It’s an incredible honor to return to campus this year as the chair of the UA Alumni Association’s governing board and as a committee chair for the Class of 1988 Reunion. As a Wildcat for Life, one of the important things to me is returning to campus each year for Homecoming. Since 1984, I’ve only missed two.
Our University has a student body of more than 36,000, but it has never felt that way to me. For many of us, our campus community broke down the size, engaged us, and made us feel a part of something special.
As an undergraduate, I was given the privilege of becoming a member of Sigma Chi. I was also honored to be a member of Bobcats Senior Honorary. These two groups are my examples of what many of us gained as students — the chance to be a part of organizations that provided opportunities to grow and create lifetime friendships. Organizations that still enable us to easily connect back to our alma mater.
My ties to the University of Arizona run deep — I met the love of my life, Michelle ’90, at the UA, and proposed to her outside of Old Main.
When I return to campus for Homecoming, I do everything I can to have a grinder at Sausage Deli, a beer at Dirtbags, and a jog around campus. I always do things that remind me of how special our University is — things that remind me of my friends and bring back the amazing memories that the University of Arizona has provided me.
I live in upstate New York with my wife and four kids, but I have learned that wherever Wildcats live, we are loyal to the University we love. So, I encourage all alumni to return to campus for a reunion, Homecoming, or a quick visit. The changes on campus are amazing, and there’s nothing more refreshing than a weekend in Tucson. See you in November!
— Mike Myers ’88, chair of the UA Alumni Association governing board and 25th reunion committee member