Message from the Chair
Greetings friends and fellow alumnae/i!
The New College Board of Directors held its second regular meeting on Saturday, Nov. 1, in conjunction with the reunion. This meeting primarily focused on receiving alum comments on the issue of elections v. appointments for board membership. We were pleased to have alums Claire Carraway and Don Goldberg joining us in person and alum Tony Lewis joining us online via "Join Me.”
Over the past three years, the Board has been obtaining input from alums on this issue and will soon assess whether to return to at-large elections, keep or modify our current appointment system or create some sort of hybrid method. The Board will be meeting in the near future to discuss this matter. As always, notice of our meeting will be posted on the website and alums are invited to join in.
Regardless of how the Board is comprised, one fact remains — we need your input and involvement! Board members are selected for three-year terms and are expected to attend four meetings per year, with at least one of those meetings being attended in person. In addition, each director must serve on at least one committee, which has its own meeting schedule. Board members are expected to remain active throughout the year and in between meetings by constantly engaging alums and students, and working with local chapters to promote the mission of the Alumnae/i Association.
If you are not in a position to commit to being a Board director, there are plenty of other opportunities for you to become more involved. If you live in or near the Sarasota area or travel there for business, please consider presenting a “coffee talk” to students about any of your areas of expertise. Also, we are always looking for alums across the county to provide internship or mentoring opportunities.
Finally, our local chapter activities are put on by our alums, with differing levels of support from the alumnae/i office. Chapter events can be as informal as a day in the park or a pot luck, to a happy hour or a catered affair. If you would like to help get your fellow alums together for some fellowship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We also need alums across the country to reach out to new alums to your area, and be a point of contact.
Many thanks to Olga Ronay for hosting the annual New College gathering at High Cove this year from Oct. 10-12 and to Carmela French and the team of alums who continue to organize monthly gatherings at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Since my last “Report from the Chair,” the Board elected Chad Bickerton to serve as our treasurer. And, sadly, at our November meeting Thomas Knight tendered his resignation. Thomas had been a member of our Board since 2012 and served on the Special Events committee and also as chair-elect. Thomas brought considerable and thoughtful input to the Board and we will all greatly miss working with him and his great personality. We thank him for his service and wish him the best in his new career as a professor at the University of Florida.
Reunion weekend was a whirlwind of activity and a great success! More than 315 alums and guests attended a variety of events over the course of the weekend which included the celebration of the 50th anniversary of New College’s Charter Class. What an exciting mark for our alum family! I want to extend a special thank you to Charter Classes Reunion Chair Kathleen Raskin ‘64 and her husband, Stephen Raskin, for hosting a welcome reception for the Charter Classes at her home and also co-chairing the Clambake Committee. I also want to share special thanks to John ‘64 and Kitty Cranor for hosting the Charter Classes farewell brunch at their home.
To best serve our alum community and in response to your responses to our last survey, the Board is considering whether to continue to hold major reunions every year, or host them less frequently, with smaller events being held on interceding years. We are also considering whether to organize reunions around groups of entering years, AOC, professional affinity or other factors. We will be sending out a survey on this soon. Please be on the lookout for it and make certain to respond.
Our next meeting will occur on Friday, March 6, 2015. Our late spring meeting will occur in conjunction with commencement on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Other upcoming events that may be of interest to alums:
As always, if you feel there is any matter the NCAA needs to address, please feel free to contact me or any other board member. A listing of board directors is located at www.ncf.edu/board-of-directors.