Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to further the well-being of the college and its graduates by increasing interest in the college. We seek to promote and encourage close relationships among the students, faculty, administration, parents, graduates, former students and the local community by:

  • Acting as advocates for Alumni interests with the college
  • Fostering the development of local and regional chapters to promote and support the association’s and college’s activities; and
  • Fostering academic scholarship

Goals

  • Increase connections with our alumni as demonstrated by a percentage increase of alumni contacts and engagement as documented and calculated on an annual basis;
  • Increase lasting relationships with our alumni to enhance the College, demonstrated by a percentage increase in alumni donating time, talent and financial resources annually; and
  • Obtain financial solvency as demonstrated by maintaining a balanced budget with our revenue streams

Definitions

All opportunities for engaging alumni should be tracked by the Alumni Affairs Office. This will give the Alumni Association the opportunity to provide a report that contains measurable objectives/goals and real numbers that confirm how well we are doing.

The Alumni Association defines, ‘lasting relationships’ as a consistent connection to and engagement with the college. The College will benefit from alumni sharing their time, talent or treasure. Below are examples of quantifiable benefits in each area.

Time
  • Board Membership
  • Chapter chair/committee
  • Reunion chair/committee
  • Work on other College committees
  • Regular event participation
Talent
  • Alumni speaker series
  • Executive in residence
  • Providing internships
  • Mentoring students
  • Guest lecturing
  • Career placements for students or alumni
  • Lobbying for USIU or the Alumni Association
Treasure
  • Consistent annual giving
  • Major gifts in which an endowment or naming opportunity is created
  • Irrevocable trusts/wills
  • Introduction to ‘Friends of the University’ willing to make gifts
Communication Channel
  • Through the Alumni Affairs Office after the approval of the Alumni Association Executive Committee and the USIU Management Council to enhance unitary communication
  • Social media platform and the database to be managed by the Alumni Affairs Office facilitated by USIU ICT Department
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