Next week is Homecoming Week at Boise State – one of our favorite times of year. Broncos from all eras will descend on campus to celebrate their alma mater.
Alumni and friends will have a great opportunity to get to know today’s students, visit favorite old haunts, relive fond memories and reunite with friends and teachers. They also will take part in one of Boise State’s most prevalent modern alumni traditions: Exploring all the ways the university has changed in recent years.
Of course, the week will culminate with the Broncos football game against the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. But a week full of events leading up to the game – including a celebration of alumni success, an alumni and friends tailgate barbecue and a groundbreaking ceremony for our new Alumni and Friends Center – will give alumni and friends great opportunities to learn about and understand today’s Boise State, its future direction and their essential role in that future.
Each year, alumni who return to campus after a long absence are amazed at how the Boise State they knew has grown into a metropolitan research university of distinction. They learn that perhaps the one constant in the university’s recent history is a tradition of change. It’s a tradition of ongoing and essential evolution that not only highlights the extraordinary future awaiting this university and its students, but also ensures that their Boise State degree will continue to rise in its value and prestige.
Hopefully, they also understand their own essential role in this university’s continuous rise to prominence. Our alumni are Boise State’s greatest ambassadors, its most constructive critics and its most important donors – they are essential to the future of this university. Without their interest and involvement, without their engagement in its future and without their generosity, this university’s future certainly would be much less bright. Their Bronco spirit, their own personal success, and their consistent annual giving, regardless of amount, are the driving force of Boise State’s direction into tomorrow.
So please, join your fellow Broncos for part or all of this most unique celebration of Boise State’s past, present and future.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for university advancement at Boise State University.