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RE: Alumni Association.
Quote:WMU? I would love that type of attempt to "pull me into the fold" but it never really comes.

It truly is that simple. Call me, drop me a letter, send me an email.
01-07-2012 08:05 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
I have, you blow me off.
01-07-2012 09:24 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
The "Family Deal", as Mr. DB puts it, is probably "OK" as long as it's
put under the heading "At least they're doing something!".

The FD should supplement an organized and effective Organization of Alumni, not a substitute.
An Organization that allows for Alumni input and discussion
(maybe a web site?)
An Organization that is Inclusive, and not Regionally Exclusive.
If you want to be perceived as a "Big Time School" it's a good
idea to have a "Big Time Operation" not just an Event/Party once in a while.

Test question of the day.......

Is it better to ask the Alumni for their opinion, then ignore it.....
OR,
Don't ask the Alumni for their opinion, and ignore them..........

tick,tick, tick.....

Times Up.........

And the answer is.................
01-08-2012 04:41 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
Quote:The "Family Deal", as Mr. DB puts it, is probably "OK" as long as it's
put under the heading "At least they're doing something!".

That's where I'm at, but I don't have the history of working with them and being frustrated like you.
01-09-2012 10:37 AM
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RE: Alumni Association.
I don't know if "working with them" is quite accurate.
It's more like, "Do you expect me to believe that?"

It was extremely fortuitous that the Bronco football team was able to create an occasion
for an event in Southeastern Michigan.
Last fall several of us tried to determine why there was all this activity in GR while the rest of the world (state) was being ignored.
We were informed that GR was a pilot, and that BIG PLANS were underway for SE Michigan and Chicago?
As we continued to inquire about these "PLANS", we were told "BIG really BIG! this was followed several times by,
"I'M NOT AT LIBERTY TO SAY!"
This was before the Pizza Bowl was on the schedule.

WOW!
Are the Canadians sneaking across the Border again, and stealing things?
Does the Pentagon think it's a matter of National Defense?
OR, could it be "We'll think of something, and let you know". ?

I thought it might have been the HUGE Announcement at the Hockey game.

Does anyone know, what are these BIG PLANS are for the rest of the world (State)?

Could it really be a matter of National Defense?
01-10-2012 07:26 PM
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Exclamation RE: Alumni Association.
I too am a life member. We will get some extras for having paid for life. I have not seen the letter in final form but the alumni board was informed that there would be some extras.
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(12-23-2011 06:11 PM)DesertBronco Wrote:  Just received a letter from them that they're discontinuing their dues, that all alumni are now part of the alumni association and it will now be called WMUFAMILY.

I like the feel and the idea, cheeses me off that i bought a lifetime membership though! :lauramac:

The new site will be http://www.MyWMU.com

01-10-2012 07:28 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
BHoover, were you involved with a "focus group" in the Detroit area?

In Grand Rapids we had a diverse group of people involved in "brain" sessions where various ideas were tossed around with the concept of creating an active local alumni club. Before this the only big active thing done in Grand Rapids was our WMU golf outing. I've been involved in that activity for over 30 years, and we get between 280 and 330 persons each year to that event. It is very well planned and very well attended. It is deemed to be the largest university golf outing in the nation outside of the college city.

There were about 25 ideas that were conceived in the focus group. Most of them were changed and or modified as "interest" in them were developed. The successful ones in addition to the golf outing are Bronco Epic, the mural that was done and exhibited around the "Art Prize" in Grand Rapids. A Bronco Bash, honoring Susan Geha, the local news woman from channel 8, with entertainment from the WMU Gold Company. The last event was a concert by the Bronco Brass at one of the local high schools. One event that was cancelled was a Whitecaps baseball game, there was a lack of interest.

Keep working with the school, come up with some ideas for the Detroit area that would attractive to alumni and more importantly talk with anyone and everyone about WMU in a positive light. You can see how long I've worked with the golf outing, when I started the turnout was only about 45 persons. You have to work your butt off, and stay positive selling WMU and its successes to some of the most obstinate and negative people in the world. One year at the golf outing we featured the championship basketball team, we were asked why that was happening in Grand Rapids, it is because we thought of it and we "made it happen". It was a great experience for those athletes, and the golfers all had a great time.

Always proud to be a Bronco.
01-11-2012 02:00 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
Unfortunately I am not an alumni. However, being an outsider and reading everyone's posts and opinions regarding the Alumni Association, really makes me appreciate WMU. One of the reasons why I am proud to call myself a Bronco fan is because of the quality people associated with the University. I doubt these types of discussions are found on other chat boards across the MAC. In short, WMU grads care...and that is awesome.
01-11-2012 02:09 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
Mr. Acer,
In a recent meeting in Berkley, in December, no mention was made of a Focus Group or meeting.
While you've done an outstanding job of providing us with a synopsis of what has appeared on the WMU web site, we're certainly impressed with
the activity in GR.
However, it begs the question, "Is our Alma Mater indifferent, unwilling, or incapable or operating a "World Class" Organization of Alumni ?

Yes, there is a world outside of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids..........

Stir the pot............
01-12-2012 01:24 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
I think your question is somewhat valid, and you are not the first to question this. I will tell you that if left up to only a certain group of people from the university, it might seem that if falls short. Those of us in Grand Rapids however are sure that the golf outing is run to our standards, and we have been told by a lot of people that it is "first class".

I know that the events that have been planned this year, are being done on a first class basis. Will they continue to be that way, that is also a valid question. I do believe that we have some people on staff that do care, and perhaps that is why I've heard that there will be no "dues" charged to become a member of the alumni association. I know that the pre game party at the Motor City Casino before the Little Ceasars Bowl game was also run in a top fashion. It is important that as alumni we do keep involved and give our input, in order to insure that matters are run in a "first class" manner.

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01-12-2012 01:51 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
My friends and I are not concerned with the "quality" of the Event/Party,
but the lack of a functioning Association of Alumni beyond western Michigan.

Before this thread runs it's course, I will suggest that those of you that have been following this discussion appeal directly to President Dunn, in an effort to find out if we as Alumni have to accept this Provincial
Regional Teachers College attitude towards it's Alumni.

Perhaps an e-mail, or snail-mail letter, might get something moving.

I'm already composing my message.
01-13-2012 06:20 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
The heart of soul of the local organization should be the people that live in the area. Find some like minded alumni that think like you and start small, stay committed and stay focused. Those people in Grand Rapids, will confirm that it has not been easy, and it has been a long road, but if you stay together the trip becomes much more enjoyable.

I talk about the Broncos all of the time, I wear my Bronco gear all over. I've had mothers come up to me in stores, saying "Go Broncos, I have a son or daugther going there now". By wearing Bronco gear you are showing your Bronco pride, by talking about the Broncos and the many great things on and off campus, you attract others. An upbeat and positive demeanor will carry a wonderful message to all others, and that is what we need.

I can relate countless stories from people that talk about the "quality" education they received, and just yesterday a friend that credits me for getting him involved tell me about his daughter that went to MSU for her undergraduate, but was attended WMU for her newly achieved PHD. She was telling her father that her PHD, from WMU has put her ahead of others from those "named' schools because of the knowledge she garnered from WMU. Keep talking, learning about our school and spreading the word.

Always proud to be a Bronco.
01-14-2012 09:53 AM
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Thought of the day......

Take what you do seriously,

Don't take yourself too seriously.........

Some people have it backwards!
01-16-2012 05:25 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
apparently,

APATHY prevails,

"if we can just keep President Dunn from finding out........."
"maybe he doesn't care........., he's busy..........."
02-03-2012 09:29 AM
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RE: Alumni Association.
"Do they know what they're doing?"
" Probably not........
"They're just stumbling around in the dark, trying to fall over (discover) something......."
"Do they get paid for this?
"For going from bad, to worse, to non-existent?"
"Maybe you should ask the President........."
"He's busy..........."
02-05-2012 08:00 AM
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RE: Alumni Association.
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02-05-2012 12:02 PM
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Big RIDDLE=the Alumni Association of only(exclusively) western Michigan

very exclusive.........
02-05-2012 05:12 PM
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RE: Alumni Association.
Say what you mean......
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RE: Alumni Association.
See posts #39, 43, 49, et al.
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RE: Alumni Association.
Several years ago my friends and I attended a reception in Detroit for the FORMER head of the WMU school of Business.
During his presentation he stated, "We are not here to compete with the University of Michigan, we are here to provide business leaders for southwestern Michigan."
"WOW!", I commented to my friend sitting next to me, "There's a GLOBAL VIEW! He won't be here long!" And he wasn't.
Well, later several questions came to mind..

1. Did he really say that?
2. Did he forget where he was? Did he think he was in western Michigan? Wrong speech?
3.Who told him that?
4. Was this a condition of his employment?
5. Did the person or persons who hired him the same ones who hired the former president, J."Beatle" Bailey?
6. Is there a Secret Society (lol) that really runs our Alma Matter, for the benefit of their Friends and Family?

Although, I'm not a big believer in conspiracy theories........

Perhaps, this explains, in part, the purposeful limitation of an Association of Alumni ?
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