Alumni Association President's Message

Marie L. Nakata, MD '89, GME '93

Marie L. Nakata, MD '89, GME '93In 1996, the MCW/Marquette Alumni Association was at a crossroads. Its board of directors spent a great deal of time thinking about and discussing the organization's future. And, in the end, two pivotal decisions were made that allowed the Alumni Association to transition into an organization of greater inclusivity.

Those decisions – eliminate dues and welcome alumni of ALL programs into the Association – redefined the scope and breadth of our charge as an organization. At the time, the board hoped to encourage more people to participate in and take advantage of alumni programs. Now, nearly two decades later, our Alumni Association finds itself at a similar turning point.

With the tremendous growth occurring at MCW, the Alumni Association has a similar – and great – opportunity to advance in its mission. While we are in the initial stages of constructing a multi-year strategic plan, we have committed to initiate one major undertaking in early spring 2017.

In order to increase alumni engagement, we must design programming that is more aligned with our diverse population. One size does not fit all!

Thus, the Alumni Association has asked Ron Gerrits, PhD '99, to serve as chair of the Graduate School Alumni Engagement Taskforce. He, alongside board members Beth B. Krippendorf, PhD '93, and Jessica M. Olson, PhD '15, will assemble a workgroup to devise a plan to increase the Alumni Association's offerings to Graduate School alumni.

We must continue to serve all alumni – but also to better serve all alumni.

Graduate School Alumni

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