THE NEXT GOLDEN BEAR ROCK FEST WILL BE IN 2018!
  
   

  

  
Founded in 1987 at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association is a strong organization whose purpose is to keep UAHS alumni, faculty, and friends connected both to each other and to the school district. There are few public high schools in the country who are fortunate enough to have such an active and interested Association!

Although the Alumni Association is a sub-fund of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, we are entirely self-sustaining and depend on our alums' membership dues and our annual rock 'n roll party, the Golden Bear Rock Fest, for all our funding.

   

Many people assume that the UA Alumni Association is funded by the UA City Schools or even by the Education Foundation. Neither of these perceptions is correct.

Although we are a sub-fund of the UA Education Foundation (UAEF), the UA Alumni Association is responsible for all the costs related to the housing and maintenance of our two large databases, the hosting and maintenance of our Bearalums.com and GoldenBearRockFest.com web sites, and everything related to helping reunion chairs with materials and mailings. The expenses are beyond the amount we bring in from membership dues.

The Upper Arlington Alumni Association needs money for the following:
Secure housing of our database of more than 32,000 alumni names, graduation years, and contact information
Secure housing of our database of more than 16,000 alumni names and email addresses
Updating of our Bearalums.com web site
Hosting of our Bearalums.com web site and registration of our domain name
Hosting of our GoldenBearRockFest.com web site and registration of our domain name
Production and emailing of our Traditions newsletter
Printing costs associated with mailing labels for reunion classes each year

Our alums' membership dues help us to maintain our Bearalums.com web site and two separate databases.

UAAA maintains a general database of more than 35,000 alumni records, and we strive to keep this database current. The information in these databases is used most during class reunion time, and UAAA helps all reunion chairs with mailing labels and other information needed for a great reunion!

We also keep a separate email database for alumni who wish to be listed on the Bearalums.com web site. The Bearalums.com web site began in 2001, with just 314 alumni email addresses. We now list more than 12,000 alumni email addresses! Housing and maintenance of these two databases is costly, so we depend on alumni support, through membership and the Rock Fest fundraiser.

Are you an Upper Arlington High School alum? Please check to make sure your email address is current and listed on Bearalums.com. Have you moved recently? If so, please send us your current mailing address information!

   

We are proud to offer low membership dues to our alums, beginning with an annual membership at $20/year. Alumni can also choose a Reunion Membership, good for 5 years, at $80 (you get one year free!). A Life Membership is $250, and the Golden Bear Membership is $500.

Please see details about membership here.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you become a 2016 Rock Fest sponsor at the Junior, Senior, Class President or Valedictorian level, you will also receive either a Life or Golden Bear Membership in UAAA! To help UAAA this way, please visit the Sponsor page.

Unfortunately, membership dues alone do not cover the costs of running the Upper Arlington Alumni Association, so we started our Golden Bear Rock Fest to raise additional funds for our annual costs. We hope that you will come!

   
You can help the Rock Fest and UAAA in these ways:
Become a Sponsor of the 2015 Rock Fest!
    Your sponsorship money will help us purchase event-related items and put on a great party for hundreds of people and raise more money for UAAA!
Join the Alumni Association!
    Just select the level that fits best and every dollar helps us!
Volunteer to help with the Rock Fest!
    We really need people to help with setup and tear-down on the night of the event. We also need people to work at the registration tables and sell drink tickets. There are plenty of "jobs," but it never seems like work with fun people around! If you'd like to help, please contact Mary or Candi.
Join and "Like" our Rock Fest Facebook page!
    By liking our Facebook page, you will receive updates and information, which you can then pass along to all your own Facebook friends. The more people who know about the party, the more people will come, and the more money we'll raise for UAAA!
Already a Member? We welcome donations!
    If you are already a member of UAAA, but you'd like to send us a donation, we would be very appreciative!
   

Our UAAA Board is made up of volunteers who meet 3-4 times each year to plan fun events such as the 4th of July Block Party and the Golden Bear Rock Fest.

We would love to talk to you about becoming a member! We encourage new ideas and concepts to make UAAA even better and to continue helping our alumni to stay in touch and be connected!

If you are interested, please email UAAA Executive Director Joanie Igel Dugger or UAAA President Ellen Isaly Clark.

   

 

    
 
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This event is not sponsored by the Upper Arlington City Schools.
Web site donated by Ellen Clark