Sacred Heart University is taking its alumni outreach right to people’s homes—or close, anyway. This summer, SHU will launch five regional Alumni Association chapters to provide a more localized experience for its former students.
Historically, alumni relations activities were centered solely at the University’s Fairfield campus, but now they will be distributed further to the five formal chapters: New York City, Boston, Fairfield County, New Jersey and Long Island. The change represents the increased geographic range of SHU’s student body, alumni population and general reach as the University has grown over the past two decades.
“We’ve gone through a great transformation,” says Todd R. Gibbs, executive director for Alumni Relations. “Sacred Heart used to be central to Connecticut, but now we have students and alumni from all 50 states and from 50 countries around the world. So it makes sense to evolve our association to have more a regional presence in some key cities and areas.”
The University already has begun to organize the chapters and to identify their leadership structures, including appointing chapter presidents. Chapters will be responsible for their own annual operating plans, goals of the association, organization of professional and social events, fundraising and community service outreach that is consistent with SHU’s values and mission. Chapter presidents also will be voting members of SHU’s Alumni Board of Directors.
“The overarching purpose is to build relationships with more alums,” Gibbs says. “We have a large, diverse and dynamic group of former students with whom we look forward to maintaining a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
The SHU Alumni Association will celebrate the formation of the new chapters formally during Homecoming Weekend, September 16-18.
The Alumni Association also has announced its 2016 Summer Series of happy-hour nights. Events will take place in various locations of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. For more information, visit alumni.sacredheart.edu/shu-alumni-summer-series-2016.
“The Summer Series is a great opportunity for SHU alums to get together for everything from networking to reminiscing, and also just to have a great time,” Gibbs says. “We hear from many of our alumni how much they love these get-togethers, and we’re eager to have even more former students come join the fun.”