Alma College transforms lives, and that wouldn’t be possible without the engagement of our alumni and friends. I think of the many stewards who believed in this place, in the Alma experience, over all of these years, and I realize that now it is up to us! We are the stewards, and it is our turn to make our mark and keep our college amazing. We have collective work to do for this great cause.
Our students accomplish much, working shoulder-to-shoulder with talented and dedicated faculty, then go out in the world and demonstrate extraordinary outcomes. Many of us come from small towns and a growing number from urban cities. We gain the skills and confidence and discover our potential to go out in the world and live and work in Africa, Chicago or return to a town much like the one we came from. Alma graduates thrive anywhere.
Your engagement with Alma can be of mutual benefit. We want to provide the best possible experience for our students so that their success and the reputation of the college are enhanced.
We recently collaborated with a firm to update alumni e-mail, cell, career and address information. We want to be able to reach you with news from campus or information about events in your area. We want to strengthen the alumni network to mobilize in major markets so that you can connect with each other. We want to build knowledge of your businesses so that other alumni and friends have an instant connection to you professionally. And we want your help in taking the college forward; whether you help with student recruitment, take on an intern, open a door, attend an event, call classmates to attend a reunion, speak on campus or come to campus—we want your relationship with Alma to be active. I see my Alma family as a priority and hope you do too.
One more topic is giving back, financially. Alma College has been enhanced greatly by alumni and friends who give gifts. Those gifts combine to build and renovate buildings, support academic programs or provide access to the Alma experience though scholarships. Our mantra is “Every gift helps, every gift counts, every gift matters.” Gifts collectively make a difference. Foundations that consider a multi-year gift want to know how many alumni give back. They want to know before they invest that the people closest to Alma College believe in it, and that is the tangible statistic they measure it by.
Please consider your involvement with Alma. What would you consider meaningful and fun or rewarding? Let us know—we look forward to working with you!
Best wishes from campus,
Carol Furrow Hyble ’78
Vice President for Advancement