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a l u m n i n e w s You spoke, we listened The results of an Alumni director of career services, and I have partnered to pilot a mentor Attitude Study conducted in the program that matches first-year students with alumni mentors. spring are in and will help guide We are testing this program with a small group of students and us in providing programming and alumni, and hope to expand the program. You will hear more opportunities that are beneficial about this in the future, but in the meantime, look for an email to you. coming soon to confirm employment data to assist with this Nearly 1,700 alumni completed mentorship program. the survey, providing input on your We conducted this survey because, with limited resources, student and alumni experience, we must decide what services, events or communications are your overall opinion about Linfield, most needed and appreciated by alumni. In order to rely on programs we currently offer and programs you would like to see. statistically relevant results rather than on anecdotes, we again We are pleased with what we learned. In some areas, we are took part in a survey that has been administered to alumni from out-performing your expectations -- providing opportunities to attend athletic, alumni and college events, participate in social hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. In 2004 we used a similar tool to survey Linfield alumni. media, provide financial support for the college and network with other alumni. In our recent survey, we wanted to find answers to a number You told us we can improve as well – identify job of questions. Do our alumni today want or need different things opportunities for graduates, provide ways to mentor students, than our alumni eight years ago? Do McMinnville Campus help alumni serve as ambassadors in promoting Linfield alumni desire different programs than alumni from the Portland to others, and provide opportunities to serve on boards or Campus or from the Division of Continuing Education? Do alumni committees. of the last 10-20 years value the same aspects of their Linfield education as those who have been out 50+ years? What stories What are our plans based on this data? would our alumni be most interested in reading inLinfield We hope to focus more efforts on offering career support Magazine or theE-Cat newsletter? You spoke, we listened and we will continue to listen. Keep and networking opportunities. We already hold quarterly networking events for alumni in the greater Portland area, and reading the magazine and keep watching your email for more we hope to build on those while exploring how to expand into news about alumni events and programs. We thank you for your other geographic areas. We hope to improve the value of the input and we look forward to using that input to provide even Linfield network by providing more opportunities to network more value to your degree and your alumni experience. with alumni both in person and online. We also learned that you wanted more opportunities to stay – Debbie (Hansen) Harmon Ferry ’90 involved with the college. Along those lines, Michael Hampton, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2012


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