NDWorks | May 26, 2018
As the 150th anniversary of the Notre Dame Alumni Association approached, the organization launched the Re-Envisioning strategic planning initiative. As part of Re-Envisioning, it had Huron Consulting survey alumni, parents and friends and University community partners. The research led its leadership to identify five strategic areas of focus to implement over the next five years. The association has introduced some programming in each of the five areas, and there’s more coming.
Student and Young Alumni Programming
- Young Alumni Board: A 16-person board will launch in June with a focus on strengthening bonds between young alumni and Notre Dame. The board, representing alumni under 32, will build relationships with students and assist them with the transition to life as young alumni. The board will also create and promote a broad array of initiatives to engage young alumni, including leadership opportunities within Notre Dame clubs.
- Life Beyond The ND Bubble: When surveyed, students, rectors and the Office of Student Affairs identified life skills education — budgeting, cooking, networking, financial planning, etc. — as a need for students. That was the impetus for February’s “Life Beyond The ND Bubble” event for seniors and graduating graduate students. More than 400 students gathered to hear a lineup of speakers that included former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, finance professor Carl Ackermann, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and others.
- Celebrating Traditions: The survey also revealed a small, yet noticeable decline in the appreciation of Notre Dame traditions by alumni 25 years old and younger. This led the association to develop a traditions-themed book to welcome new Notre Dame students and parents to the University each fall. The first book will mail in late summer. During Welcome Weekend last fall, students received a “bucket list” poster of traditions to experience before they graduate.
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