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ALF: Alumni Leadership Forum

Alumni volunteer service is important to the health of the college community. One of our greatest assets is a significant sense of ongoing commitment to the college on the behalf of a large number of our alumni, and a desire to contribute constructively via gifts of time and action as well as financial support. The Alumni Leadership Forum was borne out of this commitment and interest, and succeeded in catalyzing alumni engagement and and developing a pipeline of alumni volunteers for a variety of programs and activities.

Over time, ALF took on an identity as a “second homecoming,” and volunteers were forced to choose between the two weekends. Travel costs and other reasons were a significant obstacle to building a broad base of volunteers, especially for those new to volunteering for the college. ALF has become increasingly less cost-effective, in particular as the college copes with fewer staff with less resources. There has been a growing sense that the time has come for ALF to evolve to best meet the needs of our growing alumni volunteer base.

For all of these reasons, the Alumni Office and the Alumni Association Board are exploring new ways to increase engagement and provide solid training to volunteers at every level of the volunteer engagement pyramid. While we will not be hosting an on-campus ALF in June in 2018, we welcome your thoughts and ideas on volunteer training (email alumni(at)sjc.edu or call 505-984-6114). Look for more on “ALF 2.0” soon!