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.

2019 - 2020 Board Leadership                      

Jan Haapala

Jan Haapala 
President
 

Brendan Franklin

Brendan Franklin 
Vice President
 

Alumni Awards

Diane Husic

Chair: Diane Husic

Primary Responsibility: 

Review nominations and select no more than two recipients for each of the following awards, that will be
presented at the Alumni Award Brunch during Homecoming:
     -Distinguished Alumni
     -Alumni Achievement
     -Alumni Service
     -Outstanding Young Alumni
     -Website: http://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/awards

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the marketing and development of the Alumni Awards pool of nominations
  • Assist as necessary with preparations for Alumni Award Brunch
  • May be asked to introduce honorees during the Brunch

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (video/conference call) – 1 hour/month
  • February, March and April are the busiest months and require a larger amount of time to review and rank each nomination.
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meeting

Process:

  • Committee members review nomination documents 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 selections.
  • Final nominations are reviewed by Alumni Board Executive Committee and University Executive Leadership (including President) for approval.

Recent Initiatives:

  • Significantly increased number of Alumni Awards nominations by partnering with Alumni Relations staff on:

                 - Advertisements for Facebook

                - “Call for Nominations” email sent to all alumni

                - Development of individual letters to key leaders/faculty members on campus to encourage nominating past students

  • Worked with Alumni Relations staff to develop standardized rubric to ensure all equal scale for ranking for nominations

 

Board Development

Frank Mumford

Chair: Frank Mumford
 

Primary Responsiblity:

  • Solicit, review and select candidates for the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the marketing and promotion of the Board Development pool of nominations.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Video/Conference Call) – 1 hour/month
  • Communication as needed via email
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meeting
  • Busiest times are January through April

Process:

  • Committee members review application materials and rank each applicant utilizing a standard rubric
  • Once individual ranking is complete, the committee meets multiple times to discuss the top candidates to proceed
  • Members interview candidates via telephone
  • Final nominations are reviewed by the Executive Committee and voted on by the full Board at the June meeting.

 

Career and Professional Services

Lindsay Demske

Chair: Lindsay Demske
 

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
  • Refer internship opportunities to the Alumni Relations and Career Services
  • Collaborate with 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 email weekly/biweekly
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meeting

 

Engagement

Andrea Schmoldt

Chair: Andrea Schmoldt
 

Primary Responsibility:

The Engagement Committee is charged with advising Alumni Relations staff on overall NMU alumni
engagement initiatives including strategy and tactical measures to develop programs and activities to further
engage the 70,000+ strong alumni network that supports university priorities.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Advise alumni staff on 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
  • Identify engagement opportunities for new graduates
  • Establish regional networks of alumni to support the planning and implementation of alumni events and activities, with a focus on
  • pop-up, small informal events
  • Support and guide the alumni network as they plan and execute events.
  • Engage alumni to support and seek volunteers for University and Alumni Association Board-initiated events.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly Meeting (Video/Conference Call)– 1 hour/month
  • Communication as needed via email weekly/biweekly
  • Breakout brainstorming sessions at fall and winter board meeting
  • Attendance at local alumni events