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Greetings from Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA '08 President of the Alumni Association

Joe Vidulich portrait in Mary Graydon Center

In the spirit of Women's History Month, we have loads of exciting news about women making history at AU and inspiring stories about AU alumnae.

As a basketball fan, it's one of my favorite times of the year! If you haven't heard, the AU women's basketball team made their second NCAA tournament appearance on March 17 when they took on the UCLA Bruins in LA. I could NOT have been more proud of the way this team showed up in LA. They kept pace with a very impressive UCLA team and brought athleticism and heart together in the big dance. I can't wait to see what's in store for this team next year and beyond. Congratulations to all!

THANK YOU to everyone who generously gave to AU during this year's Founders Day celebration. A total of 827 Eagles gave nearly $228,000 in just 36 hours. Special thanks to my colleague, Rob Johnson, SPA/BS '81, a vice president of the AU Alumni Board, who donated $50,000 because we made this goal! Thanks to all who made this historic day a success. Your contributions really do make a difference in the lives of our students. (And, by the way, if you didn't have a chance to join in, it's not too late to make a difference. The online giving form is always open and your support is greatly appreciated.)

With spring just around the corner, it's time to think about recognizing alumni Eagles at All-American Weekend. The tradition of our Alumni Association's annual awards celebration dates back to 1948. Nominations for the 2018 awards will be accepted until April 15, but it's never too early to nominate a deserving alumna or alumnus who has made an impact. We look forward to hearing about the great alumni you know.

I hope that you are enjoying some nice weather where you are. It's finally beginning to feel like spring here in DC. Please continue to be in touch and visit campus as you are able.

Go Eagles!

- Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA '08