Volume 4 Number 4
Two years ago I was elected to serve on the Alumnni/ae Association Executive Council. In the course of being one of three candidates standing for election, I made a few promises to those whose vote I was seeking. One of those pledges was a commitment to strengthen the connection between the Seminary and its graduates. In reflecting on my experience thus far on the council, it occurs to me that this task is one that still dominates my sense of call to service on this council.
It is a source of tremendous encouragement to come to this campus on a regular basis and see all the things the Seminary is accomplishing with excellence. The student body is strong, the facilities are experiencing critically important renovation, and new faculty additions are ensuring the future academic leadership of the Seminary. A living symbol of this vitality is the ongoing restoration of Miller Chapel, the spiritual center of the community, which declares the service of this institution to the church of Jesus Christ. The manner in which we can best communicate a sense of this vibrancy to our alumni/ae, as well as provide important resources for their benefit, is a top priority for the council.
Under the gifted leadership of advisor Dean Foose and chair Joanne Martindale, the council will be exploring ways in which the Seminary can be more closely related to its graduates this coming year. One item we have been discussing is the use of the Internet and web-based technology. The Seminary web site (www.ptsem.edu) is a natural tool for us to use in providing resources and information for our alumni/ae, and we are exploring options for its development and augmentation.
If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding how PTS might best use its web site to communicate with and support its alumni/ae, we would love to hear from you. What kind of information and resources would you like to see the Seminary provide its alumni/ae? How can this tool be best used to strengthen the connection between PTS and its alumni/ae? What models have you seen to which we should attend in addressing this issue? If you have any input, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, Princeton Seminary!
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