I am pleased to report that Lindsay Dorrance is the new director of alumni relations for the School of Nursing. In the near future, she will work with the Alumni Association to form a strategic planning group to determine our future direction and goals.
Our alumni weekend event in 2012 will remain similar to past years with a few minor and exciting schedule changes. The Alumni Weekend Committee is also in the early stages of exploring several new events to engage alumni. Some ideas include a community project with students (“A Day of Service”) and an event to coincide with the University’s alumni weekend in May 2012.
This year, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association announced a strategic decision to eliminate annual dues across the entire University. It is our hope that you, our nursing alumni, will remain active and generous in supporting our School and students. We continue to seek nursing graduates, both past and present, to join our efforts to lead our alumni association into the future. Those of you who live and work in the Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic region can be especially helpful by offering your time and talents. We are looking for committee members and chairs to lead initiatives and assist in the engagement of alumni and students.
The Membership Committee will continue to work with the Alumni Office to present networking events for students. These events allow graduates to participate in an informal panel and discuss their post-graduation professional experiences, offer advice, and answer questions. Let us know if you are interested in participating in any of these panels. The Membership Committee’s other important initiatives include sponsoring the pinning ceremonies for our nursing graduates as well as supporting the work of regional alumni groups.
Please continue to submit your current information, such as contact details and your nursing specialty, to the Alumni Office. This enables the office to provide contacts for students in various cities. It also expands our nursing community, provides resources and mentors to students, and keeps you informed about events and updates from the School. You may send your information and offer comments and suggestions to JHNAA@jhu.edu or call 410-955-4285. Be a mentor, a regional alumni leader, or committee member. Most important, be an active member of JHNAA.