Connecting with the ESU Alumni Association


By Tyler Curtis, Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni Association.

What do you think of when you read those two words? Exactly what does an alumni association do?

When I graduated, I associated the ESU Alumni Association with a person, Roy Mann. Actually, I associated the organization with two people, Roy Mann and Joan Lauber. All I knew about the ESU alumni office was that Roy was the Alumni Director and he knew everyone. Joan was his assistant and she made everything he wanted to accomplish actually happen. In general, I associated the alumni association with people.

Most people associate the alumni association with money—or more precisely, raising money. And to a degree, that’s certainly true. Giving back is a large part of our organization’s vision, and one way to give back involves monetary donations. However, your alumni association’s board of directors and our professional staff are not charged with raising money.

The mission of the ESU Alumni Association is to “build relationships and support for Emporia State University – today and tomorrow.” Our goal is to maintain a connection between our alumni and university. We do this by hosting campus events like Homecoming and Founders Day. We plan reunions for classes and affinity groups—Greek organizations, student organizations, clubs, and athletics. We work with regional chapters to host ESU events. We bridge campus departments with their alumni base. We work on volunteer projects such as coordinating and staffing ESU’s booth at the Kansas State Fair and hosting Teacher Appreciation Lunches in regional areas. We send communications via direct mail, e-mail, and Facebook. In a word, we connect.

Our mission “to build relationships and support” is about connecting, and our alumni demonstrate they are connected by giving back. Alumni demonstrate their willingness to give back to ESU by attending events, representing ESU at their places of work or in their community, planning events, sharing communications, and contacting other alumni to invite them to attend events and university functions.

Emporia State University and the ESU Alumni Association couldn’t meet our goals without these valuable individuals who have chosen to give back to ESU in terms of their time and talent. Thankfully, we have many alumni who give back in terms of their treasure as well. Giving back involves donating time, talent, and treasure, and it takes all three to advance our institution.

So what is the point of an alumni association? Connecting. The point is to connect Emporia State University’s alumni and friends to our institution and to each other. I hope you’ll connect with us and help us realize our mission of building relationships and support for ESU.

We certainly want to connect with you.