I am a big believer in giving back and my Rollins experience gave me the foundation for my professional life. The Rollins experience is so special and unique and I hope all students get out of it what I did.
We have four goals for this academic year:
Regional chapters are the key to our long-term success. Active and engaged chapters will help the College in many ways, including student recruitment and retention, annual giving, career development and more. Without a doubt, the Central Florida chapter needs to be a model and thus far, I would say that is!
Thanks to great leadership from my predecessors, Barbara Doolittle Ray '89, Kurt Wells '95, Jim Chanin '87 and other past presidents, the foundation is set for the Association to grow like Rollins has never seen. If we can get even more support from all constituent groups on campus, the Alumni Association will be incredibly valuable to the entire Rollins experience.
Serving on the Alumni Board has given me the very privileged experience of serving our alma mater on a national level. Having participated in and hosted local events in Colorado, I felt it was a logical step to join the Board when asked in September 2004. Rollins has given me and our fellow alumni so much and inculcated in us the desire to give back and participate in the College, our local communities and the world around us. As a natural extension of this learning experience it was an easy choice to join the Alumni Board.
My goals and those of the Alumni Board for 2010-11 are largely based on beginning to implement and execute the 2010-13 Alumni Association Strategic Plan that was developed over the past two years. Through the leadership of past President Kurt Wells ’95, the Alumni Board was able to develop the Alumni Association’s purpose, guiding principles and vision, which will increase our ability to better serve Rollins. The current academic year will see the rollout of new priorities and initiatives and will be pivotal in accomplishing the Alumni Association’s strategic directives.
Regional chapters will give Rollins the infrastructure and network necessary to reach out to the alumni community on a national basis. These chapters are integral to the implementation of the broader Strategic Plan and the Alumni Association’s purpose to support and advance Rollins by keeping alumni connected for life. I look forward to each chapter, including the Rollins Club of Colorado, taking on the character of its local region and furthering its connection to Rollins.
Our Alumni Association, like Rollins itself, has a very bright future
ahead. All of the Directors who comprise the Alumni Board are very
motivated people who have a sincere love and affection for Rollins and a
devotion to see Rollins excel in the future.
Two years ago, President Duncan charged the Alumni Board with three responsibilities: help build morale among students while they are at Rollins, help them transition from college to the outside world and assist them in finding jobs, and keep them connected for life to one another and Rollins for years to come. I am completely confident that the Directors who serve on the Alumni Board are the right people to deliver on this mandate and advance the prestige of Rollins.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome you to your Alumni Association.
It has been my honor and privilege to lead the Alumni Association as president for the past two years. As alumni of Rollins, we have great reason to be proud of our alma mater, the experiences we’ve shared, and the benefits we continue to receive through our affiliation with the College. Consider the countless times your Rollins connections have earned you special recognition, landed you that job interview, or connected you to a new friend or colleague. And many, like me, even found their significant other on campus.
Over the last year our Alumni Board of Directors has developed an exciting strategic plan that we will begin to implement this year, Rollins’ 125th anniversary year. It is the Alumni Associations’ purpose to support and advance Rollins by keeping alumni connected for life. Becoming great alumni starts with the student experience, carries forward through the transition from college, and develops over a lifetime. The Alumni Association is committed to developing great alumni by partnering with the College in supporting this Rollins experience.
Considering what Rollins has done for us, we all might ask what we can do for Rollins.
Indeed, making a financial commitment to Rollins is critical to sustaining the College as a world-class institution. Especially in this economy, it’s more important than ever to consider Rollins in your annual giving. Any monetary amount makes a difference, and you can feel confident that a gift to The Rollins Fund supports the College’s priorities that enable students to experience the Rollins we know and love.
Certainly, not all alumni have the financial resources to contribute as much as they would like. Fortunately, there are numerous other opportunities to support Rollins. For example, you can promote Rollins to prospective students by participating in the Rollins Admissions Network (RAN) and attending a local high school career fair. You can mentor and help graduating seniors and young alumni by joining Rollins’ Career Connections, sponsoring an internship, or hiring a Rollins graduate. You can serve as a panelist or network at a regional alumni event. You can reconnect with fellow alumni by coming to Reunion and traveling abroad with fellow alumni through the Association’s Travel Program. You can help the Association to form a Regional Chapter that may be coming soon to your geographical area. Regardless of how much time you have to offer, there is something for everyone and with more than 30,000 Rollins alumni across the globe, you shouldn’t underestimate the networking power of your Rollins degree and connection. Get involved and stay connected!
Be mindful of your Rollins roots and seek out ways to contribute to the College. As always, feel free to contact your Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 800-799-ALUM (2586) for ideas and suggestions.
You can make a difference in the future of Rollins. I encourage you to give back and live out your Rollins experience!