Message from the
UNA Alumni Association Board President
Roderick Sheppard, ’98, ’04, ’07, 2013-2014 President
Hello and thank you all for the honor and privilege of allowing me to serve you as University of North Alabama Alumni President for 2013-2014. The University of North Alabama has equipped me with the educational foundation that has afforded me the opportunity to provide for my family. For that very reason, it is important to me that I use my God-Given Talents to help give back to the University that gave so much to me. I am thankful for the humble leadership of my predecessor Ms. Pat Burney, who served as president in 2012-2013.
There are some very exciting things going on at the University of North Alabama. If you haven’t heard our athletic program is making preparations to make the jump to Division I. As a student at UNA, I can remember when talk of a new science building was just a dream. If you come to the campus, you will see that this dream is now becoming a reality. What is more, your alumni association will get the opportunity to name the great room in the facility. Just last week, the new Commons Building and Student Success Center was opened. I encourage you to take the time to come back and visit your alma mater. I assure you that you will not be disappointed, as the beauty of our campus has been greatly enhanced.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to reconnect with UNA. You can do this in a variety of ways. I encourage you to do the following:
1.) Get active with your closest Alumni Club. If there isn’t one, start one.
2.) Like the Alumni Page on Facebook, both the association page and your local club page.
3.) Identify yourself with the University of North Alabama on Linkedin.
4.) Follow the University of North Alabama on Twitter
5.) Update you alumni information in the UNA OnLion Community.
Make it a point to attend one of the numerous events hosted by UNA: local club meetings, athletic events (pre-game pavilion spirit parties), musical performances, academic occasions or heart-warming reunions. Maybe you want to attend Derby Day? This event will take place on Saturday May 3rd. Wherever you are, whatever you do, please remember that it is up to us to build the pride that is UNA.
Roderick Sheppard, ’98, ’04, ’07
UNA Alumni Association President 2013-2014