Senior steps: get by with help from your alumni friends

With graduation looming ahead on the horizon and “real-world” opportunities knocking on your door, there is no better time than the present to get acquainted with the Villanova Alumni Association.

The VAA is not only your lifelong connection to the Villanova community, but it is also a direct link to more than 85,000 alumni and 60 local chapters across the United States and around the world.

Once this year comes to an end, you will no longer be a senior in the Class of 2004. You will be a Villanova alum, and bearer of all the rights and privileges that come with that title.

Get involved immediately with your chapter as they host great local and national events throughout the year for post-graduation fun.

The VAA is your source for alumni actuivities such as intramural sports teams, golf outings, football tailgates, Villanova Basketball Nights with Coach Wright, local alumni boat cruises, trips to Europe and the Caribbean, wine tastings, Habitat for Humanity projects, alumni Masses, happy hours and service projects.

Aside from events and networking opportunities, the VAA connects you to a plethora of benefits including travel opportunities, renters’ and short-term health insurance programs and a low interest rate credit card through MBNA.

Do we have your attention yet? As you can see, there is something for just about everyone.

In order to take full advantage of the benefits, events, and receive the monthly e-News and event invitations, simply keep your contact information up to date. Contact the VAA at 1-800-VILLANOVA or online at

In the meantime, check out the following local events:

Villanova Men’s & women’s basketball games & Receptions: Cheer on your Wildcats by attending a game with the VAA this winter. The complete schedule is available on the web.

· Villanova vs. LaSalle men’s basketball reception and game, Dec. 6 (5:30-7:30 p.m. reception at Top Dog Sports Bar and Grille, 8 p.m. game).

· Villanova vs. Penn men’s basketball reception and game Dec. 9 (5:30-7:30 p.m. reception at Top Dog Sports Bar and Grille, 8 p.m. game).

Campus events: Get involved with the many alumni who graduated before you at event this year.

· Engineering Alumni Society dinner: Friday, June 11, 2004: Gather with engineering leaders from around the country for this annual receptiona nd awards ceremony.

· Homecoming 2004: Oct. 22-24.

Enjoy your remaining time at Villanova and look forward to the great times to come after graduation as a member of the Villanova Alumni Association. It will be here before you know it.