Alumni News and Notes
Where are you?
One of the continual challenges faced by alumni organizations is keeping up with our graduates. Not just your physical location, which is important, but also your profile. Where are you in your career, your family life, your networking? What is your email address?
While the answers to these questions may seem routine, the reality is they help us identify our constituents and guide us in crafting a plan for a dynamic alumni organization.
Understanding what you want from your alumni association is essential to offering programs and resources that are useful and meaningful to our graduates. How do you want to connect with your alma mater and fellow alums? Offering internships and job shadowing to students, networking and socializing with graduates, hearing about professional development in your field, one or all of these areas? Or something totally new?
We have multiple ways for you to stay in touch. Email me at. Call me at 706-542-3386. Update your information online by going to www.fcs.uga.edu/alumni/update info.html and submit your information. Or visit us on Facebook at UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni (where you’ll also be able to check out events and photos, as well as connect with fellow College of Family and Consumer Sciences graduates). Write something about yourself, as well as your comments and ideas for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association. We have nearly 14,000 alumni in our College of Family and Consumer Sciences family and I need your help in identifying who and where you are.
Where am I ….? 224 Dawson Hall, in a great job, reaching out to incredible alumni, working with dedicated educators and exciting students. If you’re on campus, stop by and see me. I’d love to meet you and find out where you are.
Director of Alumni Relations and Student Leadership
So, What’s Your Reason?
I’ve got a question for you: “What would it take to re-connect you with our College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association at a higher level?”
That’s the question I’ve been reflecting on during the past few weeks after accepting the gavel to lead our association this year. We’re headed into an exciting future for the college—a future founded on a solid foundation of academic strength and service.
It’s a great time to be involved with our college. Today, we face real issues impacting and facing the lives of all families, our personal health and wellness, as well as the economic instability of our country. The knowledge we received for “real life” is relevant today no matter how long you’ve been away from Dawson Hall. Today, we are preparing students to face the current challenges of our world necessary to lead and strengthen families, communities and organizations into a brighter, more vibrant future.
We need you to re-connect. We all have in common the overall mission for our college, “Knowledge for Real Life.” My request to you is that you find your reason to re-connect.
Over the summer, your alumni board will work to craft and cast a vision that creates a real and relevant reason for you to re-connect with our college. A reason for you might include:
- Educational (learning professionally and in our designated fields of study);
- Involvement with students (serving as a mentor, as a role model, or simply giving back to the college).
For me, I’ve found my reason in several areas. I enjoy reconnecting with friends whom I’ve known for years–who have influenced my life in a positive way. A passion of mine is to encourage others to find and develop their purpose in life. My continued connection to the college provides real ways to stay connected and fulfill my life’s purpose.
We would love to get your ideas. And, more importantly, we’d love to re-connect you with your college! Think about and decide your reason. And, we’ll see you this year!
Lisa Gipson (BSFCS ’95, MEd ’01)
2009-10 College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni President
If you have news and information for FACS Facts send it to Susan Byus, Director of Alumni Relations and Student Leadership, at email@example.com or call her at 706-542-4881.For the latest information on all alumni events, please see our calendar at www.fcs.uga.edu/college/calendar.html