STAC ALUMNI, STORY THUS FAR
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy (STAC) is a home that can never be forgotten by any catholic student who had passed through the four walls of the great University of Ilorin.
STAC fondly referred to as “a home away from home” has produced quite a number of great minds who had participated actively in the Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS) during their stay at the University of Ilorin. She had her first set of graduates as far back as 1980 and over the years had several STACites graduating into the larger world.
It was noticed, that there existed a loss of communication amongst STACites of different graduating years as well as a non-existing relationship between graduates and undergraduates which continued for several years without any significant solution.
Prompt to this fact, the idea about a forum which could reunite all members who shared in this brotherly love irrespective of their year of graduation came to mind. The then chaplain Rev. Fr. David Anekwe (CSSp) persistently advised graduating STACites on the importance of constituting an alumni body in order to keep the STAC family system going. A group of graduating STACites heeded to this advice and after a great deal of brainstorming came up with the mode of operation of STAC Alumni. This was a welcomed idea upon reaching every member of the Chaplaincy and on Sunday, 27th May, 2001 the pioneer set of eight (8) executives were inaugurated into office by the then chaplain Rev. Fr. David Anekwe (CSSp).
The pioneer executives worked tirelessly to ensure that all past members were contacted and co-opted into the association while those still undergoing their program were automatically sworn in to the alumni body during a sendoff party organized by themselves tagged “Alleluia Night” which the alumni executives ensured they attended in order to advice them on the importance of being an active member and induct them into the group.
STAC Alumni has its headquarters in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State. It operates from four strategic zones: Abuja, Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Ilorin, that are each headed by a coordinator for effective outreach. But as at 2011 during our 10th year anniversary, the number of zones drastically increased to Eight to cover the increasing strength of our members, the additional zones include (Ogun, Oyo, Kogi and Edo/Delta zones)
We thank the good Lord for thus far He had led us; we pray He grants us the grace that through this means we will be able to speak out for our voices to be heard in order to correct the anomalies that poses our present generation.
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