In mid-April, the Bush School Former Student Network hosted the first-ever reunion weekend for former students. Over the course of two days, many alums from the growing network of the Bush School returned to College Station for a variety of events allowing former students to reconnect with each other while meeting current students as well.
The weekend began Friday evening with a reception for current and former students as well as donors to the Bush School at the Annenberg Conference Center. Shortly after the reception, an informal dinner took place at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, where alums were able to enjoy dinner alongside current students. The night rounded off with a mixer at two College Station establishments, The Tap and MugWalls Coffee Shop. Saturday, former students and their families were able to enjoy brunch at the Corner Bar and Rooftop Grill before heading over to the first-ever kickball game between current and former students.
“As a current student, it was great to see former students reconnect and reminisce about their time at the Bush School,” said Sean Danielson, a first-year student who helped with the weekend’s events. “Former students were so eager to provide contacts and opportunities for the current students. It was a huge first step in strengthening the Former Student Network, and we hope to make this an annual tradition.”
Chartered in July 2008, the Bush School Former Students Network (FSN) is the first college-affiliated constituent network of the Association of Former Students. The Network provides current and former students the opportunity to directly influence the success and growth of the Bush School through expansion of the Aggie Network, enhancement of education opportunities for current students, and continued professional development for former and current students. The reunion weekend was a part of a renewed effort led by current FSN president, Matt Lamon, to raise the visibility of the Former Student Network at the Bush School and strengthen the ties among alums and between current and former students.
“The best part about the reunion was watching people reconnect with classmates,” said Lamon. “It was so rewarding to see people walk into an event and watch their faces light up as they entered a room full of long-lost friends. It was a really joyful occasion.”