Message from the Chair
The New College Alumnae/i Association met Oct. 17, 2015, at the Sudakoff Center near the Center of the Universe.
This year the NCAA Board is moving to a selection process where the majority of open board positions will be filled through an election. On or before Jan. 15, 2016, the Board will decide and announce how many seats will be open for the election. The balloting will begin on March 7 and close on March 31. On April 7, the results of the election will be announced.
Governance will review the Bylaws and Charter once a year. Any recommended changes will be brought to the Board at its May meeting.
The Board held a discussion of best practices for communication which are compliant with Florida Sunshine Law. We discussed the role of governance in dealing with issues between Board members and with concerns with how the Board is operating.
Colin Boyle reported on the Giving Challenge. It was a successful year but until the matches are announced we won’t know how much was raised in total. It will be over $56,000 and the match could be as high as $21,000. It is not known at this time whether the Giving Challenge will be held next year or, if so, when.
Revisions to the college website are underway and moving along as planned.
The Board discussed the reduced reunion. There were only 13 registrations and 5 of those were Board members in town for the meeting. Announcements for reunion began in April in the Spring Nimbus. Following that announcements were posted in Nimb.e, social media, and via email. Despite these efforts, based on responses received, we are reexamining how best to reach alumnae/i.
We will continue the discussion of how often reunions should be held and the timing of reunions. The Board will study the communications from concerned alumnae/i before the next major alum event.
The Board is going to issue a planning statement to the Alumnae/i community and requests feedback and comments regarding reunions. We discussed making Family Weekend and Commencement weekend Alumnae/i weekends. Final decisions on frequency and timing of reunions and whether Family Weekend will be an Alumnae/i weekend were deferred until after the statement is published and comments are received.
The Board decided that Commencement weekend will be an Alumnae/i weekend. Alums have always been welcome at commencement, and we would like to make sure that is known to the community.
The board invited the Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) and three current students who recently returned from Washington D.C., on a career exploration trip to speak at the meeting. The students shared their experiences with the board. Kim Franklin, director of Career Services, discussed the plans for more such trips.
We received a report from the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) that included efforts to make the campus gender neutral and NCSA funding for on campus psychiatry services. The NCSA liaison told us that four committees, with substantial student participation, have been formed to implement the College’s Task Force findings.