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April 2010 Alumni Council minutes

LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING

THOMAS D. CLARK READING ROOM

KATIE MURRELL LIBRARY

APRIL 21, 2010

4 p.m. CT

 

Present:

                Randy Burns

                Carrie Farris

                Gary Franklin

                Allysa Gooden

                Bonnie Greenawalt

                Ken Jessee

                Gary Lane

                Sheena London

                Jean McLean

                Danielle Oldham

                Jan Woody

 

Welcome and opening prayer were given by Carrie Farris.

 

** Correction to minutes from last meeting (Feb. 17, 2010) were reviewed and approved. Let the minutes show that a tour of the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center occurred following the conclusion of the meeting.

Suggestion was made by Randy Burns to post minutes on the Alumni section of the Lindsey Wilson website. Members of the council thought this would be a great move and facilitate alumni association members' ability to be better informed about the activity of the association leadership council, as well as provide an opportunity for the council to "go green" by saving the paper used to mail minutes to all members. Randy stated that this would begin starting with the minutes from this meeting.

As of the date of the meeting, 17 alumni and friends of LWC have committed to the Alumni trip to Paris, scheduled for Sep. 12-19, 2010. This number is not set in stone and also does not include LWC staff such as the Luckeys and the Burns.  According to the travel agent, there is room for 30.

 The Keeneland event was a success with good attendance. The upcoming Louisville event at the Kentucky Center for the Arts is June 11, 2010. We will also host a Bowling Green event at the Hot Rods which game on July 26, 2010.

 The next Alumni Council meeting will be at 11 a.m. CT on July 14, 2010, at Mulligan's Restaurant at the Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

The 5K Run/Walk in Versailles, Ky., sponsored by Nancy Fouser will be June 19, 2010. This is a fund-raiser for a LWC endowed scholarship fund started by Mrs. Fouser. Any alumni interested in participating are encouraged to do so. 

The Lindsey Wilson alumni service day committee will communicate in the coming weeks to begin planning on the Lindsey Wilson Alumni Service Day for Columbia to take place in July.

Randy shared with the council that he told the Admissions Office that alumni are willing to assist and participate at student-recruitment events in local communities. The Admissions Office is very interested and appreciative of our involvement in that venture and will contact the Alumni Office to begin discussion of the venture.

The medallion for the 50-year class reunion was on display. A total of 17 people are expected to attend.

The discussion of moving alumni council meetings to various locations around the state was reopened after being tabled at the last meeting. The discussion ended with the lack of a motion. The council maintains the prerogative to host meetings on a case-by-case scenario at remote locations if it should choose. A primary concern shared by several was that it would eliminate an opportunity for alumni council members to return to campus.

Kenneth Jessee made the motion that teleconferencing be offered for council meetings, but to be used only under circumstances when an emergency might exist preventing council members from traveling to attend the meeting in person.  The alumni director will use his/her discretion to determine if this will be offered on a case-by-case situation. Motion was seconded by Allysa Gooden. The motion passed unanimously. 

Five students have applied for the Walkway Scholarship. The committee will select the recipient and then notify the council.

Randy began a discussion about plans for the Blue Raider Travel Program. He stated that in addition to a "big" trip each year, he would also like to offer a shorter, more inexpensive bus-tour trip beginning in summer 2011. Possible destinations discussed for a four- to five-day trip included Washington, D.C., Savannah-Charleston, Chicago, and Branson, Mo. Possible travel ideas for the bigger, weeklong trip for 2011 included an Alaskan cruise, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, and a Holy Land tour. Destinations will be selected at the July 2010 meeting. 

The council then entered into a discussion, led by Randy, about what many alumni programs refer to as "Lifelong Learning Opportunities." This could include programs and events including "Alumni College"; a 2-3 summer retreat on campus where different classes, reunions and fun activities would be held. At many other colleges, alumni stay in dorm rooms during the event. This would also be a mind-set behind other events and travel destinations that the association would promote by attempting to always provide a learning component to what we do. After receiving very positive feedback about the idea, the council tabled the conversation until a future meeting.

 The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

 Respectfully submitted:

 

Ms. Bonnie Greenwalt

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