Growing Chapters Program Spreads Mustang Message

Alumni support is crucial to the achievement of University goals, and chapters around the world serve as the primary conduit for engagement by former students with their alma mater, says Bill Vanderstraaten ’82, chair of the SMU Alumni Board. “We want to increase participation by alumni in all parts of SMU life, including recruiting prospective students, volunteering and annual giving,” he says. “The chapters program provides the platform for our out-of-town alumni to become ambassadors for the University in their communities in every way.” SMU alumni chapters number 38 from coast to coast in the United States. In addition, 14 international groups in Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia bridge the miles to the Hilltop. Outside of Dallas, the chapters boasting the greatest number of SMU alumni are Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. San Diego is home to the newest chapter, which is expected to be up and running by the end of this academic year. The Cleveland, Ohio, chapter just relaunched after a year of inactivity. The Fort Worth chapter also is going strong, reports Watt Stephens ’07, chapter leader. Stephens, who serves on the Fort Worth Steering Committee for The Second Century Campaign, “just couldn’t stand all the purple over here” and decided the time was right to paint the town red and blue. In late February he organized … Continue reading Growing Chapters Program Spreads Mustang Message