We are welcoming 2 new board members as of January this year! Somaye Dehban (’07) is joining us as Chair and Tanya van Goch (’12 ½) as PR/External Relations Coordinator.
Somaye: “I cannot think of any other institution that has influenced my life as much as UCU has. When I entered UCU in Spring 2005, I was an Iranian leaving her country for the first time and when I threw my cap in the air (well, I did not have one as I wore sort of an Iranian costume) at graduation in 2007, I truly believed I am on my way to becoming a world citizen. This is the second time that I am on the UCAA board after holding the PR/External Representative position for 2.5 years between 2009 and 2011. This time I joined the board since “I have a dream”! I want the UCU alumni to have more opportunities to network and learn from each other; I want UCU alumni to also support the current and prospective UCU students in one way or another and most importantly I want to have more fun with YOU!”
Tanya: “What do you think of when someone says “UCU”? I think of a great place that generates fun memories and lasting friendships. This is why I wanted a “good excuse” to be able to return to campus once in a while and help alumni stay in touch, cheesy as it may sound. So I joined the UCAA Board and was able to combine this with a growing interest of mine: PR /communications. A graduate of 2012½, I’m currently enrolled in the MA Global Criminology program at the UU.”
Special thanks to Luisa Kühlmann and Indra Spronk for their efforts and contributions to the UCAA board!