Dear Fellow Alumni/ae,
Welcome to a new academic year. It is a very exciting time to be engaged in the life of our alma mater, and I am honored to be serving as the current President of our Alumni Association.
During my five years as a member of the SCSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, I have come to admire the dedication of Board members and the many alumni volunteers whose hard work is such an important support to the SCSU community. You, the members of our association, appreciate what the University has done for you and now, in overwhelming numbers, you contribute to scholarship funds, share career and professional expertise, create internships and support today's students as mentors in attaining their academic, career and life goals. Thank you.
Dr. Mary Papazian, SCSU President, has a bold vision for the future of Southern. She is hard at work with a new administrative team to realize that vision, and she understands the critical role that SCSU's alumni/ae will play in helping to achieve her goals. Certainly we will be asked to contribute financially. New buildings, new academic program growth, new services required to ensure that students have the best possible chance at a first-rate education... all these things will require new funding, at a time when public funds are diminishing. More important, I believe, will be the support that you and I can lend by telling our stories. If we share – often and proudly – how Southern helped us achieve our career and life goals, we will help build support for the University that cannot fail to attract highly motivated students and a wider community that will help to support them.
The Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are working diligently to plan events that will offer you the opportunity to reconnect with Southern. If you have not been back to campus in a while, you will be amazed at the campus and facilities, and you will delight in the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Events are being planned for you across Connecticut and across the country. We hope you will attend this year's events, bring fellow classmates from your years at SCSU, and help define ways that our Association can help Southern continue to provide the high quality education that current and future students deserve.
If you are not currently a member, I urge you to join or renew your membership by contributing to the Annual Giving Campaign currently in progress. A gift of $35 or more entitles you to membership in the Southern Alumni Association. You may make a gift online by clicking here. You may receive a phone call from one of our student phonathon callers and I hope you'll ask questions and give generously in support of our students. To keep up on future events, check our alumni upcoming events page.
Please feel free to contact Michelle Johnston, Director of Alumni Relations, at (203) 392-6500 or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Parker, '76
President, Alumni Association Board of Directors