The Kansas University Student Alumni Association is showing the campus and community that being a part of the alumni association can be satisfying both before and after graduation.
Since its start in January of 1987, SAA has been acting as a link between students, alumni and the community, said Jeff Johnson, director of external affairs and member development for the KU Alumni Association.
MEMBERS OF the student organization, who pay a $5 yearly membership fee, have opportunities for campus involvement, developing leadership skills, and networking among active alumni members, said Johnson, who acts as one adviser to the association.
Jodi Breckenridge, director of student programming for the alumni association and another SAA adviser, said this year the association will focus on increasing the number of students involved and the services provided to them.
One service that will probably receive more attention is the "Hire a Hawk" program. This service, offered in conjunction with the Business Placement Center and the alumni association, provides interested students with a list of KU alumni throughout the nation who could be employers, she said.
Through programs like these, about 95 student members come into contact with life after KU and learn about "keeping their heritage while cultivating the future," Johnson said.
AMONG THOSE programs is the annual Jayhawk Jog. Started last year during KU's Alumni Weekend, the jog offered its 85 participants the chance to compete with runners of their own level in a 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer run.
Once students in SAA learn about the opportunities available for involvement, they "go back into the regular student population and share their experiences," Johnson said.
He noted that since its start, SAA has grown every year and continues to set goals for new programs and activities.