May 12–14, 2016

Committee chair Jack Steinberg ’88 introduced Justin Anderson, vice president for communications, for his presentation. Justin discussed his recent work with Trustee Laurel Richie on creating a framework to use as a guide when talking about Dartmouth. This exercise in defining Dartmouth's identity and distinctiveness is a work in progress that will inform all communications from the College. This new framework highlights what sets Dartmouth apart from its peers, whether it is about Dartmouth’s history and timeless values or its innovating and global spirit.

Olivier Gilloux, assistant director for alumni leadership and secretary of this committee, and Judy Doherty, executive director of information management services and new media, presented an overview of the iModules communication tools available to alumni volunteers. The committee will explore this topic more in a conference call between the spring and fall meetings.

Sean Plottner, editor of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, gave an update on his editorial role at the magazine. Drawing on examples from recent issues of the magazine, including the “Why does Dartmouth cost so much?” from the May/June 2015 issue, Sean talked about the importance of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine keeping a journalistic and independent approach. Sean also shared some very positive metrics on a recent survey about the magazine.

The committee elected Alec Casey ’88 to serve as vice chair for 2016-2017. Cheryl Abbott '96 will be chairing the committee.