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Counterbalance Brewing Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Counterbalance Brewing Company
503 South Michigan Street, Suite B
98108 Seattle , WA
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Cocktail Making Class Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Speed Networking Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Buckley's in Belltown
2331 2nd Ave, 98121
98121 Seattle , WA
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Buster Simpson Check out more of Buster's Work Belltown Pan For over 30 years, U-M alum, Buster Simpson, has been an active artist in the Seattle area contributing to many major art installations in the area. Check out more information about his work in the link below. image-on-left
Wine Tasting Shuttle Find Out More Wine Tasting Shuttle Ramon Mendez graduated from Ross in 2011 with a Master of Supply Chain Management and as a Tauber Institute Fellow. He now lives in the Seattle area, and has started a local business taking people on wine tasting tours in and around Seattle and Woodinville. Ramon has generously offered two discount codes for use by local U-M alums. See our U-M Seattle website for the codes, and for further information! image-on-left
Lassi & Spice
Lassi & Spice
423 Fairview Ave N
98109 Seattle , WA
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Come in and Say Hello! Logo Alumna Susannah Dhamdhere, MBA class of ’06, recently opened the doors to Lassi & Spice, her Indian-fusion café, just two months ago and would love to welcome in Seattle alumni and future UM students. Lassi & Spice is located at 423 Fairview Ave N, and is open 7 days a week serving incredible chai, espresso, lassis (Indian yogurt smoothies) and delicious small plates featuring Indian street food flavors. image-on-left
Introducing Board Member: Meena Beniwal Meet Our Other Board Members Here Meena

Meena Beniwal graduated from Michigan with a B.A in Economics in 2009. She was previously involved with the Milwaukee Chapter of the Alumni Association of Michigan and served on its Board for four and a half years, including the President for a year and a half. Meena joined our Seattle Club as a Board Member in 2018, and is the current Treasurer. While at Michigan, Meena was involved in various organizations and enjoyed studying on the 3rd floor of the UGLi & taking evening snack breaks at Panchero’s. Meena has lived in Seattle for five years and works in Strategy and Analytics at Expedia. She spends her time volunteering, playing tennis, reading and traveling. Go Blue!

Introducing Board Member: Judi Trainor Meet Our Other Board Members Here Judi Trainor

Judi Trainor, nee Vander Molen, graduated from Michigan with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a certificate in Physical Therapy in 1978. She lived in Bursley her freshman year, then in South quad for the next three where she was an RA. Highlights of that include being a member of the UM Skydiving team where she made over 200 jumps, set 2 records, and won 1st place for UM in collegiate RW (making patterns in the sky). Biggest bummer: they were never able to jump into the Big House. Judi moved to Seattle in 1981 to try someplace new and joined the board immediately - she has held every board position over the years, including president when Seattle won its first ‘’Best Club award’’. Some highlights include the 1983 UW vs. UM football game and meeting Bo Schembechler, Coach Fisher, and President Duderstadt during the 1989 Final Four games. During this time, Judi has raised her two children and a granddaughter, and has worked as a Physical Therapist and now runs the game watch parties at Buckley’s with trivia, t-shirts, and more! GO BLUE!!

Introducing Board Member: Pam Stoeffler Meet Our Other Board Members Here Pam Stoeffler

Pam Stoeffler is a longtime member of the University of Michigan Club of Seattle and served as the President for many years until 2006. She graduated from Michigan in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has since gotten her Masters in Pediatric Nursing. Pam has lived in Seattle since 1980 and now works as a Public Health Nurse with Seattle King County. She is an avid sports fan and enjoyed her time at Michigan watching football, hockey, baseball, gymnastics, and much more. Pam now organizes and attends every Saturday Football Watch Party at JJ Mahoney’s on the East Side and hopes to see you there! Go Blue!

Introducing Board Member: Debbie Johnson Meet Our Other Board Members Here Debbie Johnson

Debbie completed her B.A. in Japanese Studies in 2010 and her M.S. in Information Science in 2012. After returning to her hometown of Washington D.C. after graduating, she moved to Seattle in 2015 and joined the University of Michigan Seattle Club as a board member in 2019. While at Michigan, Debbie was a foilist on the Michigan Club Fencing Team and was involved in Michigan Greek Life. Her favorite Michigan memories include football Saturdays, competing with the fencing team, and eating her way through the menu at Amer’s. Since moving to Seattle, Debbie has enjoyed getting outdoors, trying delicious restaurants, and exploring the city’s coffee shops. During the week, she is a consultant at Point B.

Introducing Board Member: Karla Kross Meet Our Other Board Members Here Karla Kross

Karla (Rendz) Kross graduated from Michigan with two BS degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1991, only the second student and first woman to achieve this concurrent dual degree in the history of the university. Professionally, Karla has directed the construction and renovation of numerous resorts throughout North America. Karla relocated to the Seattle area in 2013 and immediately became involved with the UM Club of Seattle. She joined as a Board Member in 2019. While at Michigan, Karla joined Alpha Delta Pi and held social and recruitment positions with the sorority. She additionally served as Public Relations Chair on the Panhellenic Executive Board. Her favorite Michigan memories involve “all-nighters” at the architecture studio on North Campus, football games at The Big House, Wednesday nights at Rick’s, and food…specifically chapatis & shakes from Pizza Bob’s. She is looking forward to making new friendships with local alumni through the club. Go Blue!

Introducing Board Member: Claire Khouri Meet Our Other Board Members Here Claire K

Claire Khouri graduated from Michigan with her B.A. in Political Science in 2003 and her Masters in Public Administration from the Ford School of Public Policy in 2016. She recently moved to Seattle in 2018 and joined the Seattle Alumni Association as a Board Member in 2019. Claire was active in the Residence Halls Association and was the VP of the Association during her undergrad years. Her favorite Michigan memories include studying in the Grad Library with her best friend and nights out with friends at Ashley’s, the Brown Jug and Dominick’s (to name just a few). Claire spent almost a decade and a half working in Michigan politics and policy as a legislative aide in the Michigan Senate and most recently as the Deputy Director of Strategy for Governor Snyder. She is currently the Chief of Staff, Operations at Sound Transit. After doing the commute from Ann Arbor to Lansing on a daily basis for over a decade she now enjoys her 7 minute walking commute from Pioneer Square to the IDS.

Introducing Board Member: Rachel Firsht Read More Rachel Firsht

Rachel Firsht graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with double majors in Asian Studies and International Studies. While at Michigan, she was involved with Greek Life, the Michigan Community Scholars Program, and LSA Student Honor Council. Rachel joined the Seattle Club in November 2017 and is currently the Social Media Manager for the Club. She has lived in Seattle for 2 years and loves trying new restaurants in the city. She has been working in project management for the last few years and is about to begin grad school at the University of Southern California studying Criminal Justice. For fun, Rachel loves traveling and sharing her passion for U of M!

Introducing Board Member: Naghma Husain Meet Our Other Board Members Here Naghma Husain

Naghma Husain graduated in 1997 from the Residential College with a degree in creative writing and women’s studies. Being very food motivated, she most treasures her UM memories of Stucci’s ice cream and Earthen Jar. She has lived in Seattle since 2012 and works at UW as a webmaster. She joined the Seattle Alumni Association as a Board Member in 2019.

Introducing Board Member: Herb Bowie Meet Our Other Board Members Here Herb

Herb Bowie graduated from Michigan with his B.A. in English in 1973. While at U-M he worked on The Michigan Daily for the Arts section, writing reviews of rock music. One of his favorite Michigan memories is meeting film director Frank Capra when Capra came to speak at a festival of his films organized by one of Herb’s best friends. Despite his major, Herb went on to a successful career in Information Technology, starting with sorting punched cards and concluding with a role as a Manager of Engineering Systems at Boeing. Herb’s son also attended Michigan, starting in 2005, which led to Herb’s involvement with the U-M Club of Seattle when he moved here in 2006. Herb’s initial interest in serving on the club’s board was to help with the club website, but after a few years he was elected to the presidency, a role he filled for close to a decade. Herb now serves on the board as Past President ex officio.

Introducing Board Member: Caroline Shao Read More Caroline Shao

Caroline Shao graduated from Michigan with her B.A. in Communication Studies and Minor in Sociology in 2016 and joined the Seattle Alumni Association as a Board Member in 2019. Caroline was a Campus Day Leader and Prospective Student Tour Guide while at Michigan and was also involved in Michigan Greek Life and the Residential College. Her favorite Michigan memories include exploring Main Street and ordering the late night special from Pizza House. She recently moved to Seattle to enjoy everything the PNW has to offer and to work as the Associate Manager of Events for Icertis. Go Blue!

Introducing Board Member: Michael Roberto
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Who Pays for All This Stuff? Who Pays? U-M Seattle Logo We had a great BBQ last year for U-M students interning in Seattle over the summer. I was talking to as many interns and young alums as I could, and at one point one of them asked me, with what seemed to be a note of amazement, who was paying for all of this? It was a good question, of course, and I was happy to answer it, but it made me realize that there may be others out there as well who need some help connecting the dots. image-on-left
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HAIL Seattle Club Hats for Sale Now! Purchase Hats Here and More Info 2019 Seattle HAIL hat

Our 2019 HAIL Seattle Club Baseball Caps are now available for online purchase for $25 (pickup only) and at Buckley’s in Belltown for our Basketball Watch Parties.

Seattle Club Wins Outstanding 2019 Club Award for Region 5 Learn More About the U of M Seattle Club 2019 Region 5 Award

Exciting News! After a careful review of all club activities from 2018-19, the U of M Alumni Association’s Global Engagement Team has awarded the University of Michigan Seattle Club the 2019 Outstanding Club Award for Region 5! Every year, local 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 our region by attending events, engaging with us on social media, and giving back to the University of Michigan Alumni Community. Go Blue!

Michael Roberto: New Board President Read More Board Retreat

Hello! My name is Michael Roberto and I’m so excited to serve as as your newest Board President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Seattle…

We are on Instagram! Follow Us Here! UM Seattle

The University of Michigan Club of Seattle is now on Instagram! Follow us at @MichiganAlumniSeattle. We’re looking for some fun Michigan related photos or videos to feature on our account - please feel free to DM us or hashtag #GoBlueSeattle with any content you’d be willing to share!

Volunteer at the Seattle Art Museum Find Out More Seattle Asian Art Museum

Yaoyao Liu is a U-M alum who graduated in 2014, and is now working as a Museum Educator at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. She would love to have some fellow alums apply to work as volunteer docents at the Museum!

Welcome to the Wolverine Forum for Seattle Read More U-M Alumni in Seattle

We’re happy to announce that Seattle alumni now have a new way to engage with others online. Find out more about how to connect online with other U-M alums!

Michigan Games Shown at Voff Bark & Brew Football with your Mutt Voff Bark and Brew

Voff Bark and Brew, located at 9731 Greenwood Ave N, is a local establishment owned by U-M alum Ryan Matthews. If you’d like to watch Michigan football while your dog gets a chance to play with other canines, you might want to pay a visit. Ryan has TVs, and will be broadcasting U-M football games.

Help for Alumni in Need Help One of our Own Troy with wife Dorothy

Local Michigan man Troy Scott and his wife and fellow alumn Dorothy Stam (both 99) have requested help from the Michigan community after a car struck Troy while he was out for a run, making him a quadriplegic.

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A Tour of the New U-M Alumni Website Check It Out Alumni Association Logo

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM) has recently updated its website to significantly expand its content for alumni. Here’s my best effort to explain what’s going on.

Football Ticket Exchange Buy or Sell Tickets The Big House

The Alumni Association now has a new Ticket Exchange Community that all U-M alums can use to either buy or sell tickets from other alumni. Feel free to use this new tool if you’re planning a trip to a U-M game, or have tickets you don’t plan to use.

Michigan Games Shown at Old Stove Brewing Visit Old Stove Old Stove on Game Day

You may have already heard of Old Stove Brewing. What you may not know, though, is that co-founder Chris Moore is a Michigan boy, born and bred, and grew up attending Michigan games in The Big House! Televisions were installed recently, and Chris has a breakfast menu for those 9 AM games. Buckley’s in Belltown remains our official game watch location in Seattle, but you may want to drop by Old Stove for a game or two as well.

2018 Club T-Shirts Shirt Info 2018 Seattle Go Blue T-Shirts

We still have some of our 2018 Seattle Club T-Shirts available! Order online or purchase at Buckley’s on Game Day!

New Eastside Game Watch Location See You on Game Day! J J Mahoneys in Redmond

The U-M Faithful will have a new place to watch all the games this fall. As is the tradition with our Eastside locations, J. J. Mahoney’s is family-friendly and has free parking available. Also, Wolverines will be able to hear the audio feed from the game, as well as watch the video. Check it out!

U-M Google Benefits for Alumni Check It Out! Google Drive

Did you know that U-M alumni now have access to Google Apps after they graduate? This includes Gmail for your umich.edu email address, and unlimited storage on Google Drive!

Get Your Lifetime Membership Now, Before the Coming Price Increase Become a Lifer Today! U-M Alumni Association

I’ve said before that I believe a lifetime membership is really the best deal for alumni wishing to become members of our Association. But for the next few months it’s an even better deal than usual, because membership fees will be going up on July 1! So if you become a lifetime member now, you will not only avoid paying the usual membership dues ever again, you will also avoid having to pay the increased dues that will be in effect after this date! So join today to maximize your benefits and minimize your costs! And don’t forget to specify UNITE in the promo code when you sign up, since this will send additional funds to our local club!

Club Seeking New Board Members Find Out More Alumni Association Seattle

Due to some recent attrition, The U-M Club of Seattle is seeking 2 - 3 new board members. Come join a fun group of fellow Wolverines and gain valuable experience working on a Non-Profit Board of Directors.

A Note From Your Club President Join Today! U-M Club of Seattle

Just a quick note from your Seattle Club President to impart a few important pieces of information.

  1. You’re not currently a member of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. I’ve noticed when greeting people at events that many people are honestly confused about their current membership status, so I thought it might be helpful to let you know where you stand.

  2. That’s OK. Our mission is to help connect all U-M alumni to each other and to our University, so you’re welcome to continue receiving our emails, attend all of our club events, and in general enjoy all of the benefits of being a proud Michigan alum living in the greater Seattle area.

  3. Membership makes all of this possible. Our local club gets its operating funds from the Alumni Association, based on the number of Association members we have in our region, and the Association in turn receives its operating funds from membership dues. Unlike many other alumni associations, ours is not dependent on its University for handouts, but instead is its own independent member-based organization. And while our local club is run entirely by volunteers like myself, it takes money to host our website, to run our mailing list, and to help defray the costs of many of our events.

  4. And membership means so much more. Your Alumni Association membership can be a gateway into a network of richer, deeper connections with Ann Arbor, with the University that you love, and with your fellow Wolverines.

  5. If you’d like to join the Association, we’re ready when you are. Just head on over to the Alumni Association’s Website.

  6. Enter the Promo Code of UNITE when joining or renewing. Using this promo code will maximize the local impact of your membership, and will credit our local club with additional funds that we will use to better serve our local U-M community.

If you have any other questions about membership you can take a look at the Membership Q&A on our website, or you can always shoot me a note.

And that’s it. I just wanted to send this quick, informative one-time message.

And now back to our regular programming.

Membership Q&A with our Club President All Your Questions Answered We Make You Better -- You Make Us Stronger

Everything you ever wanted to know about membership in our Seattle club, but were afraid to ask!

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2017 Club T-Shirts Order Online Graphics for new T-Shirt

We will be selling our remaining short-sleeve t-shirts at our Outback Bowl game watch parties at Buckley’s in Belltown. You can also order these online!

Alumni Census Stand Up and Be Counted U-M Alumni Census

If you haven’t already, please stand up and be counted in the U-M Alumni Census that is now going on! In particular, if you are living in the greater Seattle area, we want to make sure that the University and our Alumni Association know that you are here, to make sure our U-M Club of Seattle gets full credit for your membership in our local club.

Club Looking for Volunteers Find Out More Alumni Association Seattle

The U-M Club of Seattle is looking for some new volunteers, to help with several aspects of our club’s operations. We’re looking for people to help with fundraising for our club scholarship, as well as club communications via website postings and emails. If you are interested in helping out or have questions, then please drop me a line at herb@umseattle.org.

Events to Suggest? Event Idea Alums Hiking Together at Twin Falls

Have any event ideas for local alums that you’d like to suggest? Our Club Board is always looking for new events that might be of interest to Wolverines in the greater Seattle area. Book Club? Community Service Opportunity? New Restaurant to check out? If you think it would be a fun way to connect with fellow Wolverines, then there’s a good chance we can find others who would be interested as well.

Wolverines with a Mission Find Out More Wolverine

From Ann Arbor to Seattle, Michigan alumni continue to be leaders in the community through both volunteering and their career paths. If you are involved with a local nonprofit or charity (or if you’d like to be) and would be interested in promoting an event or getting fellow alumni involved, contact Connor Wojciak (connor@umseattle.org) for more information.

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