Alumni Letter

Dear Southwestern University Alumni,

In the past year, more than 300 alumni volunteers devoted their valuable personal time to work on programs that strengthen The Association of Southwestern University Alumni and advance Southwestern’s mission. Their service, whether on a board or a committee, planning events, raising money, serving on a panel or helping to recruit students, demonstrates that alumni care deeply about their alma mater. The 2001 Alumni Self-Study Commission’s report indicated that this was the case, and now that the University has responded to many of the Commission’s recommendations and created more ways for alumni to be meaningfully involved, it is clear that alumni can and will play an important role in shaping the future of Southwestern University.

There are many opportunities for alumni to get involved and support both the association and Southwestern University. If you would like to be involved, please let us know by visiting www.southwestern.edu/volunteer/ and completing an interest form.

One easy, but very important way that all of us can serve Southwestern is to refer young men and women who are exceptional students and citizens to the Southwestern University Office of Admission. The recruitment climate for the best students is competitive and the admission staff is always interested in learning about potential students for whom the University may be a good fit. How can you recognize a student who may be a good fit? In the first-year class that enrolled Fall 2007, half ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Eighty-two percent graduated in the top quarter of their class. Southwestern’s average SAT and ACT scores continue to be well above the national average. And, most students who enroll at Southwestern have taken honors and AP classes during their high school career. If you know of a prospective student, please refer her or him to the Office of Admission for follow-up. Referrals may be made online by visiting www.southwestern.edu/alumnireferral.

Thank you for your continued support of our association’s efforts to connect alumni with one another and the University for the benefit of all.

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