For 50 years, the Boise State University Alumni Association has been connecting, celebrating and engaging alumni from around the globe. The growth of our alumni base to more than 140,000 coincides with increased alumni engagement through one of our regional chapters. Boise State Alumni Association chapters support student recruitment efforts, scholarships and advocacy of the university’s mission.
In the last year alone, through the efforts of outstanding volunteer chapter leaders and the regional alumni programs staff, the alumni association chartered four new chapters, each with plans underway for social, service and scholarship fundraising activities.
The new Fiesta Alumni Chapter that serves alumni and friends in the greater Phoenix area recently held events in Scottsdale including a spring training baseball game gathering, a golf tournament, and dinner and auction at the Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club. The chapter members and attendees raised more than $6,000 for a new scholarship to assist Arizona students attending Boise State. Chapter leaders also are collaborating with Boise State Admissions staff to enhance recruitment efforts in this region.
Another new chapter recently added to the association’s roster is the Honors College Alumni Chapter, serving alumni who graduated from the Honors College at Boise State. Plans for the chapter include establishing a robust mentoring program, fundraising for a legacy project at the new Honors College building, and engaging alumni nationwide.
The new Latino Alumni Chapter’s mission includes the recruitment and retention of Latino students at Boise State University. Planning sessions have begun for a mentoring program and professional networking opportunities. The chapter recently participated in the celebration of the opening of the new Latino space on campus, Casita Nepantla. In addition to serving our Latino alumni, the chapter will provide opportunities for Latino students, staff and faculty at Boise State, as well as anyone else interested in learning more about the Latino culture.
The College of Business and Economics (COBE) Alumni Chapter also was granted a charter recently. Its mission is to connect COBE alumni across the country and provide professional opportunities for the current students of COBE. Members will partner with the COBE career advisors in designing a mentoring program to prepare new graduates for employment by facilitating interaction with chapter members who can share their work experience, enhance networking opportunities, and provide internships for students.
We’re excited these new chapters are already engaging alumni, and providing services for our students — soon to become alumni themselves — in support of the university and alumni association. By volunteering and sharing their talents, chapter members and volunteer leaders cement the lifelong relationships with that the alumni association cultivates, nurtures and celebrates for the benefit of our alumni and the university.
If you’d like to be involved with the alumni association or one of its chapters, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information by visiting alumni.boisestate.edu or contacting Teresa Harder, director of regional alumni programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. As President Kustra once said, our strength of a university is measured by the engagement and accomplishments of our alumni. We value our alumni and their role in Boise State’s growth and success.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.