SU ALUMNI RELATIONS
FY 2005 ANNUAL REPORT
Sara Wolff Lewis ‘98
President, SU Alumni Association
Jason E. Curtin ‘98
Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Homecoming/Reunion was again combined with Parents/Family weekend with the theme, “Soaring with the Sea Gulls.” The combined efforts enabled greater participation in all activities, including a large attendance at the football game. The hospitality tent offered many activities, including some for children. Class reunions were held for the “milestone” classes as well as a sorority and affinity group, faculty emeriti and retired staff enjoyed a luncheon, and alumni, faculty, staff, parents and students enjoyed the wide array of weekend events.
Two new chapters were created this fiscal year - Northern Delaware and Frederick. Both areas have a large number of alumni and thus warranted a chapter. Northern Delaware held two events, a happy hour and a minor league baseball game. Frederick followed in these events with a happy hour of their own and a minor league baseball game as well. Baltimore continues to be a model chapter and held numerous events throughout the year including hosting the Regents Cup and happy hours. Washington DC underwent a leadership change and held an event at the Capitol City Brewing Company. A new committee was formed in Annapolis to begin planning events for the upcoming year. Delmarva underwent new leadership as well and held a Christmas event as well as a happy hour. The NC Triangle Chapter is another strong chapter despite it’s limitations in the alumni population living in the area. They hold chapter planning meetings on a quarterly basis and were able to produce a picnic, baseball game and theatrical production this year. Our Philadelphia area chapter hosted the NCAA Lacrosse Championship tailgate party in May and also put together a group package to see the West Side Story at the Walnut Street Theatre. Our New York Chapter held a get together in conjunction with our student interaction bus trip in November. Other cities hosted alumni events – Palm Beach, FL, Tampa, FL and Easton, MD. New cities are being looked at for chapter expansion – Denver, Charlotte, Atlanta and Norfolk.
After receiving and reviewing a record number of applications, the scholarship committee awarded a $2,000 scholarship to an incoming freshman, with 1380 SAT’s and 4.14 GPA, English major and daughter of a ‘79 alumna.
The fifth annual ConGRADulations Celebration for graduating seniors was
held in May in the Alumni Garden, hosted by the Alumni Association and funded by
corporate sponsorship from GEICO. Door prizes were given and the President and Deans were in attendance. About 425 seniors joined the occasion.
SUpdate, a monthly e-newsletter, was resurrected and sent to all alumni via e-mail. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a domino effect providing more alumni communication with the office, updated alumni information, volunteer engagement, etc. Daily on-line communication includes event registration, updates from Alumni, finding “lost” Alumni, calendar of events, and a variety of questions. Broadcast e-mails, whether sent to all alumni online or targeted to one particular group, continued to serve as an effective and efficient communications tool. Many of our online services are driving alumni traffic to the alumni homepage, which is often among the top 20 SU Web pages accessed weekly. During an event such as Homecoming/ Reunion weekend, our home page can be among the top five out of all the thousands of SU Web pages.
The Alumni Office has worked closely with the Career Services office to unveil E-recruiting, a new career services module that will enable alumni to serve as mentors for current students, post resumes, search for jobs, etc.
The Communications committee in partnership with the Publications office produced the alumni magazine in May of 2005. The decision was made not to produce the supplemental IN TOUCH newsletters due to the lack of staffing. Instead, alumni were sent copies of SU Today, publications produced by the media relations office and sports information. The magazine again received kudos from alumni and friends alike and the committee is renewing the discussions to accept advertising.
Awards & Recognition
The Awards & Recognition Committee recognized two outstanding alumni through the Alumni Service Award and Service to Society Award. They were presented at Winter Commencement. The Faculty Recognition program, which honors one faculty member in each school with a recognition plaque, continues to be well received by the faculty. These awards were presented at Fall Convocation.
The Office of Alumni Relations entered into another agreement with Collette Vacations to establish a national and international travel program. While no trips were offered in 2005, two vacations are currently under plans for the upcoming year.
The office actively promotes the alumni discount cards, SU license plates and affinity credit card. The credit card program yields a large percentage of the operating funds needed for the office. In addition, new benefits were introduced to alumni this year. The first is a university alumni travel benefits program. Alumni can rent domestic and international vacation homes at very low costs. The second is a partnership with GEICO auto insurance. Alumni can receive discounts and for every inquiry, the association receives royalties. Two other programs were negotiated during the FY 2005, but won’t take effect until 2006. They are short term medical insurance for recent graduates and an alumni loan consolidation program.
Alumni House & Garden
The house and garden continue to be “hot spots” for both on and off campus groups. A variety of events have been held both inside the house and on the grounds in the garden. Events include the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, holiday socials, alumni gatherings, ring ceremonies, weddings, meetings, etc.
Two bus trips were taken – one to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and the other to New York City. Both trips were full. Preliminary plans were made to become more involved in campus life, including Welcome Week and the organization of the Student Alumni Council.
The alumni office continues to be good stewards of both state appropriations and private endowment funds. We finished FY 2005 with a zero balance in state funds, while seeing our endowment account grow.
AdvancementWe continue to support various Advancement division programs including SU Day at the Legislature, FUN Day, Seagull Century, SU Golf Classic, Relay for Life and Annual Fund programs. Board members and alumni volunteers put in countless hours at these events to help move SU forward