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Release: July 1, 1999

UI Alumni Association surpasses 50,000 members in year of rapid growth

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa Alumni Association has surpassed the 50,000-member mark and is implementing plans for further growth.

The UI Alumni Association (UIAA) achieved its June 2000 goal of 50,000 members 15 months ahead of schedule, increasing from 46,339 members as of Jan.1, 1999 to 50,467 as of June 1, 1999. "This has been a year to remember. In terms of new members, we've experienced the largest period of growth in our 132-year history," said Vince Nelson, executive director of the UIAA.

"We attribute the record increase to hard working staff, dedicated volunteers, and our member's pride in this exemplary university," said Joel Greer, past president of the UIAA Board of Directors. "Speaking for the 50,000 members, I'm pleased to have UI President Mary Sue Coleman at the helm, happy to be in the new Levitt Center for University Advancement, and delighted to provide quality service."

Gifts to UIAA also increased. As of June 1, it received $474,879 in gifts, up 50.7 percent from last year. Nelson added that the Director's Club Honor Circle doubled in size with 39 total members. Participating members of the Honor Circle have committed to giving $1,000 per year for 10 years. The theme for UIAA's 1999-2000 membership drive is "50 Thousand and Growing." The new goal will be 3,500 to 4,000 new members, according to Joseph Cassis, UIAA's director of marketing.

"Alumni are going back to their roots and re-establishing their ties to the university. They not only want to stay connected to the university, they are seeing the value of membership with the many services at the UIAA," Cassis said.

Several UIAA programs experienced growth in 1998-99, including the number of Iowa Clubs, which increased from 60 to 82 clubs in the U.S. and across the world. There was a jump in the number of international clubs, which increased from four to 14, with new groups formed in China, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey, Sweden and Ecuador.

Also experiencing a recent surge is the student membership program, now called Iowa S.T.A.T. (Iowa Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). More than 650 freshman have joined in four recent orientation sessions held in June, a pace significantly ahead of the same period last year.

The UIAA's Iowa Voyagers travel program exceeded anticipated revenue by more than $20,000. Some of the most popular tours were the Alumni College Abroad learning vacations, including a 38-passenger tour to the Burgundy region of France. The Iowa Voyagers program added a new reservation system for members, virtual tour scrapbooks and other travel information on the UIAA web site, and also published an annual tour catalog and Iowa Voyager newsletters.

In addition, the UIAA is also augmenting its communication with its members, Nelson said. A redesigned alumni magazine will be published six times a year instead of quarterly beginning in January 2000. "There will be 60 pages of content in the expanded magazine. It's a great way to showcase the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of this university," he said.

The UIAA web site also offers a wealth of information for alumni. It received a gold medal in a competition sponsored by Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the only gold award out of 97 entries from colleges and universities from across the nation and Canada.

For more information, contact the UIAA at UI Alumni Association at (319) 335-3294 or (800) IOWALUM, or visit its web site: