Alumni Council Information about Membership

The Council's 2016–17 meeting dates are October 27–29, 2016, and March 2–4, 2017.

Can anyone apply for the Alumni Council?

Yes! The Grinnell Alumni Council seeks to have as diverse a membership as possible and currently has members from five decades of graduation years, seven states, and three countries. The only requirement for Council application is to be an alum of Grinnell College.

When can I apply for the Alumni Council?

The open nomination/application process for the Alumni Council runs year round although the annual deadline for consideration is January 5. Interviews and selections take place in FebruaryMarch, annually. Any alum can self-apply for the Council or be nominated by a fellow alum or a Grinnell College faculty or staff member. If nominated, an alum will be sent the application materials by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

How do I apply for the Alumni Council?

Please complete the online application form below and submit it by January 5, annually.

What is the selection process for the Alumni Council?

The Membership and Elections Committee reviews all of the submitted applications and conducts interviews with select applicants. Based on the quality of both the application and interview, the nominating committee selects the final slate of applicants based on the needs of the council. The slate is presented to the full Council for approval. All applicants are notified of their status, regardless of selection or non-selection to the Council. All reviews and interviews will take place during the months of January and February. New Council members will be announced by April 1.

What are the criteria for the selection to the Grinnell College Alumni Council?

Successful applicants are alumni of Grinnell College who have been active in the Grinnell community as volunteers, event participants, and donors on a regular, consistent basis. Ideal candidates are bright, creative, and diverse, and hold a true desire to positively engage other Grinnell College alumni in the life of the College. The ability to actively participate in regular conference calls, meetings, and the work of the Council is crucial. It is estimated this commitment can be between 5-10 hours per month.

What is the term of service for an Alumni Council member?

Newly elected members' two-year terms begin following the Alumni Assembly event during Reunion Weekend. Each new member elected to a position on the Council serves for a period of two years, with up to three consecutive terms. The Council votes annually to renew terms for members who have completed their first or second term. The term of any member elected as an officer will be extended, if necessary, to allow that member the opportunity to complete the term of office to which he/she/zi has been elected. However, no member can exceed seven consecutive years of service.

How many openings for members are available?

The number of seats available depends on the number of Council members cycling off the Council. Please note that because of the high caliber of applicants, Council membership is highly selective.

What are the requirements of an Alumni Council Member?

There are three service expectations and one requirement of an Alumni Council member:

  1. Alumni Council members will be expected to work on the business of the Council between and during meetings, which will include serving on a committee, participating in conference calls, supporting local alumni activities whenever possible, and other duties as assigned.

  2. Alumni Council members will be expected to make an annual financial contribution to the College and to join with fellow council members as they generously match seniors' gifts through the Stephen K. Kent ’67 Memorial Senior Challenge.

  3. Alumni Council members are required to attend three full council meetings within each two-year term (see article V of the Council bylaws). Attendance requirements will be monitored by the Election and Membership Committee.

  4. Hotel and meal expenses while in Grinnell are fully covered by the College for all Council members however, Alumni Council members will be expected to be prudent when making travel decisions and arrangements. To the degree that they are able, Council members will be expected to cover their individual travel costs for meetings and will designate those expenses, in part or in full, as in kind contributions to the College. For those unable to contribute travel expenses, travel costs will be reimbursed.

Alumni Council Member Application

Membership Application

Contact Information
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Committees
The Council has four working committees. Please select the two that most closely match your interests, skills, and abilities:
Develops and implements strategies for communicating with and learning from the alumni community and to facilitate opportunities for engagement among alumni and between alumni and faculty, staff, students, and friends.
Extends meaningful alumni connections that support current students and student programs, including on-campus exchanges and career opportunities.
Coordinates outreach to Grinnell’s diverse alumni communities to enrich the networks of diverse alumni and students across the College.
Builds and sustains donor and volunteer loyalty through stewardship.
Background Details
Why do you want to serve on the Grinnell College Alumni Council?
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In what ways do you consider yourself to be representative of the alumni body?
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In what areas do you see yourself making the largest contribution, if you were selected to a seat on the Council?
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Please describe any volunteer experience you have, either with Grinnell or with other organizations.
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Information about the Application Process: Applications are received year-round, with interviews conducted in February. New Council members are selected annually in March/April, and begin their terms after Reunion Weekend. Please save a copy of your application and your answers to the questions in the application. If you are not selected for the Council the first time you apply, we may consider your application at another date. Thank you.