Contact the ALC at alc@dartmouth.edu

Alumni Liaison Committee


Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu (Chair) Jennifer Avellino ’89 Pete Bleyler ’61 Zack Chestnut ’08
Cuong Do ’88, ’89Tu Sue Finegan ’85 Michelle Fortier ’94, ’95Th Lynne Gaudet ’81 (Secretary)
Gray Horan ’82 Robert Leathern ’97 Gary Love ’76 Lou Spelios ’95
Jack Steinberg ’88


To support and advance the Alumni Council’s mission to sustain a fully informed, representative, and engaged exchange of information and sentiment between alumni and their College. Collect and synthesize alumni sentiment and communications to share with multiple College audiences and alumni.

Alumni Liaison Committee 2013–14 Report to Dartmouth College Board of Trustees  |   Appendix

Report from the 208th Alumni Council, May 15–17, 2014

The Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) met in Hanover twice during the 208th Alumni Council meeting. Its first meeting was held on Thursday, May 15. Committee chair Marty Lempres ’84 opened the meeting. Committee members discussed feedback received from alumni through their alumni councilors to date and email volumes by category. Next on the agenda was a discussion about the format and timeline for the production of the 2013-14 annual report, which will be shared with the Board of Trustees and posted online for all alumni. It was decided that, in addition to the annual report, the committee will also provide the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee, with short quarterly reports throughout the year. President-Elect Lou Spelios ’95 reported the findings of the social media working group. Vice President for Alumni Relations Martha Beattie ’76 provided an update on the Moosilauke Forum, which is a research panel composed of approximately 2500 alumni who will participate in monthly surveys on a wide variety of topics. The first survey will be conducted in the summer. The committee concluded the meeting with a review of the agenda for their next meeting which would take place on Saturday morning with President Hanlon and trustee Bill Burgess ’81.

The second meeting was held on May 17, with trustee Bill Burgess ’81 and President Hanlon. Alumni Council president Mark Davis ’81 ’86Tu provided a recap of the 208th Alumni Council meeting. The committee discussed the April Summit and the work of the Presidential Steering Committee on Moving Dartmouth Forward. They noted that councilors were pleased to have the opportunity to participate in breakout discussion groups the day before to discuss the issues being addressed by the Presidential Steering Committee and to provide the committee with their feedback and recommendations. A discussion followed about some of the feedback that resulted from the breakout groups. The committee discussed additional potential actions that councilors could take to support the work of the Presidential Steering Committee (for example, hold conference calls with the executive committees of their constituencies to gather more alumni feedback). The meeting concluded with a discussion pertaining to high risk student behavior on campus.

Report from the 207th Alumni Council, October 24–26, 2013

The Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) met in Hanover twice during Alumni Council. The first meeting was held on Thursday, October 24. Committee chair Marty Lempres ’84 opened the meeting. John “J.B.” Daukas ’84 reported that the Association of Alumni (AOA) Executive Committee has approved a constitutional amendment that will address uncontested trustee and AOA elections. This will be put forth for an alumni vote. Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu, reported that the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion completed its final report and delivered it to President Philip Hanlon ’77. The 2012-13 annual report of the ALC was shared with the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees earlier in October and then a link to the report was emailed to all alumni and posted online. Committee members are interested in additional ways to communicate and collect feedback, and hope to collaborate with the Office of Alumni Relations on a potential alumni survey.

The committee met again on Saturday, October 26, with President Hanlon, trustees Steve Mandel ’78 (chair), Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu, and Emily P. Bakemeier ’82, vice president for Alumni Relations Martha Beattie ’76, and senior vice president for Advancement Bob Lasher ’88. Mark Davis provided an update of the Alumni Council meeting to date and the final report on the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, to be presented to the council later that morning. J.B. Daukas briefed the president and the trustees on the proposed AOA constitutional amendment. Committee members reported on alumni feedback they have received in the Alumni Council year and discussed communication goals.

Report from the 206th Alumni Council, May 16–18, 2013

The Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) met in Hanover twice during the 206th Alumni Council meeting. Its first meeting was held on Thursday, May 14. Committee chair Danielle Dyer ’81, ’89Tu opened the meeting. Committee members discussed feedback received from alumni through their alumni councilors to date. The committee discussed recent events that had taken place on campus, including the student protests during the Dimensions program and the cancellation of classes and programming that took place for the Dartmouth community one day later that week. Next on the agenda was a discussion about the format and timeline for the production of the 2012-13 annual report, which will be shared with the Board of Trustees and posted online for all alumni. Vice President for Alumni Relations Martha Beattie ’76 reported that the Alumni Relations Office recently conducted a satisfaction survey among Dartmouth volunteers. She would like to collaborate with the ALC on the questions and substance of a future alumni survey. Marty Lempres ’84 will chair the ALC next year.

The second meeting was held on May 16, with trustee Annette Gordon-Reed ’81 and acting senior vice president for advancement Ann Root Keith. Marty Lempres provided a recap of the 206th Alumni Council meeting. A discussion about the recent events on campus followed. The next topic of discussion was led by John “J.B.” Daukas ’84, president of the Association of Alumni (AoA). J.B. reported that the Association of Alumni Executive Committee is considering proposing an amendment to the AoA constitution that would require a trustee election only when it is contested. The final topic of discussion was the transition to Phil Hanlon’s presidency.

Report from the 205th Alumni Council, Nov 1–3, 2012

The committee met twice during the Alumni Council Weekend. On November 1, the agenda included alumni leadership reports from Marty Lempres ’84, president of the Alumni Council, and John “J.B.” Daukas ’84, president of the Association of Alumni. Additional agenda items included alumni feedback received to date, the identification of important alumni topics, the timeline and format for the 2012-13 annual report, and a discussion about action items received. On November 3, the committee met with president Carol Folt, Board of Trustees chair Steve Mandel ’78, vice president for Alumni Relations Martha Beattie ’76, senior vice president and senior advisor to the president David Spalding ’76, and chief operating officer and interim senior vice president for advancement Ann Root Keith. Topics discussed included a recap of the 205th Alumni Council meeting, feedback received from alumni, the 2013 Association of Alumni and alumni-nominated trustee elections, and the strategic planning process (focusing on the Alumni Engagement Working Group).

Report from the 204th Alumni Council, May 19–20, 2012

The committee met twice during Alumni Council Weekend. On May 17, members met to discuss the meeting they had with the board of trustees’ Advancement Committee on March 1 in Hanover; the format and production timeline for the 2011–12 Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) annual report; and the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the three alumni-nominated vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The committee met with Trustees Bill Helman ’80, Steve Mandel ’78, and Mort Kondracke ’65 on May 19. Topics discussed included a recap of the meeting the ALC had with the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee on March 1, an update on the 204th Alumni Council meeting, the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the three alumni-nominated vacancies on the board of trustees, and the 2011–12 ALC annual report. Danielle Dyer ’81, ’89Tu, will chair the committee in 2012–13. Zach Chestnut ’08 will join the committee next year as the at-large representative from the alumni body. Cuong Do ’88, ’89Tu, was elected by the Alumni Council to join the committee.

Report from the 203nd Alumni Council, December 1–3, 2011

The committee met twice during the Alumni Council Weekend. On December 1, the agenda included alumni leadership reports from Danielle Dyer ’81, ’89Tu, president of the Alumni Council, and John “J.B.” Daukas ’84, president of the Association of Alumni. Additional agenda items included alumni feedback received to date, the identification of important alumni topics, the timeline and format for the 2011-12 annual report, and a discussion about action items received. On December 3, the committee met with Trustees Brad Evans ’64 and Annette Gordon-Reed ’81. Topics discussed included a recap of the 203rd Alumni Council meeting, feedback received from alumni, the 2012 Association of Alumni and alumni-nominated trustee elections, and current events on campus.

Report from the 202nd Alumni Council, May 19–21, 2011

The committee met twice during Alumni Council Weekend. On May 19, members met to discuss the meeting they had with the board of trustees’ Alumni Relations Committee on April 7 in Hanover; the format and production timeline for the 2010–11 Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) annual report; and the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the two alumni-nominated vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The committee met with President Kim and trustees Bill Helman ’80 and Peggy Tanner ’79 on May 21. Topics discussed included a recap of the meeting the ALC had with the board of trustees’ Alumni Relations Committee on April 7 (including some discussion about recent College webcasts), an update on the 202nd Alumni Council meeting, the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the two alumni-nominated vacancies on the board of trustees, and the 2010–2011 ALC annual report. Tom Peisch ’70 will chair the committee in 2011–12.

Report from the 201st  Alumni Council, December 2–4, 2010 

The committee met twice during the Alumni Council Weekend. On December 2, the agenda included alumni leadership reports from Tom Peisch ’70, president of the Alumni Council, and John Mathias ’69, president of the Association of Alumni. Additional agenda items included alumni feedback received to date; the identification of important alumni topics; the timeline and format for the 2010-11 annual report; and a discussion about action items received. On December 4, the committee met with President Jim Yong Kim and trustees Brad Evans ’64 and Sherri Oberg ’82 ’86Tu. Topics discussed included a recap of the 201st Alumni Council meeting, feedback received from alumni, the 2011 Association of Alumni and alumni-nominated trustee elections, and current events on campus.

Report from the 200th Alumni Council, May 20–22,  2010

The committee met twice during Alumni Council Weekend. On May 20 they met to discuss alumni feedback received since last fall; the format and production timeline for the 2009–10 Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC) annual report; and the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the two alumni-nominated vacancies on the board of trustees. The committee met with trustees Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu, and Al Mulley ’70 on May 22. Topics discussed included recent alumni feedback received by the committee; the final report of the Alumni Council Ad Hoc Committee to Support Greek Letter Organizations; the recent elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee and the two alumni-nominated vacancies on the Board of Trustees, and the 2009-10 ALC annual report. Janine Avner ’80 will chair the committee in 2010-11.

Report from the 199th Alumni Council, December 3–5, 2009

The committee met twice. On December 3, the committee discussed alumni feedback received during the summer and fall; additional ways to gather alumni sentiment; hot topics among alumni; and the wide variety of suggestions and questions that have been submitted to the committee. The production timeline and format for the ALC's 2010–11 annual report, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees, was also addressed. On December 4, the committee met with President Jim Yong Kim and trustee Sherri Oberg '82,  '86Tu. Discussion included areas of alumni interest identified through recent alumni feedback received by the committee; a recap of the 199th Alumni Council meeting; the 2010 trustee election; the work of the council's Ad Hoc Committee to Support Greek Letter Organizations; and the college budget.

Report from the 198th Alumni Council, May 14–16, 2009 

The committee met twice.On May 14, the committee discussed alumni feedback received to date, the approval of the proposed Association of Alumni constitutional amendment as a result of the recent AOA election, "action items" that have been submitted to the committee by alumni, and the format for the 2009–10 annual report, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees. The committee met with President James Wright and trustees Ed Haldeman '70 (chair) and Jose Fernandez '77on May 16. Subjects discussed included topics of alumni interest identified through recent alumni feedback received by the committee; results and impact of the Association of Alumni election (approval of the proposed constitutional amendment), and plans for the 2009–2010 annual report.  John Ferries '59, '60Tu was the member of the Association of Alumni elected by the Alumni Council to serve on the Alumni Liaison Committee from 2009 to 2012.  Susan Hess '81 was the councilor elected by the Alumni Council to serve on the Alumni Liaison Committee from 2009 to 2012.

Report from the 197th Alumni Council, December 4–6, 2008

The committee met twice. On December 4, we met to discuss alumni feedback received during the fall; the format and production timeline for the 2008–09 ALC annual report; and the presentation the committee would make to the entire Alumni Council on December 6. The committee met with trustees Ed Haldeman ’70 (chair), Jose Fernandez ’77, and Al Mulley ’70 on December 6. Topics discussed included recent alumni feedback received by the committee; the presidential search; the Alumni Council Ad Hoc Committee to Support Greek Letter Organizations; and the College budget.