Wednesday, February 16, 2011
In Attendance: Blanca Aranda, Wendell A. Carey, Jennifer Dinell, Alex Fenske, Chad Johnson, George Kopanakis, Tom Mavronicles, Mike Moskalick, Douglas Ollie(via phone), Sylvia Planer, Lisa Sargent, Mary C. Shields, Diana Virijevich and Sheryl Corey.
Absent: Robert Johnson III, Amy Kovacs, Barb Synos, and Tom Szczepanski
Guests: Sherri Ervin, Shontrai Irving, Dr. Victoria Merrill-Washington and Natalie Shadowen
Welcome: The meeting was called to order by Tom Mavronicles at 6:38. The PAC Mission Statement was read by Tom.
Executive Committee: Tom Mavronicles
President’s Report: Tom opened the meeting discussing the voting of new board members. Shontrai Irving was asked to leave the room along with the guests who were present so discussion regarding joining the board of directors could occur. Discussion followed. Mike Moskalick made a motion to elect Shontrai to the PAC board. This was seconded by Doug Ollie. All were in favor. None were opposed. Similarly, Sherri Ervin left the room during voting for her position on the board. Mike Moskalick made a motion to accept Sherri Irving to the board. This was seconded by Jennifer Dinell. All were in favor. None were opposed.
Two guests (Victoria Merrill-Washington and Natalie Shadowen) were present who are potentially interested in serving on the PAC board. Both individuals were introduced and a brief background given. Applications were distributed to the current board members. Consideration for them to join the board and voting will occur at the next scheduled meeting in March.
Proposed changes to the Constitution and By Laws were reviewed through Article VII. In the interest of time, the remainder of discussion was tabled until the March meeting. The board was asked to review the remainder for suggested changes.
George read the job descriptions for board members. Initial review was made by the members and changes made as suggested. This task was also tabled until the March meeting when it will be completed.
Minutes: Minutes for the January 19, 2011 meeting were reviewed by members prior to meeting and these were available for review. Mike made a motion to accept the minutes as distributed. This was seconded by Jennifer. All were in favor. None were opposed.
Financial Report: Blanca distributed the financial report dated January 31, 2011 as received from West Lafayette. She also distributed the “unofficial” report showing committee expenditures and balances. Current balance of the account was listed as $17,039.31. A listing of PAC expenses paid by Advancement was available for review. Total amount of expenditures was $7,980.46. A motion was made by Mike to accept the official January financial report received from West Lafayette. This was seconded by Jennifer. All were in favor. None were opposed.
Communications Committee: Tom Mavronicles
Robert Johnson III was not present. No new activities were discussed. The members were reminded that the two domains for PAC were renewed.
New Alumni Committee: Mike Moskalick
Mike discussed the need for a strong leader for the committee. He will continue as leader, however, wishes to have someone else take on this role. Mike suggested that we maintain two graduation parties even though the university will only have commencement one time a year starting this year. He feels the graduation party is for the present graduates and doubts whether individuals will come back in the Spring if they have graduated in December.
Professional Development Committee: Lisa Sargent
Lisa updated the members on the Platinum Speakers Series. She has four speakers thus far. She encouraged board members to be present. The event will be held on March 28, 2011 in the Room with a View. Lisa mentioned that she is hoping to have new board members join her on her committee.
Social Committee: Tom Mavronicles
A report of the tri-sponsored networking event was given by Alex Fenske. The event was a success with approximately 50 individuals in attendance. No new events have been planned to date. George will continue to oversee the social committee until a new leader is identified. He asked that all members consider taking this leadership for the social committee.
All committee activities and members were reviewed. To date the following individuals are participating in the following committees:
New Alumni: Mike Moskalick (Chair) and Barb Synos
Membership Committee: Doug Ollie (Chair) and Mary Shields. Sherri Ervin volunteered to join this committee.
Communications: Robert Johnson III (Chair) and Tom Mavronicles
Social: George Kopanakis (Chair), Tom Szczepanski and Alex Fenske. Blanca volunteered to serve on this committee as well.
Professional Development: Lisa Sargent (Chair). Jennifer Dinell, Sylvia Planer and Shontrai Irving volunteered to serve on this committee.
Committee assignments will be re-visited in the future and hopefully new leaders who can dedicate time to the New Alumni and Social committee will be found.
Purdue Alumni: Chad Johnson reported on the Purdue Alumni of West Lafayette. He mentioned the ball that will be held on Friday. He also passed around a plaque that would be presented to Chancellor Cohen at the dinner that evening. Chad said that an annual event by the Purdue Black Alumni would be held on April 1 and they will be combining this event with the Purdue Latino Alumni. Cost of attending is $80.
Mike Moskalick reviewed the changes in representation to the Purdue Alumni board of directors. One regional representative will be chosen each term for representation. This will be rotated among the regional campuses. Mike shared his proposal that he will make at the next Alumni Board meeting. All members were supportive of this plan of rotation for representation to the board.
Purdue Club NWI: Mike Moskalick Mike reported on the Purdue Club of NWI in Tom’s absence. The Spring Dinner will be held in Valparaiso and will feature the “Bug Man.” Other upcoming events were reviewed.
Purdue Club Chicago: Alex Fenske reported on activities and events of the Chicago Club. He shared that the Chicagoland events have been well attended. The club is undergoing restructuring and by law changes. Upcoming events were reviewed.
Diana informed the member s that the Dean’s Appeal would be sent out this spring. She also shared that Dan Hendricks was traveling to another site to try to network with a cluster of alumni out of state. A networking focus would also be pursued in the Porter county area as there are a number of alumni in this geographic location. She stated that she would go into more detail about career mentoring at our next meeting as there will be an enhancement to this program.
Potential New Board Members: Tom reminded the group that we were to review the materials received for the two potential new board members so that we can vote on their membership at the next meeting.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:46pm by Wendell Carey. This was seconded by Alex Fenske. All were in favor. None were opposed.