Newsletter Spring 2016

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Welcome (back) dear alumni!

Here we are again with another UCAA Newsletter; we are trying to use our other mediums such as Facebook and LinkedIn to keep you posted about the whereabouts of our community; and you have also been very active in responding to our events and calls, that gives us extra motives and incentives to continue our work.

Like always most of our work is behind the scenes: We facilitated the publication of the 10th edition of the Post magazine despite all the financial barriers, and it was not only “bigger” than the previous editions but it was also published on higher volume and sent to a selected number of companies and your parents, namely those who are currently residing in the Netherlands to show them a glimpse of what we – as the alumni – are doing and the money they spent on our education at UCU has not all gone to waste. We are very proud of the Post magazine and we would like to thank the editorial board of Post for all their work throughout these years.

We are following through the Strategic Outlook which we shared with you last year (to be found here). Our annual report (to be found here) is approved by UCU Management Team and our audit is conducted with transparency. We are very proud to have lowered our overhead costs to less than 10%; and this is very much in line with our strategy for our financial sustainability; in the same path we have approached external sponsors for Post and our other activities. Over 2015, the board worked tirelessly to sustain the other aspects of our foundation: we have shifted the structure of the organization from “individual-based” to “position-based” meaning that the activities of every section is “continued” after the departure of the person holding that position rather than being “invented” again. As a volunteer-based organization this was one of our biggest challenges over the years.

As of Spring 2016, we are rolling out another step of our strategy for financial sustainability: we are promoting and encouraging the members of the community – aka YOU – to become a donor for UCAA. As of Spring 2016 our events are only free of charge for UCAA donors (and the recent graduates i.e. the ones graduated in the last 5 years). As explained in our Strategic Outlook, we need to diversify our resources and your contribution is an integral part of our bigger plan.

We also would like to thank two of our departed members namely Esther Kieft (’11) and Thijs Olthof (’14) who contributed significantly to our growth. And we are welcoming two new board members: Tycho Sikkenk (’12), who filled the treasurer position and Lot Wagemakers (‘11) as the new events coordinator.

We all look forward to the coming year full of events and new ideas.

Your UCAA Board


UCAA PubQuiz, 9th April
Same as every year, we are bringing you a PubQuiz! Come and join us in the UCSA bar on the 9th of April for some fun with old friends!
You can come with an already formed team (up to 5 people) or just join a team on the spot!

Changing your address in our records!

Have you been receiving our Alumni magazine the Post? Every half year when the Post is published, a number of copies are returned to us as undelivered. Please forward to us your current posting address at and we will take care of the update!

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Newsletter May 2014

Dear alumni,

It’s been a little while, but here it is: a brand new edition of the UCAA newsletter. Get excited, because Post is on its way and in two weeks we’ll have a UCAA Barbecue on campus again!

Still yours,

The UCAA Board


It is that time of the year again for good food, delicious sauces and the company of your fellow alumni in the -hopefully- hot Utrecht sun. Join us for the annual Summer BBQ on Saturday June 6th! The BBQ is one of the largest alumni gatherings of the year and is a perfect opportunity for UCU friends to come together. This year the BBQ is hosted together with UCU’s Employment Group, but no worries, we’ll have enough food to share :). Please RSVP here. Hope to see you there!

Post Magazine: Summer 2014 Edition

In a few short weeks, another edition of Post, UCAA’s alumni magazine willl be delivered in your mailbox. Make sure you’ve updated your address so that you don’t miss out on the awesomeness that is this edition of Post. If you get creatively inspired by this issue and would like to contribute to Post by writing an article, making illustrations or letting us use your photos, you are more than welcome to send us an email at

Newsletter March 2014

Dear alumni,

Do you miss classes on the quad now that it’s Spring again? Don’t worry, there are quite a few legitimate reasons to go back to campus in the upcoming months! Also, we’re looking for some very smart yet entertaining people… Read on!

Forever yours,

The UCAA Board


This year marks 15 years of UCSA greatness. To celebrate this, the UCSA Lustrum Festival will take place this year on April 13th at 12:00 (a day after the Inter-UC championships for those who like to strut UCU pride). Come enjoy live performances, food & drink and good company! Also, we’ll be there to play some graduate-level games with you…

How great is your grade?

Are your grades getting you to where you want to be? Have you found out what you really want in post-UC life? This year’s Career Conference on April 1st will help you answer these questions. Please do register as soon as you can for your favorite workshop. Only have time in the evening? Not a problem! Join us for an informal dinner at 18.00 and tell us how you think career decisions are best made! Email to sign up for dinner.

Maiolo and pi

Do you know exactly how long it took for Neil, Buzz, and Michael to get to the moon, yet have no clue what Maiolo taught you in Intro to Political Theory? When asked, can you dictate Pi to the 65th decimal, yet you need to check for your own phone number? And do you not recall your own graduation date, while you can easily sum up those of all Nobel laureates in Chemistry? Then it’s high time you apply for next year’s UCAA Pub Quiz quiz masters team!  Email for more info.

New Board Members

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 Dehban ('07)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!”


TanyaTanya: “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!

Newsletter February 2014

Dear alumni,

If we didn’t get the chance to meet you at our New Year’s Drinks this year, we would like to wish you a very happy 2014 this way (a little late, we know…). Here’s another UCAA Newsletter to keep you up to date, with exciting announcements and more events coming up!

Forever yours,

The UCAA Board

Welcome to Somaye and Tanya

After a great year, our Chair Luisa Kühlmann (’09) and PR Officer Indra Spronk-Baas (’06) have had to leave the UCAA Board to do other awesome things instead. We would like to thank them once again for their hard work!

We’re very happy to welcome Somaye Dehban (’07) as our new Chair and Tanya van Goch (’12½) as our new PR Officer. Both are very enthusiastic and full of ideas to make the UCAA even better. Read more about them on our website soon!

Pub Quiz

What is Egypt’s national currency? Which prime number is the next highest after 31? Who won the Wimbledon Men’s singles championship consecutively from 1997 to 2000? Think you know the answers to these questions? Come to the annual UCAA pub quiz on March 8th and test your knowledge (after a few pints of beer). This year will be the last time with our amazing quiz masters Hans, Karel and Casper, so we’d really like to see you there!

Career Conference

On April 1st UCU alumni and students join hands to discuss and discover new opportunties on the labour market during the annual Career Conference. Companies represented range from Sothebey to McKinsey and Google. An excellent chance for you to (re)discover your future employer. Registration will open soon!


Last month we sent out almost 2000 copies of Post. We’re really proud of this Winter edition themed around budget cuts and wouldn’t want you to miss it. Watch your mailbox very closely, or innocent-looking neighbors might try to steal it. If you have a big pad lock on your mailbox and still didn’t receive it, you should definitely update your address with us via