In 1995, FAAP realized that there was a need for a link with former students.
Alumni and graduates included lawyers, entrepreneurs, administrators, executives,
politicians, intellectuals, visual artists - many of them leading figures
and shapers of opinion nationwide.
An Association for FAAP graduates was officially founded in August
of that year. A lot of hard work went
into building a database and contacting
former students, or at least most
Finding alumni was almost like detective
work. Investigations led from one clue to another, from traces to facts, since FAAP's databases were out of date at that time. The "investigators" went through FAAP's files one-by-one and examined graduation records - even class attendance lists.
Professors were asked to scour their memories. One name led to another, homonyms
or relatives; one former student remembered another; lists of phone numbers were
built up; innumerable long-distance and international calls were made. The whole history
of FAAP was turned over. Official professional bodies (the Regional Councils for
Administrators, Economists, Engineers and Architects, and others) helped by allowing
access to their records.
The database was built and rebuilt, and as the Association became more widely
known, the alumni themselves began calling to join. In 1997, with sponsorship and cultural
support from FAAP students, the first AAAFAAP Yearbook was published, including
a list of all graduates to that date and statements recalling their days at the Institution.
One thousand former students homed in on the campus for a megaparty to celebrate
the launch of the publication.
AAAFAAP then started to publish a free quarterly journal for all alumni that is now
accessed on the Internet - which is one of the best ways of keeping the FAAP community
together. Thus the site www.aaafaap.org.br was created and helps locate more
alumni as well as listing jobs and carrying updated information of campus life. There
are over 400,000 page visits per year.
Starting from just a vague notion, the Association has now built a well-structured
database of 50,000 graduates, postgraduates, and mba students. Junior membership for
undergraduate students has also extended its reach with special discounts off postgraduate
tuition fees, and Museum and Theater admission.