Association starts Alumni Alliances
The Alumni Association has started implementing new alumni alliance groups that bring together alumni with common interests.
Years ago there were alumni groups that were based on geographic location, President of the Alumni Association Lance Johnson said. But with the poor economy, the representatives for the different groups were no longer able to afford the events.
“They [alumni alliances] are based on anything that the members have in common,” he said.
To be an alumni alliance you must fill out an application, have 25 members and abide by University rules, he said. If an alumni alliance reaches 50 members they can have a representative sit on the Alumni Association Board.
The first alumni alliance is the Towson Black Alumni Alliance (TBAA), which has always existed unofficially, Johnson said.
“The TBAA was the first group to kind of bring it to the forefront and wanted to organize and stay connected to the University on a larger basis,” he said.
The groups are self-funded and run by volunteers, Johnson said. The purpose is to reconnect with fellow classmates and the campus, and there is the possibility of a philanthropic component in the future.
“We’re very much looking forward to establishing and maintaining relationships with the alliances,” he said.