SOOTW: Student Advancement Network

What is the name of your organization? Do you go by any nicknames or abbreviations?

Student Advancement Network

What is the purpose/mission of your organization?

The purpose of Student Advancement Network is to enhance students’ experience at the University of Iowa to foster future engaged and philanthropic alumni. Supported by the UI Center for Advancement, the Student Advancement Network provides students’ efforts are focused on two main areas.

1.)    Educating their peers on the important role of philanthropy on their experience at Iowa, as well as engaging students prior to graduation in hopes of highlighting all the ways alumni can be involved after they have graduated.

2.)    Serving as student ambassadors when interacting with engaged UI alumni donors–showcasing all the impressive things our students are learning and experiencing while at Iowa.

Members of the Student Advancement Network are exposed to unique opportunities to get involved on campus, connect with alumni, donors, and peers, gain leadership experience, and give back to the community.

Why did you personally get involved with this organization? What makes you passionate about this organization?

“I joined the Student Advancement Network to make my campus a better place, both while I’m here and after I’m gone. I wanted to help get my fellow students involved on campus and make their experience enjoyable!” – Derek S.; VP Internal Relations

“The Student Advancement Network has rewarded me with countless opportunities to meet large donors and honorable alum, tour new innovative building on campus, and gain an understanding for how the University collects gifts and distributes them to better student/faculty experiences.” – David B., VP Events

“My favorite part of being in the Student Advancement Network is having the opportunity to build friendships with other members and create professional networks with alumni and donors.” – Emily M., Memberdownload (4)

What social media does your organization utilize?

Facebook: University of Iowa Student Advancement Network (

Instagram: @UIowaSAN (

Twitter: @UIowaSAN (


If a student is interested in joining this organization, how should they go about it/who should they contact?

Our membership application is now live! You can apply by clicking here or emailing

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“The Student Advancement Network offers a unique experience where undergraduates can network with top donors and alumni. Through my involvement, I’ve noticed tremendous improvements in my communication, presentation and leadership skills.” – Ryan B.; President

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