This year, Montclair State University celebrates its
centennial year. It has been a time of reflection and visioning. Centennial
celebrations featured a number of memorable events to commemorate the
University’s growth and expansion during the past century, reconnecting alumni
with the University and with each other. It has also been a time for looking
forward, examining the needs of the University and its role in this next
Alumni have played a major role throughout the year. The
University’s administration has taken great pride in acknowledging the
accomplishments and contributions of the alumni. We, as alumni, join in
celebrating the success of the University and rejoice in the role Montclair
State has played in our lives.
During this centennial year, I am pleased to inform you that
the MSUAA has pledged a $400,000 contribution to the University to be paid in
annual installments over the next eight years. This brings the MSUAA total
contributions, over the past 10 years, to $1 million—$500,000 for the
amphitheater restoration project, $100,000 to kick off the centennial
celebration and, now, $400,000 to support University advancement efforts. This is an unprecedented amount from the
MSUAA in the University’s history. Your continued support and contributions
have made this possible.
As we look to the next century, one of our goals is to
improve alumni relations. Although there are approximately 96,000 alumni
scattered around the globe, we remain connected to only a few—probably fewer
than 10 percent. Your Alumni Association has been in conversations with the
University’s administration to assist in improving our outreach efforts. As
part of a joint initiative, we are poised to conduct an alumni relations study
to determine how best we can reach out and reconnect with our fellow
alumni. Following the study, a task
force will be convened to develop plans based on the proposed recommendations.
These plans will serve as our joint strategic plan to bring alumni home.
Finally, I must say that it has been an honor and a
privilege to have served as your MSUAA president over the past two years and at
this moment in time—the centennial year.
There is a genuine spirit of camaraderie that connects us, as evidenced
by those of you whom I met at alumni gatherings and receptions. There is a
sense of purpose that continues to embody the Montclair experience. I am proud
to be a small part of that history. As the University looks forward to its next
hundred years, I am confident that we, the alumni, will continue to assist in
shaping the future of our beloved alma mater.
- Frank Alvarez ’76, president, Montclair State University Alumni Association