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Alumni Engagement: Many Ways to Stay Connected

The relationships you form at Olin—and the resulting network you create—are vital throughout your career.

One way to keep those relationships strong and growing is by remaining engaged with Olin. From renowned speakers to local alumni group gatherings to annual reunions and celebrations—you have many ways to stay connected.

Attend events

Social: Visit with old friends, classmates and new acquaintances at happy hours, luncheons, dinners, gold outings, sporting events and more. WashU University Advancement holds events all year long for alumni, parents and friends—not only in St. Louis, but across the country and around the world. There’s sure to be one in your neck of the woods soon. See the University Advancement calendar for regional events.

Educational: Olin hosts a number of speaker series that take place on campus, virtually and in select cities around the country. Hear leaders from all facets of business share ideas, insights and inspiration on timely and relevant topics. Find out more about our speaker series, including Leadership Perspectives, Century Club, the Calhoun Lecture Series and the Business Research Series.

Recognition and Celebratory: With so many great alumni, it’s no wonder we have so many ways we celebrate them!

  • Every spring, Olin alumni return to campus for Thurtene Carnival, and Reunion in Commencement in May celebrates 50th to 75th reunion classes.
  • During Celebration Weekend we honor successful alumni with Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader awards, plus we bestow the prestigious Dean’s Medal. Learn more about Olin alumni awards.
  • In the fall, the Scholars in Business dinner brings together scholarship recipients and donors to salute scholarship sponsorship and the impact it has on our students. Learn more about Scholars in Business (PDF).

Given guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Celebration Weekend events. Find out the status of university alumni events on the University Advancement calendar.

Engage with Olin students

Alumni are an important influence—and a great resource—for current students. From brief discussions after an event to sharing experiences in a class to hiring students for internships and full-time positions, the student/alumni connection is an essential part of the Olin experience.

Mentorship Programs and Student Clubs

Share your knowledge with and provide insights to talented Olin students. As a mentor, you’ll enhance a student’s personal and professional development, helping them gain a greater understanding of leadership and the working world. Student clubs host extracurricular opportunities to enhance Olin students’ development of key business skills, including leadership, collaboration, communications and problem solving. Contact Kasey Lucas for more information: email klucas@wustl.edu or call 314-935-2642.

Founded and run by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, wife of Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton, the Home Plate program matches students with a host family that they can visit several times a year for home cooked meals and enjoyable dinnertime conversation. Learn about the Home Plate Program

Stay connected with WashU and fellow alumni

The LEAD Initiative is a network of emerging Washington University alumni leaders committed to enhancing the impact and connectedness through shared goals of engagement, education and exposure to the university.
Learn more about the LEAD Initiative

Learn through travel by taking an unforgettable trip with the Alumni Association. These trips, with destinations covering the four corners of the globe, are painstakingly planned to provide VIP experiences that go far beyond the ordinary “tour group” trip. Explore the Alumni Association Travel Program

The Alumni and Parents Admission Program (APAP) is a group of dedicated Washington University alumni and parents who help the university recruit, interview, and enroll talented students from all over the world. Learn about the Alumni & Parents Admission Program

Groups of alumni, parents and friends organize on the basis of geography, shared interest, culture, or professional interest. Join WashU Alumni Communities and Networks