Mo Cotton Kelly, associate vice president of Alumni Relations, at Huskies Forever Weekend this past October.
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, you can feel the enthusiasm for everything Husky. I am truly honored to be a member of UConn Nation at a time when there is so much to celebrate. From excellence in the classrooms, laboratories, and athletic venues to the amazing stories of our alumni, faculty, staff, and students, there is no ceiling on where we are headed. We are well aware that these successes would not be possible without a strong, supportive and engaged alumni community. We are indebted to all of you. As we look ahead, we have set a new goal: to improve how we connect and reconnect our alumni — all 241,000 — back to UConn. Through the leadership of President Susan Herbst and the University Board of Trustees, we are exploring a new model of interacting with our friends and graduates. We want to connect with you, wrap you back into the UConn community, and we want to be strategic about how we communicate with you. Among the changes we hope will make a difference:
- The new alumni office is no longer a dues-charging membership organization. With the dissolution of the former Alumni Association — thanks to an overwhelming vote of confidence earlier this summer by our alumni — we are moving forward to involve you in your alma mater. We appreciate the 13,000 alumni who paid membership dues in the past; however, we feel without dues, the entire alumni community will find more reasons to stay linked to UConn Nation.
- An alumni services platform is in place to benefit UConn alumni, including enhanced networking programs for career and admissions assistance.
- With alumni relations activities now a part of the UConn Foundation, operations are more streamlined and cost effective. That means more coordinated and meaningful communications, including the updated Alumni Insider e-newsletter that enables alumni to register for nearby events, and this newly designed UConn Magazine, with plenty of information about the latest campus activities and news of your fellow Huskies.
All of this is possible because of our new structure. I welcome your feedback and look forward to working with you as, together, we strengthen and grow our UConn Nation!