Alumni Association Letter

Dear Southwestern University Alumni,

A characteristic that defines the Southwestern community is a commitment to service —a willingness to give to causes that benefit others. Last year, 527 alumni volunteered their time and talents in support of University and Association initiatives. Their involvement ranged from planning class reunions to engaging alumni through local events to serving as career mentors to students. Their contributions help the Association achieve its vision of “a lifelong Southwestern Experience.”

With the recruitment of the Class of 2013, 375 incoming students have already begun their Southwestern Experience and alumni are contributing to that experience. Between the Admission Recruiting Efforts by Alumni (A.R.E.A.) volunteers and the local associations that helped sponsor admission events, nearly 21 percent of deposited incoming students encountered alumni at least once during their admission process. As recruitment for high-caliber students becomes more competitive with other colleges and universities, alumni involvement is critical to Southwestern’s success. Are you wondering how you can help? One of the easiest ways to help is to identify gifted students who may be a good fit for Southwestern. To refer a student to Southwestern, visit

As we enter the next school year, I hope you will consider your place in the Southwestern family and offer to share your pride with others. The energy and enthusiasm of volunteers will help propel Southwestern for years to come. All alumni have the opportunity to be advocates for the University in ways that are meaningful and gratifying. As members of The Association of Southwestern University Alumni, we are making significant contributions to the University and are setting a high standard for future generations of graduates. Help keep the tradition alive by volunteering to support Southwestern. If you are interested in volunteering, I invite you to contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 800-960-6363 or

I look forward to seeing you at the 100th anniversary of Southwestern’s first Homecoming, Nov. 6-8.


Ann Tyrrell Cochran ’72
President, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni