The Year of the Tiger is predicted to bring drama, intensity, and far-reaching change for everyone and it is a prediction that has become a reality at Lakehead University. With a new Chancellor, a new President, and the opening of the new permanent Orillia Campus, 2010 has certainly been eventful as Lakehead strives to remain true to its vision of developing as a comprehensive, diverse university committed to excellence and innovation.
Let me talk about Sustainability and how the alumni, now 45,000 strong, can play an important role. Lakehead University is forecasting significant operational budget deficits in the coming years and will need to generate additional revenues by means of increasing its enrolment. One of the most profound ways that we as Lakehead University alumni can help is by using our influence as graduates to increase student enrolment on both campuses.
The Alumni Association has developed a partnership with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment resulting in the Lakehead Alumni Student Recruitment program. This new program is designed to build a small cadre of alumni who are strategically placed in communities and willing to assist with and supplement the University's regular recruitment activities. These volunteer Alumni Student Recruiters will help increase awareness of their alma mater by representing Lakehead at events, adopting a high school in the area, and following up with prospective students. There is nothing more powerful than for a prospective student to speak with someone who has “gone before” and who can provide anecdotal details about Lakehead's best professors, varsity sports, and residence choices to supplement the information in the Admissions Handbook.
If you feel you would like to be engaged with this initiative, please visit the alumni website to learn more. Regardless, I would urge each and every one of you to commit to reaching out to family and colleagues and "tell a story" about how relevant and life-enhancing your experiences were at Lakehead.
In 2015 Lakehead will celebrate its 50th Anniversary and what a party we are going to have! A key component will be to increase the number of Alumni Chapters with the goal of organizing events and activities for alumni to enjoy in their communities, as well as the opportunity to maintain their connection to Lakehead. Organizing an Alumni Chapter is an uncomplicated process and is successful in areas where there is a sufficient level of interest and number of graduates to reasonably support alumni activities. If you have an interest in starting a Chapter, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations for additional information. We would be excited to hear from you.