The CSU Alumni Chapter Network is Growing
Written by: Mark Briscoe, CSU Student and Alumni Engagement
As you may have heard, 2014 was an exciting year for CSU alumni as the final revisions were completed on the CSU Alumni Association and chapter articles, which are the governing documents for the association. This is both important and exciting because it provides guidelines and procedures for the association, as well the provision to develop regional chapters.
We have heard your cries for networking and relationship-building events across the country. This is where CSU Alumni Chapters fit, the first of which being formed in Atlanta, Georgia. Rest assured that more chapters will be popping up across the country in the future.
With Atlanta being our first regional chapter, we have been very busy adding new members to our rolls and our recruitment efforts have paid off. The Atlanta membership has now swelled to more than 100 active members and we are still growing at a steady pace.
On February 21, we held our first official chapter meeting at Fado’s Irish Pub in Atlanta, Georgia. Though the meeting was brief, there was a lot accomplished as the chapter membership discussed a number of topics. Topics discussed included future meeting and network events, elections, and the chartering celebration, which will officially recognize Atlanta as a chartered alumni chapter of CSU. Immediately following the chapter meeting, the chapter held their first networking event, which included CSU alumni, students, and faculty. The personal interaction is a wonderful testament to the value of belonging to an alumni chapter. During the course of the evening, there were a lot of valuable connections made that may lead to new jobs, promotions, and friendships.
An exciting new development is the announcement of the chapters that will be created next. In 2015, we will be moving forward with the creation of eight additional alumni chapters: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, Columbus, Chicago, New York, Hawaii, and Vietnam. If you are interested in becoming a member of any of these future chapters, visit columbiasouthern.edu/community/alumni/alumni-chapters.