Graduates – here’s how your local alumni chapter can help you succeed!!
This article has a great summary of how recent college grads can maximize their opportunities by engaging their local alumni chapter. I couldn’t agree more!
Ohio graduates in Oregon and SW Washington – how can you utilize YOUR local alumni chapter of Ohio University to help YOU be successful??
Hey Bobcats and Bobcat friends! This is a little note to let you know the Oregon Chapter of the Ohio University Alumni Association is still alive and kicking, and has regular events such as Happy Hours, game watches, and community service events that benefit such worthy local non-profits as Friends Of Trees and Children’s Book Bank. There are more than 600 OHIO graduates here in Oregon, and we’d love to see you at an event!
Our new online “home” is our Facebook page. We are keeping this blog open for now, but the plan is to keep the Facebook page up-to-date with regards to events, etc. This is mostly due to the simplicity of the Facebook platform and also because so many Oregon Bobcats use Facebook.
However, we know not everyone uses Facebook, so we offer an alternative to keep you updated. Please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your email address and I will add you to the e-newsletter subscription list. The e-newsletter is published quarterly (or so), and includes upcoming chapter event information, news from Ohio University, and a regular Bobcat Bio piece that highlights a Bobcat in Oregon!
Please drop me a line if you have any questions. I hope to see you at an Oregon Bobcats event soon!
Jason Kent ’94 – Immediate Past President of Oregon Bobcats
At the 2015 Alumni Leaders Conference, the Oregon Chapter was awarded the Best Community Service Award for 2014-2015 by the Ohio University Alumni Association. Past President Jason Kent accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.
This is the second time the Oregon Chapter has been awarded the Best Community Service Award; the first time was in 2010-2011. The Oregon Chapter also won Best Chapter in 2009-2010.
With more than 50 Chapters and Societies in OUAA, this is a great honor and achievement for the Oregon Chapter. Kudos to Community Service Chair Carin Yavorcik and all chapter members for attending our community service events and giving back to our community!
Attendees of the OUAA Alumni Leaders Conference (ALC) at Ohio University on May 29, 2015.
Oregon Chapter Past President Jason Kent speaks at a 2015 OUAA ALC breakout session on Friday, May 29.
Ohio University was one of the more than 275 colleges represented at the 2014 Portland National College Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday and Monday November 2-3. The booth was staffed by your Oregon-based volunteers on the chapter leadership committee, including Andrea Brunet, Victor Roehm, Chris James and his dad (who flew in all the way from Ohio for the event…OK he was already going to visit anyway…) on Sunday, and David Smith and Jason Kent on Monday. The booth was very busy both days with prospective Bobcats and we referred more than 100+ students to Ohio’s Office of Admissions.
As luck would have it, our friends at Miami University were two booths away. My observation was that they had smaller crowds than our booth and most of the questions they got were “Why in the heck is there a Miami in Ohio?” Just have to say I’m SO glad to be a Bobcat!
The Portland National College Fair is an important event to promote Ohio University here in the Pacific Northwest. I think it shows well that the Ohio booth is staffed by knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable volunteer alumni when most of the other colleges send paid staff. Ohio University and Miami were the only two colleges from Ohio at the college fair.
Hey, my shirt matches the tablecloth!
Jason Kent is keeping the table from floating up into the air with only two fingers of each hand!
Our NACAC volunteer alumni hard at not working!
Below are the descriptions of the officer roles for the Oregon Chapter of the Ohio U. Alumni Association as given in the Oregon Chapter By-Laws. All positions are up for re-election this June, and several positions will not have an “incumbent” because of term limits.
Not described below is the At-Large position, which really doesn’t have a description – At-Large officers just are asked to come to the 3x-yearly meetings and provide input.
- President. The President is the Chapter leader and presides at all Chapter meetings. The President oversees responsibilities of all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs, guides the Chapter network calendar of events, and acts as the primary liaison to the Ohio University Alumni Association and other Chapters, Societies, and Chapter Networks. At the conclusion of his/her term, the President shall serve as a member of the Steering Committee.
- Vice-President. The Vice-President shall, in the absence of the President, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President. The Vice-President shall perform duties as described by the President and the Steering Committee, and shall be an ex-officio member of all Chapter committees.
- Secretary. The Secretary shall keep accurate accounts of all meetings of the Chapter and Steering Committee, and shall give notice of all general and special meetings of the Chapter. The Secretary shall assist the President in completing the annual report to the Ohio University Office of Alumni Relations. The Secretary is the custodian of the Chapter member contact list(s) and shall actively maintain this/these list(s). The Secretary shall communicate news of events to the Office of Alumni Relations by completing and submitting “Chapter Event Notifications” at least ten weeks prior to the event date and “Chapter Event Evaluations” no more than two weeks after the event date. The Secretary shall also collect, prepare, and publicize the Chapter Calls for Nominations of Officers, the Officer ballot and candidate biographies, and the Officer ballot.
- Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect, deposit, and disburse all monies related to Chapter business. The Treasurer shall maintain the Chapter checking account and prepare annual financial statements and report on Chapter finances at each meeting of the Steering Committee and Executive Committee. The Treasurer is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Chapter’s non-profit status and filing the Chapter tax return if applicable.
Three standing committees shall be active at all times. Ad hoc committees may be created at the discretion of the Executive Committee and/or the Steering Committee.
- Community Service. The goal of the Community Service Committee is to select and vet local charities, philanthropies, and/or community-oriented organizations for the commitment of Chapter resources, and plan and execute community service events on behalf of the Chapter. The community service committee shall set up events, fundraising campaigns, or other means for Chapter members, friends and family to donate time, money, or other resources for the greater good of the Community. At least one community service event shall be held each calendar year that will allow Chapter members, friends and family to work together for an altruistic, community-based cause. Involvement by Chapter members in community service events shall be voluntary. Community service events and philanthropies shall reflect positively on the Chapter and on Ohio University and the Ohio University Alumni Association. The Community Service Committee Chair shall assist the Secretary in developing applicable Chapter Event Notification and Chapter Event Evaluation documents in a timely manner.
- Technology. The goal of the Technology Committee is to provide the link for communications between the Chapter Executive Committee and the members. Roles of the technology Committee include developing and maintaining the Chapter website, social media, and email lists. The Technology Committee Chair will work with the Secretary to communicate Chapter events, meeting minutes, and other notifications to the Chapter members. The Technology Committee shall also include a Chapter Historian that documents Chapter events by photograph, video and/or audio recordings. Implements of the Technology Committee shall reflect positively on the Chapter and on Ohio University and the Ohio University Alumni Association.
- Social. The goal of the Social Committee is to plan and execute social and networking gatherings for the Chapter members, friends and family. The purpose of these events is to create opportunities for Chapter members, friends and family to interact in a comfortable and fun setting, and to foster member camaraderie and rapport. At least three social events shall be held each calendar year and at least one event shall be “family-friendly” to encourage members to bring their children. Social events shall reflect positively on the Chapter and on Ohio University and the Ohio University Alumni Association. The Social Committee Chair shall assist the Secretary in developing applicable Chapter Event Notification and Chapter Event Evaluation documents in a timely manner.
Courtesy of Ohio University Athletic Department