Alumni Association

Upon commencement, Mansfield University graduates are welcomed as the newest members of the MU Alumni Association. There are no fees or dues associated with membership.

The Alumni Association is led by a volunteer board of 18 members representing a range of class years, majors, professions, interests and geographical locations. Board members are elected for a three-year term, with the possibility of re-election for a second three-year term.

The primary responsibility of the board is to advise Mansfield University on programs which serve alumni and ways that alumni can serve and support Mansfield. Board members attend board meetings, serve on standing committees and actively participate in the functions of the committees.
 
To learn more about the Alumni Association Mission and Purpose click here.
 
To find out more about the current Alumni Board of Directors click here

Our Origin

The charter of the Alumni Association can be traced back to 1871 when Mansfield graduates formed the organization for the purpose of "encouraging and fostering the spirit of friendship among graduates."

Student Alumni Ambassador Danelle Miller looks at a Carontawan with Arnie Parker '40As the organization has evolved over time, so has its purpose. While continuing to build on the core values and traditions of the past, the current focus of the alumni association is to communicate, involve, and motivate alumni to keep their connection with Mansfield University and fellow alumni alive and well.

Educated, committed, and caring alumni provide the core leadership needed to face the challenges of today and the needs of the future.

Mansfield University alumni constitute perhaps the greatest single resource on which the university can depend. They offer the richest potential as resources for advice, advocacy, student recruitment and financial support. 

Celebrating Alumni

Karen Starner Jacobson '69 '86 accepts the 2009 Elsie Burk Service Award from MU President Maravene LoeschkeThe Alumni Association celebrates alumni in a number of ways. It sponsors and assists with many campus events and activities, including Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, as well as off-campus and regional events. A highlight of Alumni Weekend is a celebration for the 50th anniversary class. It has become a tradition for the class to acknowledge their gratitude to the university by presenting a gift. In recent years, class gifts have included custom-designed china which incorporates architectural details of North Hall, a post clock centrally located in the student mall, as well as endowed scholarship funds that will continue to increase in value and benefit deserving students for years to come.

Each year, outstanding alumni achievements are recognized through the Society of Honors program.

Click here to visit the Society of Honors section of the MU Alumni and Friends site.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees (from left): Steve Shannon '00, Kelly Morris Shannon '00, Jerry Waldron '91, Jim Klinger '71The Music Honor Roll recognizes those alumni whose accomplishments in the profession of music are considered outstanding and distinguished.    Click here to visit the Music Honor Roll webpage. (This program is overseen by the Music Department)

Additionally, the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame annually recognizes and celebrates the efforts of the many outstanding student-athletes and coaches who have so honorably enhanced the reputation of Mansfield University over the years. Click here to view a list of MU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. While here, you will also have the option to suggest an addition to the MU Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as learn how the selection process works. 

Student Alumni Ambassadors

Student Alumni Ambassadors Sarah Bianco and Raya HansenThe Student Alumni Ambassador program was established in 1999 and develops awareness in current MU students that their involvement in and support of Mansfield University does not end when they complete their studies, but is continued throughout the rest of their life.

These distinguished young men and women promote the interests and goals of the University from a student's perspective, and develop an understanding of the role of alumni in the life of the university.

They serve as official greeters for many University events and become involved with programs that affect the entire University community, including faculty, staff, the student body, the alumni constituency and even local community members. To learn more about the program, click here

Stay Connected to MU

Stay in touch and stay informed! Keep your information up-to-date with the Alumni Relations Office. You can update your contact information directly by clicking hereJoin the alumni and friends online community, which provides information on campus and alumni news, upcoming happenings, online event registration and payment, a secure, searchable alumni and friends directory, fully customizable profile pages, class notes postings, a photo gallery and much more.  Click here to join and login. 

Another alumni resource to check out is the Mansfieldian, which is published three times a year and contains news items about the campus as well as the ever-popular "Alumni News and Class Notes" section. You can view previous issues of the Mansfieldian by clicking here.

An alumna proudly displays her new MU Alumni shirtGet involved! Participate in special alumni events like Homecoming, Alumni Weekend and regional gatherings. Enjoy the educational, cultural, and athletic events MU has to offer on campus, too. Encourage your friends and fellow alumni to participate and come back to campus. Nominate deserving alumni for a Society of Honors Award or make a nomination to the Althletic Hall of Fame. Provide career connections and internship opportunities for current MU students.

Promote Mansfield University! Mansfield alumni play an important role in recruiting prospective students to Mansfield University. No one can tell the personal Mansfield story that you can. Volunteer at MU Admissions Receptions in your geographic area, present MU scholarship certificates to seniors at your local high school, request MU admission materials be mailed to prospective students or ask an admissions representative to contact a prospective student. For admissions information for prospective students, visit the MU Admissions website by clicking here.

Provide financial support! Your tax-deductible contributions greatly enhance the educational opportunities for Mansfield University students. State appropriations and tuition funds no longer keep pace with the rising cost of higher education. Your financial support allows Mansfield to continue to offer a first-rate education at a cost that is affordable to a broad range of students. To learn more, click here or contact the Mansfield University Foundation at (570) 662-4294.

Your gifts of time, energy, and money make a significant impact on the quality of Mansfield University. We gratefully welcome your continued involvement and support.

"I was a first-generation college student and the support I had at Mansfield was incredible. The education I received has served me well and I am proud to encourage potential students to consider Mansfield University. It is imperative that deserving students continue to have an affordable education."

Carol J. Watson, Ph.D. (class of 1978)
Cooperative Education Coordinator
Williamsport Area School District


MU alumni reconnect and make new friends at regional events
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