ALF: the Alumni Leadership Forum 


Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Annapolis!

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The Alumni Leadership Forum (ALF), an annual event founded in 2010, features workshops, trainings, and programs that bring together St. John's alumni, faculty, and administrators for a working weekend, during which college staff share current goals and let alumni know how we can support programs in Admissions, Career Services, and Alumni Giving. ALF rotates each year between the Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses, and all alumni are invited to attend. Your contributions are invaluable.

At ALF, you can get involved with alumni working groups, chapter projects, the Class Agent Program, career affinity groups, and the SJC Online Community. An annual Alumni Association meeting convenes during the ALF weekend, and there are social and networking events that bring alumni together with tutors, college staff, and administration. ALF also provides the college with the opportunity to recognize, reward, and thank alumni for the critical role we play in the success and sustainability of the college.

ALF Opportunity Grants

St. John's College Alumni Association will award five to 10 Opportunity Grants of $250 or $500 each to alumni for the purpose of attending the 2014 Alumni Leadership Forum. This financial support is intended to help offset travel, lodging, additional meals, and incidentals. Selection for the grant will be based on applicant interest in volunteering, demographic data, and financial need. Please email the completed applicaton to sarah.palacios@sjc.edu by March 31, 2014. Click here for the 2014 Opportunity Grant application.

By attending ALF, you have the opportunity to:

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Get up to date on the state of the college and find out how to volunteer or otherwise support efforts to advance the college.

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Share experiences and insights with fellow alumni to develop and improve our effectiveness as volunteers.

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Participate in a dynamic network of professional alumni, bringing diverse talents and experience to bear on challenges facing the college community.

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Get to know college staff and learn how to support the programs and initiatives they are developing and implementing on behalf of the college.> Volunteer for an alumni working group to advance ongoing projects and sustain alumni-college collaboration between ALFs.

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Develop and share resources to support new regional chapters and energize or expand existing ones.

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Become a class chair or class giving chair and reconnect with old friends while energizing and expanding the alumni community through the Class Agent Program (CAP).

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Develop an alumni affinity group for your profession to share resources with other Johnnies in your field—and offer advice to young alumni or prospective students entering these fields.

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Attend and participate in the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.

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Work with Alumni Relations staff to identify additional volunteer opportunities that suit your unique talents and resources.

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Meet new people and deepen existing friendships through shared service.

For more information about ALF, contact Sarah Palacios, director of Alumni Relations in Santa Fe, or Leo Pickens, director of Alumni Relations in Annapolis.


Alumni Leadership Forum

2014 Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

June 6-8 - Annapolis

Friday, June 6
12-6 p.m. Registration   Hodson House Conference Room
1-5 p.m.
Freshman Year Tutorials & Seminar   
1-2 p.m. Freshman Math Euclid book 10, the definitions and props 1, 2, 5 and 7. Led by Emily Langston. Reading assignment available upon request.
 McDowell 14
2:15-3:15 p.m. Freshman Laboratory "The Changing Concept of Epigenetics" by Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb, written in 2002 (Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University). Led by Chester Burke (A74). Reading assignment available upon request. Mellon 101

3:30-5 p.m.
Freshman Seminar Oedipus Tyrannus - Led by Katie Heines (SF82) and Dan Harrell.
McDowell 12 and 14

5:30-7 p.m.
Welcome Reception   Hodson House Gardens (rain locations FSK lobby)
7 p.m. Dinner on your own    
Saturday, June 7
7:30-9 a.m. Registration  
  Hodson House Conference Room
8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast   Randall Dining Hall
9-10a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Presidents and Deans: 'State of the College' Conversation Room
~ 15 Minute Break ~
10:15-11 a.m. AA Executive Committee Association Update, Current Priorities & Goals: “How can
we serve you better?”
Conversation Room
11-11:45 a.m. Working Group & Staff Introductions
Current Priorities & Goals Conversation Room
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Lunch    
  General Lunch  
   Randall Dining Hall
  Chapter Leaders Networking Lunch           Location TBD
  Class Agents “CAPS” Networking Lunch  Location TBD
1:30-2:45 p.m. Working Group Session I (75 min.)  
  Admissions Advisory Group “How Authentic Communication Can Advance the Cause of 
Admissions: Discussion & Role Play.” Share ideas and strengthen skills for communicating with
prospective Johnnies.
Location TBD
  Alumni Giving Council “Ask-a-thon Thank-a-thon”: Practice the arts of
asking and giving thanks!
Location TBD
~ 15 Minute Break ~
3-4 p.m. Working Group Session II (60 min.)  
  Career Services “How to Host a Johnnie Internship.” Get advice from experienced
alumni and provide a career opportunity for current Johnnies.
Location TBD
  Class Agents “The CAPS Handbook Project.” Participate in the creation of a
handbook for class agents
Location TBD
  Chapters “A New Chapter in NetCommunity?” Explore features and uses of
NetCommunity; take home a tool kit for chapter leaders.
Location TBD
  Student Engagement “Student Focus Group.” Find out how alumni can support
current students
Location TBD
4-6 p.m. Campus Community Improvement Project   Location TBD
4-6 p.m. Career Affinity Groups “From Point A to Point B”: Create a Johnnie Roadmap for
Careers in Your Field
Location TBD
6:30-9 p.m. Dinner and Awards Presentations  Randall Dining Hall
9 p.m.-12 a.m. Swing Dance in the Great Hall with Craig Sparks Swingtet! McDowell Hall
Sunday, June 8
8- 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast   Randall Dining Hall
9-10:30 a.m. Alumni Association: All Alumni Annual Meeting  Conversation Room
10:30 a.m. 12 p.m. Brunch and Working Group Reports  Randall Dining Hall
Sunday Evening (Optional) Evening of Conversation at Smithsonian Museum Washington DC


"The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works."
- Cervantes