UAA Alumni Relations Task Force & Implementation Committee
Great universities have great alumni bodies who support their university in multiple ways. Realizing that UAA has the opportunity to strengthen lifelong relationships with its growing alumni body (43,000 and counting!), Chancellor Tom Case created a task force to help advise him on the issue. The goal? Develop recommendations and a plan of implementation to achieve increased alumni participation and support for UAA. Chancellor Case has requested a report from the task force in May 2012. They plan to answer questions like:
Who is on the UAA Alumni Task Force?
By invitation of Chancellor Tom Case, the task force of 15, 10 of whom are UAA alums, includes active community members and UAA leaders. They are:
Chair: Eric Wohlforth, LL.D. ’09, M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies ‘11
Ryan Buchholdt, B.B.A. ‘12
Bruce Bustamante, B.B.A. ‘99
Heather Cavanaugh, M.B.A. ‘08
Cathleen Hahn, B.B.A. ‘85
Jim Hemsath, M.S. Engineering Management ‘01
Thomas Jantunen, B.B.A. ‘04
Jeff Oliver, M.F.A. ‘09
Dave Rand, M.B.A. ‘00
Frank von Hippel
Dr. Norm Wilder, M.B.A. ‘02
Why do we need increased alumni participation and support?
Engaged alumni are key to the long-term success and growth of a university. They are the “fourth endowment” of a strong university, after the financial endowment (monetary resources), the physical endowment (facilities) and the intellectual endowment (the brain trust of faculty and staff). UAA is ready to strengthen our alumni relationships and the task force will provide key recommendations that can be implemented over the next 3-5 years to make this happen.
What does increased alumni participation look like? Alumni can help advocate for their alma mater. They can partner to help recruit and nurture prospective students. They can lend important advice and counsel as community and business leaders. They can increase financial support for UAA through their giving. And they can pave the way for students’ future careers through mentoring and developing internships.
Who will benefit from engaged UAA Alums?
Quite simply, everyone. Alaska is home to 65 percent of our graduates. With proud Seawolves in every career across Alaska, UAA alumni are changing the world around us. UAA is proud of its graduates and our graduates are proud of UAA. Increased alumni support and involvement will decidedly move UAA from good to great.