Celebrating 125 years of support

Thursday, March 29, 2007

With St. Cloud’s Normal School just a dozen years old and only 175 graduates to its name, more than 100 graduates and friends enjoyed beef tongue with apple jelly, corned beef, lamb, oyster soup and sponge cake, among other delicacies of the day, during a banquet marking the founding of the SCSU Alumni Association. For 125 years, the Association has linked the University and its graduates in many ways.

The first alumni directory was produced for less than $30 in 1907. Today, the Alumni Association directory serves our 90,000 graduates online (www.stcloudstate.edu/alumni). The first alumni newsletter, predecessor to Outlook, was published in 1948 by alumni board volunteers. The Distinguished Alumni Award was initiated in 1963 – that tradition of honoring alumni achievements and service at Homecoming continues today. In 1983, the Vanguard Program was begun by the alumni office to greet campus visitors; today, volunteer students perform that function. Reflecting the university’s increasingly global focus, the first international alumni chapter was formed in Malaysia in 1997. One of the Alumni Association’s newest programs is alumni mentoring, which brings alumni together with students to help them make career decisions and network.

Congratulations to the Alumni Association on 125 years and a continuing commitment to lifelong relationships between SCSU and its graduates! Membership is free. Take advantage, and get involved today.

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