Greetings from the Alumni Relations Office at Gallaudet! In this letter I will share some news tidbits with you, make you an offer you can't refuse, and ask a favor.
First, the news. By now you have received the winter Gallaudet Today, The Newsletter. It is full of some of the exciting things that happened on and off campus in recent months, including class reunions, Homecoming festivities, the annual Recognition Luncheon, the election of a new GUAA Board, and successful TTY-A-Thons. In addition, Gallaudet welcomed around 600 new regular and special students in fall 2001 and spring 2002. Of those students, 350 are degree-seeking undergraduate students and 150 degree-seeking graduate students. The University's Unite for Gallaudet campaign, which concluded in December, was unbelievably successful and exceeded its original goal by several millions of dollars, all of which will fund much needed scholarships and academic programs for our students. One of the chief reasons for the campaign's success was the 100% increase in alumni support over the last year—from 9% in 2000 to 18% in 2001. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Now for "the offer you can't refuse." One of our chief goals this year is to reach out to alumni and friends with news about Gallaudet that is both timely and interesting. We especially wanted something to fill the information gaps between the publication of Gallaudet Today the magazine and newsletter. This is why the Alumni Relations Office has teamed up with the PR Office to create E-Newsletter, an electronic newsletter for alumni and friends. E-Newsletter will be sent to subscribers at regular intervals, providing them with news updates on people and events. If you wish to receive E-Newsletter [and I hope you do], you can subscribe by going to http://alumni.gallaudet.edu and clicking on E-Newsletter. You can also update your alumni record (e.g., change of address) in our database at this alumni website. Speaking of the Worldwide Web, you may also want to check out the Deaf Way II site (http://www.deafway.org) and Gallaudet's home page (http://www.gallaudet.edu), as well as the site with the latest news and information about the University, G-News
You may know that Mary Anne Pugin announced her resignation as director of alumni relations and GUAA executive director. She is currently devoting her time to Deaf Way II and I am serving as interim director. In addition, I am chair of the search committee charged with finding a new permanent director. Which is where the "favor" I need from you comes in. We hope that many qualified and interested alumni will apply for this position and ask you to encourage anyone you may think would make a terrific director to apply for the position. That includes you, by the way. See the summary of job responsibilities and qualifications at http://alumni.gallaudet.edu.
Gallaudet University values its alumni as part of its vibrant community. Make plans to return to campus and rekindle fond memories of your years at Gallaudet University. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; (202) 651-5060; or (202) 651-5062 (fax).
Astrid Amann Goodstein, '65,
Interim Director of Alumni Relations/Executive Director of GUAA
P.S. The new Student Academic Center now under construction will open its doors in July, just in time for Deaf Way II, which, as of today, has close to 4,500 people from 88 countries registered!
Posted: 17 Feb 2002