The board is always asking itself, "What can we do to assist the College in a tangible way to further its goals?" It's a question our alumni ask, as well. We needed to come up with an idea that would allow the board and other alumni to contribute in a way that was compatible with both their available time and geographical location.
In the winter 2002 issue of The College magazine, we told you about programs being established within the College of Arts and Sciences to recruit students and to offer direct admission to outstanding freshmen. It is through these programs that the board feels it has found a way for all of us to help!
We believe the best ambassadors for the College of Arts and Sciences are its own alumni. Who can better tell the story of how important a liberal arts education is to one's ability to succeed in one's personal and professional life? Alumni can get the word out to prospective students that the College offers the very best opportunity for a quality education and a successful future as demonstrated by our own career choices.
Here's what we're doing to recruit students and act as ambassadors for the College:
- We e-mail and call Direct Admit Program students in our geographical or academic interest areas. We welcome them to the College and answer any questions they or their parents may ask.
- We attend receptions held for students who have been admitted to Indiana University but who have not yet made a commitment to attend. We tell these students and their parents about our experience in the College and discuss the many professional opportunities to them. To date, these receptions have been held in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.
How can you help? Please join us in this effort! A stronger College benefits us all. We won't ask you to do this alone. We'll provide you with information and lists of available students and events in your area.
If you're willing to give a little of your time to help bring new students to the College, please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha Heindel Tardy
College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board