Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Thank You"

Thank you for participating in this blog. It was an interesting project. I learned a lot. I will keep this blog up for a while so that I can refer to your comments from time to time. I am happy to report that we have hired the new director of alumni affairs and will be making the announcement later this week on our web site: http://www.marian.edu/ .

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Seeking Input from Marian College Alumni

After eight years of tireless and dedicated service to Marian College as director of alumni affairs, Ann Burnett Kreicker ’74 decided to begin a new chapter in her life. Ann recently accepted a position at George Washington Community High School in Indianapolis.

As you know, Marian College will soon become Marian University. (The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the main entrance to campus.) We are committed to building a great Catholic university. Metaphorically, we are building a cathedral. It will take a generation of hard work and commitment to make this vision a reality.

There is no question that this is an important moment in the institution's history and at this juncture it seems appropriate to seek input from others and to re-evaluate the role and responsibilities of director of alumni affairs before selecting someone for the position. The Office of Alumni Affairs reports to the vice president for marketing communication, which is me. I created this blog to gather comments from alumni and others who are interested. I won't be adding to this blog. My plan is to read the comments posted, i.e., to gather input.

Here is my view. The college, soon to be a university, has had four goals for the last seven years:

  1. Elevate its academic stature,
  2. Create a more vibrant campus,
  3. Be more Catholic and Franciscan, and
  4. Raise the money to accomplish the first three.

With these goals in mind, looking to the future, I would like to see 1,000 passionate Marian College graduates engaged in fundraising, recruiting students, and helping students succeed.

I would like your thoughts on what you think are the most important activities. To help you, I have grouped the support activities of the Office of Alumni Affairs into six (6) general areas. It is a long list. As we look to the future, what would you keep, discontinue, or cut back? What would you emphasize?

1) Fundraising

a) Building a network of alumni donors
b) Promoting class scholarships

2) Recruiting students

a) Helping to build relationships with feeder schools
b) Helping to build relationships with parishes
c) Helping to recruit from specific geographic areas
d) Helping to recruit for specific academic majors, e.g., accounting, chemistry

3) Helping students succeed

a) Etiquette dinners
b) Networking events
c) Providing internships
d) Mentoring
e) Mock interviews

4) Alumni / student events

a) Freshmen / Alumni dinners
b) Senior luau
c) Santa’s brunch
d) Easter egg hunt
e) Trick-or-treat
f) B-ball jam during homecoming
g) Community service projects
h) Marian College night at the ISO
i) Lugar Franciscan Center Global Studies - Alumni speaker

5) Alumni events

a) Indianapolis Indians baseball game
b) Football tailgating (four or five home games a year)
c) Reds/Cubs baseball game in Cincinnati
d) Cincinnati chapter events
e) Chicago chapter events
f) Washington, D.C. chapter events
g) Golf outings
h) Basketball game
i) All Alumni Weekend
j) Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) events
k) Mini-marathon tent
l) Job skill series for alumni: preparing resume, interviewing, networking

6) Miscellaneous
a) Senior class yearbook
b) Final exam survival kits
c) Maintaining a list of campus events

Comments will be reviewed before they are posted. When commenting, please include your full name and the year you graduated. Inappropriate comments will NOT be posted. Again, I won't be adding to this blog as it goes forward. I will be reading the comments posted. I expect that blog will be up until mid-July. Again, please include your full name and the year you graduated.

To post your comment, click on the word "comments" highlighted in blue next just below this sentence. When you do that, all of the comments that have been posted thus far will be displayed. I encourage you to read them. Scroll down to the bottom until you find the "Post a Comment" box. Type your comments in the box. Thanks.