Get Involved

There are many ways you can help the Alumni Association connect with Wildcats around the world.


Click on the categories below for more information:

Events Legislative advocacy
Awards and recognition Membership
Fundraising Student recruitment


  • Cat Cafe​
    • How can YOU get involved with the UA and help current students? Host a Cat Cafe dinner. It's a great way to connect with current University of Arizona students, form valuable bonds, and engage in exciting conversations. Since 2008, alumni hosts have helped make the UA a little warmer and friendlier for students. Tucson alumni are invited to host a dinner for up to 10 current UA students. Students are matched with alumni based on career field, education, and background. Whether meeting for pizza near campus or serving a home cooked meal, all Tucson hosts are welcome. Cat Cafe takes place in April each year. Dates become available in January If you are interested in hosting, please sign up here.

      If you have questions, please contact Tomas Jaimez at

  • Attend chapter events

Legislative advocacy

AdvoCats (Legislative advocacy program)

The AdvoCats work directly with the UA state relations team to advocate for the University of Arizona in the state legislature. Their mission is to encourage the Arizona legislature and the governor to support the University of Arizona. For more information on AdvoCats and to sign up, contact Nancy Yaeli at

Awards and recognition

We invite and encourage you to submit nominations for individual or group awards. UAAA staff would be happy to walk you through the nomination process. It takes a little time to fill out the nomination forms but your efforts will be well worth it. Recognition of excellence bestows honor not only on the award recipient, but upon the entire University, the colleges, and their alumni. Information on the awards and the nomination process can be found hereFor questions about the awards and recognition program, please contact Nancy Yaeli at or 520-621-9034.


  • Membership recruitment 
    • It is easy to build membership by getting the word out to your own friends and family. Below are a sample email and Facebook post you can send out to your friends and family. Please feel free to put them in your own words.


      I am a member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association. It is a great way to stay a part of the UA. I just became a member OR I have been a member for BLANK years. As a member you get the Arizona Alumni Magazine all year-long, plus tons of benefits including career services. My favorite is BLANK.

      Please consider joining! You can join online at

      Please put (name of your chapter/club if applicable) under Chapter/Club and you also support our chapter.

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      Facebook posts:

      I just joined the UA Alumni Association! Now I get the Arizona Alumni Magazine all year-long, and tons of incredible benefits. My favorite is (fill in your favorite). Membership is a great way to stay a part of the UA as alumni and it helps support current students. Please consider joining.

      I just renewed my UA Alumni Association membership! I have been a member for (fill in number of years) years and I love all of the incredible benefits. My favorite is (fill in your favorite). Membership is a great way to stay a part of the UA as alumni and it helps support current students. Please consider joining.



  • Assist UAAA development officer
    • Thank you for your willingness to help create a culture of philanthropy at the UA Alumni Association. The Alumni Association’s major-gift fundraising strategy is based on individual meetings with prospects who have the capacity to give more than $25,000 with an affinity to the UA and an inclination to make philanthropic gifts. The cycle of development includes identifying, introducing, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding these prospects. Director of Development, Mike Celaya, can use help at each of those points and wants you to be involved where you are most comfortable.

      Please contact Mike at

  • Connect UAAA's CFO to potential sponsors
    • Help us achieve the UAAA's financial goals by connecting us to companies and individuals with whom you have a strong personal or business relationship. Our CFO, Fabian Cordova, will provide information on a wide array of opportunities to brand and promote their companies to our well-educated and affluent Wildcat family of more than a quarter-million individuals. Your introduction is all we need to get the process started. Please contact Fabian at for more information.

Student recruitment

  • Volunteer for PAWS (Parents and Alumni Working with Students) program
    • The goal of the PAWS program is to continually advance the stature of the University through the recruitment of the best and brightest students from across the country. As a PAWS volunteer you are able to provide prospective students with your personal experiences of life as a UA undergraduate. This one-on-on interaction could ultimately be the difference between students choosing UA over another institution.  Volunteering with PAWS not only brings back the nostalgia of your time at the UA, but allows you to take pride in the fact that you are playing a direct role in advancing the prestige of the University of Arizona. If interested, please click here.