The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association (TBSAA) had a terrific 2015, growing our membership to over 380 members, launching two new programs, and reuniting with sisters at district and national conventions.
New Programs in 2015
In May 2015, we hosted our first annual For Greater Bands 5K in Columbia, Maryland. 75 individuals participated and the proceeds were donated to local school band programs that participated in the race. The TBSAA Executive Council is exploring locations to host the race again in 2016. Special thanks to Tamara Henry for leading the inaugural race.
This past year, we also our awarded our first Alumni Grant Award to Sarah Cox, alumna of the Epsilon Kappa chapter at UCLA. Sarah works with the Harmony Project, a non-profit music education organization in Los Angeles. As part of her grant proposal, Sarah plans to use the grant funding to help The Music Library and Instrument Tune-Up program supporting over 200 students who associated with the Harmony Project. This spring we will announce our next round of grant applications.
District and National Conventions
During the spring, district affiliates and alumni association members gathered at each of the district conventions. The conventions always provide a terrific chance for alumni to reunite, while providing leadership and support for actives. We are continuing to work with the alumni affiliates to create even more opportunities for alumni to participate.
In July, we had an incredible turn out at the National Convention in Lexington. Alumni participated in a mix of professional development workshops, committee meetings, business meetings and social events. Some of us even reconnected with our youth through mini-golf and roller skating. The newly renamed Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award was awarded to Marcus Wyche, of the Beta Eta chapter at the University of Maryland.
A Great Year Ahead!
Now a month into 2016, the new executive council has big plans to continue even more great programming to our alumni. Check back often for updates and opportunities to get involved.