Members of the Ebony Bobcat Network stand with Jennifer Neubauer, assistant vice president of alumni relations, at the Alumni Leadership Conference Chapter and Society Awards, where the organization received the Outstanding Chapter/Society Award.
Photographer: Sarah Barclay
Valued alumni chapter and society members gather in the Baker Center Ballroom for the annual Alumni Leadership Conference Chapter and Society Awards to kick off “On the Green Weekend.”
Photographer: Sarah Barclay
Jun 5, 2014
By Kandlyn Collins
The Alumni Leadership Conference Awards kicked off the 2014 “On the Green Weekend” festivities on Thursday, May 29 with the return of alumni chapter and society members to their alma mater, many of whom received awards for outstanding service to Ohio University.
Participants spent the majority of the day attending workshops, and concluded the Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) with an awards ceremony held in the Baker Center Ballroom.
This was the first year that the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) Board meeting was held in conjunction with the Alumni Leadership Conference. Damian Clark, a 2005 graduate of the Scripps College of Communication and Chicago Chapter volunteer, said that the merging of these two events benefitted all who attended.
“The Alumni Leadership Conference was fun, informative, and an all-around great start to a fantastic weekend,” he said. “Holding both events on the same weekend created an opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm more creative ways to function as a chapter, society, and the like.”
The ALC is an opportunity for alumni to receive important OUAA information that pertains to their network and chapter and society events, as well as be recognized for the work they do in connecting alumni to their alma mater. Attendees of the ALC were chapter and society leaders and presidents, as well as chapter and society members.
Following the conference, 45 alumni attended the awards banquet, with notable guests such as President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis; Vice President for University Advancement and President and CEO, The Ohio University Foundation, J. Bryan Benchoff; and Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Executive Director, OUAA, Jennifer Neubauer, who presented the honored chapter and society awards.
The Alumni Networking Award recognizes a chapter or society that has excelled at connecting alumni in new and meaningful ways. This award was created in 2009 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of OUAA. This year, it was presented to the Charlotte, North Carolina Alumni Chapter for their efforts in hosting the 25th Annual Lake Norman Picnic, and to the Athletic Trainer’s Society for the 64th Annual National Athletic Trainer’s Association meeting.
The Alumni/Student Networking Award recognizes a chapter or society that works to connect alumni with current Ohio University students. This year the award went to ACRN for the ACRN Alumni & Current Student Meet-up event.
The Community Service Award is given to an alumni organization that sponsors the most outstanding and influential community service program or initiative of the year. Factors taken into consideration in awarding this honor are: hours dedicated to the initiative, the level of funds raised and the service rendered. This year, the Community Service Award was presented to the Metro New York Chapter for the NY Cares Day and to the Schey Sales Centre Alumni Society for the Miracle for Life Charity Bowling Tournament.
The Chicago Chapter was awarded the Most Innovative Program Award, which recognizes the most creative, innovative or best received program, for their Red vs. Cubs Rooftop event.
The Philanthropic Award was presented to the Massachusetts Serving New England Chapter, for their Summer Baseball Series event. It was also presented to the Hockey (Blueline) Society for putting on the OHIO Hockey Alumni Weekend. The Philanthropic Award highlights those chapters that show extraordinary dedication to fundraising for Ohio University and continually uphold the core values of the alumni networks.
Finally, the Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland and the Ebony Bobcat Network were awarded the Outstanding Chapter/Society Award. President Roderick J. McDavis presented this award, which was established in 1978 and is bestowed upon chapters and societies that demonstrate an enthusiastic participation of alumni in staying connected with their alma mater.
Erica Lipscomb, associate director of external relations for the Association, viewed the Alumni Leadership Conference as a success. “We had a great turnout by combining the ALC with ‘On the Green Weekend,’” she said. “Our speakers were a success, the alumni had a fantastic time and I'm very pleased with the weekend as a whole. We can’t wait until next year.”