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Editor’s note

When I graduated from DU in 1996, I thought “alumni” referred to graduates who gave money to the University. I graduated with a hefty debt and at the time had no plans to otherwise contribute to DU; alas, I thought “alumni” was a club I’d never join.

Was I ever wrong!

Opportunities to stay involved in the life of the University community abound and aren’t limited to traditional activities like reunions and Homecoming.

Each year, hundreds of DU alumni and friends come together on Founders Day to celebrate the University’s birthday, raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund and honor outstanding Pioneers.

The Office of Alumni Relations is recruiting alumni to mentor graduating students, and alumni are honored guests at welcome events for new students and farewell events for graduates. An “online community” facilitates communication between alumni who want to create their own programs and gatherings.

Several hundred alumni from around the nation volunteer to conduct admission interviews for thousands of prospective students each year, and more are always needed. Alumni are invited to attend free Bridges to the Future symposia throughout the year, and for a small cost, alumni can continue their education (sans exams!) through University College’s enrichment program.

I’ve tried most of these activities on for size and found they are a perfect fit. In the process, I’ve discovered that for me, being an alumna is about much more than financial contributions. It is about fellowship with other bright, inquisitive, engaged Pioneers, and it is about ensuring the success of future Pioneers through my involvement with current students.

I encourage you to get involved, too, and define — or redefine — “alumni” for yourself.

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