Trish Stewart Woods ’03 named alumni board president
By Paula Price Tanner
The UMHB Alumni Association welcomed a new president in January, and she has wasted no time in charting a path for alumni to get involved with their alma mater. It’s not that Trish Stewart Woods ‘03 doesn’t have enough to do already; after all, in addition to serving as marketing coordinator for a software company in Dallas, she and her husband, Terrance, have two young sons at home—Tate (age 4) and Timothy (4 months). But Trish is clearly committed to all things UMHB, and she believes alumni can play an important role in helping the university reach its goals for the future. “The Alumni Board has been studying the strategies outlined in the Campus Master Plan and discussing how we can be involved in the changes taking place,” Trish says. “There are so many ways that alumni can help.
“Every time I have the opportunity to talk to another graduate about what’s going on, I tell him or her, ‘You can help by sharing with others all the great things that are happening now at UMHB. You never know when that message is going to be relayed to a student who is thinking about college, and you just might end up recruiting someone to attend!’
“I also encourage graduates to come back to the campus, to experience the excitement of what is going on firsthand,” Trish continues. “Charter Celebration Weekend, Homecoming, athletic events—they all are great opportunities to see what’s happening and share in the excitement.
“And finally, I encourage graduates to help construct one of the great new facilities now underway by making a financial gift toward one of the projects. The new facilities are going to improve so many areas of the university—fine arts, nursing, athletics, student life—that it is easy to find a project that is meaningful to you.
“When we give back to UMHB in any of these ways, we are supporting the university’s efforts to help young people find their purpose in Christ,” Trish says. “That’s something we all can get excited about.”