Recently, AFLSE chapters brought LSE alumni together in cities across the country to make connections, share career advice, and build a strong network for alumni looking to advance their careers. North American Networking Night was a huge success. Several hundred participated in more than a dozen AFLSE chapters. We believe this event sets the standard for future networking, career development, and mentoring services that alumni need and expect from their School to further their professional life that was inspired by a university experience at the LSE. Soon these same chapters will be getting together to send off a new generation of American students to the LSE. And throughout the year chapters gather for social events ranging from lectures to cultural happenings to happy hours and sporting activities.
To provide and sustain these and other services, the AFLSE needs your help. We have been around since 1970, spearheading alumni engagement in the United States. We offer a focal point for alumni dialogue in the United States, a chapter network through which local engagement can take place, a national website and monthly e-newsletter, and ongoing connection to the LSE to foster faculty lectures and more around the United States. The international role that the LSE plays with such a wide and deep alumni base outside Britain offers a unique community for all of us to be a part of, but the School cannot itself establish and sustain alumni networks in every country it has a presence. It needs the AFLSE, and the AFLSE needs you!
If you are already a member of the AFLSE, thank you! If not, please join now or renew your AFLSE membership if you have belonged before by going to the AFLSE website [http://www.aflse.org/memsub.html]. Our dues are modest--$40/year, enabling us to take on the activities I have mentioned and for you to receive discounted pricing for chapter and national events. And your suggestions for future events and services and willingness to participate and volunteer are also important. Contact us either through your local chapter leaders or send a communication via our website with your thoughts.
Thomas E. Kern, AFLSE President