In previous letters, I focused on our hard-working alumni association staff members. We are fortunate to have such an amazing and dedicated group who go above and beyond to promote SFA. We also have volunteers who have completed more than a decade of service to the alumni association. Their service also is integral to what we do. In ideal situations, alumni staff members manage the events with alumni volunteers, assisting in whatever capacity is needed.
Who are these volunteers, and what drives them?
These enthusiastic alumni volunteers bleed purple through and through. They seek out ways to volunteer for SFA. They care for student-athletes and serve on boards. They pursue meeting new Lumberjack alumni in their region. When it is time to cheer on the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks, you can always count on seeing them at watch parties and games.
While SFA pride is almost always the foundation of their service, these alumni volunteers are professionals who bring vital skills that promote the alumni association’s mission. Some serve on the alumni association board and share their management, networking, finance and legal talents. Some serve more regionally in a networking capacity. No matter where or how they serve, one thing is certain — when you bring together dedicated volunteers who bleed purple, have complementary skills and the desire to help our dynamic alumni association staff members in any way that is needed — the sky is the limit.
How can you get involved?
We need volunteers in various regions to work with our staff members to help engage more SFA alumni. For the past several months, we have been working on ways to not only locate and nominate alumni volunteers within our own circles of influence but also find alumni volunteer prospects outside our circles. We have developed an application form and shared it on social media and the alumni association’s website. We will continue to broadcast this message in an attempt to recruit more volunteers. We need you!
If you are interested, there are ways for you to help at every commitment level. Whether you are a master of social media or someone who could commit to our regional efforts in your hometown, we are ready to get you involved! Call or email the alumni association, and we will find a way to put your skills to great use.
Axe ’em, Jacks!
David Madrid ’02 - Bossier City, Louisiana
President, SFA Alumni Association