Carroll University
Alumni Council

The Carroll University Alumni Council is the representative body of the alumni community. Alumni are defined as any former students who have graduated from Carroll University or who have completed a minimum of two consecutive full-time semesters.

About the Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is an important resource for the Carroll University alumni community. It supports the mission, goals, and strategic direction of the University, represents the voice of alumni in the alumni engagement planning process, and serves in an active capacity to support the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Division of Institutional Advancement. Responsibilities of the Alumni Council include:  

  • Inform, involve, and serve the alumni community throughout their lifelong relationship with the University
  • Serve as an ambassador for Carroll University, working to increase the university’s visibility and reputation among alumni and the wider community
  • Create, continuously update, and execute an Alumni Council Strategic Plan to provide direction in alumni engagement strategies
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas between alumni and Carroll University
  • Attend and participate in Alumni Council meetings throughout the year
  • Participate in and promote alumni events and programs sponsored by the Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Select Distinguished Alumni Award and Graduate of the Last Decade Award recipients each year
  • Actively serve on Alumni Council sub-committees and ad-hoc working groups to implement alumni engagement initiatives and programs
  • Interview and select Student Alumni Ambassadors each year
  • Promote fundraising initiatives by seeking sponsors or funding sources

Welcome New Members!

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett '97

"I've helped students secure internships and employment, and readily tell anyone I meet from Carroll to consider and use me as a professional resource."
Kristen Stoll

Mariela Garay '15

"I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to get educated so they can make more empowered financial decisions and helping people reach their goals is the fuel that keeps me going. "
Kristen Stoll

Randy Kunkel '80

"I continue to be a vocal champion of Carroll's mission and am impressed with Carroll's commitment to increase and support a diverse student population."

Alumni Council Membership

The Alumni Council is comprised of alumni from various backgrounds, class years, identities, work experiences, geographical locations, etc.  Its mission is to broadly represent the voices of the 23,000+ alumni across the globe.
  • Tanya Atkinson ’93
  • Niquanna (Walls) Barnett ’00
  • Symone (Russell) Baldwin ’16
  • Chris Bennett '97
  • Lucas Bennewitz ’12 
  • Abbie Bottom ’16, MBA ’18
  • Ciara Czajkowski ’21
  • Lauren Dove ’20
  • Mariela Garay '15
  • Mark Hackett ’14 
  • John Harrits ’76
  • Monica Ibarra ’08
  • Sarah Jensen ’14, M.Ed. ’18
  • Randy Kunkel '80
  • Ann Laatsch ’88, Chair
  • Griselda Macias ’08
  • Kate Peterson ’12
  • Nate Schwarzbach ’13
  • Gaylene (Blau) Stingl ’90
  • Gregg Wandsneider ’08
  • Jo Ann Warren ’74 
  • Dick Whittow ’76
  • Kevin Wilkes ’12

Alumni Council Recruitment

The Alumni Council seeks engaged, passionate, and committed alumni who are interested in serving in this very important capacity to support the mission of Carroll University and Institutional Advancement. One of the goals of the council is to encompass the 23,000+ alumni community by recruiting a diverse range of alumni from various backgrounds including but not limited to: class years, geographical location, race, gender, ability, work experiences, etc. An all-inclusive representation on the Alumni Council is critical to the mission and success of its work.

Apply for the Alumni Council

It is expected that all Alumni Council members will:

  • Attend all meetings (6 per year, not including committee meetings)
  • Attend at least one alumni event per year
  • Share Carroll events and news with alumni peers – spread the word!
  • Make an annual gift to Carroll (Of any size - All gifts matter and make a difference!)
  • Share honest feedback as the group evaluates programs, events and methods in order to continually try to engage alumni in the best ways possible
  • Serve on Reunion Committees when applicable
  • Serve on at least one Alumni Council Committee (Executive, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Philanthropic Initiatives, Young Alumni, Student Engagement)
The application period runs through April 30, 2023. Interested applicants should submit the following to the Office of Alumni Engagement at on or before April 30, 2023:
Letter of interest that addresses the following:
  • Name, Graduation Year(s), Major(s)/Minor(s) at Carroll
  • What is your brief biographical history since you left Carroll? Please include professional and/or personal experiences as you deem appropriate.
  • What has been your involvement with Carroll since your graduation? (i.e. Attended events Volunteered on campus? Provided internship to student? Referred prospective student to Carroll? Spoke in a classroom?  Etc.)
  • Why do you want to serve on the Alumni Council? Please expand how this experience might be meaningful for you.
  • What is an idea to increase alumni engagement you want the Alumni Council to explore?

Thank you for your interest and commitment to Carroll!  The Alumni Council will follow up with all interested applicants.


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