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  • From Your Assistant Vice President

    Susan WDear Alumni,

    As we enter the holiday season, I continue to be humbled and excited to be welcomed back home to my alma mater as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. Your many well wishes and notes of encouragement have let me know that my acceptance of this position is in due season and we are on the right track in moving alumni relations forward for Seattle University. I am excited about the many positive possibilities that lie ahead for my office and the Seattle University Alumni Association. Since coming into this position, I have been on a whirlwind tour listening, assessing and learning about alumni relations. I’ve attended a CASE National Conference for Alumni Relations, several scholarship receptions, pregame rallies, regional alumni and parents receptions, meet and greets, hosted one-on-one sessions with SU board members and alumni, met with student leaders, relaunched the Student Alumni Ambassadors program, talked with affinity group representatives, presented to the Dean's Council and Board of Regents, forged a strong partnership with Athletics and hosted the cross university quarterly planning meetings for alumni relations. And on personal note I got married. All this just in my first five months!

    This aggressive agenda has given me a much needed view of alumni relations that will help craft a comprehensive and inclusive frame work as we continue to build a world class alumni relations office and presence.

    My immediate goals are simple and reflect what I have observed thus far:

    1. Improve marketing and outreach to alumni.

    2. Improve benefits and services for alumni, including: career services, compelling DI programming, excellent programs for young alumni, established engagement with admissions, and mission and spirituality programming.

    3. Improve the visibility and effectiveness of the Alumni Board of Governors.

    4. Strengthen our financial position and define a resource model for alumni relations.

    I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve these and other goals set for SU’s Office of Alumni Relations. I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in this effort to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.

    May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season and the whole year through.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Vosper (Woerdehoff) '90, '10

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