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Looking Forward

With 2016 in the books, we begin to lean forward as we enter 2017 and celebrate the culmination of 125 years as an institution committed to student success. In looking forward to the New Year, there is a high level of anticipation and excitement for what we will achieve as an institution on the rise.

This fall, Central reported a 15 percent increase in first-year enrollment, setting a new enrollment record. We also dedicated the new $64 million Science II building which includes a planetarium, electron microscope, observatory tower, ice core lab, and anechoic chamber.

Although we have had some great achievements over the past 125 years, we will need the full support and engagement of our greater alumni community. With your participation and involvement, we can blaze a new trail and create even more opportunities for our students, both today and in the future.

There has never been a better time to reconnect and invest in the lives of our students. As proud alumnus, we look forward to supporting your engagement to help us move the institution forward through the next 125 years. Our ability to help connect students with alumni is only as great as your involvement. In 2017, we invite you to engage with us in some very practical ways–whether you sign up to become a mentor; connect with us on social media to share your story; come back to the classroom and share your knowledge; or give back to support access to higher education. Your involvement in the life of the students will be a major contribution toward their success.

We know that one of the greatest resources of this great institution is the success and accomplishments of our alumni. Alumni like you and fellow successful Wildcats, including Washington State Teacher of the Year, Camille Jones; Retired Marine General James N. Mattis, who has recently been nominated to serve as the new US Secretary of Defense; Humanitarian and January’s featured alum Chris Clark who has created a global relief organization focused on the most underserved regions of the world; Ray Conner, Vice chairman of The Boeing Company and a member of the Boeing Executive Council; Dr. David L. Altheide, Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University who specializes in Justice and Social Inquiry; and Dr. Mimi Healy, President and CEO of Lasergen, a start-up biotechnology company focused on developing chemistries for next-generation sequencing and cutting-edge medical diagnostics.

Through the involvement of more than 1,800 new alumni members over the past 18 months, we have been able to engage alumni across the country while also investing in programs, including a new 1891 Traditions program that is helping to pass along the tradition and spirit of what it means to be a Wildcat to our current students. In the last year, we have supported more than 120 different programs–just imagine what we could do if we doubled our membership participation in the coming year.

We hope you join us in making difference in the lives of our students while reconnecting with your classmates and friends. 

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.