U-M Seattle

Big Ten Holiday Party

Join your fellow Big Ten alumni for a timely holiday party! Mix and mingle with other Big Ten alumni in the Seattle area while enjoying heavy appetizers and an outdoor fire pit. Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio (as long as they’re wearing your school colors!) and our space will be kid-friendly (subject to the same conditions as the dogs!). The Big Ten Football Championship game will be playing during the event, and will be shown on TVs at the venue.

Remembering Gretchen Ilgenfritz

Gretchen Ilgenfritz

We are sad to report that Gretchen Ilgenfritz, an active member of our U-M Seattle Club Scholarship Committee for thirty-five years, passed away on October 9th, 2019. Her obit in The Seattle Times can be found here. She is survived by her husband Bob, also a U-M alum, who represented the Seattle Club on the West Coast U-M alumni board for many years.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Now you have a new way to support your local alumni club – and it won’t cost you a dime! Just sign up for Amazon Smile, and select the University of Michigan Club of Seattle as the organization you’re supporting. Form then on, every time you purchase something at smile.amazon.com, you’ll pay the same low price you would have otherwise, but a portion of your payment will go to our club! What could be easier! And the additional revenue will contribute to fulfilling our club’s mission.

Seattle Club Wins Outstanding 2019 Club Award for Region 5

The U-M Club of Seattle has been selected by the Alumni Association to receive one of its 2019 Outstanding Club Awards! Every year clubs compete against others of similar sizes for these awards. In addition to a groovy banner, our club will receive an extra $500 for the year to help fund even more outstanding events for our local alums. Thanks to all of our board members, friends of the board, and great local members for helping to make us the Outstanding Club for the year in “Region” 5!

New Lower Membership Rates

Exciting news! The Michigan Alumni Association is offering lower Alumni Association Life Membership rates that are available now! Life Members support the programs that engage future and current alumni, and help to foster a powerful global Wolverine community (and support your local club!).

The reduced Life Membership plan starts at $675 for seniors, $750 for recent grads and $895 for everyone else. The Annual Membership rate of $69 will still be available as well (but is not as good a deal).

Buster Simpson

For over 30 years artist, U-M alum and Seattle resident Buster Simpson has engaged major infrastructure projects deploying an aesthetic embracing poetic utility in the public realm. Simpson works with the sites contextual resources, engages social actions, and sustainable opportuities. Humor and rich metaphors distinguish his work, with many of his deceptively simple sculptures offering social and ecological engagements and solutions to real problems.

Wine Tasting Shuttle

Ramon Mendez graduated from Ross in 2011 with a Master of Supply Chain Management and as a Tauber Institute Fellow. He’s a US Army Reserve Veteran who moved from Puerto Rico to Ann Arbor to pursue his graduate studies, and says that “it was amazing to find so many smart and caring people from all over the world sharing their lives and working together.”