One of the many rewards I enjoy most about my role here at the University of Oregon Alumni Association is the opportunity to meet so many Ducks from our regional Chapters. Our alumni community is so diverse and interesting, and it’s a pleasure to hear of everyone’s UO experience.
A month or so ago, our UOAA team was in Santa Monica, Calif., for a planning session with the leaders of our Los Angeles Chapter, including a terrific Duck couple, Susan and Grier Ross. As we went around the room introducing ourselves, I asked Susan, the outgoing Chapter president, how she and Grier met. “Actually, we met at an alumni association Chapter event,” she answered. Grier went on to tell our group that after graduating from the University of Oregon, he moved to the L.A. area for a better chance at finding a job. Some friends suggested that he network with Ducks at a gathering of the local UOAA Chapter. He did and was introduced to a number of L.A. Ducks, including Susan. After a while they started dating. Then, in 2005, they were married. And just this last February they welcomed their second son, Charlie, into the world.
I hear fascinating stories about cherished relationships being formed during Chapter events. At our regional networking lunches, Ducks make valuable connections that lead to jobs. Our alumni explore the world and meet new lifelong friends during UOAA travel programs. They find other Ducks with similar interests at various Chapter activities, such as wine tasting or educational programs. It’s exciting to hear how UO alumni are gathering regionally and forming relationships with others who’ve shared the transformative experience attained by attending the University of Oregon.
If you haven’t been to a UOAA Chapter event, give one a try. You might make a Duck connection that enriches your life. That is what we’re all about at the UO Alumni Association – fostering lifelong relationships that enhance the lives of Ducks and strengthen the UO community.
That’s why nearly 16,000 Ducks have chosen to become members of the UOAA. And your membership dues enable the support of our many national and international Chapters. Hearing of the impact these chapters have on the lives of Ducks validates the tremendous return on your investment. Just ask Susan and Grier.