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Newsletter September 2013

Dear alumni,

We proudly present to you the UCAA Newsletter for September 2013! Now that Summer is over and many of you are starting exciting things again, here’s some news from alumni affairs.

Sincerely yours,

The UCAA Board

Lustrum Party

Fifteen years ago UCU first opened its doors, still as a partial construction site, with Facebook not yet a procrastination opportunity. Since then, over 2,000 of us have passed through the gates. We want to celebrate this milestone in good old tradition, together with current students, some faculty, and probably a surprise guest or two. Make sure that we, the alumni, are not only there for some food for nostalgia, but that we can show them all how to party!

Join your fellow alumni on Friday September 6 from 21.00 in the UCSA Bar!

Post Survey

Last month we sent out a new Post, which we of course hope you have enjoyed reading. (Didn’t get one? Send us an e-mail with your correct address and we’ll try to still get one to you.) To figure out how you’ve liked Post so far and how we can make it even better we’d very much appreciate if you could fill out our short little survey (it will take you less than 5 minutes). Your reward will be getting your voice heard and even awesomer Posts in the future.

Board Positions & Vacancy

Lots of changes in the UCAA Board to inform you about: First off, our handsome & beloved Chair Kiran Coleman (’05) (who’s definitely not writing this about himself in the third person) is leaving the board after 3 years of dutiful service and his position will be taken over by our great PR/External Representative Luisa Kühlmann (’09). Her tasks will be done by Indra Spronk-Baas (’06), while the Secretary position will henceforth be filled by Roeland van Beek (’11). All this has resulted in a vacancy opening up for the Events Coordinator position. So if a (partly paid) position on the UCAA board is something you might be interested in, now’s your chance! For more info on the position and how to apply, click here.

Pub Quiz

Up for a night of good fun, beer, and very-useful-information with friends? The UCAA Pub Quiz is coming to fulfill your needs. No exact date has been set yet – as soon as we know more, you will too – so find your teammates, update all your knowledge, and keep an eye on your inbox.

Events Coordinator Vacancy

The UCAA is looking for a new Events Coordinator! Are you an enthusiastic alumnus or alumna who wishes to remain involved with the UCU alumni community? Read on! The UCAA board is responsible for representing alumni affairs on campus and tries to ensure the maintenance of an active alumni network through reunions, events, the annual magazine Post, and more.

The Events Coordinator is responsible for either organizing or coordinating the team that organizes the different UCAA events. This includes the yearly pub quiz, the Summer event, and any other events you’d like the UCAA to organize. The events coordinator also maintains the contacts with the UCAA regional representatives all over the world. Other tasks, like becoming a part of the Post editorial board, can always be discussed.

Being a board member gives you valuable and demonstrable experience in many important areas, like team work, organizational skills and project management. You’ll be able to give back to your alma mater, expand your network and, most importantly, have fun.

Board members are partially reimbursed for the hours they spend on alumni affairs. Involvement in the board also allows you to participate in UCU’s international student recruitment with the possibility to visit educational fairs abroad. Time spent working at these fairs is also reimbursed. As the board is seated in Utrecht, it’s preferable if candidates either live in the area or have the ability to regularly travel there (should this not apply to you, having a working Skype connection also goes a long way). There are no fixed terms, though we ask Board members to expect to want to stay on for at least one year. Time investment is approximately 5 hours per week, plus a monthly Board meeting and attending the occasional UCU, UCAA and UU events and meetings.

Interested? Send your CV and a short motivation to If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

UCAA Newsletter May 2013

Dear alumni,

Welcome to the UCAA Newsletter for May 2013! Here’s some of what’s going on in the world UCU alumni affairs right now:

Life after UC?! We’ve all been through it! Do you have an interesting perspective on how your Liberal Arts & Sciences background at UCU has affected your prospects on the labor market? We’re looking for participants to attend UCU’s Lustrum conference “Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Labor Market” this September. E-mail to let us hear your story!
Please note that attendance to the Lustrum is limited. If you are invited and cannot meet the costs of your attendance, we may be able to support you.

Summer event coming up June 22nd
Summer is almost there! Will you be in or near the Netherlands in June? Come celebrate the scarce warm weather with us at the UCAA Summer Event on campus on June 22. There will be drinks, fun and a barbecue – there’s no reason to miss out on seeing your old friends again. More details will follow soon, save the date!

New treasurer
The UCAA is very happy to welcome its newest board member, Babak Mohammadzadeh (UCU class of 2010), who is serving as our new treasurer. We’re very happy to have him on board!

Donation withdrawals
As you may or may not have noticed if you’re a UCAA contributor, the donations for 2013 (that are usually withdrawn in December) have not happened yet; this because of the transition period that took place between treasurers. Now that we do again have an awesome new treasurer, we are putting him to work and the withdrawals for those who filled out a contribution form before the start of 2013 will take place in early June. Should you wish to become a contributor starting next year (and why wouldn’t you?), the information on how to do so can be found here.

Sincerely yours,
The UCAA Board

UCAA Newsletter February 2013

Dear alumni,

Welcome to the UCAA Newsletter for February 2013! Here’s some of what’s going on in the world UCU alumni affairs right now:

New Board Members

Though we are sad to have said goodbye to our awesome former board members Iris Otto & Leonie Hussaarts (and we thank them for all the great work they did), we are also very happy to be able to announce two great new additions to our board: Indra Spronk-Baas (’06) has taken over the Secretary position, while Luisa Kühlmann (‘09) is now our new PR/External Representative.

Open board position

As our treasurer Sarah Carmichael will soon be taking her leave as well, this means we also have a new vacancy waiting to be filled. If you’re interested in joining our board, have affinity with numbers and are looking for a good addition to your network and CV, get in touch with us through or click here for more information

Pub quiz

It’s time for the annual UCAA Pub Quiz again. Friday March 1st at 20:00 in
the UCSA Bar is your chance to show off with everything you’ve learned after you left UC. We hope to see you there!

Spring break to your future

Have you always wanted to show current UCU students how amazing your city or university is? Are there things you wish you had known before you went there? Here’s your chance to help out future generations. The UCAA offers students the opportunity to spend a few days of their spring break (March 18-22) with UCU alumni abroad, so that they can get insider’s information and a clearer view on their prospective studies. Would you like to help out and have some fun by showing students around or offering a couch for a night? Reply to this newsletter or send an email with your city and current studies to

Alumni Award

What UCU alumnus or alumna has impressed you? Who do you think deserves the 2013 UCAA Alumni Award? Any suggestions? Drop us a line at! We’re also looking for people to help pick this year’s winner. Let us know if you’d like to be on this jury! You won’t have to meet up in person in Utrecht, contact can be purely digital, so anyone can sign up!

Sincerely yours,

The UCAA Board