The UNCW Alumni Association has regional chapters in the Triad, Cape Fear, Charlotte and Triangle areas. Next to the Cape Fear region, the Triangle Chapter is the second largest concentration of alumni, with nearly 7,900 members. The chapter was re-energized in 2008 and continues to grow exponentially. Tracy Pagnozzi ’98, ’00M is the president for the Triangle Chapter. “When I came (to UNCW) for the tour, I fell in love with the beautiful campus, the architecture, the landscape – it felt like the place where I belonged,” says Tracy.
Tracy explains that while it was a tough choice to leave after graduation, there is nothing like being involved in a regional chapter. “We are all alumni of the same university, we have a very strong thread that binds us together and gives us common ground, because of our shared experiences and our values as alumni,” explains Tracy. Sporting events, mixers, and dinners are just some of the chapter functions. The annual fall alumni dinners have included keynote speakers such as the chancellor, athletic coaches and other UNCW staff. Tracy says that being a part of a regional chapter always makes her immensely proud of the university, the alumni and their accomplishments.
Choosing to volunteer as the chapter president was easy for Tracy because it gave her an opportunity to make a personal and direct connection with many fellow alumni, to encourage them to stay involved, and much more. Whether she was in Raleigh or elsewhere, Tracy explains that “being connected to fellow alumni helps me stay connected to the university. Staying connected to the university reminds me of what a privilege it is, indeed, to be an alumna.” She, and more than 100 other alumni already registered, are looking forward to connecting at the Triangle Chapter Fall Alumni Dinner on October 7 with guest speaker Men’s Basketball Coach, Buzz Peterson.