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Jack Chiraffe reporting from Rome
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Rome! Rome? Me? In Rome? With that Cast B 2013? Oh! Yeah of course! We performed for the telethon in RAI2! What? For a telethon on the national TV... Read more...
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Join us in Tallinn, Estoinia for the 2014 EAM
Saturday, 01 March 2014
We would like to remind you all that there will be a European Alumni Meeting (EAM) in Tallinn, Estonia, May 1–4.Tallinn is the capital city of... Read more...
UWPIAA NEWS
UWPIAA gifts $50,000 to Up with People to establis...
Saturday, 01 March 2014
The Up with People International Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship was funded by gifts made to the UWPIAA by alumni and friends. “During the... Read more...
New CareerConnect project helps alumni create prod...
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Business networking, student mentoring and career guidance are just some of the ways the new UWPIAA CareerConnect Committee will help alumni from all... Read more...
Latest Edition of UpBeat Now Available!
Saturday, 31 August 2013
March 2014 UpBeat now available online! The UWP International Alumni Association is happy to announce the release of the latest edition of UpBeat!The... Read more...
UWP NEWS
Up with People Announces International Partnership...
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Up with People (UWP), the international education, service and performing arts program announces their newest partnership with the global service... Read more...
Dale Penny selected as CEO of Up with People
Friday, 14 March 2014
Dale Penny selected as CEO of Up with People to Lead the Organization into the Next 50 Years   March 13, 2014 (Denver, CO) – Up with People Board... Read more...
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Announcing March/April 2014 Up with People Connect...
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Click here to read the March/April 2014 edition of the Up with People newsletter, Connections. 
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You're Invited! Up with People extention cast to I...
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Registration for SHALOM ISRAEL is now open! Join us for an incredible experience as we visit Israel for the first time in Up with People history! ... Read more...
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Up with People Gala Invitation
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Save the Date! You will not want to miss Up with People's 2014 Gala: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain on Saturday, April 26 at the Denver Marriott City... Read more...
REUNION
Celebrate 50! Convenient Fact Sheet
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Everything you need to know about Celebrate 50! Reunion 2015 is now available online in this convenient, printable PDF!... Read more...
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Tentative Reunion 2014 Schedule
Wednesday, 05 March 2014
 
Reunion 2014 Songwriters' Hall of Fame to honor Ly...
Saturday, 01 March 2014
The one and only Lynne Morris is the 2014 UWPIAA inductee into the Up with People Songwriters’ Hall of Fame! Her invaluable contributions to the... Read more...
Reunion 2014 Registration
Saturday, 04 January 2014
Welcome to Reunion 2014 Register now thru April 15, 2014 and you will receive the early-bird rate of $295; that's more than 20 percent off the... Read more...
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UWP Celebrate 50 - 2015
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
The Up with People International Alumni Association will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Up with People in Orlando, Florida, August 4 through... Read more...

Everything you need to know about Celebrate 50! Reunion 2015 is now available online in this convenient, printable PDF!

http://issuu.com/upbeatuwpiaa/docs/uwpiaa_celebrate_50__reunion_2015_

 

March 2014 UpBeat now available online!

The UWP International Alumni Association is happy to announce the release of the latest edition of UpBeat!

The March 2014 edition of UpBeat is filled with news from alumni around the world and across the ages. You'll read about fellow alumni in service to their community, other alumni, and Up with People and learn about the many exciting new opportunities for you to engage with your fellow alumni and reconnect with Up with People.


We hope you enjoy this edition of UpBeat and encourage you to send your comments or suggestions for story ideas to communications@uwpiaa.org

http://issuu.com/upbeatuwpiaa/docs/march_upbeat_final_pdf_for_the_web


 

Dale Penny selected as CEO of Up with People to Lead the Organization into the Next 50 Years

 

March 13, 2014 (Denver, CO) – Up with People Board Chairman, Chuck Jarrett, announced today that Dale Penny has been selected as the new CEO of Up with People (UWP), the international educational and cultural organization.

Penny, an alumnus of cast 1971 A, worked for UWP for over 20 years and rose to the rank of President and COO during his tenure.  Since 1997, he has served as President and CEO of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the nation’s oldest and largest youth conservation program preparing lifelong environmental stewards through hands-on service.  He was identified and selected by a search committee formed by the UWP Board.

“Dale is exactly the right person to lead Up with People into its second fifty years,” said Jarrett.  “He is a proven leader of youth empowerment programs who brings a strong passion for Up with People along with a keen understanding of how the organization needs to evolve to continue to be relevant to today’s youth.  Dale is the leader best suited to help us achieve our vision of inspiring young people to make a difference in their world.”

Penny has spent his professional life devoted to advancing the causes of youth development, experiential and outdoor education and intercultural understanding.  He also worked as senior program director of the Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving troubled and at-risk youth.  Penny received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Penny shared, “I am honored to rejoin UWP at this moment.  The need for our mission has never been so acute, and I believe that today’s generation of young people has the power to ignite positive change.  We must be willing to look freshly at everything we do to empower them as leaders and change makers in their schools, communities and the world.  It is vital to reach out to our extended UWP community, our students, staff, alumni, donors, sponsors, host families and supporters to listen to their ideas and solicit their engagement as we design the programs and initiatives for the next phase of our growth.”

Penny’s wife, Mindy, is also an alumna and former staff member of UWP.  Their sons, David and Alex, both participated in the UWP program and David served on the staff.  Penny will be relocating to Denver and will join the UWP team starting in the summer of 2014.

Up with People (UWP) is an independent nonprofit, [501(c)(3)] organization without any religious or political affiliations. Founded in 1965, by J. Blanton Belk, UWP will celebrate 50 years of existence in 2015. UWP provides young adults an international and intercultural experience that teaches service leadership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world.

Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world while building bridges of understanding as a foundation for world peace.

Over the years, Up with People has become known as a tremendous force in international relations, education, and entertainment.  The organization's worldwide influence is far-reaching.  More than 22,000 young men and women from over 100 countries have visited 3,600 communities in 38 countries.  Over three million hours of community service have been performed by Up with People students and an estimated 20 million people worldwide have been directly impacted by the organization.

For more information visit www.upwithpeople.org.

 

The Up with People International Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship was funded by gifts made to the UWPIAA by alumni and friends. “During the last several cast reunions in Tucson, the IAA has raised funds for scholarships” says Rick Small, Development Chair of the UWPIAA. “Each year we gave Up with People funding for annual scholarships, but this year is extra special.” The entire $50,000 contribution is establishing the corpus of the endowment and will never be spent. Only the annual earnings of the endowed fund shall be given out to Up with People students.
The purpose of the endowed scholarship fund is to provide financial support for students who represent Up with People’s traditional underrepresented constituencies of male performers, ethnic minorities and musicians. “This is the kind of scholarship assistance that can make the difference in so many ways,” says Eric Anderson, Vice President of Admission for Up with People. “Our alumni are a critical component of our recruiting strategy and with this Endowed Scholarship they have taken the next step to ensure that worthy and talented students have the same opportunities that so many of us once had.”
UWPIAA has been contemplating how best to establish this scholarship. “A great deal of thought and foresight was put into this agreement to ensure its lasting impact,” indicates Marc Barbeau, Vice President of Advancement for Up with People. “It has been a pleasure to work with several representatives of UWPIAA on this project.” Fred Heismeyer, Vice President of UWPIAA, said on behalf of all alumni, “It is a pleasure to continue our support of UWP with the establishment of this endowed fund. The establishment of the fund provides both organizations another opportunity for a long and meaningful partnership.”
The UWPIAA Endowed Scholarship Fund at Up with People is considered an open fund where additional contributions can be added to the principal of the fund at any time. Alumni and friends of UWPIAA and UWP are encouraged to contribute to this fund. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about  how you can establish your own endowed scholarship personally or through your cast, please contact Marc Barbeau at mbarbeau@upwithpeople.org.

 

Welcome to Reunion 2014

Register now thru April 15, 2014 and you will receive the early-bird rate of $295; that's more than 20 percent off the regular registration fee of $375.  Registration rates go up to $325 on April 16, 2014 and again to the full fee of $375 on July 1, 2014, so don't delay! Fees include most reunion activities and some meals, and after you register, you can take advantage of discounted room rates of just $119 per night offered by the Westin La Paloma.  As a special welcome to 2009 Cast members attending their first-ever reunion, the same registration fee, $295, applies all the way to the first day of the event.

In addition to serious savings, early registrants may help their cast win a beautiful suite upgrade, giving your crew a fantastic place to party, relax and reconnect with friends.  The suite upgrade will be awarded to the cast that purchases the most early registrations before April 1, 2014. So, what are you waiting for?

Up with People reunions are an unforgettable opportunity to spend precious time with old friends and refresh the bonds you made on the road, as well as a great way to meet new friends across the eras.  There are dozens of activities throughout the weekend for alum and their friends and family of all ages.  Cast K and Cast T/Camp UWP are available for those alumni with 6 to 18 year old students attending. And Saturday's calendar is brimming with opportunities to relive your tour experience, punctuated by the enormously popular era shows on that night. Special performances will also highlight the current Up with People show!

In addition, there will be a special tribute to Up with People icon Lynne Morris on Wednesday night, July 23rd at 8 pm. There is an additional charge of $40 for this special event, with net proceeds to benefit the UWP Scholarship Fund.

The Reunion 2014 early registration fee of $295 and is available January 6th through April 15, 2014.  On April 16, the fee goes up to $325; on July 1 through the reunion weekend, the fee tops at $375.  If your cast does not win the suite upgrade, there will be a limited number of suites available for purchase on the website after you register for Reunion 2014.

If you are new to UWPIAA reunions, or have been out of the loop, you will find answers to frequently-asked question by clicking here.

Don't miss the bus! Get out your shiny new calendar right now and mark Monday, January 6th at 12:00 noon EST as day one of early registration for Reunion 2014. Follow this link https://www.eventinterface.com/upwithpeoplereunion2014

Questions?  Email us at reunions@uwpiaa.org.

 

See you poolside!

 

 

The Up With People International Alumni Association Board of Governors proudly introduces a new initiative:

Alumni-in-Action

Our shared history is replete with songs and lyrics nudging, encouraging, and sometimes imploring audiences to get outside themselves and engage in the world in a constructive way to break down barriers that separate nations and cultures. As Up With People participants, we “walked the talk.” Today, our history continues to call to us, as alumni, to engage in our communities, our nation, and around the world.

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