Raymond Quan, center, with U President David Pershing and Assistant Vice President Sandi Pershing.

Alumni Enjoy a Pac-12 Game and Reception in China

Guests watched groundbreaking basketball then met with U delegates.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Pac-12 become the first U.S. sports league – collegiate or professional – to host a regular-season contest in China, with a men’s basketball game between the University of Washington Huskies (Pac-12) and the University of Texas Longhorns (Big 12) at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The University of Utah invited alumni and friends to the game and a subsequent reception with a VIP delegation from Utah. About 50 Utah alumni and guests attended.

The U’s Office of Global Engagement and Alumni Association heralded the event as a major milestone in the Pac-12’s Globalization Initiative, an unprecedented effort to showcase the prestigious Pac-12 universities in China, and to promote goodwill and transformative life experiences through student-athlete exchanges and sport.

More than 7,000 people attended the game, which the Huskies won, 77 to 71. The University of Utah, in coordination with the U China Alumni Club, hosted a reception following the game with a delegation of special guests from Utah including Dr. David Pershing, University of Utah President, and his wife, Dr. Sandi Pershing, an assistant vice president for Outreach and Engagement; Michael Hardman BS'71 MEd'73 PhD'75, U Chief Global Officer; Jason Perry JD'99, U Vice President for Government Affairs; Dean Taylor Randall HBA'90, David Eccles School of Business; and three Utah state legislators. Chinese VIPs included Raymond Quan LLM’01, president of the China Alumni Club (and an international lawyer). After the reception, attendees were invited to an educational exhibition and student recruitment fair, also at the arena.

To learn more about University of Utah international relations (including alumni clubs), please contact Nelly Divricean, Alumni Association international relations manager, at 801-581-8980 or nelly.divricean@alumni.utah.edu.

China Alumni Club

Message from the President

Dear Members of the China Club, 

The establishment of the China Club of UU alumni is by all means the most exciting news at the beginning of 2011 for all Chinese alumni of the U. With its establishment, we have a “home” in China.

As the President of the China Club, I firstly warmly welcome all the new members joining the Club. With your enrollment, the Club will enjoy a continuous growth that will enable the Club to play the intended role to link our Chinese alumni and form a valuable part of the network of UU alumni all over the world. According to the Bylaws of the China Club, any person from China who has graduated from or attended University of Utah for not less than half a year shall be eligible for alumni membership, and their family members or those individuals who consider themselves to be friends of University of Utah can be affiliate members of the Club. Hopefully, more and more members, either alumni or affiliate will join us. You can read the Bylaws of the China Club - opens new window.

Secondly, I welcome with appreciation your ideas and contribution, in whatever form, on how to make the Club more meaningful and helpful. I trust that the contribution of the excellence of our Chinese alumni in their respective areas of practice will make the Club shining and rewarding. The social, academic and professional exchanges between and among the members through this network is one of the key targets of the China Club. I believe, under the care and attention of our members, the Club will enjoy a healthy and positive development. We are discussing with the international center to open a webpage for China Club, where club members and all people interested in the Club can share their stories and contribute their ideas. We plan to hold events in China this year to facilitate our members to meet each other. We also encourage members to contact each other for their mutual interests.

Thirdly, we welcome and recruit volunteer to be the secretary of the Club, who will be responsible for assisting the President to manage the Club and deal with Club affairs.

Finally, please join me to cheer for the China Club and to wish all the best of its future.

Sincerely yours
Raymond Quan

Watch a video of Quan talking about the U here.

Raymond Quan
President of the China Alumni Club
Beijing, China

Carol Qiu
Board member
Shanghai, China

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