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GUAAExecutive Director:Rebecca Rydstrom, '02 Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim")
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Overall Goal: To build a strong alumni association which will become the backbone of a better Gallaudet University.
The GUAA Bylaws stipulates that: "An Executive Director shall be appointed by the usual procedure of University Administrative appointments. He or she shall be a non voting ex-officio member of the Board. The Executive Director shall be the promotional officer of the Association, furthering the interests of local chapters and serving the general welfare of the Association. He or she, or his/her representative, shall perform any other appropriate duties assigned to him/her by the [GUAA] Board of Directors."
Each person who has any association with Gallaudet University (whether an employee, student, or alumnus) is our "walking" public relations advocate. Team effort is needed to develop a strong and positive public image. All departments of the University should be involved in this.
In 1964, Gallaudet College celebrated the centennial of its founding. To commemorate this anniversary, the Gallaudet University Alumni Association presented the College with a half million dollars, a grateful contribution by Gallaudet alumni and friends. The Centennial Fund was divided into three separate funds: the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund, the Graduate Fellowship Fund, and the Alumni House Fund. The objectives of each are defined as follows:
"The Alumni House Fund shall be used for the purpose of designing, erecting and maintaining a multi purpose building on Kendall Green or in its immediate vicinity which may provide for offices, a domicile for an Alumni Secretary or similar representative, display and storage facilities, meeting rooms, accommodations for visiting alumni, space for conference rooms available for workshops relating to deaf people and their activities and other facilities of a similar or related nature. Upon agreement between the University and the Alumni Association, the building may include overnight quarters for visitors to the University, a dining room, lounge, library and conference facilities for the faculty of the University." (Proceedings, 1967 GUAA Reunion, p.18)
Goal: To help bring about the erection of a cultural center (alumni house) on Kendall Green.
NOTE: By agreement, "Ole Jim" was renovated into an Alumni house in 1982 and officially named the Peikoff Alumni House in 1995 by the Gallaudet Board of Trustees.
Goal: To develop and maintain a reliable records system.
Goal: To assist the University in its recruitment and fund raising activities and to increase alumni involvement in these efforts.
_________________Prepared by Dr. Jack R. Gannon, '59, GUAA Executive Secretary, 1968 1989 (January 1987)Revised by Ms. Mary Anne Pugin, '71, GUAA Executive Director, 1989 - 2002 (December 2001)Revised by Mr. Samuel M Sonnenstrahl, '79 & G-'84, GUAA Executive Director, 2002 (Winter 2005)
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