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Volume 12, Issue 1 (SPRING 2016)
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Welcome to the
Alpha Nus
Spring Newsletter! 

This edition of the Alpha Nus is intended to provide an update on the status of the Alumni Association, Active Chapter and UMD.  There have been many changes in the past year and some weighty issues that need the attention of our membership. In particular there is a ballot for a major revision in our Charter that needs ratification.

Please take some time to read the information and respond accordingly.  We need your involvement to continue to move forward.  

  Alpha Nu Omega
           Alumni Association 
News

The Board of Directors has been working with the Active Chapter to further strengthen their membership and operations.  In addition to our normal provision for scholarships to individual members, we have extended financial help to the organization and developed a mentoring program to assist their educational skills.  Of the approximate $7500 in our account, we plan to retain $5000 in working funds with the remainder going to the scholarship fund. This year, in addition to supporting our Active Chapter with scholarship monies, we raised nearly $1500 in scholarship money from generous members for the UMD Women's Cross Country Team.
 
We have struggled with communications due to the continued inability to access our website for upgrading it and posting to it. This is a top priority. The UMD Alumni Office has been unable to timely process our newsletters so we have taken our newsletter and its software over to do ourselves.  We are now developing the necessary internal skills and will endeavor to provide as much information as possible as we re-develop our communication skill set.  Our membership is currently at about 350 members of which we have verified 175 email addresses that we can use for direct communications.  We no longer use standard mailing. Alpha also has a Facebook page that has a limited audience.
 
The current Board is operating under extended terms.  We have had difficulty getting quorums for Board meetings.  We have determined that the current Alpha Charter that is 20 years old is out of date and unworkable.  Its Board structure of 12 members with single year terms for key officers and varying Director terms makes it dysfunctional and has already caused previous problems where the organization was dormant in direction for several years.  In particular we are proposing a 7 member Board with concurrent 3-year terms for all members and officers.  Also, in 2008 we put our scholarship process largely under the auspices of the University, which has never been formally addressed in our Constitution or By-laws.  As a result, the Charter has been rewritten to reflect needed changes and we are seeking ratification from our voting members.   

Click on the links to the proposed Charter along with the current Charter from 1996 to make a comparison.  Please vote for ratification on the ballot and dues form in the following section.

Revised Charter:
ANO_AA_Charter_Revised

Original Charter:
ANO AA Charter 1996
  Alpha Nu Omega
           Alumni
Association Ballot and Dues

Ballot for Charter Revision Ratification
There is a proposed revision to the Charter of the Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association.  The revision is needed to update and streamline Alumni Board operations and to revise our Scholarship procedures that have changed significantly with our ties to the University.  Please read the above listed proposed Charter and the old Charter that has not been revised since 1996.   
 
Ballot for Board of Directors
The list includes members who have shown a willingness to serve the Alumni Association.  All board seats are open.  If you wish to add additional names or be considered for a Board position, please indicate on the ballot.  
 
If you would like to participate in future Alumni Association operations (such as an Associate Advisor as outlined in the new Charter), please write your name where indicated. Recent grads/alumni, this can be your chance to get involved and renew your ties to Alpha Nu and continue the experience you started at UMD. The time and energy needed to commit to the organization is minimal. We need constant input, ideas, and energy to keep this organization strong. 
 
Request for Dues
Please be generous with your contributions to infuse the Alumni Association with working capital for operations and continued funding of our Scholarship program. If possible, send dues for previous missed years and an additional donation to the Scholarship fund. Please remember we are a non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible. The cause is worthy; the need is great; the time is now. 
 
NOTE: You need to be a current (2016) dues paying member to vote.  

Click to Find and Print the Ballot and Dues Request Form:
Ballot and Dues Request Form
Alpha Nu Omega
              Alumni
Association 
                         Annual Meeting

The annual meeting will be held on Saturday May 21st at 10:00 AM at John Erickson's office:

Holaday Circuits
11126 Bren Rd W, Minnetonka, MN 55343

 
Take 169 to Bren Rd (one way west).  Go west on Bren Rd 1 mile.  Turn right at the driveway just before the blue mail box.  Enter the door under the blue awning with “Holaday Circuits” printed on it.  Lost?  Call John Erickson at 952-956-4628.

Lunch following the meeting at Mainstreet Bar & Grill at 814 Mainsteet Hopkins.

Live Google Map for Holaday Circuits

 
  Alpha Nu Omega Scholarship

Scholarship applications have been sent to the Active Chapter and a recipient(s) will be announced following the selection process involving the University and our Scholarship Committee headed by Tom Kraus.  Recipients for 2016-2017 will be chosen by April 29, 2016.   There is currently $6,472.34 available from the scholarship fund.  It is expected to earn an additional $1,520.00 through September 1, 2016.  There will also be a Reaching Higher Match of $2,991.03 this year.  That means there is a total available scholarship award of $10,983.37 for 2016-17.  The Alpha Alumni Association has thus far given out over $60,000 in scholarship monies since 1964.
Alpha Active Chapter News


 
The Active Chapter initiated three excellent new members in the fall and one this spring (details below).  The organization now has the numbers to be a viable fraternity on campus.  They are embracing the principles and traditions of Alpha and are actively involved with other organizations, especially sororities.  Their President Ahmed Almanaseer was nominated for UMD Sweetheart by Phi Sigma Sigma (see photo). 











Members have good academic standing and many have scholarships.  They still look forward to getting involved with our mentorship program.

The Actives are participating in several service projects. They have been doing more than 30 hours of volunteering.  One was helping Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority raise money for Damiano Center’s Kids Café.  Another was the Polar Bear plunge, where several actives jumped in frozen Lake Superior to raise money for the Special Olympics. 

Our Alumni marketing plan is helping as well.  The new initiates were provided the plan and are working toward its goals particularly taking leadership roles in other organizations.

Joie Acheson Lee, Associate Director for Leadership Development, recently introduced the Kirby Leadership Certificate program that is a perfect fit for the fraternity.  The main location students go to check out organizations is called UMD Link, which is a link to service projects within the Community and at UMD.  Participants receive a Leadership Certificate after logging 250 hours of service on the Leadership link resulting in an extraordinary resume as well. Many hours already count including fraternity hours.  It looks like everybody in the fraternity will participate with Isaac Winter leading the charge.  Joie will even provide a person to help.  She is also providing help to Alpha to find a replacement for its advisor at UMD.
 
Here is a spotlight on newly initiated members:
 
Isaac Winter
Isaac was born in 1995 in Gardner, Kansas where he lived until three. His family moved to Cottage Grove, Minnesota in 1998. He has a brother who is a senior at Bemidji State University. His father, John Winter, is the Midwestern Sales Manager for Corning Life Sciences; he graduated from Bemidji State and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega at BSU. His mom, Darla Winter, is a nurse who also graduated from Bemidji State. He graduated from East Ridge High School in Woodbury, MN where he played basketball and ran track and field (110m and 300m hurdles).
 
Isaac is a sophomore at UMD majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. He actually is a transfer from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he made the Dean’s list both semesters with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. At UMD, he also helped start PSA (Political Science Association).
 
In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, play video games, hike, play sports, exercise, and read. He and his family have gone on several family hiking trips.  Most recently, they hiked in Washington on Mt. Rainier.
 
Isaac chose Alpha Nu Omega because it offered a closer relationship to fellow brothers than other fraternities on campus.  Alpha Nu also emphasized academics to brothers which is on his priority list.  After initiation, he has become very comfortable with his fellow Brothers and is excited for the upcoming future in this fraternity.
 
Isaac was initiated last fall and took on the responsibility as Service Chairman.  This spring he was elected as Alpha's new President.
 
Andreas Aristidou
Andreas is a freshman pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He is the only United States born member of his family in that his mother and little brother were born in Finland, and his father was born in Cyprus. Andreas was active in sports in high school at Cottage Grove High school.
 
Andreas was initiated last fall and was a finalist for UMD Man of the Year.
 
Christian Nieve
Christian is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in Hispanic studies. He is a Pre-med Club member. Future plans are to become a pediatrician. Christian has a passion for the game of baseball.

Christian was also initiated last fall.

Vincent Harvieux
Vinny grew up normally in Oakdale, Minnesota. He is a journalism major and has not chosen a minor yet. Because of his love of sports he wants to become a sports writer. His favorite hobbies are hunting, fishing, listening to music, and watching movies. Vinny wanted to join a fraternity because of the connections and benefits that it could bring. He joined Alpha Nu Omega because his friend Andreas had become a member. His goals for Alpha are to expand and make it a larger organization at UMD.
 
Vinny was initiated this spring.  He was immediately elected as Secretary for the new semester.

Here are photos from the Active Chapter Spring Banquet

    

This is a list of newly elected officers for the next semester:
  • President - Isaac Winter
  • Vice President - Andreas Aristidou
  • Secretary - Vincent Harvieux
  • Treasurer - Anas Aljuhaimi
  • Pledge Master - Sultan Almarzouqi

UMD Alumni Association News



Alumni Director and Alpha Sweetheart Lisa Pratt Retirement
 
A new beginning in Lisa's life started when she officially retired from UMD and from her position as alumni director on August 22, 2015.  She is excited about her future, which includes a move to the Twin Cities, where her three daughters and their families are settled. She looks forward to having more time to spend with them and to starting a new life chapter, but ever as a Bulldog!  She is grateful to UMD, her colleagues, and friends for providing such tremendous support and collaboration.
 
"Serving as alumni director has been an honor and a privilege at an institution of which I am extremely proud. I’m certain the wonderful memories and great friendships I have developed will continue long into the future."  Lisa Pratt
 
This message to Lisa was sent on behalf of Alpha upon her retirement:
"We know we have to say goodbye to our best UMD connection as you begin your retirement.  Selfishly, we are sad to see you go because you have been such a supporter of our activities and goals.  But you go out on top having set high standards for someone hoping to take your place.
 
We hope you do not have difficulty making the transition into retirement because you have been so active, but you surely will soon fill your days with family, friends and worthwhile projects.  You are still young and you have a lot of living to do.  Your daughters and grandchildren will appreciate your closeness.
 
Thank you, Lisa.  Alpha has never had a better friend.  You have become one of us and are truly our sweetheart.  We hope you will continue to come to our functions and maintain the contacts with your many fans."
 
To which Lisa responded:
"Your thoughtful note brought tears to my eyes and a warmth in my heart. I absolutely want to stay connected to my Alpha friends who have all truly sweetened my life."
 
With the retirement of Lisa Pratt from the UMD Association we have lost a wonderful ally.  The UMD Alumni Association is no longer handling our communications.  In addition, the Association is also cutting back on other programs. The Spring Twin Cities reception has been cancelled, an event we looked forward to as an excellent social opportunity with a chance to hear and see what is happening at UMD now and going forward.  Other programs and events sponsored by the UMD Alumni Association may be similarly impacted.

UPDATE YOUR UMD CONTACT INFORMATION
It's easy to update your contact information with UMD. Click here to get started. 
 
UMD News

UMD has continued to do well and has about 11,000 students.  It has been expanded and renewed in many areas to make it a beautiful and functional campus.  UMD ranks 36th in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Universities (Midwest). Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,082 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,032 (2015-16).
 
The student-faculty ratio at University of Minnesota--Duluth is 19:1, and the school has 40.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Minnesota Duluth include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3%.  Of the students attending, 33% live on campus and 67% live off campus.
 
UMD has continued to excel in athletics.  In particular, UMD's men's hockey team (NCAA-I) and football team (NCAA-II) have consistently been nationally ranked and have competed and succeeded in winning national championships.  The women's cross country/track program, the volleyball team and hockey team have also been nationally recognized.
 

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