The Colgate Scene
September 2006

Alumni affairs
Alumni board seeks alumni award nominations

The awards committee of the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors seeks nominations from the classes ending in 2 and 7 for the alumni awards to be presented at Reunion 2007.

Award categories include:

  • Ann Yao Young Alumni Award for exceptional volunteer service to Colgate (Class of 2002)
  • Maroon Citation for exemplary service to alma mater
  • Colgate Alumni Corporation Humanitarian Award (to honor those who have devoted themselves to improving the lives of individuals and/or communities)
  • Wm. Brian Little ’64 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service*

*All candidates who have previously received the Maroon Citation will be considered for this award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Corporation.

Send nominations by October 16 to: RuthAnn Loveless MA'72, Executive Secretary, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. It would be helpful to the Awards Committee if you would include a supporting statement for each nominee.

For more information, visit the Alumni Awards page at www.colgatealumni.org.

Wanted: Alumni Corporation Board nominations

The nominations committee of the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors seeks recommendations for candidates.

This distinguished volunteer board is composed of a diverse and talented group of women and men dedicated to providing their leadership and engagement in advancing Colgate and its mission. The board serves in an advisory role to the president, the Board of Trustees, and key faculty and staff, facilitating a broad range of connections between and among the university and its alumni.

Each year 11 to 13 new members are selected to represent specific eras and geographic areas as well as at-large positions. Candidates, initially identified through the nominations committee, are ultimately ratified by the full board of directors.

Ideal candidates exhibit several of the following qualities:

  • Varied Colgate volunteer service
  • A demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time
  • Meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community
  • A readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university
  • A consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate

Send nominations by October 16 to: RuthAnn Loveless MA'72, Executive Secretary, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. It would be helpful to the Nominations Committee if you would include a supporting statement for each nominee.

For more information about the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors, visit the Alumni Corporation Board page at www.colgatealumni.org.

The beginning of the new school year is an appropriate time for reflection. Colgate's class of 2010 is now on campus, experiencing the same feelings of hope, anticipation, and anxiety almost all of us felt as we began our Colgate experience.

That same inspiration of reflection prompts our look back at lessons learned in last spring's alumni board election process:

  • Interest in alumni board affairs is self-evident, yet the board's role, activities, and even its nominations process are not consistently clear to alumni. We need to enhance our communication in these areas.
  • Many alumni are concerned about specific aspects of the election, and we will work to make improvements. This year, it cost a lot — nearly $120,000 for printing and mailing an election notice and a ballot packet, hiring an outside firm to oversee voting, and getting legal advice. In addition, many expressed frustration with the frequency and intensity of messages on all sides of the issues. The board sent two e-mails and announced results (all at no incremental cost), yet with widespread interest, extensive outreach among alumni was a natural part of the process.
  • Alumni are passionate about Colgate and its welfare. One of our board's key goals will continue to be to facilitate the lifelong connectedness of our alumni to the university and to one another.
  • Our next steps as a board include:
    Reviewing options to reduce the cost of the election process, should another be required, while maintaining fairness, integrity, and transparency.
    Better use of communication channels to educate alumni about the board while providing more input and dialogue opportunities among interested alumni.
    Renewing our discussions about board governance and organization so that we are even more effective in our service and advisory roles to the university. This includes widening and diversifying the circle of engaged alumni.

Colgate is in a strong and highly respected place, thanks to effective leadership, a commitment to excellence in its educational mission, careful stewardship of its resources, and the record investment of resources and time from members of the Colgate family. Your Alumni Corporation Board of Directors shares your passion for Colgate, for supporting its excellence, and for alumni engagement. Stay tuned for progress in the months ahead.


Joanne Spigner '76
President, Alumni Corporation Board of Directors

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