Are you interested in starting a TWU alumni group? It’s not as scary as you might think! The TWU Office of Alumni Relations is here to assist you.
There are two types of groups you might think about initiating — a Chartered Group or a Network. Alumni may belong to as many groups or networks as they wish.
A chartered group has a formalized organizational structure with by-laws and officers and is a group that has a specific mission to support TWU. A chartered group is typically built around an academic field, an extra-curricular activity (athletics, a long-standing academic club, etc.), an ethnic background or a certain life stage. One or more alumni volunteers should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 940-898-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org to begin this process.
Some things to think about:
- What will be the specific purpose of this alumni group and how will it ultimately support TWU?
- Are there enough alumni in the category that you are suggesting?
(Major, ethnicity, interest group, etc.) Can the members of the proposed group be easily identified in the alumni database so that contact can be made to inform them of the formation of the group?
- Are the first group of volunteers willing to do the paperwork?
Chartering requires three organizers, a statement of purpose and a set of bylaws.
A Chartering form will need to be filled out. This is a simple form that is an application for approval as an affiliated alumni organization.
- How will the finances for the organization be handled?
There should be a bank account set up for the organization. The group may at some time want to seek 501 non-profit status.
- All chartered groups will have a representative to the Alumni Relations Advisory Council. This delegate should be willing to agree to the expectations of board members.
A network has a much less formalized structure and flexible requirements.
- A network needs two volunteers who are willing to serve as the chief volunteers and will be the primary planners, with support from the Office of Alumni Relations.
- A network may be organized in a geographical area or around a specific interest (ethnicity, extra-curricular activity, business, a certain vocation, a hobby or life stage.)
- Networks may meet often (monthly to quarterly for socials or programming) or as little as twice a year for a specific reason (fundraiser for TWU scholarships, family event, etc.)
If you have an idea for a network and would be interested in being the contact person for one, contact Rhonda Ross, Alumni Relations Interim Director at email@example.com or 940-898-2586.
If you have celebrated 50 years or more since your graduation from TSCW or TWU you are automatically a part of the True Pioneer Society. Nearly 4000 alumnae are now a part of this community whose members receive the benefits listed below.
As a true pioneer, you can expect to receive:
- True Pioneer Newsletter (bianually)
- Recognition Pin
- Invitations to university events
- No cost to you! Just enjoy and participate
- TWU Black Alumni - The TWU Black Alumni affiliated group was founded in 2010 through the Office of Alumni Relations.
- Houston Health Care Administration - The Houston Health Care Administration Network is a newly formed group for all graduates of TWU Houston HCA. For further information call Huralain Kothari at 832-494-5458
- TWU Library Science Alumni Network - The TWU Library Science Alumni Network launch will take place at the TWU Reception at TLA 2015. Meet fellow alumni and faculty. Find out plans for the coming year and how you can be involved. For further information contact Kelly Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.