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

A Night With Your Favorite Teachers

A Night With Your Favorite Teachers

A Night With Your Favorite Teachers


Alumni back in the auditorium! On Monday, the UCAA hosted its very first Academic Event with three epic UCU teachers taking the floor. Patricia Post, Alexis Aronowitz, and Rosemary Orr dazzled the audience, and stirred up quite the questions! Here with our beautiful UCAA members Indra and Januschka.




Always wanted to be chair? This is your chance!

Are you an excellent delegator, a brilliant public speaker and a dazzling negotiator? Are you looking for an opportunity to prove yourself? This is your chance: the UCAA is looking for a new chair!

As a chair, your first responsibility is the proper functioning of the board. This includes chairing meetings and knowing exactly what needs to be done, but also finding new board members when necessary. Secondly, you’re in charge of maintaining the official relations with UCU, and the student organizations UCSA and ASC. In this position, you will be representing the UCAA with a speech during UCU’s graduation ceremony twice a year. Finally, the UCAA’s short- and long-term strategies are in your hands.

Is this you?

  • You have experience being part of a board; chair or management experience is even better.
  • You have a vision and you’re able to convey it.
  • You’re well-organized and you like to take initiative.
  • You graduated from UCU and still feel connected.
  • You’re able to attend meetings in Utrecht both during office hours (with UCU staff) and evening hours (with the board). Living in or close to Utrecht is a plus.
  • You’re available for about six hours per week, working from home or the UCAA office on campus, starting from December 1.

In return, this position will give you:

  • Valuable experience in chairing an organization on the border of education, including professional contacts with the UCU management.
  • Appreciation from over two thousand alumni and a chance to contribute to campus again.
  • An excellent addition to your CV.
  • A motivated and fun team to work with, consisting of alumni ranging from the class of ’06 to the class of ’13.
  • A small financial compensation every year for your time and effort.

Does this sound like something that you are cut out for? Send your CV and a short motivation to before Monday, November 16. For more information, contact Roeland van Beek at the above email address or via 030–2539858.