Christina McGinley '10M, chair, Strategic Planning Committee
Meg Patten '06, chair, Volunteer Talent Development Committee
Awards and Honors Committee will help raise the visibility of alumni, identify and vet potential awardees and honorees, plan and execute an annual awards process, and seek involvement as future volunteers. These awards and honors should largely seek to honor alumni but may include students and others whose contributions meet the award criteria.
Event Outreach Committee will raise awareness and boost attendance for key events, activating AUAA to become more actively engaged at signature events (Celebrate! The Joy of Giving, the University’s annual scholarship dinner, an annual Volunteer Awards event, a recognition vehicle to showcase and celebrate the important work of volunteers, and UKnightedTuesday, where global event hosts, ambassadors, matching gift or giving challenge recruiters, and fundraising captains play a strategic and important role in successful outcomes). Events should be multifaceted, dynamic, opportunities for networking, and aligned with overarching goals.
Professional Development and Mentorship Committee will create student clusters for alumni-led mentoring and professional development sessions that culminate in resumé workshops, practice interviews, readiness coaching and job counsel. Through a robust network created with support from the Volunteer Talent Development Committee and the Arcadia Alumni Business Network as well as a partnership with the Office of Career Education, Arcadia alumni will seek to develop strong student ties to alumni networks before graduation and develop job readiness skills through internships.
Recruitment Committee will work to support increasing the University’s yield through a series of hosted events, digital engagement, personal interviews, and other activities, designed to positively influence prospective student decision making. Guided by the goals set by the Office of Enrollment Management, successful outcomes will be reflected when Arcadia meets recruitment targets. This is a pillar focused committee.
Retention Committee will work to help maintain enrollment levels through the development of a demonstrated culture of alumni caring, providing avenues for meaningful student-alumni interactions that are designed in partnership and collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs. Creating meaningful outlets for students and helping to create equitable student experiences, the work will support the efforts of the Recent Graduate Trustees to increase emergency student funding, reduce food insecurity by raising awareness for Knights for Nutrition, elevating cultural competence for the benefit of key student groups, and serving as positive agents in university traditions to enhance the overall student experience.
Volunteer Talent Development Committee will build our bench strength and work to create a robust pipeline of alumni to be engaged across many facets of AUAA, develop a structure for volunteer recognition and appreciation, support, and monitor onboarding and orientation, training, evaluation of service, dismissal, and off-boarding or end-of-service for volunteer leadership and supportive roles. This committee will help to determine likely synergies across committees.
Philanthropy Committee will work in partnership with University Advancement to support the education of alumni populations on the compound power of giving. Leading by example, committee members will not only share their own motivation for giving but also work to inspire others to similar action with a focus on raising the alumni participation rate of giving. Committee members can work to encourage graduating seniors to work together to represent their class philanthropically, reinvigorate reunion focused support, acknowledge and celebrate gifts from alumni, focus attention on stewardship, encourage feelings of pride for donor support, and provide key leadership for UKnightedTuesday efforts.
Affinity Group Leadership
Arcadia Alumni Business Network: Nathan Hayward'06, '09MBA