Alumni Council Corner | March 2020

Author: Ann Laatsch '88

Published Date: 2/26/2021

Categories: Alumni

Ann Laatsch
Greetings, and happy meteorological spring!

As I wrote last month, the Alumni Council has embarked on a 2-5 year strategic planning process to help guide our mission and work. One of our priorities has been—and will continue to be—recognizing alumni contributions to the University community, to their professions, and to society. Each year, the Council receives and reviews nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards in those three areas, as well as recognizing a Graduate Of the Last Decade. We are also planning to expand the number of award categories next year in order to reflect the broad range of disciplines and sectors in which Pioneer alumni have excelled.  Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards, and I encourage you to submit the names of notable alumni who are making important contributions in the world. This year’s recipients will be honored at the annual awards ceremony on April 20, and you can read about them (along with other past honorees) here.

Other items on the Alumni Council’s plate at the moment include helping to plan events for Carroll’s 175th Anniversary observances. This year’s Founders Day celebration honored the school’s demisemiseptcentennial and kicked off a series of observances that will occur over the next 18 months. Keep an eye on the alumni newsletter and Carroll’s website for announcements of in-person and virtual anniversary events, opportunities to engage with fellow alumni, and other public acknowledgements of Carroll’s long history, vibrant present, and bright future.

Finally, in March, the Alumni Council will be reviewing applications for the Council’s Student Alumni Ambassadors.

Student Alumni Ambassadors are selected by the Alumni Council after being nominated sophomore year by a member of the Carroll campus community in recognition of strong academics, outstanding campus involvement, and notable community engagement. Serving in a two-year commitment junior and senior year, Student Alumni Ambassadors advance the mission of the university through active participation in alumni gatherings, attendance at Institutional Advancement events, and meaningful collaborations throughout the greater campus community. Student Alumni Ambassadors serve as the liaisons between the student body and the alumni community, and often serve as enthusiastic, informal “ambassadors” after they graduate. We are grateful for the students’ commitment, insight, and perspective as we work together to strengthen the ties between Pio students and alumni. If you would like to learn more about the Alumni Council’s work or explore other ways of connecting with the university and your fellow alumni, please visit the Alumni page.

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