Forging new friendships

In 2012, the Miner Alumni Association board of directors consolidated its committees into five groups with broad goals. In this issue, we introduce you to the Strengthening Campus Relations Committee.

The committee finds and then builds upon potential areas of collaboration between the Miner Alumni Association and the other areas of the campus.

“In other words, we are trying to get people engaged with the life of the campus while they are students and then continue that engagement after they graduate,” says committee chair Mike McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81.

The committee invites representatives from campus organizations to each of its meetings to raise awareness of the association and its projects among the university’s various departments.

Lifetime alumni engagement is an important part of Missouri S&T’s strategic plan. The committee already made an impact around campus by restructuring the alumni speaker’s bureau and increasing attendance at Homecoming’s 2013 Legends Banquet by approximately 250 percent compared to the 2012 event.

“Campus units can turn to this committee for help reaching alumni and finding common ground,” says Katie Jackson, assistant director of the Miner Alumni Association. “Getting the word out to campus that alumni are interested in what is going on will lead to better interactions on both sides.”

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Q&A

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