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SHSU Announces New Office Of Alumni Relations And Annual Giving

Feb. 7, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

20230206_shsu_alumni_association_0629Sam Houston State University’s Annual Giving team have moved from the Development Department to merge with Alumni Relations. This change reflects a new name for the department, the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.  

Merging the two units provides new opportunities for the university by fostering greater transparency, more collaboration and combined efforts on events and activities. Essentially, the goal is to create an environment clearly defined for alumni and donors, with improved opportunities for philanthropic investment to the university. 

“Every gift to Sam Houston State, no matter how large, helps us provide educational opportunities to the next generation of Bearkats,” said Charlie Vienne, associate vice president of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “I believe this new, united change will enhance our giving initiatives and inspire more alumni and friends to support students in achieving their career goals.”

Annual gifts help bridge the gap between education costs and tuition income to fund critical needs such as scholarships, academic programs and student enrichment. Some of the Annual Giving team’s fundraising responsibilities include the Senior Class Legacy campaign, the Faculty & Staff campaign and the SHSU Engagement Center.

The Alumni Relations team oversees the Alumni Association, offering opportunities and programming to help every Bearkat find a way to stay involved and connected to their alma mater. In addition to alumni engagement responsibilities, they also aim to boost student success by providing meaningful involvement through their scholarship program, the official ring program, the Student Alumni Association, student awards, alumni mentoring and leadership development. The Alumni Association gives over $40,000 in scholarships annually.

The office encourages alumni to support Bearkat students through their time, talent and treasure. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at to learn about opportunities to get involved in alumni activities or philanthropic engagement.

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