I am thrilled to begin my tenure as the Texas State Alumni Association President for the 2021-2022 term. It is my pleasure, along with my board of directors, to represent you – the more than 206,000 people who proudly call themselves Bobcats. This year, Alumni Association leadership has made it our focus to elevate the alumni experience and to serve and support our Texas State family alongside university staff and volunteers.
Being a member of the Bobcat family comes with an overwhelming sense of pride for our beloved alma mater. This year, we hope to bring you new and revitalized opportunities that allow you to express and grow your pride for the university. As the year progresses, we look forward to coming together both virtually and in-person, in support of Alumni Networks, Bobcat Athletics, Forever Bobcats, and much more.
With your help, we also look forward to recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of alumni, faculty, and students. In addition to celebrating our 2020 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Rising Star honorees this year, we are excited to welcome the 2021 class of honorees in the fall. As a retired educator and school administrator, recognizing the faculty recipient of our Teaching Award of Honor is especially rewarding for me, and selecting a student as the LBJ Outstanding Senior Student annually is a reminder of the promising future the next generation of alumni hold.
In the spirit of supporting our future alumni’s aspirations, I am also pleased to announce the return of Alumni Association scholarships for students in need – both incoming freshmen and those nearing graduation. It is our hope that this aid will help propel students toward commencement and that gratifying moment of receiving their Texas State degrees.
All this is made possible by your generous contributions to the Alumni Priority Fund. Gifts to the fund enable the Association to both elevate the alumni experience and support students in new and expanded ways throughout the year. We appreciate your annual giving to this effort to keep improving and growing your Bobcat experience.
I invite you to come along with us for the exciting year we have ahead. Whether you attend an alumni event, volunteer your time, or return to the hill virtually, we hope to connect with each one of you. May you and your family remain in good health and keep the Bobcat spirit with you in your hearts until we may walk the hills of campus together again.