2 016 ANNUA L REPORT TEXAS STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
P res en t Day
Once a Bobcat, always a
B O B C AT 1974
TA B L E of C ON T E N T S
ONLINE Are you Bobcat Proud? Our 170,000+ alumni are a powerful force throughout the world — connecting to serve, strengthen, support and celebrate Texas State University.
We are pleased to present a report of our 2016 activities, and welcome your input, comments and support. TEXAS STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 512.245.2371 | 888.798.2586 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alumni Association website, alumni.txstate.edu, is hosted by Texas State University and connects to the alumni database. The website enables alumni to access their official alumni record and update their mailing address, email address, phone number and communication preferences with Texas State University. EMAIL NEWSLETTER
The Alumni Association sends a monthly email newsletter to approximately 73,000 alumni.
5 ALUMNI M E M B E R SH I P A N D SE RV I CES
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BY T H E N U M B E R S
A L U M N I CH A P T E RS
as of January 2017
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2016 TEXAS STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Andrae L. Turner ’07
A LU MN I AWA R DS
Ernie Dominguez ’04 First Vice President
Norma Essary ’86 Second Vice President
Wes Agnew ’84 CFO
The Honorable Dionicio “Don” Flores ’73 Immediate Past President
About the A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
A LUMN I C OM MUN I CAT ION
DIRECTORS AT LARGE Samantha Block ’08 Patrick Cox ’88 Greg Davis ’77-’81
Paul Duffy ’82 Greg Gilcrease ’83 Mark A. Gonzales ’98 Holly Haseloff ’01 Andrew Henley ’13 Tamara Herring ’05 Olivia Gamez Holzhaus ’06 Alan Luna ’94 Debby McCullough ’71, ’76 Nathan McDaniel ’14 Jonathan Nelson ’07 Russel Smith ’69 Nicole Visser ’12 Cindy Williams ’77 Joddie Witte ’59, ’84
PAST PRESIDENT REPRESENTATIVES Johanna Haley ’72 Gerald W. Hill ’70 Pat Reynolds Pohl ’64, ’67 CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVES Jesus Rangel University Ambassadors
Yolanda Fierro Ulloa
Dr. Theodore “Ted” Hindson Faculty Senator
… from the Board President
Dear Fellow Bobcats, It is an honor to serve you as president of our Alumni Association. Because of alumni like you, Texas State University and the Alumni Association enjoyed an active and productive year filled with networking events, alumni tailgates, student engagement activities and much more. Please use this annual report as your guide to the achievements of 2016. As a member of the Alumni Association, you provide support that is essential for our Association to achieve our vision of connecting Bobcats to serve, strengthen, support and celebrate Texas State University. Our mission is to create a community of alumni, students and friends with a commitment to invest in the future of our university. This year, we purposefully dedicated our time to what we believe in – increasing the Bobcat network, increasing our support of student scholarships and engagement, and advancing Texas State across Texas and the United States. I would like to personally thank you, our valued members of our organization, for your commitment to Texas State through the Alumni Association. We have an opportunity to help our University grow in its reputation and recognition. Our University needs our support. I hope you will join us in continuing to support our great University, students, faculty and staff. It is truly a wonderful way to demonstrate your Bobcat pride and loyalty, and build a successful future for our alma mater. Remember, our slogan of Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat means Texas State will always be an important part of you, and you will always be an important part of Texas State. Thank you again for all your support of our University and Alumni Association, and I hope to see you at a future Texas State event. Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat.
Ernie R. Dominguez, ’04 President Texas State Alumni Association
MEMBERS BY DECADE
MEMBERS BY LEVEL
<1% members by decade
1%members by level Diamond Century 1% Gold Century
H I GH L IGH T S
1. 2. 3. 4.
As of December 31, 2016 States with most members:
Texas California Colorado Florida
BY THE NUMBERS
Da l l a s / Fo rt Wo rt h E l Pa s o
Au s t i n Houston San Antonio
V i c to ri a
Alumni Association M e m b e r s i n Te x a s 500+ 300 – 499 50 – 299
Rio Grande Va l l e y
INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP of Members
at highest number of members
INCREASE IN TOTAL MEMBERSHIP INCOME from prior year
$135,750 AWA R D E D I N ST U D E N T S C H O L A R S H I P S funded by dollars raised through Alumni Association membership, event proceeds, sponsorships and donations.
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS To cultivate strong relationships between alumni and Texas State University
Thank you for your support.
PARTNERSHIP To create a community culture of alumni participation and philanthropy
About the ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE To support Texas State University’s history, traditions, accomplishments and initiatives
LEADERSHIP To advance the needs of a global and diverse student body, faculty and alumni base
Membership in the Texas State Alumni Association is a great way to show your Bobcat pride.
5 CAREER SERVICES
Connecting Bobcats to serve, strengthen, support and celebrate Texas State University. OUR MISSION
To create a community of alumni, students and friends with a commitment to invest in the future of our university. The Texas State Alumni Association draws on the past to enhance the future in education through the contributions and talents of alumni and friends. It serves the present and future alumni by actively supporting the university’s goals, values and accomplishments and by advancing the quality and stature of Texas State. The Texas State Alumni Association was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with an interdependent relationship with the university. OUR STRATEGIC PLAN
In 2017, the Alumni Association will be evaluating the success of the prior strategic plan and developing a new five-year plan.
Through a partnership with the campus Career Services Center, alumni have access to several resources, including online job search resource tools, assistance with career preparation and résumé development, and information on graduate or professional schools. ALUMNI ONLINE DIRECTORY
Create an account and log in to find former classmates and friends and update your own information. ONLINE CLASS NOTES
Submit your updates, accolades, weddings, births, awards, etc. AFFINITY PARTNERS
Select organizations offer alumni special group rates on services such as auto and home insurance, health insurance, diploma frames, class rings, branded credit cards and banking services.
The Texas State Alumni Association offers a variety of benefits and services. alumni.txstate.edu/mybenefits
Bobcat pride and traditions are proudly celebrated each year at Homecoming! The Homecoming tailgate in 2016 was celebrated with more than 700 people with attendance growing each year. Join us the weekend of November 3–4, 2017, to participate in Homecoming festivities and cheer on the Bobcat football team.
The Alumni Association hosted 11 tailgates with over 3,000 attendees including six away games, with stops in Ohio, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and New Mexico. Thanks to our 2016 tailgate partners: Kent Black’s BBQ, Brown Distributing, Dripping Springs Vodka, Wienerschnitzel, Liberty Mutual and UFCU.
2 016 TA I L G AT E S TAT S
KEY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
GAME OHIO AT AT H E N S , O H ARKANSAS AT F AY E T T E V I L L E , A R U N I V E R S I T Y O F H O U S TO N SAN MARCOS
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI GALA
With over 440 attendees and $30,000 raised for student scholarships, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Gala was an event to remember. The newest class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were recognized as well as the inaugural class of Young Alumni Rising Star Award recipients.
I N C A R N AT E W O R D SAN MARCOS G E O R G I A S TAT E AT AT L A N TA , G A
After the dinner and awards program, staff and guests alike were surprised when Grammy award-winning musician Toby Keith, a guest of an award recipient, took the stage and sang four songs – including a rendition of his famous “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which he changed to “Should’ve Been a Bobcat.”
U L — L A FAY E T T E | H O M E C O M I N G SAN MARCOS A P PA L A C H I A N S TAT E AT B O O N E , N C I DA H O SAN MARCOS N E W M E X I C O S TAT E AT L A S C R U C E S , N M T R OY SAN MARCOS
A R K A N S A S S TAT E SAN MARCOS
AT T E N D E E S
58 125 627 377 62 790 40 208 22 157 100
2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS Scott Emerson ‘75 Ron Lynn Mitchell ‘72 Ernie W Sadau ‘85 Diana McGinty Schick ‘71 Jim West ‘77 Marvin Whiteley ‘97
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD The Alumni Association sponsors several significant awards for distinguished alumni, faculty and students. A complete list of awards, criteria and former recipients can be found on our website at alumni.txstate.edu.
The Alumni Association’s most prestigious award, recipients must be Texas State graduates who have excelled in their chosen business, profession or life work on a national or international level. The first Distinguished Alumni Award was presented in 1959 to then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as 36th president of the United States of America.
LBJ OUTSTANDING SENIOR STUDENT AWARD
TEACHING AWARD OF HONOR
The 2016 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award was presented to Hayden Payne ’16. While at Texas State he served as treasurer for The Texas State Terry Scholars Student Organization, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Chi, and the Honors College. Payne was selected to represent Texas State University at the SMIF program at a Global Finance Conference in New York. The award is given to those who have shown excellence in leadership, character, campus and community involvement, and academic success.
The 2016 Teaching Award of Honor was presented to Dr. Rodney E. Rohde ’90, ’92, ’10. He is a professor, chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science program and the associate dean of Research in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. Rohde has researched on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. This award recognizes, encourages and rewards superior Texas State University classroom teachers.
YOUNG ALUMNI RISING STAR AWARD
The Young Alumni Rising Star Award honors Texas State graduates who have completed a minimum of 30 hours at Texas State University and are under the age of 40. Recipients of this award will demonstrate a level of excellence which positively represents the University, and serves to inspire current students and other recent graduates to excel in their work and recognize the important impact of their experience as a student at Texas State. 2016 Recipients of the inaugural Young Alumni Rising Star Award
Robert E. Bardwell, II
Lindsay M. Bira
Eric S. Weaver
Clinical Laboratory Science, ’0 0; M.H.A., ’05; Graduate Certificate, H.I.M., ’11
Alumni Association: staying connected with the students of Texas State
There are over 50 University Ambassadors on campus welcoming visitors and prospective students, providing campus tours and working at special events. The Alumni Association co-sponsors the University Ambassadors, a group of student leaders who provide outreach to current students and enhance relationships between students and alumni by promoting university traditions and instilling university pride.
The Alumni Association believes creating affinity with students while they are here at Texas State helps engage them as alumni after graduation and helps us build the pipeline of future alumni leaders.
The Alumni Association supports chapters based on geographic area, special interest or shared affinity, for the purpose of strengthening alumni engagement and promoting closer ties among alumni and the university.
1985 CHAPTER EVENTS
In 2016, 12 alumni chapters hosted 43 total events with over 1,500 attendees. Combined, chapters raised over $7,000 to benefit student scholarships.
AND ALUMNI CHAPTERS
The Alumni Association sent out over 3,000 students in 2016 with their Gold Books — a Texas State pride and traditions book — on a mission to complete a scavenger hunt of campus photos to win the grand prize of a class ring.
ANNUAL VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP
30 alumni volunteers attended the annual Volunteer Workshop in summer of 2016. Sessions were held in the Undergraduate Academic Center, and participants interacted with representatives from Annual Giving, Athletics, Career Services and Undergraduate Admissions.
Each year, over 1,300 students participate in the Ring Celebration and receive their Texas State rings. Last year, more than 6,000 friends and family members attended. The highlight of the event is plunging your ring in a fountain of San Marcos River water. STEP UP FOR STATE
The Alumni Association partnered with the University to launch the first-ever “Step Up For State” 1,899 minutes of giving campaign. During the day-of-giving event the Alumni Association promoted a special membership rate for new members. Over 500 alumni joined and contributed to the overall total of $187,698 raised from 2,410 gifts. Our 1,899 minutes of giving were the biggest in Texas State history! Thanks to our members and friends for making the inaugural Step Up for State an incredible success. TRADE UP
The Trade Up program began in 2005 to build school pride on campus. Each semester this event allows students to trade in high school or different university shirts for a new Texas State shirt. Trade Up has rapidly grown in popularity, with the Alumni Association giving away more than 7,500 shirts in 2016. Gotta spread that Bobcat Pride!
CATS CARAVAN B R I N G I N G BO BCAT P R I D E TO YO U
In 2016, the Texas State Alumni Association co-hosted four Cats Caravan events with over 300 attendees to highlight Texas State around the state of Texas.
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING AND RECEPTION
To better serve our members, we expanded our Annual Members Meeting to a Reception in 2016. Hosted at the Wittliff Collections, 130 members and friends joined us on campus in January to network and learn more about the Alumni Association. Don’t miss this chance to come back to campus and let us thank you for your membership in person.
… 2016 New Life Members L I F E M E M B E R S H I P I N T H E A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N I S YO U R C O M M I T M E NT TO STAY C O N N E C T E D W I T H YO U R A L M A M AT E R FOR LIFE. THE DOLLARS RECEIVED FROM THIS MEMBERSHIP A R E P L AC E D I NTO A N E N D OW M E NT TO S U STA I N T H E A L U M N I AS S O C I AT I O N F O R F U T U R E G E N E R AT I O N S .
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ALUMNI PROFILE As of January 1, 2017
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