We are excited to launch a new era in the life of the UMSL Alumni Association. As of July 1, 2015, by virtue of your University of Missouri-St. Louis degree, you are a member of the UMSL Alumni Association. Instead of annual appeals for membership dues, we want to engage alumni in a much different way.
We want you to be a part of a community where you—
- use your UMSL connections to link you to other alumni who, like you, share a deep pride in our university
- share your talents and expertise to help students and other alumni
- advocate for UMSL
- enjoy the benefits of our expanded alumni career management resources
- are a life-long learner and enjoy the cultural and educational programs UMSL and the Association offer, and
- make a difference for UMSL whether you live near or far.
UMSL and the Alumni Association have closely examined how we connect with and engage our growing alumni population. The university has carefully studied best practices of other universities and our Alumni Association leadership has surveyed alumni associations across the country in an effort to understand how to best engage UMSL alumni in the life and mission of the university. We have learned a great deal and are excited to move forward with this new membership model.
When we began our study of other alumni associations, it confirmed our belief that our annual operating budget was significantly smaller than other universities of similar alumni population size. We are grateful to UMSL for helping us reach new levels in what we are now able to offer. While we still have much to accomplish to fully offer a robust program for over 90,000 alumni, the progress we have made is significant. And that is something on which we will continue to build.
We are now partners with Nationwide Insurance, Commerce Bank, GoNext and AHI Travel in delivering exclusive opportunities for our alumni. As you take advantage of the products our partners offer, the Alumni Association receives supplemental revenue that will enhance alumni engagement programs.
The Association has also established the UMSL Alumni Association Endowment with the University of Missouri Board of Curators to provide continuing annual income for alumni engagement programming. In the coming year, we will share more news about the endowment and its potential for our future.
Please visit UMSL Alumni You Belong to activate your membership and discover ways you can benefit and be involved with UMSL and your Alumni Association.