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 of them. 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 Investigations led from one clue to another, from traces to facts, since FAAP's databases were out of date at that time.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.