program for 2011. Every year, the Travel Committee carefully selects interesting places around the world that provide alumni and friends great learning experiences. Here is a schedule of the remaining trips this year:

May 3–14
Treasures of Turkey

May 6–21
Treasures of China and Tibet

May 13–21
Provence and the Rhône River

June 10–23
Passage of the Norwegian Fjords

July 7–14
Cruising Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage (Sold out!)

July 12–23
Grand Journey Ireland

July 14–27
Danube River and the Cultural Treasures of Central Europe
Travel/Study Leaders: Sarah Westphal-Wihl, professor of German Literature, and Gary Wihl, dean of Arts & Sciences and the Hortense & Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

August 15–30
Opus Mediterráneo Music Cruise
Travel/Study Leader: Hugh Macdonald, the Avis H. Blewett Professor of Music

September 8–22
Paradores and Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain and Portugal

September 18–27
Chianti and the Italian Riviera

September 18–October 1
Ancient Lands and Seas: Cruise from Istanbul to Venice

October 20–November 3
Treasures of East Africa

October 22–November 6
Journey through Vietnam

November 3–11
The Culture and Arts of St. Petersburg

Visit travel.wustl.edu for more information or contact the Alumni Association at (314) 935-7378 or (866) WU-TRIPS (toll free) or via e-mail at alumni.travel@wustl.edu.

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