Behind the Scenes: The University League, Inc.

Behind the Scenes: The University League, Inc.

Please describe your involvement with The University League Inc.
Currently I am serving on the League’s Board as Interest Groups’ Chair. There are twenty four interest groups which members may participate in to enhance and explore common interests. Some have been in existence for decades while other groups are newly formed and others are under consideration. A few examples are Antiques, Bridge, French and Spanish Conversation, Mah Jongg, Bird Study, International Foods and Wine Divas and Dudes. Many groups meet monthly while others such as Bird Study meet weekly throughout the season in order to watch various migrations in the area.

What has been the most beneficial element of this organization for you?
The wonderful people that I have met through my association with The University League, Inc. have enriched my life and mean so much to me. In addition to the interest groups there are a variety of volunteer opportunities open to members. Members may serve roles in hospital settings, museums, libraries and more. My favored activity is Bookworms, a program that provides books to area children in Head Start classes. Volunteers visit the classroom eight times throughout the school term. A selected book is read to the students and each child receives a copy of that book to keep as their own. Some volunteers also conduct art projects or activities to accompany the book. Volunteers derive pleasure and satisfaction sharing and passing on their love of children’s literature.

How has The University League and its events enhanced the Madison community?
The purpose of the League is to raise funds for student scholarships as well as to promote volunteer services, educational opportunities and social activities for its members. Membership is open to all community residents. The University League has provided student scholarship and loans since 1916. Now more than ever students are in need of support as they pursue their educational goals. In the past thirty years the League has taken pride in providing over one million dollars in scholarships and funding to UW-Madison student and UW related groups.

Tell about the upcoming events put on by The University League.
The upcoming general meetings for the 2016 – 2017 season are:
September 22nd Fall Coffee: Speaker Brenda De Vita, Artistic Director, American Players Theater at the Nakoma Golf Club
November 12th Candlelight Concert and Dinner: Delight Quartet (Modern Barbershop) at Nakoma Golf Club
March 15th Spring Luncheon: Speaker Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator at Blackhawk Country Club
May 11th Annual Meeting and Luncheon: Speaker Leslie Bellais, Curator Costumes and Textiles, WI Historical Society at Nakoma Golf Club

How can the community get involved with The University League, Inc.?
The University League, Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization open to all who are interested in supporting the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, please contact the web site at: www.univleague.wisc.edu