Skip to main content
Skip to main content

WKU News

Deans’ gift to WKU graduates: first-year dues for Alumni Association

Deans’ gift to WKU graduates: first-year dues for Alumni Association

WKU students graduating this weekend will be getting an unexpected present, courtesy of their academic dean: first year membership in the WKU Alumni Association.

Each of the university’s academic deans has agreed to pay the first-year dues, a $35 value, for all graduates for the next three years, according to Donald Smith, executive director of the WKU Alumni Association.

“The deans felt it was the least they could do after all the hard work the students put in to completing their degrees,” Smith said.

The idea originated with Dean Jeff Katz of the Gordon Ford College of Business and Dean John Bonaguro of the College of Health and Human Services. They approached Smith and then pitched the idea to WKU’s Council of Academic Deans. It proved to be an easy sell, Dr. Katz said.

“In my opinion, the action of the deans reflects a huge commitment for the future of our university through ongoing alumni connection and participation,” he said.

Dr. Bonaguro said the idea originated from a conversation they had about keeping graduates connected to the university.

“This is really valuable for us,” he said. “This means we can stay in touch with our alumni, keep them involved in the Alumni Association, keep them involved with the college and departments and keep them connected to WKU. We hope that once they have one membership, they will renew that membership year after year.”

Smith said word is just getting out to the students, and the response has been positive.

“They are excited to know that their relationship with WKU is not going to end when they walk across the stage at Commencement,” he said.

Smith said the proposal came at an exciting time in the history of the Alumni Association. The 30,000-square-foot Augenstein Alumni Center, under construction on the north end of campus, is on target to open just in time for the association’s centennial in 2013.

“It’s pretty special to have all three come together like this,” he said.

The program will mean the addition of about 3,600 new members to the alumni association this year. Funds raised through the dues go back into alumni programming such as Spirit Magazine and the reunion program.

“Our job is to keep those graduates involved,” Smith said.

Contact: Donald Smith, (270) 745-4395.

Categories
All News  Now Viewing Category: All
Media Relations
President Caboni News
CEBS
CHHS News
Gordon Ford College of Business
Ogden News
PCAL
Academic Affairs
WKU Regional Campuses
Glasgow News
Etown & Fort Knox
Owensboro News
Transportation
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
The Center for Gifted Studies
Police
Emergency Preparedness
Facilities
Housing & Residence Life
Student Activities and Organizations
Augenstein Alumni Center
Campus Activities Board
The Confucius Institute
Cultural Enhancement Series
DELO News
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Museum
Downing Student Union
Hardin Planetarium
Health Services
Human Resources News
Instruments of American Excellence
International Student Office
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
Library News
Math News
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Office of Sustainability
Parent's Association
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Student Financial Assistance
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Employment
Student Government Association News
Student Research Council
Study Abroad
Van Meter Auditorium
WellU
WKU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program News
WKU Joint Admissions
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Latest Headlines
WKU's Mary Lloyd Moore appointed to advisory council

Mary Lloyd Moore, executive director of WKU’s Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, has been appointed to the Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Bradbury wins the 2017 Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award

Western Kentucky University Libraries has selected River Runs Deep, by Jennifer Bradbury, as the winner of the eleventh Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award.

Kentucky Live presents Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett

Joel Pett, publitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist will be speaking at the next Kentucky Live event on October 19.

Featured Articles
Katherine Crider crowned WKU Homecoming queen

Katherine Crider of Dawson Springs was crowned WKU’s 2017 Homecoming queen on Saturday (Oct. 14).

WKU recognizes top volunteers at Summit Awards

WKU recognized its top volunteers at the annual Summit Awards. Distinguished Service Medals to recognize the service of the University’s top volunteers were presented to Julie Harris Hinson, James G. Meyer and Linda S. Miller.

Robert Reich Visits Grise Hall for a Question & Answer Session with Students

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 5/2/17