NEXUS \nek-ses, -süs\ : A connection or series of connections linking two or more things; connection, tie, link. Mid-17th-century origin from Latin, ‘a binding together.’
Building upon the growing interest in alumni involvement with the College through the Elizabethtown College Alumni Association (ECAA), a new interest-based alumni affinity club has been launched. The group has been named Nexus because of its overarching goal to serve as a connection point between alumni and the College’s community. Its mission is to establish a vibrant alumni network of individuals who identify with and/or support the College’s African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American (ALANA) ethnic groups. Building upon this focus, the group also works to aid, assist and advise fellow members of the greater college community, as well as support Elizabethtown’s initiatives that encourage inclusive excellence.
For Nexus Steering Committee members Tamara Burch-Williams ’08, President; Donté McCrary-McClain ’13, Administrator; TaLisa Ramos ’11, Alumni Council representative; and Alysa Poindexter ’12, the group’s establishment and beginning efforts have signified the fulfillment of a dream that began years ago.
From its inception as humble ideas hatched in casual conversations to its current status as a full-fledged alumni organization, Nexus’ growth has been a product of establishing strong connections. The successful formula ended up being quite simple—a small group of alumni began working with the Office of Alumni Relations to identify a way to create a communal foundation for ALANA students on campus and alumni who support the College’s ALANA programs and initiatives. From there, efforts to identify core purposes and a vision for realizing them took place, along with the establishment of a leadership group and officer roles. Along with the support of Executive Director of College Engagement Opportunities Mark Clapper ’96, Nexus has taken flight by supporting networking events, alumni outreach efforts and solidifying connections with campus-based offices and officials.
Now that Nexus is recognized as an officially sanctioned ECAA group, it has been able to center its planning efforts on establishing a network to create connections and provide support for ALANA students on campus and beyond. Through this network, Nexus’ future aims are to build ties and relationships with those who are members and supporters of the ALANA community and ensure that these links are always growing and nurtured in years to come.
Next up for Nexus is a Homecoming Day evening social aimed at bringing alumni and current students together in a fun and casual networking reception. For more information about Nexus and to become involved, visit www.facebook.com/EtownAlumniNexus or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-877-2604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.