January 19, 2015
Dear Members of the Class of 1961,
The Dartmouth Alumni Council's newly formed Alumni Service Committee invites fellow alumni to join in the Dartmouth Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The day is designed to provide opportunities for Dartmouth alumni, friends, and family to give back to their local communities while strengthening ties with fellow members of the Dartmouth community.
This Day of Service will help further Dartmouth's longstanding tradition of community service through organizations such as the Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth Partners for Community Service, as well as the many alumni organizations already providing meaningful opportunities in their communities.
The first step of this initiative is to identify service project coordinators across the country who will assist the Alumni Service Committee in mobilizing within their communities. If you are interested in being a project coordinator, please email the Alumni Council at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30. We also seek volunteers who will work with coordinators in a planning role, so if you would like to help in this way please also send an email to the Council.
Coordinators will work within their community to partner with a program/organization for the Day of Service on May 2. Ideally, the activity will include a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. We hope to have local programs identified by March 1.
It is our hope that Dartmouth communities around the country will enjoy being a part of this meaningful day of community service and alumni fellowship.
Again, please let us know if you would like to be involved with this exciting new initiative.
I wish all of you the best in 2015.
Class of 1961 Alumni Council Representative
December 5, 2014
Fellow ‘61 Classmates,
At the end of October I attended the Fall 2014 Alumni Council Meeting in Hanover as our class representative on the Council. We heard from President Hanlon and several of his administrative and academic leadership team as well as from members of the Board of Trustees of the College providing us with an up-to-date picture of the progress being made on achieving President Hanlon’s vision for Dartmouth.
President Hanlon spoke to us about the efforts being made to:
- Attack the escalating costs and tuition expense at Dartmouth,
- Recruit candidates for the Society of Fellows,
- Enhance the living and social scene on campus,
- Project a simple, hard hitting positive brand image for the College,
- Establish an entrepreneurship emphasis in Hanover that is run by student leaders (focused around the new Innovation Center facility), and
- Possibly expand the DP2 (Dartmouth Peak Performance) leadership program beyond athletics to campus-wide opportunities.
Covering progress on issues being addressed on the campus:
- We heard first and foremost from Professor Barbara Will and Sue Finegan '85 who head up the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” effort focused on eliminating extreme behaviors (sexual assault, binge drinking) and non-inclusiveness at Dartmouth.
- Carolyn Dever, Dartmouth’s new Provost, spoke about the challenge that Dartmouth (and all other colleges) face in achieving greater diversity in the faculty while not sacrificing the quality of education – it is very competitive and there are too few minority candidates.
- Theresa Ellis ’97, Interim Dean of the Tucker Foundation, described the changes being made to divide the current Foundation into two student centers, one focused on religious and spiritual activities (The Tucker Center for Religious and Spiritual Life) and one focused on volunteer service (The Dartmouth Center for Service).
Relating to Student Affairs:
- We heard from a student panel about their initial experiences with some of the 20+ living and learning communities that have been implemented this Fall allowing students with like interests or backgrounds to live together in the dorms. The Alumni Council's Alumni Liaison Committee would like your thoughts and feedback on this idea. (See the end of the report below).
- Interim Dean of the College, Inge-Lise Ameer, spoke about the positive impact that the wider array of first –year student trips this Fall has had on student participation.(Mt. Moosilauke is still in the mix). Also a new tradition has been established as part of matriculation of a twilight ceremony that includes a candlelight march from College Hall to the BEMA for all the first-year students.
- Another very interesting presentation was given by Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, and Chemistry Professor, Jon Kull ’88, describing how digital learning is being used to “flip the classroom” and redesign “gateway” (introductory) courses to make them feel like small seminars.
These are some of the highlights of the Alumni Council Meeting from my perspective. Below is a more extensive summary of the 2-days’ meetings and the Alumni Awards celebration on Friday evening put together by Jacques Steinberg ’88 which includes links to more details and background on a number of the topics and activities.
The Alumni Liaison Committee and the Trustees want to hear from you, both the positives and the criticisms, either through return emails to me or through direct links that are provided, so let us hear from you.
My Best to All and Happy Holidays,
Alumni Council Representative, Class of 1961
Report from the 209th Meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council
October 23–25, 2014
By Jacques Steinberg '88
When we return as Alumni Councilors to Dartmouth each fall and spring, our primary responsibilities include serving as the eyes and ears of our classmates and other constituents. During those two days on campus, we are fortunate to have access to senior administrators, faculty, and most importantly, students, all in an effort to take the pulse of the Dartmouth community and to ask questions – sometimes pointed ones.
And so it was in that spirit, and with that mandate, that the Dartmouth Alumni Councilconvened its 209th Meeting in late October.
To the extent there was a headline for our fall session, it was the activity surroundingPresident Phil Hanlon '77's initiative known as Moving Dartmouth Forward.
For those not familiar with this initiative, it began with a plea by President Hanlon last spring, in which he asked "everyone at Dartmouth to work together to end high-risk and harmful behavior on campus that is hurting students, dividing the community, distracting the College from its core mission, and compromising its vision for the future." Specifically, a Presidential Steering Committee was charged with recommending actions "to end high-risk and harmful behavior in the following three critical areas: sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and lack of inclusivity."
During the dinner that opened our fall convening, we heard from Barbara Will, the A. and R. Newbury Professor of English; and Sue Finegan '85, president of the Association of Alumni, about the wide net the committee has been casting – in terms of the feedback it has solicited and the ideas it is considering. Barbara and Sue explained that the committee has engaged with people across the Dartmouth community, consulted extensively with experts, and carefully examined best practices.
We were told that comments and suggestions continue to be considered and evaluated – below are instructions on how alumni can still have their voices heard – and that the final recommendations of the Steering Committee will be made to President Hanlon in January.
Following the Alumni Council meeting, the Steering Committee provided an update to the Board of Trustees at its early November meeting.
Here are some key links:
- For an overview of the initiative and a video featuring President Hanlon, click here.
- For a recent update on the work of the committee, click here.
- And to share your own thoughts and ideas with the committee, click here.
What follows are some other highlights from the 209th Alumni Council Weekend:
- The Admissions Office is encouraging more alumni to sign up to serve as alumni interviewers. Interested alumni should use the following link.
- In a lengthy Q&A session with Alumni Councilors, President Hanlon showed himself to be first and foremost a teacher. He had come to us directly from teaching Math 11, his voice admittedly raspy from chalk dust (no PowerPoint for him, at least not this day). Among the points he made to us was the importance of Dartmouth students graduating not only with "critical-thinking and analytical skills" but the ability to think "creatively." He also spoke of his ongoing "Cluster Initiative," which will pull together interdisciplinary teams of faculty – in part by drawing on roughly half of a record $100 million anonymous donation announced last spring.
- Those alumni who believe Dartmouth should be in the forefront of graduating budding entrepreneurs would do well to visit the DEN (Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network) Innovation Center, if only virtually. Our opening reception was set at the new, brick-and-mortar headquarters of this exciting effort, and we later heard fromJamie Coughlin, director, New Venture Incubator Programs and director, DEN Innovation Center.
- On a similarly progressive note, we heard from F. Jon Kull '88, Rodgers Professor of Chemistry and dean of graduate studies, and Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives, who gave a faculty perspective on digital learning initiatives. You can learn more about professional development for Dartmouth faculty here.
- As has been conveyed earlier, there are changes afoot at the Tucker Foundation – which is basically splitting into two: the Tucker Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Dartmouth Center for Service. Interim Dean of the Tucker Foundation Theresa Ellis '97 addressed the Council, and you can read more about these plans here.
- The 60th Anniversary of the Alumni Awards was celebrated Friday night at a dinner presided over by Alumni Council President Lou Spelios '95. Three alumni were honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Award: Douglas A. Donahue Jr. '73, Danielle A. Dyer '81, '89Tu, and Tracey Salmon-Smith '87. Three alumni received the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Janna J. Annest '00, Deborah Atuk '04Tu, andGreg Chittim '01, '02Th, '03Th. Video profiles of the recipients may be viewed here.
- On Saturday morning we heard from Bill Helman '80, the new chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, and Emily Bakemeier '82, a member of the board who chairs its academic affairs committee. For those who have not had a chance to hear Bill speak, he is bracingly blunt when asked what he believes Dartmouth does well, and where it might improve. And Emily's background is unique. She serves as deputy provost of Yale and is a former president of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. You can learn more about the current Dartmouth Board of Trustees here.
- Finally, Mark Davis '81, '84Tu, chair of the Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC), which serves as a communications conduit between the alumni body and Trustees, gave the Council an update on the work of the committee and the newly released 2013-2014 ALC Annual Report. You can read that report here.
- Mark Davis and Lou Spelios have asked that we end this correspondence by posing a common question to every alumnus:
During our meetings, we learned about the new Living Learning Communities at Dartmouth, which are opportunities for students to live in the dorms with other students with like interests, such as a language or a co-curricular activity. What do you think of this idea? Would this have bettered your Dartmouth experience if it was available to you?
Please send your responses via email to your alumni councilor – ideally by December 31. All responses will be forwarded on to the ALC, which will then synthesize them in its report to the Trustees.
The link to the full meeting minutes can be found here.
June 12, 2014
Hello Class of 1961,
The 208th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council was held in mid-May and was a stimulating fast-paced agenda of topics and activities that kept us very busy for two days. As you all know there are some pressing issues surrounding student life on the campus as well as positive momentum building around President Hanlon’s agenda for maintaining vital and innovative programs that will keep Dartmouth at the top of the country’s, and the world’s, learning institutions. Our mission on the Alumni Council is to promote an informed and engaged exchange of information and sentiment between the various alumni constituencies and the College, as well as to promote alumni involvement that furthers the mission of the College.
At the top of President Hanlon’s urgency list is his recent appointment of the Presidential Steering Committee for “Moving Dartmouth Forward”. The Steering Committee is tasked with making recommendations that will combat extreme behavior in the critical areas of sexual assault and high-risk drinking, and will also seek to foster more inclusivity and civility on campus. Councilors participated in breakout discussion sessions on these topics and Alumni are encouraged to submit their thoughts and recommendations to the Presidential Steering Committee via an online form here by June 30. This effort was launched with a student summit meeting on the campus followed by three phases of bringing together ideas through brainstorming, distilling and evaluating these ideas and forming recommendations to be presented to the Board of Trustees at their November meeting. This is your opportunity to put your thoughts in the hopper so take advantage of it and respond immediately.
As most of you I am sure are aware, this Council Meeting was held shortly after the media exposure that Dartmouth received from the student “sit-in” in Parkhurst Hall. I received a number of emails from classmates commenting on this event and reacting mostly to the Wall Street Journal article that stated in their opinion President Hanlon missed an opportunity to take a strong stand in the face of this type of student behavior. The article painted his response as weak and many of the classmates that contacted me agreed with this opinion based on the material in the article. In the Council’s discussion of the response to the sit-in, we learned that President Hanlon had prior experience as Provost at the University of Michigan in responding to two such events there. Based on this experience he chose to respond calmly to the situation and use it as a learning experience for these students on how to coexist and approach creating positive change in an academic community not by asserting demands, but by discussing desires with the appropriate administrative or academic contacts.
In following up on the sit-in event, President Hanlon and the administration provided to the students a list of the people in the administration and faculty with whom they should meet and discuss their desires for all of the over 70 points in the “Freedom Budget”. This approach, as opposed to bypassing the rest of the organization in the Dartmouth community and demanding opinion and action directly from the President, is the appropriate behavior in a community environment. All of the students involved were warned that if they did not leave the building that day, and occupied the building overnight, they would be subject to the College’s disciplinary review process. My understanding is that the students who failed to follow the College's expectations have gone through the disciplinary process. As in all instances, as specified by the College's disciplinary procedure, the results are confidential between the College and the student.
One last important point on this topic was made by Martha Beattie ’76, VP of Alumni Relations, who was in contact with Thad Seymour after the sit-in to get his perspective relative to a similar event that he faced back in our era. Thad said that in his opinion, President Hanlon handled this situation just right. He did not let it escalate (as the media and perhaps the students would have liked), and the students, while aggressive verbally, remained civil. In the situation Thad Seymour faced, the students had hammers and were damaging and defacing the building and its contents. This behavior called for different action which is why Thad summoned College security.
Some of the highlights of the Alumni Council meeting which you may find interesting are: (The full minutes can be found here)
President Hanlon outlined his vision for Dartmouth as a magnet for talent because of the learning opportunity provided and its ability to attract the best faculty. Also as a center of knowledge creation aided by the post-doctoral Fellows Program which will ramp up research output without reducing Dartmouth’s focus on undergraduate teaching by the faculty. There will be new emphasis on foreign studies in the sense of not just going to school overseas but in studying problems in a foreign context. Underlying this vision is the focus on experiential learning and the formation of faculty clusters, the newest of which will be Computational Science.
Barbara Will, the Chairperson of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” described some of the initiatives already underway to improve student life on the campus. There will be more opportunities for community building and social interaction on the campus and a return to creating student dormitory continuity despite the four-term program and time spent off campus and abroad. The central goal of changing the culture on campus is the focus of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” which includes attacking the problems of binge drinking and sexual assault, and creating a more inclusive social environment as well as a strong atmosphere of civility and mutual respect.
Maria Laskaris ‘84, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, presented the results for the Class of 2018 which enters in the Fall. While the overall number of completed applications was down by 14%, and this is certainly of concern, the number of early decision applications was up by 6% and admittance acceptances were way above expectations at 54% meaning that 90 more students accepted their invitations to come to Dartmouth than the admissions office had expected. Dartmouth did not go to its wait list this year. A survey of non-applicants showed the top 5 reasons for not applying to Dartmouth were: they didn’t think they would be accepted, cost, they felt they not like a typical Dartmouth student, location, and the strong Greek system.
Trustee, Bill Burgess ‘81 spoke to us on behalf of the Board and stressed two things: that the Board is thankful to have Phil Hanlon as President of the College and that Phil is a lot tougher than people might think. That said, the Board and President Hanlon are focused on several key issues as they go forward:
The need for Dartmouth to innovate to maintain its position.
Focusing on generating interactions outside the College in support of experiential learning.
Leveraging the strength of the Thayer School by doubling its size
Ramping down the draw from the endowment and the percentage increase in tuition each year. (The forecast percent increase in tuition next year is the lowest since 1977.)
A full list of the meeting’s topics is below:
Dinner discussion groups with faculty and students focused on experiential learning opportunities
"Back to the Classroom" for councilors to attend select classes
Luncheon and student panel presentation titled Experiential Learning: On and Off the Green
Viewing of the documentary film Passion for Snow and the Dartmouth student video Happy Dartmouth.
Remarks by Professor Barbara Will, chair of the Presidential Steering Committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward
Faculty update by Michael Mastanduno, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences
Admissions in a Changing Landscape with Maria Laskaris '84, dean of admissions and financial aid. The Alumni Council encourages all alumni to volunteer here to interview student applicants in the upcoming year
Dinner address by Nathaniel Fick '99, trustee, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer and chief executive officer of Endgame, Inc.
Update from the Board of Trustees by Bill Burgess '81, trustee
A conversation on alumni initiatives with Martha Beattie '76, vice president for alumni relations
All About Athletics: The Quest for Comprehensive Excellence with Robert Ceplikas '78, Deputy Director of Athletics, and Abbey D'Agostino '14
Telling Dartmouth's Story by Tommy Bruce, senior vice president for public affairs.
Again, the full minutes can be found here.
My best regards to all, and please email or call me if you have any comments or questions.
Roger McArt, Alumni Council Representative, Class of 1961
McArt November 2013
November 23, 2013
Dear ‘61 Classmate,
I attended my first Alumni Council meeting over the last weekend in October and learned a great deal about what is currently happening in Hanover as well as what the focus of the Trustees and administration is going to be going forward. To try to convey all that went on would be too time consuming, but I will try to hit some of the highlights that I found interesting. If these peak your interest or if you would be interested in areas I haven’t covered, I have attached the Summary Report from the entire meeting which has more detailed information.
This meeting marked the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Council so dinner on Friday evening was a special event at which, for the first time, all six annual alumni awards for outstanding service to the College were given out at the same time. Don Berlin ’54, Ken Johansen ’60, '62Th, Brad Evans ’64 and Peter Frederick ’65 each received the Dartmouth Alumni Award and E. Kristina Brock ’01, '02Th and Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03 each received the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Earlier in the day President Hanlon addressed the group and talked about his perspectives on the college, several initiatives he is undertaking and some of the challenges he faces. On the challenges front, key were:
-Affordability of a Dartmouth Education- The increases in tuition costs are unsustainable and near the breaking point. This is a problem that he focused on at the U of Michigan and his goal at Dartmouth is to level off and increase at only a reasonable rate of inflation and each year redeploy 1.5% of budgeted expenses into new initiatives.
-Binge Drinking-A program called BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), initiated by President Kim is having an impact in this area with reductions in the number of medical transports for intoxicated students and an increase from 17% to 35% for non-drinkers among student athletes.
-Sexual Assault-The most effective approach to reducing sexual assaults has been developed by Jen Messina ’93, who has become an expert in this field and developed training for Bystander Intervention which the College is employing along with Mentors Against Violence.
President Hanlon’s initiatives on the education front evolve from the College’s focus on developing leaders and advancing knowledge. This is a period of profound change in education with a workplace that is highly diverse and requires agility. Also IT and the internet have changed everything in our lives including changes in education. Today the historic elements of education, information and knowledge, are both free. You just look them up on your laptop. In Hanlon’s mind the key focus for education is on wisdom which is the application of information and knowledge through experience, and gaining the confidence through this experience to take risks. This is the way leaders are developed and Dartmouth is a leader in, and will continue to focus on, experiential learning which engages students in a hands on way.
Hanlon is well aware of the importance of Dartmouth’s reputation as a leader in undergraduate education. Supporting this reputation, in the tradition of President Kemeny, Hanlon is teaching a section of first-year math including office hours for his students. There are several other important initiatives he is pursuing including expanding the enrollment by modifying the D-Plan and smoothing out the on-campus student population each term, hiring clusters of faculty based around issues of impact rather than traditional academic groupings, opening an entrepreneurship center for students and launching a new post-doctoral Society of Fellows program to increase awareness of Dartmouth internationally and provide a pipeline for potential new faculty. So stay alert for news from the College, get out and see him at one of his 10 scheduled speaking engagements at Alumni Club gatherings around the country, or go online and read or listen to the text of his addresses.
Steve Mandel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke to us in the final session on Saturday morning and commented that the Board of Trustees was working very well with a combination of talents and experience that enables them to provide excellent guidance and team support for President Hanlon. Mandel confirmed the Board’s alignment with the direction and the initiatives that Hanlon spelled out to us earlier, so the priorities are set, and they will be going forward together with the execution of the strategies.
We also heard from several other leaders in the Administration including Dean of the College, Charlotte Johnson, who outlined to us the new student advising arrangement where they have combined the locations for the student advisors and the faculty advisors at one location in Baker-Berry Library where they will be piloting a 360 Advising Program for students this year. Roger Woolsey, Director of the Center for Professional Development (formerly Career and Employment Services) described the changes that are being made to provide stronger and more targeted support to help students be successful in the job market. Assistant VP for Media Relations, Justin Anderson, told us about the efforts being made to increase the positive media stories that appear about Dartmouth to enhance the College’s reputation and recognition domestically and internationally. A number of other presentations are included in the summary report later in this email.
I am a member of the Athletic Committee of the Alumni Council and attended the Committee Meeting on Friday morning. Harry Sheehy, Athletic Director, spoke about the status of the teams, recruiting progress, and the Dartmouth Peak Performance (DP2) program. The scope of the Athletic program at Dartmouth includes:
- 34 Division I Varsity Sports involving 1079 athletes (Div. I average is 19 teams)
- 34 Club sports involving 1057 athletes
- 22 Intramural sports involving 5100 participants
- Plus 55 fitness classes and 80 physical education classes per term
Recent projects include a new basketball suite, softball park, and Memorial Field lights and video scoreboard. Future priorities include an indoor practice facility, sports medicine expansion and the replacement of Memorial Field West Stands. If you would like more information, please let me know, and I will forward the Power Points of the presentations we received.
Let me know if you have questions about any areas at the College, and I will get back to you with information/answers.
Best wishes for the Holidays,
Roger McArt '61
26 McKinley Street
Rowayton, CT 06853
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REPORT FROM THE 207TH DARTMOUTH ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING
October 24–26, 2013
By Howard Hodel ’75
The 207th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council marked the council’s 100th anniversary, and opened with a festive reception and dinner on Thursday evening to mark the occasion. In 1913, Dartmouth President Ernest Martin Hopkins formed the Alumni Council to guide and support Dartmouth alumni relations. The council meets twice yearly in Hanover. The mission of the Alumni Council is to sustain a fully informed, representative, and engaged exchange of information and sentiment between the alumni and the College, and to enhance and inspire alumni involvement that furthers the mission of the College.
This report is meant to complement the wealth of information about this council meeting and alumni affairs in general available on the Office of Alumni Relations website at www.alumni.dartmouth.edu. It’s a good idea to bookmark this address if you haven’t done so already.
THE ELEVATOR TALK
The meeting took place in crisp, overcast autumn weather that turned out to be a great opportunity for those councilors who stayed a few hours longer to see Dartmouth’s football team defeat Columbia, 56-0. The program schedule was jam-packed and included the following highlights (see below for details).
• Thursday dinner featuring 100th anniversary remarks by Council President Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu, and a student panel on experiential learning opportunities in the Upper Valley;
• Friday morning breakout session for councilors to work in their committees;
• Opening remarks from council President Davis at Friday morning’s plenary session;
• Address by new Dartmouth College President Philip J. Hanlon ’77;
• Presentation of market research on alumni by Martha Beattie ’76, vice president for alumni relations, and Jean Romeo, director of market research;
• Alumni Council luncheon with students;
• Presentation by Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson and members of her staff regarding student life at Dartmouth;
• Financial and investment presentations by Richard Mills, chief financial officer, and Pamela Peedin ’89, ’98Tu, chief investment officer;
• Meetings of Alumni Awards Committee, Young Alumni Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee and optional programs for other councilors;
• Friday inaugural Alumni Awards gala dinner, featuring presentation of the Dartmouth Alumni Award to Donald Berlin ’54, Kenneth Johansen ’60, ’62Th , R. Bradford Evans ’64, and Peter Frederick ’65, and the Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award to E. Kristina Brock ’01, ’02Th, and Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03;
• Presentation by Bob Lasher ’88, senior vice president for advancement;
• Report by Dartmouth trustees Steve Mandel ’78 and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu, on board priorities;
• Presentation by Roger Woolsey, director of the Center for Professional Development;
• Update from Jennifer Avellino ’89, chair of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee;
• Presentation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s final report by cochairs S. Caroline Kerr ’05 and Janine Avner ’80; and
• Open forum, including proposed Association of Alumni (AoA) constitutional amendment to eliminate alumni-wide balloting for uncontested elections and council committee reports.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The 207th session of the Dartmouth Alumni Council opened with meetings of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee and the Alumni Liaison Committee. First-year councilors attended an orientation session.
THURSDAY DINNER, STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION & 100TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION
Councilors attended dinner, during which Council President Davis presented a slide show celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Council. Afterward, councilors viewed a student panel titled, “A Sense of Place: Bringing the Upper Valley Into the Classroom,” moderated by Bruce Sacerdote ’90, Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor of Economics and faculty representative on the Alumni Council.
FRIDAY MORNING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The morning began at 8 am with meetings of the Academic Affairs, Athletics, Communications, Enrollment and Admissions, and Student Affairs committees.
FRIDAY MORNING PLENARY SESSION
Welcome Remarks by Council President Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu. President Davis welcomed both new and returning councilors to the session. Councilors watched a short film introducing President Philip Hanlon ’77, produced for his upcoming visits to alumni clubs.
Welcome Remarks by President Philip Hanlon ’77. President Hanlon delivered his first ad-dress to the council, congratulating the council on its 100th year anniversary. In the year since accepting his appointment, President Hanlon has spoken to and received feedback from hundreds of alumni, students, and faculty. His vision for the College is to continue the focus on the dual mission of providing the best possible education for students and bettering the world through the advancement of knowledge. Dartmouth’s most strategic asset is the preparation of successful leaders, and the College has long been recognized for its excellence in undergraduate teaching. (The president noted he spent time earlier that morning hosting office hours and teaching a section of math.) Hanlon emphasized that Dartmouth must stay at the forefront of teaching and learning. This is a period of rapid change in the world, where the workplace is more volatile and workers and leaders must be increasingly nimble to adapt. With increasing diversity both domestically and globally, different backgrounds and perspectives abound and must be meshed. Information technology is also having a profound impact in the classroom on the way we teach and learn. Both information and knowledge are quickly and easily available through the internet. The key value Dartmouth adds is wisdom, the confidence to take risks and learn by doing. Hanlon stressed the importance of experiential learning, in which Dartmouth is a leader.
President Hanlon announced several initiatives to upgrade how Dartmouth will impact the world through scholarship. He envisions that:
• Dartmouth will open an entrepreneurship center for students in January 2014. This center will host visiting alumni entrepreneurs and provide space to gather, staff assistance, startup funds, and Tuck business basics training. The Society of Fellows, a new postdoc program, will allow early-career graduate students to interact while being mentored by senior fellows.
• Dartmouth will hire clusters of faculty around issues of impact. An example might be the worldwide issue of clean energy, for which a solution will involve engineering, chemistry, and policy.
• Expansion of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science model to 10 centers with a similar impact.
President Hanlon then turned to the challenges facing the College. One challenge is affordability. The cost of higher education is rising on an unsustainable track, and Dartmouth must find a way to address this. Another challenge is student life issues, including binge drinking. Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is helping reduce incidents. The number of medical transports for intoxicated students has declined. Dartmouth is a leader in this initiative, started by President Jim Kim. Sexual assault is a concern. The College recently hired Jen Messina ’93, an expert in this field. She has said that the only effective approach is bystander training. Both the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative and Mentors Against Violence provide tools that allow others to intervene. This is a complex problem, and Hanlon is energized by the idea that Dartmouth can create a model that can make a difference.
Presentation by Martha Beattie ’76, Vice President for Alumni Relations, and Jean Romeo, Director of Market Research. Beattie highlighted the organizational chart of the Office of Alumni Relations and introduced Romeo, explaining that other colleges and universities are creating this type of market research position as well. Romeo shared her job description: “The director of market research’s objective is to better understand the needs, feelings, and perceptions of Dartmouth’s alumni and parents and to provide valid, reliable data to the leadership of alumni relations and development to help them make more informed decisions, develop more effective strategies, and raise more financial support and alumni and parent involvement. This position will provide strategic guidance in alumni and constituent relations, communications, and fundraising and be charged with delivering critical market insights to inform Dartmouth’s alumni relations and development efforts.”
When Romeo arrived on campus in 2012, the Dartmouth College Fund had just completed an online survey. She took a "deep dive" into the data and investigated differences by gender and class year across three areas: impressions of Dartmouth, emotional attachment to Dartmouth, and level of engagement/support. Also soon after arriving, she standardized Advancement surveys on one online survey tool, ensuring that all surveys have the same "look and feel" (which is important because they are a touch point with alumni and represent the Dartmouth brand). Romeo also gave examples of other projects she has been involved with, including in-depth volunteer research among Alumni Relations and Development volunteers. She found some interesting differences in motivations to volunteer for Dartmouth between the two types of volunteers. She concluded her presentation with a brief overview of research projects that are on the horizon, including an alumni sentiment study (which she would like to pre-test among the Alumni Liaison Committee before deploying to the larger alumni body). Other projects include gathering insights to guide program development for Dartmouth Alumni Travel and Dartmouth for Life.
At midday, the Alumni Council hosted a luncheon with students, seated in individual discussion groups at tables of six to eight people. Immediately afterward, the entire council gathered for a group photo on the steps of Dartmouth Hall.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION
Presentation by Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College. The afternoon plenary session in 105 Dartmouth Hall opened with Dean Johnson providing an update on student advising. The new Student Advising Center recently opened in the Ross Suite of Berry Library with undergraduate deans and resources housed in the same location. The office is partnering with select faculty advisors to pilot the 360 Advising Program for the classes of 2016 and 2017, after which it will be rolled out to all students in future classes. Dean Johnson then described the College’s efforts to improve social options and renovate facilities for students to gather at Collis, including the Collis Café, TV lounge, and 8-Ball Hall; at Sarner Underground’s 24-hour student social space; and on Robinson’s third-floor, which now provides a central location for health promotion and the residential education suites. These changes provide a variety of settings for students to socialize at nonalcoholic events, such as Late Night@Collis, at peak consumption hours. On the topic of health promotions and risk reduction, Dean Johnson described BASICS. This is a prevention program for college students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Using a harm-reduction approach, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use and its negative consequences. The BASICS course consists of two one-hour interviews with a brief online assessment survey taken by the student after the first session. On the topic of sexual assault awareness, students participate in facilitated dialogues during orientation. There is also a new live-in advocate and coordinated support from the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Dean Johnson also noted that the Class of 2017 experienced new welcoming activities on the DOC trips, including “Your Class Your Words” and intergroup dialogues. She added that Roger Woolsey, the director of the Center for Professional Development, is leading a much-needed change in philosophy in the four-year approach to career preparation designed to improve the transition from Dartmouth student to the next stage of life.
Presentation by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program (SAAP) Coordinator. Childress stressed that many sexual assault prevention programs are not effective, and that people must be invited to be a positive part of the solution. This realization lead to the development of the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative, designed by Jennifer Sayre ’93, the rollout of a social marketing campaign to spread awareness of the initiative, and a series of overview talks for students to intervene as responsible bystanders to deter high risk behavior. Last summer, 500 students participated in the overview talks and 150 participated in leadership training.
Presentation by Mike Wooten, Director of Residential Education. Wooten introduced the living-learning communities project, which is currently comprised of 14 programs with enhanced curricular connections. There are also proposals being finalized for three new pilot programs in the arts, entrepreneurship, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Presentation by Pam Peedin ’89, ’98Tu, Chief Investment Officer. Councilors learned about “Dartmouth by the Numbers” from Peedin, who provided an update on the activities of the in-vestment office and the performance of the endowment. She discussed the role of investment office staff, consultants, portfolio managers, and investment committee in managing Dartmouth’s assets and reviewed the investment goals and strategy of the endowment. She explained that the mission of the investment office is to provide exceptional stewardship of Dartmouth’s investment assets of more than $4.5 billion in aggregate, including the endowment as well as several shorter-term investment pools and the defined benefit pension plan. The investment committee, which works closely with the investment office, is responsible for setting goals and broad strategy for the endowment and other pools, while the investment office manages the portfolios day-to-day, sources and researches new investment opportunities, and monitors existing investments, consultants, and managers.
The primary long-term investment return goal for the endowment is 8 to 9 percent per year, which allows the endowment to maintain purchasing power after providing for the annual distribution to operations and adjusting for inflation. Dartmouth’s endowment has succeeded in meeting that goal, generating an annualized return of 9.4 percent for the 15 years ending June 30, 2013, and outperforming the 4.2-percent average annualized return for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index during the same period. Dartmouth’s endowment rate of return also compares favorably with the broad universe of peer colleges and universities, ranking in the top-quartile of the Cambridge Associates Universe of Colleges and Universities.
Presentation by Richard “Rick” G. Mills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mills provided a view into Dartmouth from a financial perspective, with some discussion of change over time and trends. Mills discussed both sources and uses of funds at Dartmouth and highlighted President Hanlon’s goal to continue to develop the greatness of Dartmouth while addressing the very real and pressing problem of affordability and access in higher education. Mills mentioned that part of this might be accomplished through finding efficiencies in operations that allow increased investment in core academic activities aimed at teaching and scholarship. Specifically, Mills described President Hanlon’s request of the campus to build budgets from last year’s activities, with modest inflators in a few areas, together with a request to identify 1.5 percent of expense that could be redeployed to fund new initiatives. Mills touched upon the role of philanthropy in Dartmouth operations as both endowment and current-use giving. Mills also noted that while all of higher education has entered a period of change and challenge, Dartmouth is well positioned to respond and emerge strengthened in many important areas.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON COMMITTEE MEETINGS & OPTIONAL PROGRAMS
Later in the afternoon, the Alumni Awards Committee, Young Alumni Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee met. Alumni councilors also participated in optional programs. Katie Hornstein, assistant professor of Modern European art, presented “From Prints to Photography: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art,” and Matt Purcell, director of the Office of Project Management, led a tour of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.
FRIDAY EVENING RECEPTION AND ALUMNI AWARDS GALA DINNER
This evening featured the inaugural Alumni Awards gala, which represented the first time that all six of the annual alumni awards for outstanding service to the College were given at the same time. Four alumni were honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Award: Donald Berlin ’54, Kenneth Johansen ’60, ’62Th, R. Bradford Evans ’64, and Peter Frederick ’65. Two alumni received the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award: E. Kristina Brock ’01, ’02Th, and Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03. Following an evening reception at the Top of the Hop, the gala dinner in the ballroom of the Hanover Inn opened with welcome remarks from Council President Davis and President Hanlon. Insightful film clips were shown of each recipient, followed by brief acceptance speeches. Award citations for each recipient are posted on the Alumni Awards website at http://alumni.dartmouth.edu/awards.
SATURDAY MORNING ALUMNI LIAISON COMMITTEE MEETING
The Alumni Liaison Committee met for breakfast with President Hanlon and trustees Steve Mandel ’78, Emily Bakemeier ’82, and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu.
SATURDAY MORNING PLENARY SESSION
President-elect Lou Spelios ’95 opened the Saturday morning plenary session and greeted the councilors.
Presentation by Bob Lasher '88, Senior Vice President for Advancement. Lasher explained that both alumni relations and development are under the umbrella of the Advancement Division. In FY 2013, the DCF set a new gifts record of $46,092,290.71 and a new participation rate record of 44.5 percent with 24,550 donors, while the three graduate schools set fundraising records as well. Lasher then talked about presidential club events for 2013-14, which will introduce President Hanlon’s vision for Dartmouth in locations across the United States and in London. The message is “All In for Dartmouth,” and the goal is to have 15,000 alumni attend these events. Thus far, events have been held in Hanover, New York City, and Boston. Upcoming events are scheduled for San Francisco (December 3); Los Angeles (December 4); London (January 29); Washington, D.C. (February 19); Philadelphia (March 19); Chicago (April 29); Seattle (May 6); and Denver (May 20).
In terms of social media, Dartmouth leads the Ivy League in Facebook followers, while we need to increase our presence on Twitter. The College wants to support these efforts.
Presentation by Justin Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations. Anderson spoke about Dartmouth in the news. Media coverage of Dartmouth rose from 300 media hits in September 2011 to more than 500 in September 2013, with 5 percent being negative. Stories pertaining to Dartmouth in the past month appeared in The Washington Post (climate change), The New York Times(fact-checking and political behavior), the San Francisco Chronicle (translational research grant), andThe Wall Street Journal (Hanlon inauguration).
Presentation by Trustees Steve Mandel ’78 and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu. Spelios introduced trustees Mandel and Oberg, who provided an update from the Board of Trustees.
As chair of the Board of Trustees, Mandel said his goal has been to improve communications between the board and the alumni. He then outlined elements of the board’s agenda. President Hanlon is focused on experiential learning and wants students to engage in subjects in a hands-on way. An effort is under way to reorganize academic focus around issues in an interdisciplinary manner and hire faculty in clusters to support that goal. Technology is another area of focus, which needs to enhance the learning experience of students both inside and outside the class-room. Dartmouth students already receive the very best undergraduate teaching, done according to proven constructs. Mandel then turned to several critical fiscal issues. The affordability issue for students continues to be a concern. In terms of budgeting, every department is being asked to eliminate 1.5 percent of spending from existing programs to fund new initiatives that better serve the educational experience. The board believes that tuition should remain comparable to peer institutions, but the historical increases above inflation of the past 40 years are unsustainable. Cost control is vital, especially considering that the future endowment distribution is expected to tend to 5 percent of endowment assets per year. Energy-wise, the campus depends on expensive fuel oil for heat, as cheaper piped natural gas does not extend into the Upper Valley and is not likely to in the near future. The College remains committed to need-blind admissions, and financial aid extends to international students, which adds to the financial pressure. Finally, in an effort to improve efficiency, campus buildings are being examined to determine the need for capital renewal as well as improved space utilization.
One of Dartmouth’s strengths is community, although there are still issues with student life. High-risk behaviors in particular must continue to be addressed. There are also bulges in term enrollment, with campus facilities and resources overly taxed in the fall and spring quarters and underutilized in the winter and summer quarters. More themed residences will be established along lines of academic interests. Branding and marketing are important and must be addressed. The board has goals for each of its committees and progress is measured.
Trustee Oberg, head of the board’s Audit Committee, discussed risk-management systems at Dartmouth.
Presentation by Roger Woolsey, Director of the Center for Professional Development. The name of this office has been changed, as the previous name, Career and Employment Services, was considered too limiting. An external review that partnered with groups and used analysis and research, indicated that challenges faced by the office include accessibility, preparedness, outreach, perceptual error, and technology. Additional considerations include student self-esteem and belongingness. Changes under way include the development of some signature programs and resources and the introduction of a professional development accelerator, resume guide, immersion trips into the workplace for students interested in certain vocations such as law, a virtual career fair, and December Bridge program at Tuck. Additional changes to technology and media include access to DartBoard, Dartmouth Professional Alliance, Customer Relations Management Widget, and Cloud: Work and Live. Woolsey plans to introduce himself to alumni clubs and create opportunities for alumni mentoring and internships.
Update from Jennifer Avellino ’89, Chair of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee. Avellino described the structure, membership, and charter of the committee. The committee nominates candidates for Alumni Council positions, formally appoints councilors based on recommendations from classes, affinity groups, or regions, and recommends candidates for the Alumni Council to nominate to the Board of Trustees. Eight Alumni Council-nominated candidates were elected to the Board of Trustees in the last four years. The committee continues to review lists of possible trustee candidates, and new submissions are welcomed from alumni and reviewed on an ongoing basis, as a vacancy could occur unexpectedly at any time. Councilors are encouraged to submit nominations for Alumni Council leadership and for the Alumni Liaison Committee.
Final Report by S. Caroline Kerr ’05 and Janine Avner ’80, Co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Kerr and Avner presented the committee’s final report. The mission of the committee is to support the College’s aspirational vision for the workforce of the future by 1) increasing the diversity of the workforce through recruitment and retention of staff and faculty of color (both national and international) and other underrepresented populations and 2) determining what structures, resources, and best practices are needed. The work of the committee took about 16 months to complete and included a review of statistical data from the College as well as from peer institutions, best practices, and interviews. The report was posted online on October 28 athttp://alumni.dartmouth.edu/leadership/council/ResourcesforAlumni.
Final Report by Marty Lempres ’84, Chair of the Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC). Lempres briefly summarized the 2012-13 ALC annual report, completed in September. The ALC held a conference call with six members of the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee in early October to discuss the findings. The report was communicated to the alumni on October 22 and posted online athttp://alumni.dartmouth.edu/leadership/council/ResourcesforAlumni. During this council session, the ALC met twice, including during a breakfast with trustees and senior College leadership.
Open Forum. The open forum commenced with reports of activities from the chairs of the Student Affairs, Communications, Academic Affairs, Athletics, Honorary Degrees, Enrollment and Admissions, Alumni Liaison, and Young Alumni committees. The summaries of those committee reports will be posted on the Alumni Council website at http://alumni.dartmouth.edu/leadership/council.
During the open discussion period for councilors, Association of Alumni (AoA) President John “J.B.” Daukas ’84 explained a proposed constitutional amendment. At the suggestion of a number of alumni, the AoA Executive Committee is proposing amending the association’s constitution to eliminate the requirement of alumni-wide balloting for uncontested elections. Alumni-wide balloting would still occur in trustee and AoA Executive Committee elections in which two or more candidates are running for the same seat. By way of background: Dartmouth alumni trustee elections are overseen by the AoA Executive Committee, pursuant to the terms of the AoA constitution and association bylaws. Dartmouth’s AoA constitution provides for alumni-wide balloting in all trustee elections. (Alumni elect a nominee for each open alumni-nominated seat. The nominee is then presented to the Board of Trustees for members to vote on the nominee’s election to the board.) A number of alumni have questioned the sensibility of incurring the costs and effort of alumni-wide balloting in uncontested elections. The cost of an election is approximately $70,000. In addition, many alumni have complained about receiving communications encouraging them to vote in uncontested elections. The proposed amendment would in no way affect the ability of alumni to run for trustee or association Executive Committee seats by petition. The petition process will remain unchanged. The association Executive Committee is also proposing a change to the constitution to clarify that the Executive Committee may send ballots to alumni via email (and not in hard copy), unless an alumnus/alumna has asked to receive a paper copy of the ballot. In recent elections, 70 percent of alumni have voted electronically. This change is merely intended to reduce costs, while allowing alumni who wish to receive paper ballots to continue to do so. Finally, the AoA Executive Committee is proposing to amend the constitution to reflect the name changes of Dartmouth’s medical and business graduate schools.
The AoA Executive Committee has voted to present this amendment to be voted on by alumni in an election that will run from late February through mid-March of 2014. Pertinent information will be sent out to the alumni body in late November.
There was no old business.
Closing of the Meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 pm.
Post-Closing Debriefing. An Executive Committee debriefing and retreat took place on Saturday afternoon, October 26, and Sunday morning, October 27.
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