There is a sense of pride and camaraderie in being a member of an alumni association. Our XLRI alumni associations has been very active with branches all over India. I am a past President of the Bangalore branch of the XL Alumni Association.
Meetings and get togethers are an opportunity to network and reminiscence of the old days. Gives you a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Every batch firmly believes their times were the best. Stories over the years become legends. As the years go by it is not possible to “connect” with everyone. I may not know the present faculty just as recent batches would only have heard of, hopefully with awe, those who taught me like Fr. McGrath, Fr. Tome et al.
I read with interest an article in The Boston Globe which speaks of lacklustre interest in alumni associations in some US campuses. Just 3 percent of graduates of the University of Massachusett’s Amherst campus belong to the alumni association. The national average among 85 universities surveyed last year is a membership rate of 18 percent, but that figure is higher at many public state universities. Penn State’s alumni association, for example, boasts a membership of 34 percent. The University of Michigan draws 25 percent, and Texas garners 20 percent. At Iowa State University, which UMass officials identify as a peer school, 19 percent of the alums are dues-paying members.
What’s your take on the value of alum. associations?