Alumni Board reaches up, out, across, within
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Alumni Association Board members wondered why its leaders would mail them toothbrushes in the middle of the summer. Was it a commentary about personal hygiene? How about a subtle reminder to prepare for a long stay during Board sessions at Calvin?
Neither was true. The three members of the Association's 2001-02 executive committee was preparing their alumni colleagues for the theme for the year: "Reach." The toothbrushes had "Reach" emblazoned on the handles and a card was enclosed with each reading, "Imagine the possibilities."
Board President Ron
Baylor '77 (Kalamazoo, Mich.) opened the October meetings of the organization
with a presentation on the "Reach" theme and its four components"Reach
Up" for personal excellence as individual Board members; "Reach
Out" to spread the word about Calvin to new people and places and
to encourage greater alumni participation in Association and college activities;
"Reach Across" in order to achieve greater diversity in alumni
leadership, activities and programming; and "Reach Within" to
emphasize and better utilize the impressive legacy and traditions of the
Baylor was assisted in the opening session by executive committee members Craig De Witt '81 (Grand Rapids), president-elect, and Mavis Kok Moon '78 (San Jose, Calif.), secretary.
"We hope to inspire each Board member, committee and chapter to carefully review the four 'Reach' ideas and to develop personal and group strategies to advance the Association's effort in them," said Baylor.
The "Reach" theme was particularly pertinent to the college's new admissions marketing materials, which suggest a new college tagline, "Minds in the Making." College vice-president Tom McWhertor led the Board in a lively discussion that included talk about how the "Minds" material and the "Reach" theme of the Association might intersect.
After hearing a faculty presentation by psychology professor Wayne Joosse, participating in the Student Alumni Association's sophomore dinner event and voting for the recipients of alumni awards, the Board divided into committees and began connecting the "Reach" theme to the specific work of the Board.
The faculty relations
committee recommended that the Association once again support the Calvin
English department's Faith and Writing Conference with a grant to provide
scholarships for younger alumni who may have a bit of trouble handling
the full conference fee. The Board agreed and these funds are available
through the conference organizers.
Scholarships committee members pored through scores of applications for assistance on off-campus study ventures and a number of awards were approved.
were accomplished within other work groups and the meetings culminated
in a visioning session in preparation for the Association's next five-year
strategic plan, which will be in effect beginning in the next Board year.