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WWU online communities keep us connected

By Deborah DeWees | Executive Director, WWU Alumni Association

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Edye Colello-Morton

As an alumnus of this great university you have an obvious bond with Western. Think back on your classes and friends, professors and favorite hangouts; how do you stay connected to these memories and relationships in the midst of your busy life?

We can help! It’s as simple as logging on to your computer, going to our WWU Alumni website, and strolling through our Western alumni neighborhoods on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

I’m amazed at how fast these online communities are growing; I recently had 25 requests in 24 hours from alumni to join our LinkedIn group. With more than 5,000 active members, they have become a dynamic way to exchange photos,

memories, and career opportunities at real-time speed - adding value in many ways to each other and the university.

While virtual connections are important, sometimes it’s nice to see old Western friends and professors in person.

So, we’re giving you two great opportunities in 2010:

  • Back 2 Bellingham Alumni & Family Weekend, May 14-16. Tour your old residence hall, attend a campus lecture, enjoy live entertainment or join your college, student club or athletic team in a reunion.
  • Golden Viking Reunion, July 13- 14, for grads from 1965 and earlier. Reconnect with former classmates during a campus tour, hop aboard a cruise on Bellingham Bay, and join members of the classes of 1958,

    1959 and 1960 as they are inducted into Golden Viking Society.

  • Start finding old Western friends on our WWU Alumni social networks, make a plan to spend time together in Bellingham, and watch your in-box for more details!