LINCOLN UNIVERSITY R.O.A.R. ALUMNI WEBINAR 2012 Saturday, March 24th Welcome! Produced by Lancaster Craig & Associates Raleigh, NC
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The LU Alumni ROAR Proposal Presented by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Class of 1976BACKGROUNDA concerned group of Lincoln alumni, primarily Class of 1976, has beenmeeting since their 35th reunion in May with proactive aspirations of buildinga consensus agenda amongst LU’s general alumni for offering their fellowalums the best of their collective expertise, experience, both life andprofessional, to the university and the current students therein enrolled.Over the course of the past few months, we have sought to devise a plan ofaction that could more directly and consistently engage alumni with the LUadministration and student body. We think we have a viable and necessaryinteractive agenda that furthers our goals and objectives and is consistentwith the university’s stated mission.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The following is a synopsis of our action plan. We would appreciate your consideration and thoughtful input: PHASE I – AALU Re-energized First, we recognize the need for the Alumni Association of Lincoln University (AALU) to be more proactive and visible on Lincoln’s campus. The AALU needs to be a more cohesive group with a sharper focus on functionality and efficacy.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The LU Alumni ROAR Proposal Presented by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Class of 1976PHASE I – AALU Re-energizedOur goal is to generate greater interest amongst alumnithrough increased interaction with the university and thestudent body. Therefore, we propose to initiate a movementwithin the AALU to revisit its stated mission, shore up its administrativecapacity, enhance its communication toolbox and create an advocacystrategy and process that will allow it play a larger support role ofUniversity Administration initiatives with public officials.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYPHASE II – Interacting with Student BodySecond, we propose that AALU initiate an action plan to moredirectly and consistently engage with students to maximizetheir LU learning experience.We propose to blend our interactive student enrichment effortwith initiative already in place at the Career Services and Academic AffairsOffices.The thrust of our proposal will be to recruit certified and/or experiencedprofessionals amongst the AALU membership to volunteer time, resources.Information and experiences about their career paths upon graduation andthe things students need to do to maximize their academic opportunities atLincoln.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYPOLL QUESTION # 1Q: Since you’ve graduated, how many times have you visited the campus?Ansr: (A) never (B) 1-5 times (C) 6-10 times (D) every year
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYPOLL QUESTION # 2Q: How many times have you attended an LU function away from campus?Ansr: (A) never (B) 1- 5 times (C) 6 -10 times (D) every chance I get.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY Therefore, we propose the following: FINANCIAL LITERACY (Freshmen) PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (Sophomore) CAREER COUNSELING (Junior) MENTORING (Senior)
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYPOLL QUESTION # 3Q: Have you responded to President Jennings’ proposal to engage alumni on the campus?Ansr: (A) Yes (B) No
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYA. FINANCIAL LITERACY (Freshmen)1. Personal a. Understanding Financial Concepts and Using Credit Wisely b. Balancing a Checkbook/Savings Account c. Building personal wealth/Estate Planning2. National a. Direct impact of national economy on personal finances b. Understanding economic surveys/reports and their relationships to personal finances c. Where do you fit in?3. Economic Environment a. What is economic policy and how does it affect you? b. Understanding globalization and its consequences c. What are the politics behind economics and vice versa?
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYB. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (Sophomore)1. Choices and Consequences a. For every choice an equal or greater consequence b. Flexibility in decision-making/ Options built in c. Due Diligence2. Developing Personal Independence a. Who are you and what do you want to be? b. What do you have to do to be who you want to be? c. Personal Accountability and Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution3. Global View a. Evaluate and Assess the world politically, economically and socially b. Where do you fit in? c. Is conformity worth the level of independence you strive to achieve?
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYC. CAREER COUNSELING (Junior)2. Available Opportunities a. Reading and understanding the USD of Labor’s Career Guide b. How extensive is your personal network? c. How prepared are you to take on opportunities?2. Career vs. Job a. What is the difference? b. How does either fit into your goals and objectives? c. How/What to do to get it the way you want it and what to do if you can’t3. Entrepreneurship a. What is it and what does it mean to you? b. How do you prepare to be your own boss and create your own opportunities? c. Managing Accountability/Leadership Development
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYIncrease Alumni giving to LU a. The fundraising aspect of our agenda must first address the financial survival of the AALU. An annual budget to operate the association is in order and an annual financial commitment by the association to contribute to LU must be established. b. Our recommendation for discussion purposes calls for raising the bar on alumni contributions to AALU. We must press alumni to buy-in to giving AALU a monthly contribution for 60 months (the time period between 5-year reunions). This strategy serves dual purposes in that it gives the AALU a strong enough revenue stream to actually plan and execute events pertinent to its growth and survival; and it has the potential to generate a substantial pot of funds to contribute to LU on an annual basis separate from what individual classes may contribute every five years.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY D. MENTORING (Senior) 1. Intern Programs a. Gauging opportunity in the work force b. Hands-on Apprenticeships for satisfaction discovery c. A foot in the Door 2. Hobbies and Volunteerism a. Avocation as a satisfaction quotient b. Broadening your horizons c. All work and no play? 3. Knowledge Transfer a. Direct contact with a successful person or business enterprise b. Appreciating similarities but applauding differences c. Preparing yourself for leadership vicariously.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYPOLL QUESTION # 4Q: Are you willing to serve as a -Ansr: (1) mentor (2) recruiter (3) intern sponsor (4) guest lecturer?
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The LU Alumni ROAR Proposal Presented by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Class of 1976We are seeking the university’s support for this initiative with the caveat that,formalization of the final program will undergo faculty and staff review forconsistency and relevancy to what students are experiencing in theclassroom.We see the AALU Student Enrichment Plan as an extension of the universitycurriculum and seek to provide real world anecdotal experience throughplanning, presentations, internships, counseling, mentoring and creativeproblem solving.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The LU Alumni ROAR Proposal Presented by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Class of 1976To Professionalize the Operation and Management of the Alumni Association and to secure a presence on campus, we propose leasing of two buildings from the University:• The Lincoln House – to be converted and used as the Alumni Association Office and museum• Bond House – to be turned into a “Bed & Breakfast Social Center” for visitors wishing to stay overnight/weekends on campus.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITYWhat we are proposing above all is to be open to the university’s input andpartnership, so that we can raise the academic bar at Lincoln University. Ourgoal is to engage enough alumni expertise with the student body in diverseways.Let’s put LU back in the leadership position amongst HBCUs and otherinstitutions of higher learning across the country.