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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1 | Alumni
YAC Serves Young Alums, Creates
Scholarship for “Engaging” Students

if you can. The 1997 Seattle Pacific University graduate is the fast-moving events and fund-raising coordinator for the University of Washington Alumni Association. But a schedule that might tire most people only builds a fire under Rau. She is also president of the SPU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council (YAC).

"The more than 7,600 SPU alumni within 10 years of graduation have a lot of energy, and many still live in the Seattle area,” says Rau. “We want to keep them in touch with the University and to provide services and programs geared especially for them. To do this, we want young alumni to let us know what they want.”

She notes, for instance, that the Seattle Pacific Career Development Center is available to assist people with information about job searches — even 10 years after graduation. And through and change the world through volunteer service off-campus,” says Rau.

Doug Koskela ’95 is the current chair of the YAC Scholarship Committee and an instructor in theological studies in the SPU School of Theology. “An endowment has been created, and YAC Executive Council members have already begun making regular contributions,” he explains. “We have a commitment of a significant matching gift in July, and a major fundraising event is planned for April 24.”

For more information about becoming involved in YAC or supporting the YAC Scholarship, call YAC Advisor Laila Sharpe at 206/281-2449 or visit

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