Hello Fellow Alumni,
I love hearing about what our fellow alumni are up to all over the globe. With Homecoming just around the corner, I invite you to come back to campus, reconnect with classmates and others, and come to the Homecoming Convocation and Alumni Awards Ceremony to meet some of our amazing alumni award recipients and hear how they are blazing new trails in their own unique ways in so many parts of the world. You won’t want to miss this opportunity.
This past April, our Alumni Association Board (AAB) had our annual forum at the college. Some of the highlights of this year’s forum included selecting recipients for alumni awards, discussing results of the alumni engagement survey distributed, approving the launch of a new pilot class agent program, and awarding scholarships to student leaders at CC.
We heard from many of you (more than 900!) in your responses to the alumni engagement survey at the end of 2015. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. Here are some of the key results:
More than 60 percent of survey respondents indicated they are interested in a book club, so we are partnering with the Office of Alumni Relations to pilot an online reading group that focuses on CC alumni authors. Be on the lookout for details coming soon!
More than 52 percent of respondents indicated interest in more social and informal gatherings, such as monthly happy hours. We have been piloting Meetup groups in Colorado Springs and Denver, and expect to expand to other cities that have a large CC alumni population.
Almost 200 alumni indicated they are interested in volunteering, which includes a wide range of opportunities, from being a regional ambassador to helping set up an alumni event. We’re reaching out to these alumni to connect them with volunteering opportunities, and we invite you to connect and volunteer as well.
We’re very excited about the new class agent program that is now being piloted with selected classes. We expect this program will make a difference in alumni participation in annual giving to CC, which has been the lowest of our peer institutions, despite surveys and anecdotal evidence showing that our alumni have strong, positive feelings about the college. This low level of participation can create the perception that alumni do not hold the college in high regard, which can negatively impact CC’s standing and ability to attract top students and faculty. I encourage all alumni to help resolve this issue and contribute annually to CC’s continued success in accordance with their means. You can do so easily online at www.coloradocollege.edu/giving
As we do every two years, AAB solicited nominations from alumni at large and all segments of the college community for elected alumni trustee and young alumni trustee (an appointed position). Thank you for your participation in the process! Our new young alumni trustee is Martha Wolday ’14, and our new elected alumni trustee is Kishen Mangat ’96. Both new trustees jumped right in at the June board meeting and are already making an impact on the board.
Next year, we’ll be looking for new AAB members. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have someone you’d like to nominate, including yourself.
I hope to see you at Homecoming. Thank you again for your engagement with CC and for the difference you make in the world.