“Five things alumni bring that are important to their alma mater: advice, service, money, new students, and ambassadorial representation.” – Handbook of Institutional Advancement
A university benefits from the strength of its alumni program. Similarly, the value of a person’s degree is only enhanced by the strength, growth and continued enhancement of his or her university. It is extremely important to the life a university to have active and strong alumni. As alumni, each person has some responsibility to the University. They should promote it, defend it, and be positive about it.
- Respond to surveys or other requests for your opinion.
- Contact your college or sequence chair with ideas to improve academic programs, offer to guest lecture, or to let them know they are doing a good job.
- Occasionally, the Alumni Association is asked to nominate alumni to serve on search committees; if you are asked, please say yes.
- Volunteer for committees, events or departments.
- Mentor students or hire interns.
- Keep the University in mind when making important decisions.
- Help us acquire and maintain good contact information.
- Become involved in a local Club or affinity Chapter.
Help increase donations
- Be a donor.
- Volunteer for phone-a-thons and thank-a-thons.
- Participate in donor recruiting contests.
- Ask people to contribute to the Loyalty Fund.
- Alert the alumni office to potential donors/sponsors/etc.
- Tell other alumni the importance of participation.
- Recruit, recruit, recruit!
- Talk up the university to children in the 7th - 12th grades.
- Tell out-of-state alumni that their children can attend for in-state tuition.
- Promote UL Lafayette among friends and family.
- Buy and wear Ragin’ Cajun and UL Lafayette merchandise, red, etc.
- When a press release is issued about you, be sure to include that you are a UL Lafayette alum.
- Attend UL Lafayette events and activities.
- Be an advocate for the University in your community.