Administration Alumni Relations Annual Report Our Mission/Purpose The Alumni Association’s mission statement is as follows: The Alumni Association of Nebraska Methodist College, in partnership with the College, is wholeheartedly committed to the work and constituents of the College: past, present, and future. The role of the Director of Alumni Relations is to serve as a liaison between the Alumni Association and the College and to plan and facilitate this mission. About Us • The purpose of the Director of Alumni Relations is to provide leadership for the Alumni Association and the College in building and maintaining relationships and connectivity between members of the Association and the College; collaborate with the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation in fundraising for the Association; provide leadership for strategic planning and continuous improvement for the Alumni Association; and cultivate and mentor volunteers to meet the objectives and goals of the Association. • There are currently 6,081 alumni in the alumni database – including living, deceased and honorary alumni. • Alumni reside in all 50 states and in Canada. • Numerous events were offered throughout the course of the year and will be addressed in detail. Our current faculty/staff include: Name Job title FTE Credentials 2008 status Awards/ Achievements Denise Carlson Director of FTE MS, LMHP Honored by Sigma Theta Tau as a Alumni Friend of Nursing during the Relations October induction ceremony. Student Support Results Alumni Recognition Awards ($300) 4 awards were presented at each of the three support new graduates as well as to commencement ceremonies for a total of $3,600. provide visibility of the Alumni Association at each commencement ceremony. ACE Celebration and the Sigma Theta Assist in the planning of the ACE celebration and Tau Induction Ceremony provide punch for both receptions. Student Support to build relationships Provided candy and chips during finals week in with our future alums. December and May. Promote Alumni Association Presence at Graduation Breakfasts, Honors Night and Sigma Theta Tau Inductions. Director speaks with soon-to-be grads prior to graduation. Director participated in the new student orientation Habitat for Humanity project. Nursing a Global Society Class Collaborate each semester with nursing faculty by securing guest speakers for classes. Financial Status Results The Alumni Association had two Although attendance decreased at the reunion annual major fund-raising events, the events, the proceeds from the Silent Auction Silent Auction and Golf Tournament. increased. $10,000 was pledged to the College to be used at the discretion of the College president. Methodist Hospital makes an annual Based upon the number of correct addresses at the donation to the Association based on time of request, the Hospital again supported us. the number of reachable alums. The Methodist Hospital Foundation $10,000 was available for 2008. The Association did holds the Alumni Development not request these funds. Endowment. The interest is available to the Association upon request. 2008-2009 Goal Reflection 2008-2009 Goals Progress/Outcomes Reformat and update alumni database. The reformatting remains in progress. (Internal Processes) Information updates were made on 592 alumni records. Through internet searches, 87 Nebraska alums with bad addresses were located. Enhance electronic communication with alumni. E-mail addresses were obtained with each (External Processes) phone or e-mail communication as well as alumni events. Promotion of the $50 gift card drawing for sending updates doubled the average amount of updates received. To accommodate new e-mail addresses, two new distribution lists were added for a total of five. E-mails were sent to the distribution lists on a regular basis. The website was kept current with upcoming events as well as post-event coverage and meeting minutes. Alums were directed to the College/Alumni website for additional info and to view photos Increased communication with alumni via facebook. Increase attendance at Alumni Association Attendance at the Reunion events decreased: meetings and events. BBQ decreased from 187 to 147 and Banquet (External processes) from 188 to 115. The economy, specifically high gas prices, was often given as a reason for not attending. Golf tournament participants increased from 126 to 142. To appeal to alums from all decades, the “Banquet” has been changed to “Reunion Dinner." Association meeting attendance averaged 15. First annual volleyball tournament was successful in bringing together alumni, students and College personnel with 109 participants. Maintain level of Caring Campaign employee Maintained the 100% employee participation contributions and increase percentage of alumni for the third consecutive year. giving The alumni percentage of giving increased from 9.94% in 2007 to 10.77% for 2008. 1,005 gifts were received from 453 alums There were 98 first-time donors. The Class of 2008 had a 24.10% rate of giving. The Class of 1958 had an 81.82% rate of giving in honor of their 50-year reunion. 40 additional bricks were purchased in 2008 by alums and honorary alumni. Angel Tree donations from the Christmas Coffee were earmarked for the Student Crisis Fund. Memorials to the MHF in 2008 totaled $600. 2009-2010 Goals Strategic Plan Goals 1. Continue exploring options for electronic archival displays. 2. The Class of 2009 to meet or exceed the 24.10% of giving by the Class of 2008. Increase 2009 overall percentage of alumni giving from a minimum of 1% to 11.77%. Highlights The cohesiveness of alumni is apparent and continues to ensure the future success of our Association. Active alums are very welcoming to new attendees. Although attendance decreased at reunion events, meeting attendance is stronger than ever with an average attendance of 15 for the year of 2008. (For comparison, attendance averaged 4-5 five years ago.) The first volleyball tournament was very successful with 109 participants and will be an annual alumni event. 100% College participation in the annual Caring Campaign for the 3rd consecutive year! Overall Alumni giving increased nearly 1% from 2007 to 10.77%. The class of 2008’s percentage of giving was 24.10%. In honor of their 50-year reunion, the class of 1958 had an 81.82% rate of giving. Alumni Events/Projects 2008 Alumni Weekend – May 30th and 31st • Educational Offering – was presented by Sarah Shomshor, MSN ’06 and attended by approximately 65. Her presentation focused on her research regarding comfort touch. • 50 Year Luncheon – was attended by 22 of the 32 surviving members of the Class of 1958. • BBQ –Catered by Texas Roadhouse. BBQ attendance decreased from 187 to 147. • Banquet – Held at Holiday Inn Central. Attendance decreased from 188 in 2007 to 115. • Silent Auction –Began on Friday morning and bidding continued through the evening BBQ. The items were then packed and moved to the Holiday Inn. Bidding closed at 6:30. Profits increased to $2,606 from $2,583 in 2006. Golf Tournament – June 6th - Golf registrations increased to 142 from 126 in 2007. The tourney was held at Miracle Hill Golf Course. 1st Annual Volleyball Tournament – September 6th – Held at The Digz. Students, alumni, College personnel along with family and friends participated. (109) Vala’s Pumpkin Patch – October 7, 2008. – Attended by over 100 alums, students, and College employees and their children. The Association provided hot dogs, chips, s’ mores, soda and juice boxes at the reserved bonfire site. Mall of America Trip – October 9-11. – Nine participants, including two 2007 grads traveled to Minneapolis. Three Minnesota alums met us for dinner. Christmas Coffee – December 6, 2008 – This event draws alums who do not attend other events or meetings throughout the year. Fifty eight alums attended. Invitations were sent to the December graduates and two attended. Angel Tree donations supported the Student Crisis Fund. Monthly Old Chicago informal gatherings – Held the second Thursday of each month. Attendance decreased to an average of 4-5 from the numbers that attended in 2007. Community Blanket Project – alums met on two occasions to complete tied fleece blankets. Eleven alums participated in the Cafeteria Classroom on November 12th and eight on November 17th at Legends Bar and Grille. Six of these alums had not previously participated in/attended alumni events.
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