Purdue Alumni Calumet
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
In Attendance: Blanca Aranda, Alex Fenske, Shontrai Irving(via phone), Chad Johnson, Donna Lail, Tom Mavronicles, Dr. Victoria Merrill-Washington, Sylvia Planer, Lisa Sargent, Mary C. Shields, Tom Szczepanski, Diana Virijevich
Absent: Wendell Carey, Sheryl Corey, Jennifer Dinell, George Kopanakis, Natalie Shadowen
Guests: Daniel Hendricks – Vice Chancellor for Advancement; Kathleen DeRolf – President Early Childhood Development Education; and Heather Blewett – Purdue Alumni Association
Welcome: The meeting was called to order by President Tom Mavronicles at 6:35pm. The PAC Mission Statement was read by Tom. Tom introduced PAC’s guests for the evening.
Dan Hendricks thanked Lisa and Shontrai who attended last Saturday’s Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Tom and Vice President George Kopanakis for making Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award to Ben Simmons who was in with his family from Huston, Texas. Dan reviewed an article regarding innovations highlighting Tom Szczepanski’s company. He reminded everyone of Chancellor Keon’s installation on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Dan further described PAC’s scholarship endowment fund that was given to a Purdue Calumet Graduate Student this year. The endowment balance is low and a campaign for raising funds this will be announced in a letter. Dan stated for the need to increase this fund so that the interest can grow and support future scholarships. Dan concluded by thanking everyone for all of their continued support and hard work and complemented the group on their accomplishments.
Kathleen DeRolf presented information on her Early Childhood Development Education Organization and their activities. She expressed the desire to network and collaborates with Purdue Alumni Calumet. Kathleen described current activities in which their group is to support local food pantries and that they would be doing a drive for the Cedar Lake facility. She explained that this food pantry is in jeopardy of closing due to low support. Tom Szczepanski stated that since Purdue Club of Northwest Indiana is already doing a food drive at the next basketball watch party, the goods collected could be directed to this group. Tom S. invited Kathleen or a member of her organization to attend.
President’s Report: Tom noted that the information on the PAC scholarship and both Purdue Clubs scholarships would be presented at the Wine Tasting event.
Vice-President’s Report: George was not present to present a report.
Minutes: Chad Johnson was missed as being as absent on the minutes. Alex made a motion to approve the minutes with this change. This was seconded by Tom S. All were in favor. None were opposed.
Financial Report: Blanca presented the latest financial report received from West Lafayette dated January 31, 2011. Current balance as of that dates was $16,529.10. A summary was given of all expenses paid was listed under the individual committee budgets along with those that are outstanding. A motion was made by Sylvia to accept the January financial statement from PA. This was seconded by Donna. All were in favor. None were opposed.
Communications Committee: Tom discussed the new banner that is in the Athletic Center and (3) original banners are being purchased and hopefully will go on display at the Student Union Library Building very soon.
New Alumni Committee:
Donna reported that a final decision has been made not to hold the graduation party this year, however, the Committee will seek a different opportunities to engage with students. She is trying to network with the student organizations (Kathleen’s group was one of these). The Committee will be on hand at the graduation fair in April to help sign-up Grads for PAC.
Professional Development Committee:
Lisa announced the platinum speaker plans for March 26, 2012 and who she had committed already. She will have one discuss Estate Planning and hopefully on Family Law. The title of the event is Justice, “What’s Law Got To Do With It?” The event will be held from 6-8 pm. All members were asked to submit questions to Lisa to have. The audience will be allowed to ask questions as well.
Shontrai gave an update on the Wine Tasting Event which will be held on April 26, 2012 from 6-8:30pm. A flyer was distributed with meeting materials.
Sylvia reported that plans for having the membership discount are underway. She is working with Purdue Lafayette. It was decided to have this offer until June 30, 2012 which coincides with the fiscal year. She added the importance of showcasing and highlighting activities and creating networking to help draw members.
Purdue Alumni: Chad Johnson reported on West Lafayette coming activities including the Boilermaker Ball and a Big 10 basketball event around the Men’s and Women’s games on April 27, 2012. He noted that next year there would be an event in Chicago at Union Park.
Purdue Club NWI: Tom reported on the NWI events. There will be a IU & Purdue Basketball watch party will be including a Food drive. The Scholarship dinner fundraiser will be a Purdue Coach’s Caravan will be at the Radisson this spring.
Purdue Club Chicago: Alex Fenske reported on the Chicago club activities. He reviewed a networking event at a Doc’s Wine Bar in Chicago in March and that there will be a block of Bulls vs. Celtics tickets available but expects that those will go very quickly. Alex further informed the group that the Chicago board structure was going to change to some degree.
Diana handed out the invitation to Chancellor Keon’s Installation on March 2012, 2012. She encouraged the board members who were able to attend to do so. Diana asked that the members consider contribution to the Chancellor’s appeal which would be sent out in the mail soon. Plans are being made for the Back to School Events in September.
Sylvia announced that the Hammond Hispanic organization would be held March 6, 2012. This is an opportunity for networking and she invited board members to attend at the Office of Civil Rights/Hispanic Affairs on Hoffman from 6pm-7:30pm.
A motion was made by Alex to adjourn at 8p.m. This was seconded by Lisa. All were in favor. None were opposed.