Graduates of Troy University’s Atlanta Site are devising a program of social networking and community service projects in an attempt to inject new life into their alumni chapter.
The challenge for Atlanta-area alumni is that traditional alumni events, such as tailgating at a Trojans’ football game, don’t fit their needs. Many of the Atlanta area alumni turned to TROY for graduate education and are not familiar with the traditional campus in Troy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have Trojan Pride.
A mid-winter social mixer at Noir Atlanta, a club in the Castleberry district of Mid-Town Atlanta, drew more than 25 alumni and friends interested in strengthening the chapter. William Wharton, one of the organizers of the event, was pleased with the initial effort.
“Our first event was enjoyed by all who attended and we look forward to doing more and having more involvement from our fellow alumni in the future,” said Wharton, a law-enforcement professional in Gwinnett County who received his Master of Public Administration from TROY in 2005.
A steering committee has been formed to lead the rebuilding of the chapter. Wharton said the goals include raising awareness about Troy University, providing networking opportunities and promoting camaraderie among alumni.
“I feel that the success of the Atlanta Chapter will require the dedication of the members of our executive steering committee, use of technology to communicate and inform our members, planning and organizing fun and community-oriented events that shine a positive light on Troy University and its alumni,” Wharton said.
He added that other social events will include attending an Atlanta Braves game, bowling at Atlanta 300 and maybe holding a golf outing. He said community service projects will play a role in the development of the chapter, such as participating in Habitat for Humanity and area Adopt-a-Highway programs. Providing mentoring and internship opportunities for current TROY students is also a high priority.
Other members of the steering committee are:
• Aria Woolfork, class of 1985;
• Delise Hopson, class of 2005,
• Auvronette Guilbeauz, Angela Harrell, Chandala Johnson, Rachel Taylor and Avon Thompson class of 2006;
• Charlene Jones, class of 2007;
• Dr. Leora Waldner, assistant professor of public administration;
• Dr. Charles Mitchell, assistant professor of public administration;
• Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, interim site director – Covington Site.
• Jessica Blakemore, business development officer for the Atlanta Site; and
• Bonnie Knight, business development officer for the Covington Site.