Happy New Year!
Your Alumni Association has been busy over the past year and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some significant changes. The Alumni Council, which governs and guides the Alumni Association, decided a modification in the direction of the Association was needed based on results from a strategic planning endeavor in 2014. Don’t be alarmed, we still have many of the same exciting events like MargaritaVERN; Homecoming and Autumn Blast; bus trips; a night out at the Ball Park; and Alumni Day at Knobles to name just a few. However, we felt it was important that you have a better understanding and awareness regarding the mission and purpose of the Alumni Association and to know that one truly exists. In addition, we want Council and the Alumni Association to be more relevant now and in the future of Alvernia University
Highlights of the past year include:
- Crafted new by-laws for the Alumni Association which were approved by Dr. Flynn and the Board of Trustees.
- Elected Officers from within the Council and set terms for each position. Protocol for succession of leadership was also established.
- Defined, presented, and accepted Council responsibilities and expectations.
- Implemented a three-year plan, which was approved by Council, Dr. Flynn and Board of Trustees.
- Created “active” committees designed to fulfill the three-year plan: Admissions, Career Development, Student & Alumni Engagement, Affinity Relationships, Advancement, and Nominations/Awards
These committees allow for greater outreach to the entire alumni base. Each committee is chaired by a member(s) of the Alumni Council and comprised of members are from Council and interested alumni. I encourage you to become active and serve on one of the committees. It is an ideal way of reconnecting with your University, having a voice and making a difference. If you don’t live local, you can still be involved. Several of our committee members live out of the area and participate via teleconference.
Within the past six months, we have raised the performance and visibility of the Alumni Council by making the role of Council more meaningful, engaging, and rewarding. It is becoming a more respected voice with in the Alvernia community. Our President, Dr Flynn and several Board of Trustees have commented about the excitement stemming from the “rejuvenated” Alumni Council. Our next step is to raise the awareness of the Alumni Association and that’s where you can help.
We don’t expect to accomplish change in a vacuum. It is important we want to hear from you. Send us your suggestions on how we can make your Alumni Association, a stronger, more engaged and effective organization. Please feel free to contact us through Julie Nolan, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations (610-796-8212 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Also I ask you to visit our newly redesigned website – www.alumni.alvernia.edu and like us on Facebook at Alvernia Alumni, Twitter and Linkedin.
Before I close, I want to challenge you to stay connected. Come back to campus and attend the many events offered to alumni. Or just stop by for visit at the Alumni House. If you don’t live locally, get involved in one of our regional alumni chapters, and if there isn’t one in your area, consider creating one.
Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve as Chair of your Alumni Association. I’m excited about our future, and what it holds for us as we partner to strengthen and grow our Alumni Association.
Martin J. Korecky, ’96, M’05
Chairperson, Alvernia University Alumni Council
Alvernia University Adjunct Faculty