Alumni Association History
Southeastern Alumni Association
The Southeastern Alumni Association was formed May 27, 1927 with $1,367.75 in the bank and May Addison serving as the first president. The organization was later incorporated on December 5, 1948. At that time there were 4,798 members plus 86 deceased members. Today, Southeastern has over 53, 000 graduates.
The Alumni Association office originally was located in the Hill House at 611 N. Pine Street and remained there until 1994, when the organization raised private funds to build the current Alumni Center at 500 University Avenue.
Throughout the years, the Alumni Association has provided various scholarships, including a $230,000 endowment for student scholarships, $50,000 in Hurricane Katrina scholarships for Southeastern students, and an endowed scholarship for Fanfare. The Alumni Association also funded its first professorship, which is awarded to Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida, who registered the first patent for Sotheastern.
Today, the Alumni Association hosts numerous events for alumni to reunite throughout the year. As Alumni return to campus, they can visit Alumni Field, which the Association helped build and named accordingly to commemorate all Southeastern Alumni.
- Endowed professorship of $60,000
- Donated $100,000 toward the new University residence
- Donated $100,000 toward the return of football
- Established the Golden Silence Memorial Service
- Established Rock 'n Roar for campus recruitment
- Established Southern Nights to assist with legislative issues
- Winner of CASE International Grand Gold awards in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2004
- Winner of District CASE awards in 1999, 2005, and 2006
The ongoing support and involvement of our alumni is incredible; their strong ties to the University are unrivaled. We invite you to help enhance that tradition by joining the Alumni Association or by becoming more involved if you are already a member.
Show your Lion pride in our University today!