As nearly 4,000 Boise State students cross the academic threshold this year to join the ranks of 84,000 Bronco alumni, we welcome them to the next stage of their Boise State journey. And leading this journey to ensure our alumni and friends remain connected to their alma mater is the Boise State University Alumni Association.
The alumni association unites us, as fans, friends, parents and grandparents, and graduates. Our association keeps us connected to the people and places that changed our lives forever. And today, we applaud our most recent graduates, and remind them that they are now part of something big, special, bold — a passionate and collaborative group of peers that cheered for your success as a student and continues to support you as a professional.
As members of this strong group of bold thinkers, fervent fans and engaged community leaders, we know how together we can make a difference through our support of our alma mater in the communities where we live, and the greater world.
For 50 years, Boise State Alumni Association members have supported the growth of Boise State, from a two-year junior college to the metropolitan doctoral research university we’ve become today. It’s the advocacy, engagement and generosity of our alumni, volunteer members of the Boise State Alumni Association board of directors, chapter leaders and general members, who are our strongest allies in helping us accomplish our strategic mission.
In recent years, we’ve been ranked by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a doctoral research university. Boise State has more than doubled its graduate offerings in a decade, expanded Ph.D. programs and research strengths and attracted high-quality students from around Idaho, every state in the nation and 60 different countries.
The first step all graduates can take to ensure Boise State continues on the trajectory of success is to join the Boise State Alumni Association. Membership provides our alumni and friends the link to keep engaged with and influence the university’s direction. The Boise State Alumni Association is our graduate’s number one source for keeping informed about Boise State and finding opportunities to engage in multiple ways whether locally or through one of our regional chapters or clubs.
Joining the Boise State Alumni Association not only helps to strengthen the university, but allows you to take advantage of a host of benefits, including career development programs, networking opportunities, cultural experiences, chances to travel several discounts and special deals on products and services for members. Membership dues are annual or lifetime and may qualify for a charitable contribution and Idaho Education Tax Credit.
The most rewarding benefit is clearly the social engagement and networking opportunities provided through the association. There are several regional and affinity chapters across the country that hold special events such as the recent golf tournament hosted by the Fiesta Chapter in the greater Phoenix area. Other events include athletic watch parties, alumni wine tours, career development programs, and family events such as the Easter Egg Hunt on The Blue.
Designed specifically for our recent graduates, the Broncos of the Last Decade, BOLD, is a group of alumni who graduated within the last 10 years. BOLD members meet regularly for social events, have access to online webinars and other career services as well as discounts on continuing education programs, the Boise State Outdoor Program, and campus recreation membership. BOLD members also have access to career counseling including resume review, job search strategies, networking and interview preparation. We want to make sure our graduates are successful in their job search, so Boise State Alumni Association membership provides access to extensive job boards as well as career-changing assistance our service partners provide.
There is a multitude of opportunities provided for our graduates, and the association is here to help Broncos make these critical connections and provide engagement opportunities that will assist the new graduate in reaching their professional goals. New alumni receive a significant discount of 70 percent off annual membership the first six months following graduation, and membership also makes a great graduation gift.
We truly are one big Bronco family, and the association ensures we remain connected as we celebrate the lifelong relationships after our time on campus.
Welcome new alumni. Go Broncos!
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.