June 1, 2017
Dartmouth has mandated the creation of Alumni Boards for all Greek organizations. The Alpha Chi Alpha Alumni Association was incorporated in 2016 and the Board was established at our annual meeting during homecoming. The purpose of the Board is: 1. To advise the current brotherhood on pertinent matters (including finances, alumni relations, general operations, and long term planning); 2. To improve the communication and interaction among existing alumni; and 3. To raise and administer funds for the support of scholarships and alumni activities. The current Board is comprised of the following individuals: Peter Gibson ’86 – President; Eric Powers ’02 – Vice President; Paul Finkelstein ’13 – Treasurer; Joey Anthony ’12 – Secretary; Frank Doorley ’74 – Chair of Alumni Relations; Sean Callan ’90; Don Casler ’14; and Pete Lothes ’62. Our Alumni Advisor is Mac Gardner ’83 and our two Faculty Advisors are Trip Davis ’90 (Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer) and Gail Gentes (Director of action-based learning programs and wife of President Hanlon).
The Board and its subcommittees have been meeting regularly to organize our efforts. We have had regular videoconference sessions with the current house Executives and have made substantial progress on various issues. Among other things, we have:
* Provided ongoing advice and support to the current brothers.
* Enhanced the alumni network through free planned events at reunions and homecoming. (Please see reunion-specific information below.)
* Developed a working budget for 2017 and 2018.
* Committed ourselves to providing 100% of the funding for scholarships for those brothers with demonstrated need, removing this from the house’s operating budget. As part of this effort, the newly formed Board has taken on the responsibility of handling all fundraising for AXA.
Request for Volunteers
As a volunteer board, we are constantly looking for assistance in adding new board members as well as committee members (specifically Alumni Relations, Finance, and Fundraising). The alumni relations committee is actively looking for brothers from the 80s and 90s to bridge the gap between the younger and older members of our team. We also hope to add a couple of fresh faces to the Alumni Board in advance of this year’s annual Homecoming meeting. If you or anyone you know are interested, please reach out to us.
Request for Financial Support
The Alumni Association’s conservative budget, with expenses under $9,000, includes funding scholarships (66% of the budget), providing events for alums (24%), and operating costs (10%). Every member of the Board and our two Advisor brothers have made pledges to this year’s operating budget. Your donation directly supports the current brothers in need as well as the Alumni events we can all enjoy. Any surplus in donations will be used to grow our endowment fund (currently $75,000). This endowment will be used to partially fund annual expenses and will be grown over time to provide a financial safety net for the Association. Please visit www.alphachialpha.org/donate to make a donation.
2017 Reunion Open Houses
In a joint effort between the Alumni Board and the current House membership, we have scheduled 2 Open Houses to take place during the Reunion activities, at which an amazing 117 AXA Alums are scheduled to be in Hanover. For the ‘67s (and any brothers who might be in town for the graduation of a relative), we have scheduled an open house on Friday, June 9 at 3:00pm. For brothers in town the following weekend, we will be open on Saturday, June 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please join us for liquid refreshments, a chance to meet brothers from other classes (including several undergrads who have volunteered to be around to facilitate the activities) and perhaps even a bit of intergenerational pong – traditional vs. modern! The current brothers who remain on campus will also be making the basement available in the evenings for alums to further connect with each other.
Also, for those in town for the second weekend, there’s a chance to learn about an interesting film written by Jay MacNamee (’77) based on the experiences of Bob Overheiser (’76) who was in one of the Word Trade Towers on 9/11. It’s a fascinating (and heroic) story worth looking into. Check with the Class of 77 team for more details on the scheduled presentation.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Peter Gibson at email@example.com or by cell 609-462-6951.
Fidelis et Suavis
The Board of the Alpha Chi Alpha Alumni Association