Medical Alumni Military Affinity Groups–A “Best Practices” Inquiry

by Thomas L Snyder

 

I’m in Albany, NY this weekend to attend my medical school Alumni Weekend festivities (I’m on the Alumni Association Board of Directors). This morning I had a conversation with our Director about setting up an alumni military affinity group, and we are beginning a preliminary inquiry into the notion.

In a one hour Google search of the topic, I found that several undergraduate schools and a smattering of Graduate Schools of Business have established such groups (no medical schools popped up in the search). In general, their missions seem to revolve around connecting alumni veterans with each other and with their alma maters, connecting alumni with current students (military scholarship recipients in our case), and developing opportunities for giving to the school, either directly or by way of scholarships.

I’d be interested to know if you, dear reader, have any experience with an alumni affinity group, or any “best practices” recommendations concerning same. Please email me – t.l.snyder@comcast.net – or send by comment below, your thoughts and suggestions.

©2011 Thomas L Snyder

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