|Valued Service to Alumni
At the June 2002 annual meeting of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA), President Leland Bishop 60 reported on the RAA today, summarized activities of the past year, and outlined the RAAs focus for the upcoming year.
The RAA Today
The RAA is made up of approximately 85,000 globally networked alumni. There are 30 geographically based chapters and five professionally oriented affinity groups. The RAA is run by a board of trustees, which operates through 12 board committees. We work closely with the Office of Alumni Relations, which provides integrated support of RAA activities; the campus community, including President Jackson, faculty, staff, and students (our future alumni); as well as you, Rensselaers alumni.
With a focus on the campus community, we continue to be a high-level advisory group to President Jackson, and meet with her on a regular basis. In partnership with alumni relations, we also promote the satisfied and sustained involvement of current and future alumni by providing practical, user-friendly, and valuable services.
We have built up the RAA fund balance to nearly $1 million (FY 02 ending balance, $825,533) through sound investments and income-generating programs such as the MBNA America MasterCard, our travel program, and a new insurance program (major medical, term life, disability, auto, and home ownership). These programs not only offer services to alumni, but also benefit the RAA by providing proceeds to support our activities. This income enables us to be a strategic supporter of both campus and alumni projects.
Alumni communications are a critical part of the RAA and alumni relations operations. There are many printed materials, including Rensselaer magazine, chapter/affinity newsletters, postcards, and event invitations to keep you informed. And, increasingly, alumni are taking advantage of the immediacy of electronic communications. AlumServ, the alumni Web site (www.alumni.rpi.edu), has information that is updated daily on events, activities, and the latest career/networking programs. There are interactive discussion boards on various topics, free E-mail for Life accounts, and RenSource, your online networking database, which includes yellow pages.
A monthly e-mail newsletter provides highlights of news items of particular interest to alumni. By clicking on a particular subject, you can link to news stories and key updates about Rensselaer. The e-mail newsletter currently has more than 28,000 subscribers.
If you would like to subscribe, go to www.alumni.rpi.edu and click on Keep in Touch (you can easily opt out if it is not to your liking).
|2001-2002 Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees
Executive Committee President
Leland B. Bishop 60
Jan S. Pirrong 69
John A. Cococcia 94
AnneMarie Ferraro 90
Douglas C. Hasbrouck 57
Brian E. McManus 61
Dennis W. Powers 63
Mary K. Skevington 79
William C. Stitt 63
Jay J. Webb 61
Raymond A. Weisner 75
Charles F. Rancourt 70
Vice President Emeritus
David M. Diltz 38
Institute Trustee Designate
Cornelius J. Barton 58
David J. Bohan 82
Denise Angwin 85
William C. Blanchfield 60
Richard O. Bollam 66
Christine S. DeCarlo 87
Robert S. Forman, Jr. 61
William A. Harbour 64
Richard M. Hartt 70
Stephen W. Levy 74
Philip M. Lurie 74
Andrew M. Morrison 87
Sandeep K. Nandy 94
Shelly A. Petronis 89
Michelle A. Prego 94
Enrique Sales 85
Marc D. Schechter 75
Laura A. Somers 92
Patrick M. Swoboda 91
Graduate Student Representative
Undergraduate Student Representative
Gil Valadez 02
Red & White Representative
Cosmo D. Marfione 00
|Last Years Highlights
Development, approval, and implementation of the RAAs Strategic Plan were key activities of the RAA Board of Trustees this past year. Focusing on the alumni aspects of the Rensselaer Plan, we identified 14 specific actions for the next five years. To ensure that Strategic Plan objectives are met, a plan with metrics will be developed for each of the five years. We have also aligned the timing of our plan development with that of Institute performance and budget planning, in order to coordinate possible collaborative actions.
A major focus during the past year has been the integration of Rensselaer at Hartford alumni with the RAA. At year end, we had completed much of that task, with Hartford alumni integrated into the alumni database and now receiving Rensselaer magazine. We have one task left to complete integrating the Rensselaer at Hartford Alumni Association with the RAA Hartford alumni chapter. This is to be completed in fall 2002.
Tribute was paid to the top volunteers and chapters with the RAA Awards. This years Distinguished Service Award was presented to Alex Young 58 for his dedicated service to the RAA and the Institute. Young has been a board member and past president of the RAA, as well as a member of the Institute Board of Trustees. The Chapter of the Year Award went to Boston and the Phonathon Award to Syracuse and Westchester. Visit AlumServ at www.alumni.rpi.edu for a list of all of the awards presented over the course of the year, including the RAA Fellows Awards, Albert Fox Demers Medal, Alumni Key Award, Teaching Award, and the Rensselaer at Hartford Alumni Award.
Next Years Focus
In fiscal year 2003, while we focus on the 14 actions of our Strategic Plan, particular emphasis will be placed on:
As always, part of next years activities will be to help alumni become involved, whether it is with the RAA or in other areas that support the Institute. If you would like to become involved, an easy first step is to learn what is happening within the RAA nationally, locally in your region, and on campus. The e-mail news update service mentioned earlier is a simple way to receive monthly summaries of stories that are relevant and interesting to you.
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