Alumni Board

December 22, 2017

Fellow brothers, Today the AXA Alumni Association is asking for your support so that we can continue to fund student scholarships and sponsor events that foster connections and camaraderie among alumni. The Alumni Association has taken on the role of fundraising to relieve the brothers of that responsibility. Thanks to your generosity, the Association provided $1,950 in scholarship support for Fall term house dues. Currently the house offers half scholarships to brothers who can demonstrate need through the Financial Aid office. In order to meet scholarship needs for the upcoming Winter, Spring, and Summer terms, we will need to raise an additional $4,000. A donation of $150 covers one termly scholarship. Here is the portal to make a donation: donate.

Our ultimate goal is to provide more comprehensive support for those with demonstrated need in order to completely remove any financial barrier from being a member of Alpha Chi Alpha. One scholar recipient wrote: “As inclusive as we strive to be, the reality is that there is a significant economic cost that must be overcome in order to maintain membership in our fraternity. In order to uphold our integrity as an inclusive institution, it is essential that we continue to expand the scholarship program to benefit current and future brothers of the Chi.” Please consider a donation to support AXA!

In terms of Alumni outreach, the Alumni Association sponsored multiple reunion open houses in June as well as a BBQ over homecoming. We’ve also been working on a revamped website and new alumni directory system that we’ll be rolling out early next year. We hope that these platforms will keep alumni up-to-date and well connected in the future. In other Association news, we elected three new members to the Association Board: Derek Chow ’84, Enrique Colbert ’96 and Kevin Francfort ’15 at our annual meeting this fall. As always, we encourage alums to contribute their time by joining the board or one of our committees, Alumni Relations and Finance. Please contact us if you are interested.

In House news, this fall marked a very successful rush season for the brotherhood of AXA. AXA handed out 30 bids to new brothers in the class of 2020, an increase from previous years. 78 sophomores rushed and 47 indicated that Alpha Chi was their top priority. The new class comes from all walks of life on campus – rugby, acapella, Model UN, hockey, sailing, DOC, Latinx, etc – and from many different home backgrounds. The brotherhood is proud of the fact that the 20s class is over 35% people of color and most importantly that it reinforces AXA’s commitment to being an inclusive space on campus for passionate individuals who are smart, interesting, and looking to have a good time. Thank you again for supporting the AXA Alumni Association and the thriving current brotherhood. Click here to donate

Fidelis,

The AXA Alumni Association Board

Peter Gibson '86, President 

Eric Powers '02, Vice President 

Paul Finkelstein '13, Treasurer 

Joey Anthony '12, Secretary

 

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; Derek Chow ’84; Enrique Colbert ’96; Kevin Francfort ’15 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).

Board Activities

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 2018 and 2019.
* 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.

 
 If you have any questions or comments, please contact Peter Gibson at pgibson@princetonol.com or by cell 609-462-6951.

 

Fidelis et Suavis

The Board of the Alpha Chi Alpha Alumni Association