Greetings Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of BGU!
Earlier this year, Brad Smith had an epiphany. BGU (formerly NWGS) has been around since 1990 and we’ve graduated nearly 700 students since that time. That number represents many students and graduates and men and women who have a heart for mission and ministry. However, with all those students and graduates, it dawned on us that BGU didn’t have an Alumni Association that could offer comradery and support to both graduates and the school itself.
With that epiphany behind us, wheels were put into motion. Conversations were had. Interest was measured. Surveys were taken. Ideas bounced around. And a vision emerged. In October 2018, a team of graduates, faculty, and staff got together and began to make plans to launch a BGU Alumni Association. Lots of ideas and a good bit of excitement was generated. As a result of both prayer and conversation, the founding team created a tentative Purpose Statement to guide the process:
The BGU Alumni Association provides ongoing connection with BGU graduates in order to:
- Seek avenues for BGU Alumni to help BGU accomplish its mission through recruiting, fundraising, marketing, teaching courses and/or certificates, student advising and mentoring, extending BGU’s influence and story-gathering and dissemination of the global work of BGU graduates.
- Develop growing comradery, deepening relationships, social opportunities and personal ownership in the identity and mission of the BGU network.
- Provide platforms for service and avenues for strategic partnerships for BGU Alumni within the BGU Network.
- Create life-long learning opportunities for BGU Alumni.
- Keep BGU’s academic programs relevant and updated by providing avenues through which BGU Alumni will have significant input into BGU’s degrees and non-degree programs.
Like all alumni associations, there are two key components we expect to accomplish. First, there is service to the school. Part of our task will be to support BGU’s mission by spreading the word about our programs and, of course, part of our task will be to help the school financially by raising both funds and awareness. The second key component is to provide both comradery and support for our alum. We’ll be exploring plans on how we can do that most effectively both digitally as well as in person with a variety of in-person social get togethers.
Of course, nothing’s been set in concrete yet … the process is still fluid. The team could use a few more creative people (like you brilliant people!) to help us get the organization off the ground. If you’re interested, please contact Brad Smith or Andrea Mullins.
Keep your eyes on the newsletter and we’ll keep you apprised of the progress as we launch this new and exciting arm of Bakke Graduate University.