Students network with NSU alumni
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Students network with NSU alumni

Published 11/9/17

Julie Ferguson

TNE Writer

The Future Alumni Network provides students with the opportunity to network with NSU alumni. Students network and build relationships to further their career readiness and be prepared for their futures.

“The Future Alumni Network is a stepping stone for students to the Green and White Network,” said Cheyhoma Dugger, Future Alumni Network president. “It is an excellent opportunity to become involved on campus and to get to know other students, but it is so much more”

Membership is open year round. Any NSU student can become a member of the Future Alumni Network. The suggested time to join the network is at the beginning of the fall semester. At this time the $20 membership fee can be charged to a student’s bursar account. If the deadline for that fall semester has passed, the $20 fee can by paid by cash or check.

“The Future Alumni Network help s to form a lifelong relationship with NSU before students even graduate,” said Dugger. “It forms a bridge between current students and alumni so that one day when we have received our own degrees we will be eager to be a part of the Green and White Network, and all of those who we have met and will be able to meet.”

Membership perks include a member T-shirt, members-only drink tumbler good for free refills at select on-campus locations, BancFirst Green & White room hospitality suite access at football games, RiverHawk Shoppe 25 percent discount, free Scantron forms and discounts from select Tahlequah merchants including Chili's, Presley's Burgers and DRIP: The Beverage Lab.

“We also provide caps and gowns for some of our graduating members,” said Dugger. “Plus the Alumni Association offers discounts for any recent graduate who wants to be a part of the Green and White Network.”

The Future Alumni Network encourages students to use Career Services to prepare students to meet alumni.

“I was able to meet a ton of alumni last year at the Green Link dinner,” said Nina King, Muskogee sophomore.  “Having the chance to meet alumni and utilize the Future Alumni Network has been really good.”

The Future Alumni Network puts on networking opportunities and strives to get the members of the Future Alumni Network as involved and connected as possible.

“I would encourage freshman and sophomores to look into the immediate benefits and to try and get them into it and involved,” said Noah Vansell, Future Alumni Network at-large board member. “I would tell the juniors and seniors more about the Alumni Association and Green Link dinner to try and get them involved. Career advice, business cards and possible internships for $20 a year seems completely worth it”

The Future Alumni Network's most important goal is networking.

“We hold events throughout the year that gives our members the opportunity to meet those who are already involved in the Alumni Association and connect with them,” said Vansell. “Our alumni have already been where we are and are now where we are going to be. So our members are given the opportunity to get advice and to get to know those in the Green and White Network who know exactly what we are going through.”

All member meetings are every other Tuesday. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 5 in UC Room 221.

For more information regarding the Future Alumni Network, email Dugger at dugger01@nsuok.edu. 
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