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 Tuesday, January 22, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Alumni Association returns to main campus
By Melanie O. Massengale

After 11 years as part of the CU Foundation, the University of Colorado Alumni Association has returned to CU-Boulder as a department within Student Affairs. "Chancellor Peterson was interested in bringing the campus and alumni association closer, since we share common values and initiatives," said outgoing Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Ron Stump, who will assume interim directorship of the Alumni Association effective Feb. 4. "We are well positioned to respond to the concerns of CU's alumni, to keep them informed about campus activities and programs."

Stump noted that Student Affairs is a good fit for AA's goals. "Both CU-Boulder and the association are seeking longer term relationships with our students, so Student Affairs is a close match to achieve that end through admissions, leadership development and career services to stay more in touch with alums," he said.

Kent Zimmerman, departing CEO and president of the Alumni Association, seconded Stump's view regarding Student Affairs. "I understand integrating the association with campus," he said. "The model is changing—the State of Colorado share of education funding has dropped to seven percent and parents are paying the difference, now. We have to give back more to our alums through career opportunities and networking, for example. Student Affairs is logical positioning since Career Services can assist in the effort." Zimmerman is leaving the association after 11 years at the helm.

The move from CU Foundation began in January 2007 and was largely completed by September. Both Stump and Zimmerman praised the efforts of association members and CU employees to effect the transition as smoothly as possible. "I was impressed with the way in which staff responded," said Stump. "The fact that association employees maintained their business operations so well during the changeover should be applauded."

Zimmernan said, "Maren Additon and Maia Andreasen at Student Affairs were very helpful. Gloria Timmons at Human Resources did an incredible job; Kathy Rasco's efforts at the Foundation were heroic." Transition issues included the transfer of assets from CU Foundation to CU-Boulder and setting up a budget, evaluating positions and assigning them to classified or professional exempt job titles and adjusting to new policies and protocols.

"We're waiting for the dust to settle," said Stump. "Some new programs are in the works. The Career Services ideas are still on the drawing board and we are still developing working relationships."

"A cultural shift is underway that is not yet completed," agreed Zimmerman. "We've had a few little glitches along the way with computers and phones, for example. It's a different way of doing business and we have worked hard to communicate openly with our staff."

For alumni, Zimmerman and Stump concur that a long term relationship as promised by the association ultimately adds value to their student experience, and the closer tie to CU-Boulder will help facilitate that goal. "Networking with the alums is key," said Zimmerman. "It is a privilege that they have allowed us into their lives." He proposes that tuition costs include permanent membership in the association. "Our grads deserve something more of enduring value from us—a lifetime relationship with CU as 'a member of the family.'"











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