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Nominations are Being Sought for Alumni Association  Board of Directors and Alumni Awards

Posted November 10, 2011


The Alumni Association is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors. The terms begin July 1, 2012. Offices up for election are Volunteer Management Committee Chair and Member-at-Large. Running for a Member-at-Large position a great way to stay connected to your University and to fellow alumni. Members-at-Large spearhead such Alumni Association projects as our Community Service Day and Young Alumni Outreach. Experience on our Board of Directors is also an ideal networking opportunity, and it looks good on your resume. The Alumni Association helps the University and the community in many ways, such as providing grants to student organizations and programs, scholarships, mentoring, and career advice for students.

With the nomination please include a recent resume of the nominee, letter of intent, and a list of his or her volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You may also nominate yourself. Information on the Board positions and the Alumni Awards is below.

Emailed nominations should be sent to They may also be faxed to 413-796-2219.

You may also mail in nominations to:

Linda Rogers
Staff Assistant
Office of Alumni Relations
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119-2684

Volunteer Management Committee Chair

This is a two-year position, renewable for up to two consecutive terms. The Volunteer Management Committee Chair must have served on a team of the Volunteer Management Committee in order to have an overview of the Committee’s responsibilities and operating procedures. The Volunteer Management Committee Chair recruits team members, sets a meeting schedule, and appoints a vice chair from team leaders to serve a one-year term. The Chair also administers all awards given by the Alumni Association, including Alumnus/a of the Year, Silver Letter Awards, Years of Service Awards, Skookum Awards, and any other special accolades. In addition, the Chair oversees the Nominating Team and the Constitution and Bylaws Team.

Member-at-Large (5)

This is a one-year position, renewable up to two consecutive terms. Our five members-at-large work on one or more Alumni Association projects. A representative from each of the following is sought: College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Off-Campus Programs, and Graduate Studies and Adult Learning.

A ballot with a slate of candidates will be submitted to all alumni via both the Spring issue of Alumni Outlook and on the Alumni Website The results will be presented at Homecoming 2012.

Nominations for Alumni Awards:

Alumnus of the Year

Presented to an alumnus/a who has displayed an extraordinary commitment to professional achievement, civic responsibility, high personal standards, and Western New England University with a spirit of knowledge, integrity, and service.

Please submit:

• A list of the nominee’s Western New England University, civic organization, and professional accomplishments

• A statement of why you think this person is deserving of the Alumnus/a of the Year Award

Alumni Association Service Awards Service

Awards are given to individuals who have donated their time and talents to the Alumni Association in their respective committees, teams, or programs.

Awards are presented for service in the following areas:

• Association Board of Directors

• Volunteer Management Committee (Awards, Constitution and Bylaws, Nominating, and Skookum Award Teams)

• Alumni Outreach Committee (Homecoming, Alumni Golf Tournament, and Student/Alumni Teams)

• Special Projects

• Outstanding Service (general)

• Faculty/Staff

For more information, call 413-796-2240.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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