Message from the UCMAA President - December '17

December 2017

Dear UCMAA Members,

Thank you to all of you who made the trip back to campus for Homecoming 2017; UC Merced will always be your home. I hope you enjoyed the weekend’s event line up—Sip n’ Sing was my favorite. I immensely enjoyed reconnecting and getting to know some new alumni. For those of you who couldn’t make it back, check-out the photos on Facebook, and we hope to see you back on campus soon.
As has become a tradition following Thanksgiving these past 3 years is Give Tue UC Merced (#GiveTueUCM). This year’s goal was 1,000 donors in a day, and we we surpassed our goal. A special thank you to all of our awesome alumni donors. We are #3 in the UC system for alumni giving participation--with your help, I know we can be #1 in the UC system! So, every donor and every dollar counts. Thank you so much for being alumni donors!
Following #GiveTueUCM, will be our first official Fall Commencement Ceremony with all the pomp and circumstance of the Spring ceremony. In past years, a less formal celebration has been held in the fall, but we will have a full formal fall ceremony to honor the final members to the Class of 2017 at the Merced Theatre. Also, for the first time, I will share the stage with a fellow alumna,Shavone
Charles ‘12 as the keynote speaker. Shavone is the Head of Music and Youth Culture Communications at Instagram. It never seizes to amaze me how successful our alumni become so quickly—a true testament to our alma-mater.
Lastly, we are launching UC Merced LYNX, which is our professional networking platform for students and alumni. You can pull in your professional profile from either LinkedIn or Facebook, and start connecting with fellow alumni and future alumni by posting internship or job opportunities. Create your profile today and join me along with the rest of the UCMAA Board on UC Merced LYNX!
Have a happy holiday season with your families and friends, and we will see you again in 2018!
Let the Journey Continue...

Keith Ellis ‘12
UC Merced Alumni Association President