Breanna Hill, Features Editor
The Student Alumni Association has been an active organization at Jacksonville State University since 2005. The sole purpose of the organization is to help connect current JSU students with proud alumni. Connecting students with past students helps them gain networking skills along with powerful connections that can help when the time comes for looking for job opportunities once college ends.
COVID-19 has impacted organizations tremendously, prompting less frequent in-person meetings to take place.
“We took this semester to be a fresh start,” said Taylor Cochran, JSU’s assistant director of alumni relations, who acts as an advisor to SAA. “We recruited new members and worked to keep our current members involved.”
The SAA hasn’t let the COVID-19-related limitations stop them from getting to know all the new and current organization members, whether that be through in-person or virtual meetings.
The SAA recently organized a fundraiser called ‘Be a Gamecock Tee’, which was put together to raise money for current and future Gamecocks. Talk of a spring fundraiser is being discussed by the SAA officers, according to Cochran.
The organization actively seeks opportunities to help students connect with others such as alumni and faculty. Joining the SAA not only can help with future opportunities but also helps students get more involved with the community and on campus.
The alumni benefit as greatly as the students. Being part of the SAA gives alumni the opportunity to promote their small businesses and careers, while making connections with current students.
It currently has 26 members and is actively seeking more to join in on the fun opportunities that go hand-in-hand with the organization. Joining is incredibly simple. All that’s needed is an application that you can receive by direct messaging @jsusaa on Instagram or emailing the President of SAA, Savannah Hamm at email@example.com.
If you’re still on the fence about joining, students are always welcome to try attending one of the meetings to see if it’s for them.
The organization meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the School of Business and Industry complex in building three. Depending on the week, meetings might be held virtually on Zoom or Teams. Regularly check announcements on Instagram and their Facebook page, JSU Student Alumni Association, to know whether meetings will be held in-person or virtually.
“Preparing students for life AFTER college while having fun IN college,” is what the SAA is all about.