The University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA) and the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture have partnered with Cuseum to offer digital access to benefits for alumni and museum members. Cuseum serves numerous universities, museums, and membership-based entities across the country.
“Universities have been looking for digital options for their audiences, but the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the need,” said Mike McCay, assistant vice president of alumni affairs and advocacy at UTAA.
Digital cards will be customized for alumni based on which UT campus they attended. Museum members will receive a customized card from the McClung Museum. The card can be easily downloaded to a digital wallet and used to access discounts and benefits.
“We are excited to offer this benefit so alumni can more easily take advantage of everything their alumni status has to offer,” said UTAA Director of Alumni Marketing and Special Events Melissa Smith. Currently, alumni benefits vary by campus but include everything from career development to various retail discounts, travel, and more.
“As a natural history museum, digital membership cards fulfill our goal to preserve the world’s natural resources while allowing museum supporters to more easily utilize their membership benefits,” said Stacy Palado, McClung Museum’s director of external relations.
Museum members receive invitations and discounts on museum-hosted activities as well as reciprocal benefits through the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program. In addition to the Cuseum partnership, UTAA has partnered with the McClung Museum to extend some benefits to non-alumni museum members.
The McClung Museum will be hosting in-person membership events this June to celebrate the launch of these new benefits. Visitors can sign up for a one-hour visit to the museum from Wednesdays through Saturdays. In addition, the museum will be hosting a film screening of the documentary Destruction of Memory on Thursday, June 24 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are free for museum members and cost $10 for non-members and can be reserved online. In addition, the museum will host a free family day on Saturday, June 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Pre-registration is recommended as attendance is limited.
About the UTAA
The University of Tennessee Alumni Association serves nearly 400,000 graduates of the UT System by providing events, lifelong learning, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, career development, and travel programs and is part of the UT Foundation Inc. To read more about the UTAA or its alumni benefits, visit the UTAA website.
About the McClung Museum
The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Museum admission is free, but entry is limited and reservations are required during the pandemic. Details about museum membership and how to make reservations are available on the museum’s website.