Intellectual Life Committee

1. About the Intellectual Life Committee

2. Checklists

3. Frequently Asked Questions

4. Contact Lists

5. Templates

 


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About the Intellectual Life Committee

Committee Charge

The Intellectual Life Committee seeks to reconnect alumni to the academic life of the University by reigniting the intellectual curiosity and passion of their student years. This mission is accomplished through delivery of interesting content to alumni in a variety of means: in person faculty discussions, electronic distribution of academic content through the web, and an “Alumni College” where alumni return to campus and attend "classes" on topics of interest. Service on the Intellectual Life Committee is a three-year commitment.

Ongoing Committee Duties

Members of the Intellectual Life Committee serve as ambassadors for the University of Puget Sound, by representing the university to alumni. In doing so, committee members:

  • Create and promote the annual Alumni College program, including implementing marketing and development of a theme.
  • Maintain a list of current intellectual life news from the university, related to faculty publications, student research, and speakers, for alumni to access.
  • Communicate and promote newsworthy academic material to the alumni community.
  • Promote Puget Sound academic opportunities for alumni both on campus and across the country.
  • Consult with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations to relay topics of intellectual interest to the alumni community in order to build a robust, engaging program of events for alumni.

Specific Committee Projects

On a regular basis, committee leadership and committee members:

  • Connect with faculty members about resources that can be made available to alumni to engage in current intellectual news of the university (blogs, podcasts, research articles, etc.)
  • Collaborate with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations to develop a well-rounded and current listing of audio recordings and podcasts from Regional Alumni Events to be made available to the alumni community.
  • Engage alumni within your organization and encourage their participation in university activities.

Intellectual Life Committee structure
The Intellectual Life Committee has two levels of committee membership:

The Intellectual Life Committee Chair provides orientation and coaching for committee members. This volunteer also provides insight to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations about ways to engage alumni in current news and events related to the academic life of the university. The Intellectual Life Committee chair also holds a position on the Alumni Council Executive Committee (ACEC). This position requires attendance at two (2) Alumni Council Meetings, one (1) ACEC meeting, and periodic ACEC conference calls and Intellectual Life Committee conference calls.  Average monthly commitment: 4-6 hours.

Intellectual Life Committee members assist the committee chair and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in developing programs that resonate with the alumni community. This volunteer actively participates in monthly meetings, contributing to the development of Alumni College. The volunteer role attends two (2) Alumni Council meetings, as well as monthly committee conference calls. Monthly commitment: 2-3 hours.

 


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Checklists
To help you in your volunteer role please refer to the appropriate checklist below. Checklists are intended to simplify tasks that the committee is charged with, and create a strong, robust and action-oriented committee.

All committee volunteers are expected to:

  • Sign a confidentiality agreement and return it to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
  • Register for LOGGER[net], Puget Sound’s online Alumni Community.
  • Ensure their addresses (email and mailing address) are up-to-date with the university.

The Intellectual Life Committee Chair provides orientation and coaching for committee members. This volunteer also provides insight to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations about ways to engage alumni in current news and events related to the academic life of the university. The Intellectual Life Committee chair also holds a position on the Alumni Council Executive Committee (ACEC). The committee chair:

  • Plans agendas for and facilitate committee meetings.
  • Attends both of the biannual Alumni Council meetings and the annual Alumni Council Executive Committee meeting.
  • Provides orientation and coaching for committee members and alumni volunteers.
  • Develops and maintains an annual calendar of events/projects to be staffed by alumni volunteers
    Events on the calendar should include:
    • The Alumni College program.
    • Office of Alumni and Parent Relations regional alumni events.
      These events are held in various cities around the country and provide the opportunity for Intellectual Life Committee members to talk with other alumni about the committee and promote committee events.
  • Sends out regular communications to committee members regarding campus events and relevant updates.
  • Sends periodic updates on Intellectual Life’s work to the Alumni Council Executive Committee and your ACEC liaisons.
  • Develops and lead an evaluation process to ensure effective, informed program development.
  • Maintains regular communication with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Intellectual Life Committee members assist the committee chair and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in developing programs that resonate with the alumni community. This volunteer actively participates in monthly meetings, contributing to the development of Alumni College. Members:

  • Participate actively in Intellectual Life Committee activities and events.
  • Participate in the development and planning for the Alumni College program.
  • Recruit other alumni to participate in Intellectual Life activities and events.
  • Develop and maintain informal programs coordinated by the committee.
  • Develop and maintain electronic distribution of academic content through the web.
  • Attend two Alumni Council meetings each year.
  • Attend at least one Puget Sound faculty presentation or performance each year.

Committee Tasks: Ensuring Committee Success

  • Attend Intellectual Life Committee meetings and Alumni Council meetings.
    (typically held by conference phone)
  • Attend the Alumni College program, either on campus or through electronic sources.
  • Attend at least one Puget Sound faculty presentation or performance each year.
  • Encourage fellow alumni to join Intellectual Life.
  • Attend two (2) Alumni Council meetings, either on campus or by phone.
  • Promote the Intellectual Life events and yearly calendar.
  • Publish at least one source of electronic distribution of academic content through the web.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to volunteer, but I’m unsure about the three-year commitment. Does that mean I can’t volunteer?

Certainly not! We welcome your assistance with a specific Alumni College or other Intellectual Life Committee program as well. We understand, as other volunteer roles, employment, and family demands change, your availability may change as well. Please keep the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations apprised of your availability. We strive to ensure that your volunteer experience is positive and manageable.

Who can I contact for help with technology (social media, WebPages, sending emails, etc.)?

Your Office of Alumni and Parent Relations staff liaison is a great resource (click here to view the contact list.) Also, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations Coordinator, Nani Vishwanath ’09, for assistance as well. Nani’s email is nvishwanath@pugetsound.edu


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Contact List

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations Staff Liaison:

Sarah Porter, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

253-879-4636 ·  sporter@pugetsound.edu

 

Intellectual Life Committee Contacts:

Eric Herzog ’94, Intellectual Life Committee Chair

ericherzog@alum.ups.edu

For a complete contact list of Alumni Council Executive Committee members, please visit the Alumni Council Contact List on the Puget Sound website.


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Templates

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations created templates to provide you with useful tools when communicating with fellow alumni and to make your work as a Puget Sound volunteer easy.

To view templates, please visit the Alumni Council Template section on the Puget Sound website.