Dear UMSL Alumni:

I am thrilled to be part of the team that is responsible for planning our 2nd annual IGNITE! Alumni Leadership Conference. If you have a burning passion for UMSL and want to use your talents and expertise to make a difference—this conference has been created exactly with you in mind.

I hope you will join me on Saturday, August 26 as we bring together alumni volunteer leaders to learn, grow, and share best practices for alumni within our region. The conference will offer alumni the opportunity to network and take their roles as ambassadors of UMSL and the UMSL Alumni Association to the next level.

You will experience an inspirational keynote speaker, 2 skill building sessions and a valuable networking time with other volunteer leaders and university staff. Our featured sessions this year include a focus on creating effective partnerships and collaborations—and a special session on building career equity.  

As our alumni association grows, we’re transforming the way we engage and develop our alumni leaders. Our new chapter model has also made it easier than ever for alumni to form their own affinity organizations based upon specific areas of interest.

Your active participation on August 26 will help us build a strong volunteer network. I look forward to meeting you and hearing all your ideas about engaging UMSL alumni in meaningful ways.   


See you at conference,


Joe Blanner, BSPA 1998
Vice President, UMSL Alumni Association
IGNITE! 2017 Conference Chair