SMU alumni programs around the United States are encouraging graduates to stay involved with the life of the University and helping encourage alumni to give to SMU through The Second Century Campaign.
As of February, 48.5 percent of alumni had provided a campaign gift, en route to a goal of 50 percent by the end of 2015. In addition, for the 2012 fiscal year, which ended May 31, yearly alumni giving had reached 24 percent, en route to a goal of 25 percent by 2015. As of February, yearly alumni giving for the current fiscal year stood at 16.7 percent.
During the 2012-13 fiscal year, more than 1,700 alumni volunteered in programs to assist with reunion committees and lead 56 alumni chapters, while also volunteering for initiatives such as assisting with students’ career planning, student recruitment and providing community service as representatives of SMU. Alumni sponsored and ran more than 200 SMU events attracting more than 7,000 alumni, parents and friends. (In 2011-12, 67 percent of SMU’s alumni volunteers also made gifts to the University.)
More than 320 alumni participated as members of their reunion committees, encouraging reunion attendance and campaign giving. Altogether, members of reunion committees helped inspire more than 28 percent of their classmates to make a gift during their reunion year – a landmark accomplishment. Reunion activities also brought more than 2,000 alumni back to campus.
More than 300 alumni in 34 states volunteered for SMU Connection, a program providing career resources to current students in partnership with the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center. In partnership with the Division of Enrollment Services, 216 alumni are currently participating in the Student Recruitment Volunteers program (SeRVe). These volunteers share insights and information about SMU with prospective students and their parents and serve as volunteer representatives at college fairs.
Stampede of Service offers alumni a chance to represent SMU in serving their communities. In last year’s second annual national day of service, about 200 alumni in 15 cities from coast to coast signed up to assist in food banks, animal shelters, meals on wheels programs and other nonprofit organizations. In Dallas, area alumni joined SMU students in working at the North Texas Food Bank.
Any and all graduates are invited to lend their time, talents and energy to assist in these endeavors. Registration and more information about all these programs can be found at smu.edu/involved. To make your gift to SMU this year, please visit smu.edu/giving.