October 20-22, 2016
Committee Chair Melanie Pastuck ’11 welcome the members and called the group to order.
Assistant Director for Class Activities and Committee Secretary Nicole Losavio reviewed the Class2Class Program survey results. Nicole noted that 185 members of the classes of ’07 and ’17 participated in the program this summer. Nicole noted common themes among responses such as participants enjoying the events, the opportunity to meet with a current student or alumnus/alumna, and sharing their Dartmouth experiences with one another. Areas for improvement include providing some structure, managing program expectations, and sharing the importance of meeting with your mentor/mentee during the program.
Alumni Council President Russell Wolff ’89 Tu’94 and President-Elect Jack Steinberg ’88 spoke to committee members about Council communication efforts and encouraged the committee to provide feedback on social media and new media efforts.
Members of the Admissions Ambassador Program staff, Director Meg Lysy ’99, Assistant Director Jenn Calver, and Program Intern Adoley Swaniker ’19 shared news of the Young Alumni Admissions Ambassador Challenge to recruit interviewers noting that young alumni can often provide the best perspective of what Dartmouth is like today. The Committee was asked to help promote the challenge to their classmates. Winners of the challenge will win funding for upcoming mini-reunions. Adoley shared the important role that her interviewer played in her decision to attend Dartmouth.
Alumni Service Committee Chair Monica Higgins ’86, Tu’90, and Vice-Chair Barbara Rollins ’84 spoke with the Committee about ways in which to involve young alumni with the Alumni Day of Service. Higgins also noted that while the Alumni Day of Service is integral to the Alumni Service Committee’s purpose, they also seek to engage alumni in various initiatives within their communities. Discussion of the Alumni Day of Service marketing plan included suggestions such as working with Women of Dartmouth in key regions, club young alumni chairs, and possible outreach to on-campus organizations such as SEAD and DREAM. The committee suggested reaching out to young alumni in the non-profit sector to encourage them to organize a project with their organization. The final suggestion was to reach out to alumni who affiliated with a Greek organization while at Dartmouth. Most Greek organizations offer philanthropic opportunities for their members to engage with the community and their alumni may be interested in spearheading projects or becoming involved.
The conversation continued with Chair Melanie Pastuck ’11 and Vice-Chair Amber Bryant ’12 asking the group for feedback regarding ways to provide support for young alumni interested in organizing service opportunities through grant funding. These grants would empower young alumni to develop and implement programming in smaller cities.