Alumni Council Committees

Standing Committees
Standing committees facilitate the mission and goals of Grinnell College and its Alumni Council. The specific work of the committees will be determined by the College staff and committee members.

Notes: 1) Clicking on a committee name opens the working group page for the respective committee; these pages are private, i.e., exclusive to the respective committee members. No other committee information is currently available to the public. 2) To read a committee member's biographical profile, click on the member's name and the profile will appear in a popup window; if the name appears in grey type, it is not linked to a profile.

Alumni Engagement Committee
Works to facilitate alumni engagement using regional, virtual, and other networks. By bringing alumni together in their regional areas and also increasing awareness of alumni worldwide, Grinnellians will feel connected on a local level, to the College and the extended alumni community. 

2015-16 Engagement Committee Members: Barbara Moore ’65-Chair; Molly Campe ’96, associate director of Alumni Relations; Jim Asplund ’88; Nino Parker ’07, assistant director of Alumni Relations; Allison Brinkhorst ’11Jeetander Dulani ’98; Ahsan Rahim ’11; Bill Simmons ’58.  

Alumni Student Connections Committee
Extends meaningful alumni connections to support current students and student programs.  Students informally and formally connect with alumni in a variety of ways already, but this committee focuses on specific programs and coordination to ensure that this connection is both formalized and meaningful for students and alumni alike.  

2015-16 Alumni Student Connections Committee Members: Peter Calvert '79-Chair; Nancy Maly ’61; Jon Richardson ’10; Rania Robb ’03; Michelle Czarnecki, assistant director of Alumni Relations; Rick Stuck ’82, for Student Programs; Rhonda Stuart ’86; Nate Dobbels, assistant director of Alumni Relations for Career Programs.  

Communications Committee
Works with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Communication on communication and branding issues and encourages connecting alumni with the College through a variety of communication tools.

2015-16 Communications Committee Members: Cameo Carlson '93-Chair; Jim Decker ’75; Catherine Gillis ’80; Mary Otto ’63; Saurabh Saraf ’05; Sherman Willis ’01.  

Stewardship Committee
Partners with the Donor Relations area of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to extend stewardship beyond the scope of office staff and to focus on timely and personal recognition of significant giving, development of compelling impact/outcome items, and crafting and administering programs that bolster volunteer stewardship.

2015-16 Stewardship Committee Members: Fritz Schwaller ’69-Chair; Meg Jones Bair, director of Board Relations; Ryann Cheung ’93; Dick Raridon ’53; Lara Szent-Gyorgyi ’89; Gof Thomson ’62.  


Ad Hoc and Annual Committees

Ad hoc and annual committees are composed of members of the four standing committees. These committees serve to complete specific tasks that affect the entire council. Note: Clicking on a committee name opens the working group page for the respective committee; these pages are private, i.e., exclusive to the respective committee members. No other committee information is currently available to the public.

Awards Committee
Works to encourage nominations and select recipients of the annual Alumni Awards presented each year at Reunion.

2015-16 Awards Committee Members: Susan Henken-Thielen ’80–Chair; Paige Everly, assistant director of Alumni Relations; Dick Raridon ’53; Ahsan Rahim ’11; Jim Decker ’75; Rhonda Stuart  ’86.  

Election and Membership Committee
Manages the elections of president-elect and new members of the Alumni Council. 

2015-16 Election and Membership Committee Members: Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94-Chair; Jayn Bailey Chaney ’05, director of Donor and Alumni Relations; Gof Thomson ’62; Mary Otto ’63; Michele Tanzosch, Alumni Relations assistant; Jim Asplund ’88; Rania Robb ’03.  

Executive Committee
The president, past president, president elect, and the chairs of the four standing committees of the Council shall constitute the Executive Committee. 

2015-16 Executive Committee Members: Ed Senn ’79–president; Jayn Bailey Chaney ’05, director of Donor and Alumni Relations; Peter Calvert ’79; Cameo Carlson ’93; Michele Tanzosch, Alumni Relations assistant; Barbara Moore ’65; Fritz Schwaller ’69; Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94–president-elect; Susan Henken-Thielen ’80–past president.  


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