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College of Nursing Alumni Association Bylaws

Operating Guidelines/Procedures

I. Name

The College of Nursing Alumni Association of University of Massachusetts Amherst.

II. Mission

The College of Nursing Alumni Association's mission shall be to foster a lifelong relationship between the College of Nursing and its alumni. The board's mission is to foster a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among graduates, students, and friends; to promote and encourage alumni to maintain personal involvement in, and financial support of, the activities of the College of Nursing; to interact with University Alumni Relations; and to promote, through alumni, the interests of the University, the College of Nursing, and alumni.

III. Goals

The following represent the specific goals of the College of Nursing Alumni Association.

Goal I: Service to Alumni:
Strong advocacy (i.e.: new College of Nursing building) network
Good social connections
Career networking/mentoring
Lifelong learning

Goal II: Service to the College of Nursing:
Fundraising
Pride in and Advocacy of College of Nursing

Goal III: Alumni Association Board Membership:
Sustain membership of College of Nursing Alumni Board
Diversify membership of College of Nursing Alumni Board
Develop formal liaison with the College of Nursing student body

IV. College of Nursing Alumni Association Membership

All persons holding nursing degrees from University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing, by virtue of this, are members of the College of Nursing Alumni Association, and are welcome to participate on the College of Nursing Alumni Board. In addition, matriculated College of Nursing juniors, seniors, and graduate students are also eligible.

V. Governance

A. The College of Nursing Alumni Board

1. The College of Nursing Alumni Board shall consist of no more than 15 members-at-large, the College of Nursing Dean or a representative of the College of Nursing Dean, a representative from the College of Nursing Development Office, and a student in the College of Nursing. New board members will be elected by alumni association members at the annual business meeting, which will be held at the beginning of the fall alumni reunion.

2. Each member of the College of Nursing Alumni Association shall be entitled to one vote.

3. The College of Nursing Alumni Board members are expected to attend at least 50% of Board
meetings.

4. The responsibilities of the Board will include, but not be limited to:
· Plan events for College of Nursing Alumni
· Recruit new members for the board
· Support and assist with annual fund development
· Assist in the planning of the College of Nursing Alumni Newsletter
· Advocate on behalf of the College of Nursing when appropriate
· Support career networking/mentoring among Alumni and between Alumni and
students

B. Executive Committee

1. The Executive Committee, within the College of Nursing Alumni Board, shall consist of the Chair, Secretary, Immediate Past-Chair, and a representative of the Development Office. The representative of the Dean of the College shall be ex-officio to the Executive Committee.

2. The role of the Executive Committee will include, but is not limited to:

· Plan meeting agendas
· Facilitate Board meetings
· Oversee or delegate logistics of Board and Alumni meetings/events
· Act as liaison with College of Nursing administration, faculty and staff.

3. Members of the Executive Committee may serve consecutive two-year terms to a maximum of six years. Each term will commence at the end of the annual business meeting at which the nominee was elected. Nominees are to complete a "consent to serve" that outlines qualifications to serve, a single-paragraph biosketch, and personal objectives for participating on the board. The Nominating Committee, comprised of Executive Director, two executive board members, and the Dean (ex officio) will establish the slate prior to the annual business meeting. (Space for write-in candidates will appear on the slate.) This slate will be voted on at the annual business meeting, which will be held at the beginning of the fall alumni reunion.

VI. Decision-Making

Decisions will be made through informal consensus when possible. If a consensus cannot be reached among those present, the Chair may call for a vote on any given matter. The majority decision will prevail. The Executive Committee acts as the decision-making body for the College of Nursing Alumni Board in between Board meetings when necessary.

VII. Committees

The Board will establish other committees or task forces as appropriate for any given project or initiative. It is expected that these committees will meet for a time-limited period to work on specific tasks, and will keep the Board apprised of the progress.

VIII. Meetings

There shall be at least four regular meetings of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. Notice of the time, place and general purpose of any board meeting shall be sent to each member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board at least 14 days prior to the meeting. The annual meeting, which will be held during fall reunion, will be open to all College of Nursing
alumni.

IX. Quorum

A quorum for the transaction of business at each Board meeting shall consist of the members present at the meeting.