Changes ahead for alumni representation and services
At its autumn meeting, the National Alumni Board recommended to the university board of trustees a far-reaching structural transformation of the alumni association that will better connect alumni to their alma mater and to each other. After review by the Development and Alumni Relations Committee of the university board of trustees, the recommendation was approved by the trustees at their October 27 meeting.
The reorganization addresses the third goal of the university’s Defining Moments strategic plan (Arches, autumn 2006 or www.pugetsound.edu/strategicplan), “forging lifelong relationships.” Chief among the changes are the development of an expanded volunteer network, including opportunities for involvement with student recruitment, alumni awards, athletics, campus programs, career and employment services, communications, intellectual life, regional clubs, and more. These will be phased in over the next several years.
“I am excited about the possibilities this reorganization brings to the lifelong relationships between alumni and the university,” said National Alumni Board President Ken McGill ’61. “The National Alumni Board members are fully behind this change and enthusiastic about tremendous new ways for alumni to engage with the university through volunteer-based opportunities. Truly, this is a defining moment for alumni.”
An Alumni Council will be created—with positions for class officers and correspondents—in order to ensure that all classes are represented going forward. The alumni chairs of the various committees will become members of the Alumni Council Executive Committee (ACEC), which succeeds the National Alumni Board. All current members of the former National Alumni Board will continue as members of the ACEC.
New alumni director appointed
After a national search, in November the university named Allison Cannady-Smith to the post of director of alumni and parent relations. Cannady-Smith joins the Puget Sound staff after 14 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of overseer affairs, working with alumni volunteers from the boards of Penn’s 16 schools and centers. Prior to that she was associate director of alumni relations and an assistant director of development at Penn. Cannady-Smith begins her duties at Puget Sound in January. Look for a more complete introduction in the spring Arches.
Five receive 2006 Alumni Awards
The Professional Achievement Award is presented to alumni who gain regional, national, or international recognition that reflects positively on both the Alumni Association and the university.
Thomas Barnard ’61
While a student at Puget Sound, Tom was a fraternity member and involved in forensics. After graduation Tom earned his law degree at Columbia University. He currently chairs the Employment and Labor Law Group of Ulmer and Berne LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. During more than 35 years in labor law, Tom has worked on issues as diverse as civil rights litigation, employment-related lawsuits in both the public and private sectors, and affirmative action issues in connection with government contracts. An arbitrator and mediator, Tom is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers board of arbitrators, an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange, and a contract mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Tom is the former chair of the employment and labor law section of the Ohio State Bar Association and is currently a member of the Ohio Management Lawyer’s Association and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Tom recently was named to “Best Lawyers in America” for the 10th time.
Service to Community
The Service to Community Award recognizes talents or skills in projects that improve quality of life through human service, the arts, recreation, education, or other pursuits.
Marcia Pinto Moe ’61
Marcia majored in education at Puget Sound and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation she taught at the Annie Wright School and Jefferson High School. She served as the executive director of the American Leadership Forum and was a founding member of the Tacoma Farmers Market, the Tacoma Civic Ballet, and other groups. Marcia has been a board member for Junior League of Tacoma, the League of Women Voters, Tacoma Philharmonic, Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, and Tacoma 2010, among other organizations. She has received the YWCA Woman of the Year Award for Leadership, the Municipal League’s Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Junior League of Tacoma Sustainer of the Year. Marcia currently is serving as grants manager for the Fuchs Foundation.
Service to University of Puget Sound
This award is presented to alumni who have made long-standing volunteer contributions to the university.
Murden Woods ’46
Murden Woods majored in history at Puget Sound and was a member of Kappa Phi, chorus, International Relations Club, and SPURS. She served as an editor for The Trail, Tamanawas class editor, and as a class officer. She was elected alumni representative to the board of trustees in 1980. Even before attending Puget Sound, Murden had a long history with the school. Her father was a friend of presidents Todd and Thompson. Murden’s mother established a scholarship in honor of her husband, and Murden continues it today in honor of both her parents. She is a member of the Legacy Society (the university’s planned giving program) and has attended numerous events, scholarship luncheons, Homecoming, and Gothic and Legacy Society events in recent years. Murden is one the longest consistent annual donors to Puget Sound—34 consecutive years and counting.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who make significant contributions to the university in regional alumni programs, student recruitment, fundraising, or career advising.
Alexander Israel ’06, Ryan McAninch ’06
Alex Israel was born and raised in Los Angeles. Upon arrival at Puget Sound, Alex quickly became as involved as possible, as president of the Todd/Phibbs Resident Hall Association, a DJ for KUPS, and an Office of Admission overnight host. In his third year he also served on the executive committee of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and on the Interfraternity Council. He became the first write-in ASUPS president. He served on the faculty senate, staff senate, and as an ex-officio member of the board of trustees. Following graduation, Alex began studying for his master’s degree at the American Film Institute. He now divides his time between class, the set, and the Malibu surf.
Ryan McAninch came to the University of Puget Sound from Portland, Ore., and is the third generation of the McAninch family to choose the university. Ryan joined Beta Theta Pi and served in a variety of leadership roles in the Greek community, including social chair and vice president of his fraternity, and vice president of the Interfraternity Council. He was also vice president of ASUPS with Alex in his senior year. Ryan was the recipient of an Erik J. Konzelman University Leadership Award. After graduation he volunteered for two weeks in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief. Ryan lives in Seattle and works for Quellos Group, a financial services company.
While in office the two focused on increasing the vitality of the student community and fostering a sense of tradition, two elements that contributed to the installation of “Grizz” the Logger.