Alumni can energize a university like nothing else.
They are their alma mater’s most passionate fans, most constructive critics and greatest ambassadors. They are their university’s most faithful and generous donors. And their contagious excitement kindles an esprit de corps that unites the university’s entire community of friends, neighbors and partners – what we at Boise State University affectionately call the Bronco Nation.
Later this month, we celebrate Boise State’s most dedicated and involved core of alumni – the more than 3,500 members of the Boise State Alumni Association. Their membership and engagement is critical to the success of this university and we want to thank them for everything they do for Boise State.
In many ways, these Broncos are the keeper of the Boise State flame. They guard its traditions, spread the word about its accomplishments, and through their own success they define Boise State’s success as a university. Their membership provides essential support for the alumni association’s broad array of activities – each designed to enhance and build a network of alumni worthy of Boise State.
Through their Legacy Scholars program, alumni association members expect to provide more than $100,000 in student scholarships next year. Each year, association members support more than 130 events around the nation, including Bronco Bash tailgate parties at away football games, homecoming events, class and academic program reunions, commencement activities and a wide range of other celebrations.
The Bronco Action Network provides association members an opportunity to influence public policy decisions important to Boise State and its future. And the Future Alumni Network works to build loyalty and pride among current Boise State students.
But membership in the Boise State Alumni Association isn’t a one-way street. Members also enjoy special privileges, including invitations to exclusive university events, discounted membership to the Boise State Recreation Center, Albertsons Library and the Bronco Zone in Bronco Stadium, and a wide range of promotional discounts from more than 40 local and national companies and retailers. Membership in the Boise State Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is also tax deductible.
Perhaps more than any other arrow in Boise State’s quiver, our alumni – and particularly our alumni association members — represent this university’s greatest potential for building Boise State’s future. Association members are actively increasing the value of their degrees by supporting the growing distinction of our university. And from this, all alumni benefit. As we prepare to celebrate the role our alumni association members play later this month, we hope that you get more involved and be there to join us for next year’s recognition. We need you.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for Boise State University.