2015 Alumni Chapter Update

Your CSU Alumni Association reached an important milestone on June 27, 2015. On this date, the first regional alumni chapter was installed as the Columbia Southern University Atlanta Alumni Chapter.

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The formation of the chapter began almost one year earlier in August 2014 when initial invitations to join the chapter were sent to area alumni. It was a slow but steady progression as additional members were added to the rolls each month. In October 2014, chapter officers were selected and trained by the Student and Alumni Engagement department. Knowing that a strong chapter requires a robust membership, we concentrated on recruitment of additional members with our target goal being a membership of 100. In February 2015, we held a networking event for Atlanta area alumni at Fado’s Irish Pub in the Buckhead area. This was a wonderful event as CSU alumni got to actually see the benefits of joining their alumni chapter. This casual and relaxed environment was the perfect setting for alumni to meet each other and share their CSU story. Strangers become friends and friends help each other with opportunities for promotions and jobs. It was impressive to see the interaction and sharing of information between the participants.

Our next regional chapter:

Recruitment efforts are underway for our next regional chapter, which will be the Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama chapter. Membership currently holds 60 members and is gaining momentum. Networking events are being planned and we are anticipating installing the chapter at the beginning of 2016.

Future Chapter locations and how to join:

There are currently seven additional locations in the process of being established as regional chapters. Those locations are: Hawaii; Los Angeles; New York; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Dallas/Ft.Worth; and Chicago.

If you are a CSU alumnus (graduate from an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s program) and would like to join, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/alumni and click “Join the CSU Alumni Association.”
  2. Review the articles and documents.
  3. Apply under “Alumni Chapters.”

It is free, fun and easy to join.

 

Mark Briscoe

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Mark Briscoe

Student and Alumni Liaison

Author: lucinda.taylor

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