Committee Overview

Board committees and ad-hoc committees provide advice, counsel and review of Alumni Association programs and services. Committees are comprised of assigned/appointed board members, a designated chair, and other alumni as deemed necessary.

2018-2019 Board Leadership

                        

Sue Bilkey 
President
nmualumniboard@gmail.com

 

Jan Haapala
Vice-President
jan.haapala@gmail.com

 

Alumni Awards

Chair: Brendan Franklin
bfranklin@alumni.nmu.edu

Primary Responsibility: 

Review nominations and select one award winner for each of the following awards, to be presented at the Alumni Award Brunch during Homecoming:

  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Alumni Achievement
  • Alumni Service
  • Outstanding Young Alumni

Other Responsibilities: 

  • Assists with the marketing and development of the Alumni Awards pool of nominations
  • Assists as necessary with preparations for Alumni Awards Brunch
  • May be asked to introduce the nominee during the brunch
  • Website: https://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/awards

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Zoom platform) - 1 hour/month
  • February, March and April are the busiest months and require a larger amount of time to review and rank each nomination

Process: 

  • Committee members review nomination documents on Alumni Board ShareSite and rank each candidate individually utilizing a standard rubric.
  • Once individual ranking is complete, the committee meets multiple times to discuss the top candidates and make a final selection.
  • Final nominations are reviewed by Alumni Board Executive Committee and University Executive Staff (including University President) for approval.

2017-2018 Projects:

  • Significantly increase Alumni Awards nominations
    • Creation of Advertisements for Facebook.
    • Creation of an Alumni Awards request e-mail to be sent to all Alumni.
    • Developed individual letters to key leaders/faculty members on campus to encourage nominating past students.
  • Development of a standardized rubric so that all alumni nominations are ranked on the same scale.

 

Board Development

Chair: Loren Aho
lorenkaho@gmail.com

Primary Responsiblity:

Review nominations and select candidates to join the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Other Responsibilities:

Assists with the marketing and promotion of the Board Development pool of nominations.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Conference Call) - 1 hour/month.
  • Communication as needed via email weekly/biweekly.
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meetings.
  • Busiest times are January through April.

Process:

  • Committee members review nomination documents on Alumni Board ShareSite and rank each candidate individually utilizing a standard rubric.
  • Once individual ranking is complete, the committee meets multiple times to discuss the top candidates to proceed.
  • Members interview selected candidates via phone call.
  • Final nominations are reviewed by Alumni Board Executive Committee and voted on by the board at the June meeting.

2017-2018 Projects:

  • Significantly increased Board Member Candidate Pool.
    • Creation of Advertisements for Facebook.
    • Creation of candidate request e-mail to be sent to all Alumni.
  • Development of a standardized rubric so that all nominations are ranked on the same scale.

 

Career and Professional Services

Chair: Lindsay Demske
lindsay.demske@uhc.com

Primary Responsibility:

To enhance academic and career success, we connect NMU alumni volunteers with students, faculty, administration and peers to offer ideas, insights, networking and mentorship.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Explore opportunities for alumni to provide career guidance to current students.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for networking between alumni and students.
  • Explore mentorship possibilities.
  • Pass along internship opportunities to Alumni Relations Office and Career Services
  • Collaborate with NMU Career Services to enhance current and facilitate new programming for alumni and students.
  • Explore career development opportunities.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Conference Call)-1 hour/month.
  • Communication as needed via e-mail weekly/biweekly.
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meetings.

2017-2018 Projects:

  • Rebuilding committee structure, initiatives and partnership with Career Services Director.

 

Engagement

Chair: Frank Mumford
frankwmumford@gmail.com

Primary Responsibility:

The Engagement Committee is charged with advising and assisting the alumni relations staff on the overall NMU alumni engagement program including strategy and tactical measures to develop programs to further engage the 55K+ strong alumni network.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist alumni relations staff in direction of programming for alumni.
  • Encourage alumni participation in social networking opportunities (i.e., LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram).
  • Identify and facilitate social activities centered around geographic areas.
  • Identify ways to connect alumni to students.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Conference Call)-1 hour/month.
  • Communication as needed via e-mail weekly/biweekly.
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meetings.
  • Attendance at local alumni events.

2017-2018 Projects:

  • Created and maintain 13 NMU Alumni Facebook groups.
  • Reviewed alumni communication plan, identified gaps and advised how to fill in those gaps.
  • Sent personally signed postcards to new grads reminding them to update their post-college contact information and to look to us for future guidance and information.
  • Career Week and Grad Prep Week participation.