Kristin Branch

Between the end of fall semester and the end of the year it’s a good time to pause and reflect.  This newsletter covers so many of this semester’s highlights – the Summit, our field trip to Minneapolis and so many other student experiences. Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about what is happening here at UW and the A.C. Nielsen Center.  We hope this brings you back to your graduate study days and is fodder for your own pause and reflection.


You’ll read about our biennial Summit - one of our biggest and most important events.  We aim to entice as many alumni as we can to come back to campus for a day of learning and reconnecting.  We are incredibly lucky to the caliber of speakers donate their time, travel and expertise to help make our event so strong.  The Summit also marks the transition of our Alumni Reps on the External Advisory Board.  A big Thank You to Gail Casey & Giustina Parisi for their two year term and welcome to David Gailey & Malcolm Thorne as they start their term with this upcoming spring meeting.  The 2018 Summit was fantastic and thank you to all who attended, helped us plan, sponsored the event or even just read our social media about it. 


We are excited to share that our own Assistant Director, Sarah Kervin, is about to welcome her first child into the world in early 2019.  We are all excited for her and Sarah will be missed during her maternity leave.  Sarah’s impact to our program is broad.  She recently started an Alumni, EAB and Faculty Spotlight series that we feature in our social media and this newsletter.  It is really fun to learn more about these individuals’ careers and interests.  If you are interested in being considered for an upcoming Spotlight, please let us know.


Be sure to check out the Semester in Photos section – there are some really good alumni and student pictures to share.


Lastly, as with the time of year, we hope you can consider giving back to UW and the A.C. Nielsen Center in your annual charitable giving.  Your gifts make a difference as they directly impact student scholarship and applied learning events.  Thank you for making a difference.


As I unplug and relax into the holiday season, my own pause and reflection will include how grateful I am to be a part of the A.C. Nielsen Center and our amazing community.  Thank you – it is an honor to serve as this Center’s director.


Best wishes to you and your loved ones in this holiday season and cheers to all that 2019 will bring.


All my best & happy holidays,