Alumni Council Accomplishments
The Maroon Advantage: Career Advising for Colgate Alumni
Maroon Advantage is a career information and advising program which
administered by Colgate alumni for Colgate alumni. It features
networking events, online webinars, and other career-related activities.
Events are held in six to eight cities a year, and have included events
in Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. They focus on various
career fields and career transition issues. The concept was developed by
the Alumni Council’s Career Services Committee in conjunction with the
Alumni Relations and Career Services staffs.
January, the Alumni Council’s Winter meeting coincides with this
important program for seniors 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 helping to plan it,
by moderating and appearing on the dozens of panels that students
attend, and by networking with students between panels. Real World is a
signature Colgate program, and the participation of Colgate alumni
differentiates it from programs offered by peer schools.
The Partnership for Community Development (PCD) and Hamilton Initiative
non-profit organization was established in 1999 to “enhance economic
opportunity and community vitality in and around Hamilton, New York.”
The PCD has been instrumental in the revitalization of Hamilton and the
Alumni Council provided financial and professional support during its
formation. A major fundraising effort of the past few years, the
Hamilton Initiative was founded to revitalize the downtown buildings
owned by the LLC. In recognition of the importance of this project, the
Alumni Council demonstrates its commitment and 100% of the sitting board
made a financial commitment.
Student Networking and Mentoring
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
Sophomore Year Spring Break Immersion Programs
of the Council, working with the Career Services Sophomore Year
Experience Offices, have created and organize three alternative spring
break programs: NGO’s in Washington, DC, the Arts in New York City, and
Education in Boston.
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 website,
colgateconnect.org, and also serve as advisors on the Colgate SCENE,
e-communications and other publications.
every edition of the paper, 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.
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
The Council provided advice on important Hamilton Initiative plans, ideas for Alumni
Intellectual Engagement, and other topics of interest to the university.
Volunteer Leadership Summit I and II
Colgate volunteers, representing Admissions, Advancement, Area Clubs,
Colgate Affinity Groups, and other volunteer groups, joined the Council
in brainstorming new and better ways to connect alumni to Colgate and to
one another. Great ideas and new energy were abundant as the Council
received front-line critique and advice from some of Colgate’s top
volunteers. The Council is committed to inviting key volunteers on a
regular basis at future meetings.
Annual Fund Outreach
Council often offers to help the Advancement team in the home stretch
of Annual Fund 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.
Young Alumni Connectedness
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.
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.