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College announces new initiatives in alumni engagement

New initiatives in alumni engagement

Wofford College announces the establishment of the Office of Engagement and Annual Giving, which combines the former Office of Alumni & Parent Programs and the college’s annual giving initiatives. Under the leadership of Dina Roberts, executive director of engagement and annual giving, the office will provide alumni, parents and friends with robust and meaningful opportunities for engagement and philanthropy in order to foster a network of stakeholders committed to the advancement of the college.

Your alumni association

All Wofford graduates and students are considered members of the Wofford College Alumni Association. The alumni association seeks to connect alumni to each other and the college in mutually beneficial ways. The Wofford College Alumni Association Board of Directors (AAB) serves as a liaison between alumni and the college and provides diverse perspectives on alumni activities and programming as well as insights into alumni sentiment. Learn more at wofford.edu/alumni/WCAA.

New programming & engagement opportunities

Traditional offerings, including local and regional social events, will continue to be coordinated by Debbi Thompson ’89, director of alumni programs. New engagement opportunities — such as a virtual book club — also will be available. Watch your inbox for information about these new events and initiatives, including those for young alumni (graduates of the past 10 years) under the leadership of Alex Hunt North ’14, coordinator of young alumni programs. Update your contact information and learn more at wofford.edu/alumni.

Partnerships for professional development

A partnership with The Space in The Mungo Center, Wofford’s center for professional development and entrepreneurship, will provide opportunities for alumni and students to connect. Support these efforts by volunteering to serve as a mentor, sharing career insights at a lunch-and-learn event, hiring Wofford students to fill internship and full-time positions, and more.

Parent & family engagement

Wofford has created a new model for parent engagement under the leadership of Thom Henson ’96, director of parent engagement. All parents of currently enrolled students are automatically considered part of the Wofford College Parents Association, which replaces the Parents Advisory Council. It seeks to create a sense of community among parents, to facilitate communication between parents and the college and to enlist parents’ participation in various efforts. There are no dues associated with membership in the parents association. Additional engagement opportunities are available through the Parents Leadership Council (PLC), which consists of current parents who support Wofford through an annual gift to the college of $2,500 or more. Learn more at wofford.edu/parents.

For more information, contact Dina Roberts at robertsdk@wofford.edu.

By Ryann Kroske McCall ’13