Message from the Chair
Greetings friends and fellow alumnae/i!
The New College Board of Directors held its third regular meeting on March 6, 2015. Most of our discussion centered on the move from appointments back to a hybrid election/appointment selection process. Since the change to appointments was made three years ago, the Board has been obtaining input from alums and the final survey results supported some sort of hybrid method.
For this final cycle of appointments, we had an outstanding response from alums. When the application deadline of April 1 passed, we had received 14 total applications, including two current board members who are eligible for reappointment, for the six upcoming vacancies.
Between now and May 22, the vetting subcommittee of the Governance Committee will be interviewing the applicants and assessing the applications in preparation for the Board vote on May 22. The vetting subcommittee is comprised of Maia Hinkle ‘05 [Governance committee chair], Chad Bickerton ‘05 [current board member], Mike Burton ’86 [prior board member], Ginger Lyon ’70 [prior board member] and Raymonda Burgman ’91 [prior board member].
The Statements of Intent from all applicants will soon be posted on the website. We encourage comments from alums regarding the applicants. Comments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be forwarded to the vetting subcommittee.
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. All board members are expected to be strong fundraising advocates and contribute to New College according to their means.
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. We are always looking for alums across the county who can provide internship or mentoring opportunities.
Finally, our local chapter activities are put on by our alums with varied levels of support from the alumnae/i office. Chapter events can be as informal as day in the park or a pot luck, to a happy hour or a catered affair. To learn more about our chapters, visit our site here: ncf.edu/chapters. If you would like to help get your fellow alums together for some fellowship, please contact email@example.com. We also need alums across the county to reach out to new alums to your area, and be a point of contact.
The other major topic of discussion at the March meeting was 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 stage reunions around groups of entering years, AOC or other factors.
In the coming years, greater focus will be placed on all events being self-supporting so as not to diminish support of our programs. As you know, the Alumnae/i Association does not charge a membership fee, yet to provide benefits to alums we maintain a permanent full-time staff of two along with student intern support.
Following the March meeting, there was a student mixer at the Center for Economic Opportunity. It was a great opportunity to meet the CEO’s Programming Coordinator Erik Wilkinson and interact with students. The creation of the CEO is something that the NCAA was involved with helping to support from its inception and we are excited about the many possibilities the college’s commitment to real-world experience holds for students and alums alike. Any alums who are able to assist with internships or other work opportunities for students should contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next few weeks, the alumnae board will again reach out to thesis students to welcome them to the alumnae/i family.
Since my last “Report from the Chair”, Shannon Duvall stepped down as vice president for Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, effective Feb, 13. Shannon is working toward a Ph.D. from Michigan State and the VP role left her no time to finish her dissertation. With the deadline for submission nearing, she needed to refocus her efforts on her dissertation. However, Shannon remains affiliated with New College as a Special Projects coordinator.
While a decision is being made regarding a permanent position, Jessica Rogers is serving as the acting vice president for Advancement and acting executive director of the New College Foundation.
Our fourth meeting of the fiscal year will occur May 22 from 2-5 p.m. in conjunction with commencement. We encourage all alums to attend our meeting.
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.