Degree: BSW’08, Member
Growing an IU Family
Location, location, location — it mattered to Trevor Jones when it came to his education.
Prior to enrolling at IU East, Trevor knew he was going to follow in his mother’s footsteps and be a social worker. He knew he didn’t want to go to school far from home. Yet, he wanted to go to a school with a solid reputation.
IU’s Richmond campus was a perfect fit.
“I am grateful IU East was here,” he says. “I think a lot of students wouldn’t have gone to school if IU had not been so close to home.”
After graduation, Trevor immediately got involved with the IU Alumni Association. Today, if you go to alumni or campus events, like the Senior Shindig or the Nearly Naked Mile, you’ll spot him encouraging others to become IU Alumni Association members.
“If you have an opinion, you should join,” he says. “Through the IU Alumni Association, you can better your program. That helps make IU that much greater.”
For example, Trevor had a thought about organizing alumni reunions around schools instead of class years. It’s worked. Because of his brainstorm, more alumni are coming back to campus and connecting with others who share similar professional backgrounds.
“In any field, it helps to know people, their names and who they are. Through the IU Alumni Association, you can find contacts. You can find role models,” Trevor says.
It’s a lesson Trevor knows well from his days at IU East. Every Monday, he saw the same faces. They were fellow students and professors in his program who met for classes. And through lunches, pitch-ins, they bonded.
“My IU classmates were like a family to me,” he says.
Today, through his involvement in the IU Alumni Association, his family is growing.