UNO Young Alumni Academy at Maverick Shuttle.
Professor Tom Gouttierre at Golden Circle Lunch Bunch.
Chancellor John Christensen presents Citation to U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie S. Fulton.
New grads got the spin the fabulous Alumni Prize Wheel during three Graduate Fairs.
More than 60,000 guests attended functions in the Thompson Center event facility.
Association celebrates 2011 successes
The numbers are in, and again the UNO Alumni Association strengthened UNO by connecting with more alumni in 2010-11. The story, though, lies in how those connections came about. Through connecting, educating and giving. Launching, publishing and networking. Most of all, through serving.
The Association in July 2010 initiated its “Serving U!” campaign with a renewed emphasis on service by its staff, board members, alumni, students and volunteers.
“Serving the university has been at the root of our organization since we began in 1913,” says Association President Lee Denker. “We’ve never gotten away from that, but in the past year we’ve reinvigorated traditional programs and activities while introducing new, innovative approaches.”
A highlight to the year came when the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (District VI) presented five 2011 Institutional Awards to the Association — two bronze awards and a silver for programming excellence and two gold awards for excellence in publications.
A look at some of the Association’s other successes and achievements in 2010-11:
The UNO Alumni Association connected more than 6,400 alumni and friends with UNO at events on campus and across the United States. That includes Mavs on the Move outreaches to Colorado, Arizona and New York City and popular events like Shakespeare on the Green, Homecoming and UNO Alumni Night on the Ice.
UNO faculty had numerous opportunities to share their expertise with alumni, doing so at 10 Golden Circle Lunch Bunches hosted at the Thompson Center. More than 700 guests during the year heard presentations from faculty such as world-renowned Afghanistan expert Dr. Tom Gouttierre.
Helping to facilitate networking and professional growth for graduates 40 and younger, the Association launched the UNO Young Alumni Academy. Participants met for six sessions, getting an insider’s view into what it takes to run one of the nation’s premier metropolitan universities. Behind-the-scenes tours were provided at a UNO Hockey game, the Maverick Flight Simulator, the Henningson Memorial Campanile and other university venues. Thirty-one alumni graduated from the academy, which begins its second year in October.
The Association introduced itself to more than 6,000 students at various events, assisting those who moved into residence halls, dishing out food and freebies during Welcome Week, and hosting three graduate fairs during which graduates-to-be picked up their caps and gowns — and spun the Alumni Prize Wheel.
Continuing a tradition of giving begun in 1953, more than 2,600 alumni and friends provided $253,265 to the UNO Annual Fund.
In the pages of the award-winning UNO Magazine we shared with alumni and community members the university’s successes and academic excellence. The magazine was sent three times to more than 70,000 readers. The magazine was among nearly 437,000 printed messages sent to alumni and friends.
Through a robust presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn the Association made more than 1.25 million social media impressions in the last year, delivering timely news, event notices and other messages. Another 350,000 electronic messages were sent, including monthly installments of UNO Alumni eNews.
By June 30 nearly 5,900 alumni and friends were registered or signed-on to the Association’s online initiatives — the UNO Alumni Directory, Facebook, etc. Alumni and friends also made nearly 37,000 unique visits to the Association’s website, www.unoalumni.org
More than 60,000 guests attended Thompson Center events and functions, helping provide $111,327 in support to alumni programming. The popular conference and event facility also provided $79,060 in free rental to university groups and affiliates.
The Association board developed a new strategic plan for the Association, implementing a revised Mission, Vision and Values that establish a framework for growth and service. That included establishing priorities to Connect, Communicate and Cultivate.
The Association recognized numerous faculty, staff and alumni in 2010-11, issuing four Citations for Alumni Achievement (one to U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie S. Fulton, pictured with Chancellor John Christensen) and nine Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards.
Renewed emphasis through the year was given to developing relationships with numerous campus partners, including the University of Nebraska Foundation, fostering these and other successes.