|Makaela Kingsley ’98, associate director of Alumni Relations, Ciaran Escoffery ’00 and Roxanne Williams ’98 share a laugh during a previous Alumni and Parent Volunteer Weekend at Wesleyan.|
When Karen and Michael Haley sent their son, John 07, to Wesleyan in 2004, they were anxious to learn more about the community in which he would be spending the next four years.
That year, they attended an Alumni and Parent Volunteer Weekend. They not only became informed, they became involved.
We were so impressed that weekend with how cordially we were welcomed and made to feel a part of the Wesleyan community, that we decided to become parent volunteers, Michael Haley says. Our son is our one and only and it has always been our pleasure to participate in his activities.
The Haleys will return to campus Sept. 23-24 to attend another Alumni and Parent Volunteer Weekend. They are among more than 100 registered for the informational event.
Alumni and Parent Volunteer Weekend is designed to better inform both new and experienced volunteers about all the exciting things that are happening here, and give us a chance to thank our volunteers for the time and talents they give to Wesleyan, says Gemma Ebstein, director of Alumni and Parent Relations.
During the course of the weekend, volunteers have the option of attending Wesleyan Annual Fund (WAF) and other Alumni Association meetings, as well as special programs with Wesleyan President Doug Bennet, Vice President for University Relations Barbara Jan Wilson and Board of Trustees chairman Jim Dresser 63. Jack Mitchell 61, CEO and chairman of Mitchells of Westport, Conn. and Richards of Greenwich, Conn. and author of Hug Your Customers, The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, is this years keynote speaker.
Two special classes, Parent Volunteering 101 and Electronic Tools and Resources for Alumni and Parent Volunteers will be offered. In addition, attendees will receive a tour of the new Fauver Residence Halls.
Since attending the first volunteer weekend, the Haleys have twice assisted at WESeminars; volunteered for Spring and Fall calling; spoke at two WestFest Parent-To-Parent Seminars; volunteered at a swimming championship, and twice volunteered to assist with moving-in day. This year they will become members of the WESeminar Committee and the Executive Committee of the Parents Council.
Since my son so much enjoys being on campus with his friends, he only comes home for school holidays, so being on campus gives us an excuse to occasionally have lunch or dinner with him, Karen Haley says. More importantly, we also get to meet other parents whose students are facing the same experiences and challenges as John and have the opportunity to exchange practical information and ideas with them.
The Wesleyan Annual Fund National Committee, WESeminar Committee, Parents Council Executive Committee, Nominating Subcommittee, Alumni Association Executive Committee, and several 2006 Reunion Committees will hold meeting during the weekend.
Wesleyan has approximately 3,401 active volunteers and always welcomes more.
Makaela Kingsley 98, associate director of Alumni Relations, urges guests who have never volunteered to attend this event. She guarantees theyll leave with a volunteer assignment.
Some volunteers help with a single event or project a year, while others chair a club or committee and give their time to Wesleyan every week, Kingsley says. But each and every one of them is important. They are the nuts and bolts behind planning events, raising funds and building Wesleyans reputation.
The weekend is free of charge and financial assistance is available to help with travel and accommodations for those who need it. Volunteers are welcome to bring guests, spouses and children.
Shuttles will be available to transport guests between campus and the Inn at Middletown, where several of the sessions will take place, throughout the weekend.
For more information or to register for Alumni and Parent Volunteer Weekend, contact Kingsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-685-3836, or Camille Dolansky, assistant director of Parent Programs at email@example.com or call 860-685-3756.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|