With the upcoming graduation of the Class of 2011, more than 2,300 Cougars will soon join the ranks of CSUSM alumni, which after just 20 years will exceed 26,000 graduates. To remain connected and invested in the future of the University, graduates are invited to become members of CSUSM’s Alumni Association.

Driven by its mission to promote the interests of the CSUSM alumni, current students, and the University, the Alumni Association is a formal membership organization comprised exclusively of CSUSM graduates. It offers members opportunities for networking and developing new personal and business relationships, as well as discounts on professional development courses, merchandise, and career advising services. Beyond its signature events like the annual Cougar Night at Petco Park and Homecoming Week, the association focuses on establishing alumni traditions, promoting CSUSM as a first-choice university, providing leadership and volunteerism opportunities and participating in legislative advocacy.

“There are multiple opportunities to get involved with us, to serve on a committee, to start a local chapter in your region or to make your first gift to our scholarship fund,” said Alumni Association Board President Ken Green, who earned his MBA from CSUSM in 2001. “These activities fuel CSUSM’s growth as a leader, and as an engaged, technologically sophisticated university dedicated to teaching future generation of students.”

Membership in the Alumni Association is only $30 a year or $300 for a lifetime membership. In addition to the general membership affiliation, CSUSM currently has five active Alumni Association chapters. Through chapters, members are able to further engage and network with fellow alumni who share the same major, club affiliation, cultural heritage or interests, such as athletics or student activities.

Aimed at enhancing and enriching the scholarly and cultural resources of the Alumni Association and the University, CSUSM’s alumni chapters include ASI, Human Development, MBA, School of Nursing, and College of Business. Opportunities are available for additional chapters to be added.

“This is our alma mater and I hope the Class of 2011 will join me in continuing our great legacy of success,” added Green.

To get involved or to preview the Alumni Association’s upcoming events, visit www.csusmalumni.org.

To get involved or to preview the Alumni Association’s upcoming events, visit www.csusmalumni.org.