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M State-Moorhead launching alumni group

MOORHEAD -- Alumni of the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will soon have an avenue to connect.

The campus is launching an alumni association to help graduates keep up with the college's progress.

Luci Melby, who earned an accounting degree from M State, will be the association's first president.

Organizers are trying to reach out to alumni and find out what they'd like from the school, Melby said.

More than 10,000 people have graduated from the college in its nearly 45 years.

Since 1964, the campus has gone by four names: Moorhead Area Vocational Technical Institute, Moorhead Technical College, Northwest Technical College and now MSCTC.

"That will be one of our challenges, to find a cohesiveness between people with different backgrounds and experiences with the college," said Melby, who was voted Student of the Year at the college in 1984.

Another challenge is M State does not have athletic teams or events such as homecoming that typically bring alumni together at other colleges.

Provost Jerry Migler said the group will likely plan events around certain programs, such as inviting culinary arts alumni to see the renovated culinary arts kitchen.

For the first time this year, alumni will speak at graduation.

Melby will work with college officials to recruit people to serve on the association's volunteer board of trustees.

Fundraising is not the main focus of this group, but developing relationships with alumni will enhance the work of the college's foundation, Migler said.

For more information

To join the new alumni association, call Shawn Anderson, dean of student services, at (218) 299-6535.