Get active, stay active and help Ole Miss — that’s the simple message behind the Ole Miss Alumni Association’s drive to gain 1,000 new members during the remainder of 2013.
Currently, the Alumni Association boasts 24,500 members. While that number is the largest to date, it is less than 25 percent of the total Ole Miss alumni base of 115,000, said Timothy L. Walsh (BPA 83, MEd 91), OMAA executive director.
“The Ole Miss Alumni Association plays a vital role in connecting Ole Miss alumni and friends, funding scholarships for students, and supporting many university programs,” Walsh said. “With Ole Miss experiencing record growth, the support of our alumni and friends has never been more important.”
Active member dues fund scholarships for children of graduates, connect supporters through reunions and the nationwide Ole Miss club network, and assist with the upkeep of the Grove. Alumni Association participation also enhances the reputation of the University, with active membership affecting the university’s standing in U.S. News and World Report and other rankings.
Benefits of active membership include a subscription to the quarterly Ole Miss Alumni Review magazine, savings and special offers from participating businesses and partners, an annual wall calendar, entry to a special “Members Only” area on home football game weekends, invitations to special events, an official alumni car decal, and more.
Graduates and non-graduates alike are eligible to be Alumni Association members.
“Active membership in the Ole Miss Alumni Association allows a small contribution to go a long way and enables you to contribute to practically every part of the University,” said Larry H. Bryan (BBA 74), Alumni Association president. “The Association assists a large number of campus organizations and departments, all while keeping alumni and friends connected to Ole Miss.
“If only one percent of alumni who are currently inactive were to join, we would reach our goal,” Bryan said. “While that number seems small, the impact on the University would be meaningful.”
A year’s membership is only $40 for an individual or $50 for a couple. Three-year memberships and lifetime memberships are also available.
To join the Alumni Association or check your membership status, go to www.olemissalumni.com/join or call 662-915-7375.