Dear SCSU Alumni,
I am honored to be serving my second term as president of the SCSU Alumni Association
Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 academic year. I will continue to work diligently
with alumni board members and volunteers, Office of Alumni Relations staff, and university
personnel to promote activities in support of alumni, the university, SCSU students
and their families.
Under the leadership of our Director of Alumni Relations, Michelle Rocheford Johnston, the Alumni Association sponsored nearly two dozen alumni events last year, including a very successful President's Inauguration reception and the Business after Hours series, featuring faculty talks relevant to each venue in various parts of Connecticut. She and her staff were honored with two Excellence Awards in Alumni Programs from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for 2013 - the Gold Award for "A Beautiful Evening under the Stars," a wine tasting, planetarium and vineyard lecture, and the Silver Award for the all-alumni cabaret, "The World Goes Round."
The Alumni Association welcomes Robert Stamp, our new Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Southern. Both Mr. Stamp and Dr. Papazian have assured us that the establishment and location of our Alumni House will soon be announced.
Dr. Papazian, University President, continues to inspire us as a visionary as she moves forward to expand and create new opportunities for the University. Just click on the University website (www.southernct.edu) to see the transformation of the campus, which in 2015 will include a new science and technology building in the former Engleman parking lot. "It will be a state-of-the-art structure that will provide greatly enhanced, career-based educational opportunities for our students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines," said SCSU President Mary A. Papazian.
The Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are working diligently to
plan relevant, enjoyable events for alumni. This year the Homecoming venue changed
to incorporate Owl Parents Weekend with a huge tailgate party for the entire campus
in the Wintergreen parking lot outside of Jess Dow Field. We will continue to hold
Business after Hours in various regions and use social and electronic media to reach
our alumni as well as develop many new, creative activities. We are creating more
opportunities for interaction with the students (our future alumni), including Alumni
Professionals Day, our new Alumni Mentoring and Admissions Volunteer programs.
The Alumni Association, Athletics, Faculty Senate, AAUP, and Alumni are currently working on a project to assist students with an immediate need for temporary financial assistance. This will be a campus wide collaborative event and you will hear more about it when all the details are formulated.
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 at http://www.southernct.edu/giving/. You may even 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 website http://www.southernct.edu/alumni/upcoming-events.html.
I look forward to an interesting, challenging, and rewarding year. Hopefully, I will also see you at one or more of our events! Please feel free to contact Michelle Johnston at 203-392-6500 or me at 203-469-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respectfully,Teresa Sirico, '70, MS '73 President, Alumni Association Board of Directors