How to Get Involved
As an AU Raven, you understand the personal relationships you developed in your department during your time on campus. If you’re looking to get connected now as an alum, check out some options for you to get involved with each school:
Falls School of Business
Dean Terry Truitt: “We try to engage our alumni through less formal alumni events and instead we are hoping for integration into our student body and department events.” As an alumnus, you can give back by becoming a class guest speaker, panelist for department visit days, IndyMix, or join our Marketing or Management Advisory Councils.
To get involved with students directly, consider giving to a student-run organization. Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) continues to help local organizations through business consultation, and is always seeking donations for project support or alumni to join the Business Advisory Board. The FSB also has other organizations such as T.A.P.P., Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and the AU Student Accounting Society that are always seeking support.
“Above all, continue to pray for us. We need our alumni prayers for faculty, staff, and students,” said Truitt.
To get involved with the Falls School of Business follow them on social media or reach out to Dean Truitt (email@example.com) or other FSB faculty.
School of Education
Dean Merribeth Bruning: “We rely on the support of our local alumni to help place our students in the classroom.” The School of Education has a long history of working with local school districts and alumni to ensure that each student can be placed in a local school district for student teaching and practicums.
Alumni can serve on a panel to help interview prospective School of Education students as well as become a guest speaker. Non-local alumni can still get involved by sending job postings in their school district that may be a great fit for fellow graduates.
To keep in touch with Dean Bruning (firstname.lastname@example.org) or other faculty, and be on the lookout for a School of Education newsletter coming soon.
School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Dean Joel Shrock: “Most of our alumni connect directly with their departments. A lot of graduates have an attachment to a particular faculty member, so we always encourage alumni to connect directly.” The School of Humanities has a wide variety of alumni involvement options ranging from chapel speakers, giving directly to a department, as well as referring students to internships.
Each department also has an honor society and other organizations such as the Center for Public Service (CPS). To learn more about how to support each department or organization, contact Dean Shrock (email@example.com), keep up with departmental newsletters, or follow the school on Facebook.
School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
Dean Jeff Wright: “We love seeing alumni attending our performance opportunities or visiting with touring ensembles like Chorale.” The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance draws many graduates to their weekly performance opportunities. When ensembles such as Chorale tour, alumni are invited to join special receptions to visit with the students.
Local alumni from specific majors such as music education are also invited to help connect students in teaching or practicum placements, in addition to sharing job opportunities in the industry. “Networking with graduates can open a lot of doors for our students. We have a strong Music Business graduate network in Nashville, in addition to many other groups that stay in contact with our department.”
To keep in touch with the department check out the performance calendar, email Dean Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any faculty member, or follow the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on Facebook.
School of Nursing & Kinesiology
Dean, Lynn Schmidt: "The SON alumni are instrumental to our programs. Alumni can give back by serving on the Alumni Advisory Board, mentoring current students, sharing professional experiences and expertise as a guest speaker, and/or precepting students in the clinical setting."
Diana Jones, Department of Kinesiology Chair: "Kinesiology alumni can get involved by networking with our students by providing opportunities such as internships and jobs for exercise science or sport & recreational leadership majors, field experience and student teaching placements for physical education teaching majors, or other job shadowing. They can also interact with students as athletic training preceptors, or guest speakers in classes."
Alumni can get engaged from across the United States. Local or out of state alumni can visit the the Nursing and Kinesiology offices, where alumni can network with current students and faculty. To keep current on Nursing updates, graduates are added to a quarterly newsletter email list. To join this list, email Becki Cox (email@example.com).
In addition, any alumnus is invited give back to help buy a “SimMan” for training simulations. To get involved or to learn more about the “SimMan,” please contact Becki Cox or follow the School of Nursing on Facebook.
School of Science & Engineering
Dean Chad Wallace: “We’re growing and we want our alumni to be excited with us!” With the new addition of mechanical and electrical engineering and shared majors such as cyber security, alumni can get plugged in as guest speakers, hiring computer science and engineering interns, as well as sponsoring their annual solar car project.
“We need to make connections in the STEM industry. We want our alumni to help us start a network for our student interns present and future.” To learn more about these opportunities or get involved follow the School of Science and Engineering on Facebook or email Dean Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School of Theology & Christian Ministry
Dean MaryAnn Hawkins: “First and foremost we ask for our alumni to pray for us.” Whether alumni come to services at Miller Chapel or Harp lectures there is a place for alumni in the School of Theology. Gifts for student scholarships or special project funding are always accepted, however the school really hopes that their alumni will start recruiting students for seminary.
The AU Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving is here to help you stay connected with your department. If you would like to make a gift to your department, you can give online and type in your designation as applicable. If you have further questions about how to get connected, please contact us at email@example.com.