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Once a Card, Always a Card

07 Aug Once a Card, Always a Card

When you graduate, you’ll wear your black cap and gown, and, with the flip of a tassel, automatically become a member of one of the greatest organizations in the country—the UofL Alumni Association. We’re 130,000 members strong and we’ve got a little something for everyone. Learn more about all of these activities, become involved, and connect with your local chapter at UofLalumni.org.

You’re one of us. Start enjoying the perks.

So with 130,000 of us around the globe and a few thousand more added each year, it’s not hard to feel connected to UofL wherever you are. If you find yourself here in Louisville, or all the way across the country, look for us. We likely have an alumni chapter in your new hometown. It’s a great way to celebrate the university’s successes and share our story.

Were 130,000 members strong and weve got a little something for everyone.

But it’s also about you.

You’ll hopefully have a job when you graduate. And you’ll likely want to move up. Connect with university alumni at events and online to help strengthen your professional network.

You’ve heard the saying that it’s not what you know, but who you know. We believe it’s a little bit of both. And the Cards that came before you are here to help.

Celebrate legacy

From football tailgates to professional networking events to gallery hops to theater trips to bourbon bus tours, we’ve got you covered.

The Alumni Association and its affiliated clubs and councils schedule events both locally and nationally to keep in contact with Cards around the country. Members help promote the university (community relations, student recruitment) and get together to celebrate all things UofL. So from social outings like tailgating and NCAA game-watch parties, to getting to chat with the university leadership during special receptions around the nation, you’re never really that far away from your Cardinal family.

Great teams need great cheerleaders, and Louisville alumni are some of the most passionate fans in the country. Look for a list of exclusive alumni events and programming at UofLalumni.org/events. These events are a great way to meet and mingle with alumni old and new.

Why wait?

Excited about what the future holds? You can get a jump on it now by joining the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR). The group provides great programming and benefits for current Cards. SOAR’s goal is to cultivate relationships between students and alumni, enhance the student experience, and promote the traditions of the university and the Alumni Association.

SOARs goal is to cultivate relationships between students and alumni.

As a member, you’ll instantly be connected to an entire network of alumni and be able to take part in social events, career programs and a number of networking opportunities. Members also serve as hosts for alumni events and programs. Close to needing a job or internship? Now’s the time to make a connection. Call the Alumni Association at 502-852-6186 or email alumni@louisville.edu to learn more.

Welcome to the University of Louisville!

On behalf of the 130,000 alumni worldwide, I congratulate you on your decision to join us as a member of “Card Nation.” This marks the beginning of your life-changing and enriching college experience!

Our alumni, once students just like you, have played an active role in building a strong foundation to support the university’s mission of education, research and service. They’ve helped shape UofL into the premier, nationally recognized research university it is today. Now it is your time to leave a mark here and build a legacy for the students who will follow in your footsteps.

In just a few short years, you will graduate and become a member of the UofL Alumni Association, a prestigious honor that you earn with your degree. But it is never too early to get involved. It is in this spirit that I invite you to join the Student Organization for Alumni Relations. SOAR helps students participate in a meaningful way at UofL both before and after graduation through events and activities that celebrate tradition, by offering leadership experiences and by assisting in building your international alumni network.

This book is full of traditions, history, fun facts and good advice about what it takes to be a Cardinal. And this is just the beginning. Your UofL experience travels with you regardless of your personal or professional path. Take everything you have learned about this city and this university with you wherever you go. Keep UofL’s traditions alive, and GO CARDS!

Enjoy every moment at UofL,
Deborah Dietzler
Associate Vice President
Alumni Relations and Annual Giving