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Alumni Council Accomplishments

Annual Giving Outreach

The Council often offers to help the Advancement team in the home stretch of Annual Giving solicitations. The goal is to bring in an additional 1% participation—which would have a material effect on Colgate’s US News and World Report ranking—by having each willing Council member contact five alumni who have not yet given this year.


Each Alumni Council member reaches out to his/her personal network to share information about Colgate and act as the liaison with the university. They played a critical role in the development of the alumni websitealumni directory, and also serve as advisors on the Colgate Scene, e-communications and other publications.

Financial Participation

The Council understands the importance of investing in Colgate’s future, as generation of alumni have done in the past. While the size of members’ gifts vary greatly, 100% of the Council makes annual gifts to Colgate.


In every edition of the Maroon-News, there is an alumni column and volunteers from the Alumni Council frequently author these articles. The topics vary considerably and provide a forum for our alumni and another means of raising student awareness of their involvement with Colgate.

Rowdy Raiders

This program—through distribution of T-shirts and hosting of special events before games — encourages greater fan participation at sporting events. Council members initiated this program and continue to provide financial support.

SophoMORE Connections

Each year, the Alumni Council meetings coincide with this important program for sophomores at Colgate. A series of seminars and workshops is planned to help students adjust to life after Colgate and to be successful in their job search. Members of the Alumni Council play a critical role in the success of this program by moderating and appearing on the dozens of panels that students attend, and by networking with students between panels. SophoMORE Connections is a signature Colgate program, and the participation of Colgate alumni differentiates it from programs offered by peer schools.

Student Networking and Mentoring

The Alumni Council meets with hundreds of students over the course of the year, hosting networking receptions and inviting student panelists and presenters to committee meetings. Council members also find informal time on and off campus for individual and small group meetings with students.

Young Alumni Connectedness

The Council has been generating ideas to help recent graduates feel more connected to Colgate, finding ways to meet their needs, get them involved and keep their voices heard in the dialogue. A measure of success will be increasing young alumni participation. There have been many ideas generated and implemented including young alumni events and “Welcome to the City” receptions.