United Way chair part of 48-year tradition

Bill McMichael has been attending UBC since 1932

UBC-it's all in the family.

It's really quite simple: William A. McMichael (BA'74) is chair of the 2000 UBC United Way Campaign. The program coordinator with the university's Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program is on the left. That's William G. McMichael (BASc'46) on the right. In the centre is William D. Y. McMichael, first-year student in Arts One, holding a photograph of his great-grandfather--you guessed it William McMichael (no initial), who got the ball rolling when he earned a BA at UBC in 1936.

"My son is the fourth generation Bill McMichael to attend UBC," says William A., who wants to revitalize UBC's United Way Campaign and build a sense of community--or if you prefer--family, on campus.

"Our slogans are `Team est' and `Your gift goes far, but not far away,'" he reports. "We're combining our campaign with the annual UBC Fund Campaign and, for the first time, faculties, program areas and staff will each host their own special day during the campaign."

The United Way chair, who started teaching here in 1977 and served on Senate from 1996-99, wants to build on tradition and help generations to come by reaching a goal of $300,000.

His own roots in the community are deep. By the time the first William had returned to campus to earn a BEd in 1955, William G. was a professional engineer with B.C. Hydro and designed the trolley lines still being used by Lower Mainland buses. William D.Y. hopes to be part of the class of 2004.

The campaign kickoff is Oct. 16, but Commerce will start Sept. 18. Learn more about how you can be part of UBC's United Way campaign by visiting www.unitedway.ubc.ca or by calling 812-8929.