Associated Alumni play key role AAAU embraces mandate to promote unity and the university’s best interests Report by Charles Coll (’84), President, Associated Alumni of Acadia University
On Dec. 20, 1859, seven dedicated Acadia College graduates joined together in the library to hold the first meeting of what would eventually become the Associated Alumni of Acadia University (AAAU). The purpose of the meeting was to consider, “the propriety of forming a society in aid of the College.”
Over 150 years later, Acadia alumni continue to gather together to celebrate their unique experiences, lifelong friendships and to support their alma mater in many different ways. Acadia alumni belong to one of the oldest constituted “societies” in Canada. The Association provides many benefits, but also comes with responsibilities. The Associated Alumni is governed by a board of directors made up of alumni representing different class years, academic programs and geographic regions. The board works very closely with university staff in the Office of Alumni Affairs, providing support and advice, and helping to coordinate activities such as events, communications, student recruitment and fundraising. The mandate of the AAAU, “to bring about the unity of graduates and former students of Acadia University and to afford them the opportunity to promote the best interests of the University,” continues to provide the cornerstone for the efforts of the Association. One of the most important roles of the AAAU is the responsibility to appoint 12 of its members to the Acadia Board of Governors. Table officers drawn from AAAU appointments today include Chairman of the Board Paul Jewer (’94), one of the youngest University board Chairs in Canada. Additionally, the President and Immediate Past-President of the Associated Alumni sit on the Board.
Dynamic group of graduates Today’s AAAU Board is a dynamic group of dedicated graduates who are honoured to represent the interests of alumni in the life of Acadia. They are your representatives. They have recently completed a strategic review of the AAAU’s objectives and initiatives to ensure that all of
us have the opportunity to continue to make significant contributions to the life of the University. Acadia provides a shining example of what a University education should be about: learning, growing and becoming the very best person you can be. Not only does the University need our help, it deserves it. Your Board believes that now is the time to take advantage of the ongoing positive spirit that makes Acadia a University of choice. We are working hard to take advantage of the positive momentum that the University is enjoying on a number of fronts. From academic and research recognition, to the many collaborations with industry and organizations, to the success of our athletes, both on the field and off, Acadia is hitting its stride.
Support promotes growth and development We must all decide where we invest our time, energy and money. As your Board, we ask you to support your alma mater in any way you can. Attend an event, call a potential student, support the Annual campaign when you are asked. It all helps. It has never been more important to become engaged, or re-engaged, with this wonderful place. As a Board, we are working to ensure that we are doing our very best to support the Alumni effort. Through the Alumni Office, and Executive Director Ian Murray and his staff, we continue to develop new ways to allow all of us to continue to contribute to the good health and growth of Acadia. So please visit our pages on the Acadia website where we continue to grow our presence and report on our activities. Read the monthly alumni e-newsletter that we send by e-mail. If someone you know has lost touch with us, forward the e-newsletter to them so they can rejoin the conversation. But most of all, please take the time to think about your connection to this special place, and what you can do to help. It is truly rewarding to see Alumni in action in and around the University, and to know how much our contributions are appreciated by students, faculty and the larger community.
ACADIA BULLETIN Fall 2011
Stay connected with Acadia alumni and the university campus community. This issue has a spotlight on research.