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June 15, 2015

Alumni Council Meeting Minutes

June 15, 2015


Drew Sadler
Ken Jessee
Jerald Bryant
Ken George (via phone)
Ben C. Burr
Kevin Thompson
Carrie Farris
Linda King
Beverly Bryant
Prudence H. Westholm
Randy Burns

  1. Welcome  and Opening Prayer by President Ken Jessee
  2. Approval of Minutes from last meeting (April 23, 2015). Motion to approve by Carrie Farris; seconded by Jerald Bryant.
  3. Informational Items:
  4. Golden Alumni Society Reunion '65 Review: Five alumni attending enjoyed their campus visit; and in a group setting provided by Randy, each was able to share with their classmates what LWC has meant to them.
  5. LWC Night -Bowling Green Hot Rods  July 24  (Postcards mailed  in BG area.  Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.)
  6. LWC Night -Louisville Bats - July 31 (Postcards mailed in Lville area.  Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.)
  7. Freshmen Move-In Day - August 15
  8. First Day of Class - August 19
  9. Blue Raider Travel Club - San Francisco - Sept. 21-26 (approx. 25 signed up).
  10. LWC Alumni & Friends Golf Scramble   August 22 @Lake Cumberland Golf Club, Jamestown, KY.,(formerly Lilly Links). Volunteers are needed to work as greeters, etc.
  11. Homecoming  2015 - Sept. 18-19.  Brochure will be out this summer.
  12. Alumni Giving 2015: Over 1200 alumni donors to date; (last year was 1354 donors with a goal of 1400 donors.)  Randy reminded the council that "every gift makes a difference."
  13. Alumni & Friends Walkway Scholarship Fund
    1. Current amount of scholarship fund =$42,971.25 (increase of $10,143.75 since the council's last mtg, April 23 '15.
    2. Walkway is 17 years old; several of the bricks are severely worn so a significant number of Walkway bricks will be replaced over the summer.
    3. Theatrefest 2015
      1. "Moonlight and Magnolias" (June 19,20,25,26,27,and 28)  A play about the writing of Gone With The Wind.
      2. "Dearly Departed" (July 10,11,16,17, and 18)
      3. Future Alumni Council Meeting - Motion made by Linda King; seconded by Drew Sadler to hold the next alumni mtg on Sept 18 at 4PM CT;  President's Reception @6PM.
  14. M.   Campus Update:  Kevin Thompson, Vice President of Development.
  15. After 33 yrs  @LWC, 18 yrs as president, Board of Trustees have granted Pres. Luckey a sabbatical  to refresh and renew.  Executive staff will continue in his absence until Pres. Luckey returns in Jan. '16.
  16. Praise to alumni council for becoming a fully functional,  professional alumni program in last 7 to 9 years.  Alumni council agreed this is largely due to the excellent leadership of Randy Burns, Director of Alumni Relations since 2008.
  17. Fundraising year ending June 30 '15, approx. $3.4 M gifts made.  Kevin stated the alumni council helps increase the annual gifts donated (due to the life cycle of all LWC alumni).
  18. Three types of gifts to LWC: (1) Annual gifts; (2) Major gifts- endowment of $10,000 or more; (3) Estate Planning gifts -ultimate gift.  Five year capital campaign in the planning stages:  new bldgs. built, etc.( $40M in projects).
    1. Old Business
    2. Online Alumni Cookbook, visit, click on "Alumni Cookbook" tab at the bottom of the page to help build the collection of recipes.
    3. Carrie inquired about recipe searching capabilities.  Randy said he would check with the IT Dept.
      1.  New Business
      2. Homecoming Award Ballot and Selection Process
        1. Randy brought before the council the question whether the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is required to be a LWC alumnae/alumnus.
        2. Much discussion followed. Carrie Farris made the motion that the Distinguished Service Award nominee not be required to be an alumna of LWC. Motion seconded by Ken Jessee. Motion carried.
        3. Voting completed.
  19. 1.Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumnae - Christopher Lee Innes
  20. 2. Distinguished Alumnus -Michael Kearns
  21. 3. Honorary Alumnus -Dr. Robert Reynolds and Mrs. Judith Ford
  22. 4. Distinguished Service Award - Mrs. JoAnn Panko.
  23. Adjournment -Motion made by Carrie Farris; seconded by Ken George to adjourn.
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