“Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you’re gone. It’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
When one considers the word “legacy” many definitions come to mind. Here at Boise State, we often think of legacy in terms of the students, faculty, staff and alumni who’ve studied in our classrooms and labs, educated the leaders of tomorrow, and graduated to go on to fulfilling careers where they have a lasting impact on our greater society. And donors who’ve included Boise State in their estate plans leaving a philanthropic legacy.
Our legacies — all members of our Bronco family — contribute to and cultivate the synergy that solidifies us as a metropolitan research university of distinction in the Northwest.
From its early beginning as a small junior college to a research university today, preparing nearly 24,000 students with the problem-solving, communication, innovation and teamwork skills to be leaders and life-long learners, Boise State University and its family have created a positive legacy of academic excellence and citizenship.
And as we continue on our path of excellence, we occasionally pause and celebrate our milestones of success. Today we celebrate the legacies of our alumni, and foremost, the founding of our Boise State University Alumni Association.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Boise State Alumni Association. It was initiated by two graduates of the class of 1967, our first class to receive bachelor’s degrees, who led the student body as student government officers. (More on this 50th reunion class later.) Through the dedication and constant engagement of many, the Boise State Alumni Association has grown from a 12-founding member alumni association to nearly 4,400 active members engaged in regional, professional and social chapters globally.
While much has changed since the establishment of Boise State Alumni Association in 1967 — a new identity as Boise State University, an Alumni and Friends Center which opened in 2016, and a burgeoning membership roster — the objectives remain the same: To connect, celebrate and engage alumni and friends of the university to build lifelong relationships that support the future of Boise State
In celebration of this university milestone, we’ve dug deep in the archives, dusted off some photos, and spoke to several of our legacy alumni and friends who share their stories of the 50 years of our Alumni Association’s success. We look forward to sharing more with you as we honor and celebrate our legacies throughout this landmark year!
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.