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July 2010 Alumni Council minutes

Lindsey Wilson College

National Alumni Association Council Meeting

Mulligan's Restaurant at the Pines at Lindsey Wilson

July 14, 2010

Council Meeting Minutes

12:15 p.m. CT

 

Those in attendance:

                Randy Burns

                Carrie Farris

                Gary Lane

                Ben Burr

                Jean McLean

                Monica Johnson

                Allysa Gooden

                Prudence Westholm

                Jean Squires

                Danielle Oldham

                Denise Fudge

                Dr. Julius Stephenson

                Amy Thompson-Wells

               Jacqui Cunningham

                 Kevin Thompson

 Welcome and opening prayer given by Carrie Farris.

Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented.

Informational Items:

  1. Alumni Trip to Paris (Sept. 12-19, 2010): 19 or 20 plan to attend. All are excited about making the trip.
  2. Alumni Friends and Walkway Scholarship recipient is Michelle Coomer
  3. Football Season is less than 60 days away. First game is Sept. 4. Season tickets and reserved seats are still available. First game is against Notre Dame (Ohio) College. Additional information is on the LWC website.
  4. Alumni Council Meeting minutes are posted on the website, but will be labeled: "To be approved at the next council meeting." If not already approved. As each set is approved, the label will be removed and replaced with "Official."
  5. Next Alumni Council Meeting will be in the afternoon of Oct. 29, 2010, in the Cranmer Conference Room. Time is to be determined. Council members will be notified by e-mail or post card.
  6. Alumni Giving rate for 2010 increase 20% over 2009's Alumni Giving rate, but we are still well under the average giving level for independent colleges. Currently, the giving level is 11.5-12%. Our goal for 2010-11 fiscal year is 18-20% or "1,000 gifts for 2010-2011." To accomplish this, the Class Agent Program will be implemented. Class agents will communicate with fellow members of his/her graduating class to provide updates about the college as well as classmates. At the same time, agents will encourage giving. The higher the percentage, the better ranking through the U.S. News & World Report on Independent Colleges. The higher the ranking, the better LWC's chances of receiving grants. Another idea is a phonathon; students and alumni will make the calls.

Old Business:

  1. Area Events were well-attended!

                                                         i.            April: LWC Day at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky.

                                                       ii.            June: Louisville Event: Hors d'ouevres at Vencenzo's and Theatre production of

                                                                       the musical, Legally Blond.

                                                      iii.            July 26: Bowling Green Hot Rods game; food provided by LWC; meeting on

                                                                       the party deck.

  1. Columbia Community Service Day will be coupled with the National Day of Service on Sept. 11. Anyone interested in participating can go to the website for more information.

While discussing this event, it was decided that we need to develop a monthly alumni newsletter that will go out via e-mail to inform alumni of past and future events.

  1. Golden Alumni Society Event was a success. Eight members of the Class of 1960 attended. They processed with  other graduates. Class of 1960 wore gold caps and gowns, and Class for 2010 work black caps and gowns. Golden Alumni received a medallion to commemorate the occasion. Next year, the plan is to have a medallion breakfast, graduation, then a reception.

New Business:

  1. Events for 2011

                                                         i.            Winter:  Louisville Dinner and Play (KY Center -- Mama Mia in Feb.)

                                                       ii.            Spring:  Keeneland Meet (the only change would be that the caterer would do set

                                                                      -up and clean-up)

                                                      iii.            Summer: Bowling Green Hot Rods Game

                                                     iv.            Summer:  Alumni Travel

                                                       v.            Fall:  Homecoming

  1. Blue Raider Travel Program 2011. Randy presented four proposals for alumni to consider for 2011's travel destination in July-Dr. Luckey requested July because of other commitments in the fall.

                                                         i.            Southern Ireland: 9 days/7 nights   $1498.00 /person

                                                       ii.            Italy's Great Cities (Rome, Florence, Venice): 9 days/7 nights   $1899.00/person

                                                      iii.            Alpine Switzerland: 10 days/8 nights  $2590.00/person

                                                     iv.            Alaskan Cruise: 7 days  $2130.00/person

Prices do not include airfare.  No decision was made at this meeting. The four destinations will be presented at Homecoming and a decision made at that time.

  1. Homecoming is Oct. 29-30. Alumni Award Candidates were presented for Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna, Young Alumnus/Alumna, and Honorary Alumnus/Alumna. Each category has its own qualifications, but consideration was also given to each candidate's giving back to Lindsey Wilson, whether that be time, energy, or resources. After deliberation of each nomination, ballots were submitted from the Council. Recipients will be contacted.

Next Meeting

                Council will meet in the Cranmer Conference Room if available on Friday afternoon, Oct. 29. Alumni Office will notify Council members.

With all business completed, Carrie adjourned the meeting, bidding everyone safe travels home and to Homecoming.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Farris

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