The WesternU Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations support our future alumni and work to enhance the student experience outside the classroom in the following ways:
During Welcome Week, Alumni Relations staff members speak to each college’s incoming class on campus to introduce themselves and share information about the ways the Alumni Office and Alumni Association support current students. At these brief talks, the staff presents each student with a welcome gift: a travel mug which displays the Alumni Association logo and can be used throughout the students’ years at WesternU to purchase discounted drinks at Outtakes Café. COMP-Northwest students receive a visit from alumni staff in late September, and those students also receive travel mugs which can be used for discounted coffee at Garden Grounds.
At the University’s Convocation Ceremony held at the beginning of each academic year, the Alumni Office arranges for an alumni representative to speak to the incoming students. In addition to welcoming the new students to the University on behalf of all alumni, the speaker usually provides some words of wisdom or an inspirational story or two based on their experiences as a WesternU student.
Debt Management Services
WesternU’s Financial Aid and Alumni Offices have teamed up with SALTSM, to provide education debt management services to WesternU students. SALT is created by American Student Assistance®, a 56-year-old nonprofit organization and has been a leading service provider in student loans since 1956. They provide education and guidance to student loan borrowers throughout a borrower’s entire loan experience. SALT is a multi-faceted program that provides financial tools and services that will assist students in better understanding their student loans. SALT provides a secure, web-based dashboard that enables students to not only see and manage their personal education loans in one place, but also provides them with information on the cost and benefits of various repayment options. Additionally, students will have access to personal education debt counseling services with trained ASA counselors. SALT is a membership program that is provided as a free service to WesternU students, and the service remains free and accessible to alumni after graduation. For more information or to sign up for your membership, please go to www.saltmoney.org.
Support for Clubs and Classes
The Alumni Association provides financial support to student activities that 1) enhance the student experience outside the classroom, 2) build a sense of community among students and/or 3) facilitate student-alumni interaction. Officially recognized clubs and classes can request up to a few hundred dollars to support their activities that achieve one or more of these goals. The Alumni Funds Request Form is available online and must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the activity date. (Clubs and classes that are approved for funding will receive their money as a reimbursement after turning in a completed Reimbursement Form at the conclusion of their activity.) Some examples of past club and class activities include socials, banquets, barbecues, bake sales, and guest lectures. An endowment has been created to insure that such funding remains in perpetuity. Further, the Alumni Office can help clubs and classes reach out to alumni to do such things as request their participation in surveys or encourage their attendance at events.
SGA Alumni Representatives
The Office of Alumni Relations hosts occasional lunch meetings each year for the SGA Alumni Representatives from each on-campus class. The purpose of these meetings is to allow the students to discuss the roles and responsibilities of alumni representatives as well as to brainstorm and share programming ideas with one another. Alumni staff members also periodically solicit feedback from these students on ways both to build awareness of the Alumni Association and to increase affinity for the University among current students.
WesternU Alumni Association Scholarship
The WesternU Alumni Association Scholarship is awarded annually to two humanistic, caring, and dependable Western University of Health Sciences students who both excel academically and exemplify the qualities of an engaged alumnus or alumna through their extracurricular involvement. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree or certificate program at WesternU, be in good academic and professional standing with their program, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applications for this scholarship are available here and on the Financial Aid Office’s online scholarship database, and they are due at the end of January. Recipients are recognized as part of their respective college’s Honors Day ceremony in the spring with a plaque and $1,000.
WesternU Alumni Connection
Students receive the WesternU Alumni Connection, a bi-monthly alumni e-newsletter that aims to keep the WesternU community informed with such information as news highlights, upcoming events, and alumni, faculty and student accomplishments.
The Alumni Association hosts a simple lunch for those classes that come back to campus from extended participation in off campus clinical rotations. Such events provide those students with an opportunity to reconnect with one another and further their engagement with the Alumni Association.
The Alumni Office surprises students a few times each year with “Sudden Snack.” This simply involves Alumni Office staff distributing a random snack item (ice cream sandwiches, granola bars, etc.) to several hundred students on campus. Typically students will receive an email just an hour or two ahead of time to tell them what the snack is, as well as when and where to get it.
Online Job Board
WesternU students (and alumni) can browse hundreds of online job postings for free. You must first complete a brief, one-time registration as a “Job Seeker” at webpost.westernu.edu. Once your registration is approved (usually in less than one business day), you will receive an email notifying you that you have access to view job details.
During the University’s Commencement ceremonies each year, alumni representatives welcome the graduates into the alumni family and present each graduate with a special lapel pin. More than just a gift from the Alumni Association, each pin is a diploma the graduates can wear. The pins’ designs are based upon the University seal and bear the degree that each graduate has earned. Additionally, the Director of Alumni Relations includes a letter in the graduates’ diploma envelopes that they receive upon their formal graduation. This letter offers congratulations to the new alumni, as well as information on how they can be informed, connected and involved after graduating.
The Alumni Office manages the Western University of Health Sciences group on LinkedIn. This is a closed group only for WesternU students, alumni, faculty and staff. As such, the group can be utilized for professional networking. Members of the group are able to search using keywords to find alumni practicing in certain specialties (“surgery DO”) or who work in certain areas (“Kaiser Los Angeles”). Through LinkedIn, then, you can contact these individuals to help you determine where you may want to practice or what specialty you might wish to pursue. (Alumni are also able to utilize this database to contact other alumni.)
For more information on any of these student services, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (909) 469-ALUM or firstname.lastname@example.org.