The love and affinity for all things Irish extends far
beyond the physical borders of the campus. And for many alums, even the name
“Notre Dame” brings a sense of community, no matter where they roam.
The Notre Dame alumni network is a powerful force for
connectedness to be celebrated and fostered. To help achieve that, the Graduate
Alumni Relations Department is seeking alumni who would like to strengthen the
graduate business alumni network in their local area. The alums will be part of
a new volunteer program of Graduate Business Alumni Directors.
“Ultimately, this is an attempt to create more interaction,
networking opportunities and professional development opportunities for our
graduate business alumni,” said Tim Ponisciak, director of Graduate Alumni
Relations. “By utilizing volunteers, we can increase the breadth of options
available for graduate business alumni to continue to benefit from their Notre
Dame experience. My hope is that this initiative results in alumni having a
stronger bond with the University and with each other.”
The idea is for the alumni group to organize regular events
in the cities where they live and work. The events could include leadership
conversations, networking receptions, industry-focused breakfast meetings or
business book clubs.
Alumni Relations will help to facilitate the launch of the program and will
help to coordinate with local alumni clubs. Ponisciak said he plans for the program to be fully launched by
the beginning of 2013.
Ponisciak—who will act as the liaison between the directors
and the University, and will provide assistance with events—said the department
currently is looking for alumni to volunteer for the effort in the following
cities: New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Indianapolis,
Chicago and South Bend. Some locations need a point-person to head the program
in that city, while all city groups could use volunteers in other capacities.
If you are interested in becoming involved and organizing
local business alumni events, email Tim Ponisciak at firstname.lastname@example.org.