Young Alumni Council sponsors Homecoming event

John Singleton

The Young Alumni Council will host “There’s No Place Like the After Party” after the Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 13.

The event will be at Steamer Seafood from 7-9 p.m. The parade after party will feature music, food and drinks.

Allie Sharp, coordinator of student engagement, said the Young Alumni Council provides an opportunity for young alumni to maintain ties to WKU and provides valuable feedback to the Alumni Association on programming. The focus is to educate young alumni about the programs, services and mission of the WKU Alumni Association, as well as to advance and support the general welfare of WKU with programs and scholarships.

The Young Alumni Council consists of 20-25 members, all of whom have graduated within the last 10 years. To be eligible, one must have completed one academic year of work and must be in good standing at WKU.

“It’s a way for young alumni to see that WKU is here for them and that we want to see them to succeed two, five, 10 and 20 years after they’ve left the Hill,” Sharp said. “The Young Alumni Council’s engagement is necessary because they are the ones we look to for new ideas and for how we can continue to improve and connect to our younger constituents.”

Anthony McAdoo, executive director of the WKU Alumni Association, said he was “delighted to welcome these outstanding Hilltoppers to our Young Alumni Council.”

“They will work alongside our National Board of Directors to help us shape the alumni experience for our recent graduates,” McAdoo said. “Additionally, they will build upon the Young Alumni Council’s tradition of generating membership and charitable support for their endowed scholarship for upper-class students at WKU.”

The Alumni Association “produces many programs and events throughout the year,” according to the Alumni Association website. The Alumni Association also hosts Homecoming activities and Topper Tailgate events.

Other organizations benefit the Young Alumni Council in various ways. Student Alumni Ambassadors are “building Hilltoppers for life” while being an official student organization of the WKU Alumni Association, according to the Student Alumni Association website. Ambassadors are selected based on campus involvement, academic performance and a desire to promote the WKU Spirit.

“Our students provide an extra measure of hospitality to current students, donors, and alumni,” according to the Student Alumni Association web page. “We place great significance on promoting WKU and communicating the importance of alumni support. Ambassadors work closely with the Alumni Association and various community groups to promote WKU.”

Reporter John Singleton can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected].