On September 13-15th, strollers could be seen alongside backpacks as the Alumni Association (AA) of Trinity Western University celebrated their first annual alumni weekend. The layout of the event was reminiscent of Trinity Western University’s 50th anniversary on a smaller scale: a pancake breakfast, Kids Fun Zone, an Annual General Meeting, department and class reunions, soccer games, SMART Talks and the widely successful Hey! Ho! Alumni Show. The purpose of the event was primarily to unite and welcome old and new Alumni, ultimately creating a stronger body of alum. Entering its third year, the AA comes across as young and personable; the first page of their annual report features a welcoming, children’s-style comic that depicts their statistics from the past year. This is reflective of executive director, Scott Campbell’s, energized and focused leadership. “I’m here because I’m an alum” he says.
The most notable change in leadership for the association came this past May, when AA president Bob Kuhn stepped down from his role in order to become the interim president of TWU. Richard Taylor has filled Kuhn’s role as association president.
Although the AA focuses on Alumni, current students are high on the priority list. For greater effectiveness with current students, the association has aligned themselves with the efforts of the Trinity Western University Student Association. They do this through interning the upcoming student president. Current TWUSA president, Mackenzie Dunn, is the second to participate in the internship.
The association also has a mentoring program, which matches alumni in the workplace with current TWU students. The program is a key stepping-stone for students’ success in entering the workplace, as it gives a strong network which facilitates opportunity.