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Pre-Alumni Council leaders seek membership increase among peers

LATOYA-BYLINE

 

Jackson State Pre-Alumni Council leaders are focusing on growing the organization by educating other students on the importance of engagement, service and philanthropy.

The president of PAC says, “When I arrived to Jackson State, the Pre-Alumni Council was one of the biggest organizations on campus and unfortunately membership has greatly decreased but I know we can work to get the numbers back up.”

"If we condition our peers to giving now than the possibility increases for them to give back once they actually graduate," says Cadaris Waits, PAC President.

“If we condition our peers to giving now than the possibility increases for them to give back once they actually graduate,” says Cadaris Waits, PAC President.

The 23-year-old, industrial technology major says, “One of the things I enjoy about our Pre-Alumni Council is the diversity that it offers—it is versatile and allows all students regardless of background, major or personal interest to join together and be a collective group.”

The purpose of the PAC is to assist students with creating a lifelong connection with Jackson State during their student tenure and to become active alumni once they graduate. The organization encourages students to become effective alumni while enrolled in college and provides its members with the opportunity to give their time, talents and finances to support their alma mater.

"Networking with Jackson State alumni is essential to our personal and professional growth as students and future alums," Allyson Brooks, Miss Pre-Alumni 2018-19 said.

“Networking with Jackson State alumni is essential to our personal and professional growth as students and future alums,” Allyson Brooks, Miss Pre-Alumni 2018-19 said.

“The foundation of the Pre-Alumni Council is to foster a connection between Jackson State students and alumni,” says Allyson Brooks, Miss Pre-Alumni 2018-19. “This connection will enrich our professional and personal lives forever.”

Members of the council are expected to encourage a culture of philanthropy by hosting special events and coordinating fundraisers.

The vice president of PAC, Courtney Jones reflects on her first year as a member.  

"It's our duty to mend the gap between our peers and the alumni,"    says PAC vice president Courtney Jones.

“It’s our duty to mend the gap between our peers and the alumni,” says PAC vice president Courtney Jones.

“During my freshman year, I joined the council and I met a lot of upperclassmen and members of the Jackson State University Alumni Association. They cultivated and taught me what philanthropy was really about and I feel like that is a vital element that all students should be able to take in and learn from.”

The PAC advisor Connie Childress says she is consistently educating her members on the importance of service.

“As an alumna who was once in a position of need as a student, I try to express the importance to our students of providing service to our community. A large number of Jackson State students, alumni and employees live in the surrounding areas.”

Beginning this month, members of the council will provide personal care packages for three area homes as a part of their community service project.

The PAC President who is also a Jackson native says, “We are in the works of trying to get some additional community service projects implemented for this semester. Giving service back to JSU that supports the community is a big thing for me.”

Student membership for the Pre-Alumni Council is $30. The fee includes a membership card with 10% off in the JSU bookstore, a council t-shirt and numerous opportunities to network with members of JSUNAA for jobs and internships.

To become a member of the Pre-Alumni Council, click here or contact Connie Childress at 601.979.2942.