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Annual Meeting '09 (.doc)
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May 2, 2009 (.doc)
Feb 14, 2009 (.doc)
Dec 6, 2008 (.doc)
Annual Meeting '08 (.doc)
July 19, 2008 (.doc)
June 7, 2008 (.doc)
May 3, 2008 (.doc)
March 8, 2008 (.doc)
Dec 1, 2007 (.doc)
Sept 29, 2007 (.doc)
March 3, 2007 (.doc)
Dec 9, 2006 (.doc)
Sept 10, 2006 (.doc)
Annual Meeting '06 (.doc)
Jan 16, 2006 (.pdf)
Raymond Phoenix Institute Annual Meeting
September 27, 2009
The Annual meeting is a place for the attending members of the Raymond Community to suggest ideas and projects that interest them. There is always a wide ranging conversation about past directions and new directions the RPI Board should explore.
The party (annual meeting) was held at Dave Wellenbrock’s home in Lodi.
- Wendi Maxwell, President RPI
- Janet Sherwood, Board Member
- John Oram, Board Member
- Dave Wellenbrock, our host & Sharon, his wife the gracious hostess
- Karen Larsen (1966)
- Rip Hunt
- Jinx McCombs
- Neil and Liz Lark
- Jim Lynch
- Gene Bigler and his wife
- Ken Mowry & his wife (of two weeks)
- Steve Allen
- Nicholas Carroll
- Jane Hume
Wendi provided an Agenda.
Wendi gave a brief overview about the non-profit status and open-ended charter for the Raymond Phoenix Institute (RPI).
Next Wendi briefly reviewed two projects spearheaded by RPI Directors. First was the McGeorge Collaboration project being organized by John Dyer. A full explanation was sent to the Raymond community earlier this summer.
Greg Finnegan is working on a Raymond bibliography project. Greg just finished completing the bibliography of books and articles written about Raymond. The next step will be a compilation of publications by Raymond alumni and faculty. A formal request for Raymond's former students and faculty to send a list of their publications will be sent later this year. The new president of UOP, Pamela Eibeck, is very interested in advancing a liberal arts curriculum and what impact the Raymond experience had on the students. Completion of the bibliography project will provide insight into the impact Raymond had on students and staff.
Next was an overview of the RPI website which Nicholas Carroll started and finessed so that when you type into a search engine “Raymond College” it doesn't go to “Here's Raymond” the comedy – take our word for it that was a major accomplishment.
Carole Somsel has taken over the reins and re-designed the website and is the administrator of the RPI Discussion mailing list. Terry Mullins and John Oram are the monitors for the discussion mailing list. The list averages approximately 450 messages per month. The messages can be received immediately, once every 24 hours, or weekly – at the choice of the member.
One of the items being developed for the website is a listing of experiences from the community members. This idea has several potential values:
- • Bring us all up to date on each other’s lives since Raymond,
- • Let UOP administration know the varied things Raymond Liberal Arts graduates have accomplished,
- • Allow alumni to better network with colleagues in similar fields.
The next step for the mailing list is to invite the complete Raymond community to join the discussion mailing list. Presently less than half of the community members in our database are subscribed. In part this was to prove the new mailing list system was stable after the conversion from the support provided for several years by Gustavus College’s IT Department provided through the assistance by Karen “Sunshine” Larson.
What will be the relationship of the Raymond Community to the University?
Steve Allen, a Raymond graduate, has been on the University Alumni Board for the past twelve years. Steve feels there are strong advantages to having a “Raymond voice” on the University Alumni Board. Alumni voices are part of the communication that helps shape the university.
Steve cited the 1996 example when UOP's former President, Donald DeRosa, first met the president of Harvard and the first question he was asked was: 'What did you do with Raymond College?' Dr. DeRosa quickly called back to the campus and found that Steve was an Alumni of Raymond. There after, Raymond was not a forgotten item in the history of UOP.
Steve restated that newly appointed President Eibeck is very interested in what impact the Raymond experience had on the students. Steve feels someone from the Raymond Community should be on the Alumni Board to participate in the larger university community direction.
There was agreement among the attendees that Raymond needs to have a presence on the UOP Alumni Board. Three names were submitted to Steve Allen to take back to the Alumni Board: Wendi Maxwell, Janet Sherwood, and John Oram.
Ken Mowry spoke of his past impressions of UOP contacts and the old Alumni and fundraising groups’ attitudes towards Raymond/UOP graduates as simply a revenue source. Ken feels the university needs to step away from the big corporate attitudes of top down communication and return to personal involvement with the students and alumni. There was agreement that the problem in past was one of “tone”. With a new president, many people knowledgeable about the university feel that a new tone may emerge.
How can Raymond Alumni (a diminishing number of people) be of service to the UOP community?'
Gene Bigler explained his personal experiences teaching at UOP and the need for “small dollar” ongoing financial aid for deserving students. Gene noted that the “Raymond Prize” for writing continued to provide support for a small number of students.
Janet Sherwood said the RPI Treasury could provide an immediate small stipend.
Ken Mowry suggested that before the option was acted upon, the RPI Board should have a more in-depth discussion about long term financial approaches that are self-sustaining and do not require “a yearly plea for money”. Another aspect briefly discussed was 'what criteria should be used to qualify a student to receive a stipend/financial assistance?'
Neil Lark suggested the University's Life Long Learning programs have over 500 members. They are sponsored in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation's Lifelong Learning Institutes. Neil suggested this is another area that should be investigated on how to involve RPI and possibly get cooperative funding from the Osher Foundation.
Gene Bigler explained his experience presenting to the Life Long Learning membership versus today's students. Gene said most of the LLL members are much better informed than his students about current events.
Jinx McCombs suggested that the Raymond Community members who have less high profile jobs are valuable sources of information and experiences that has not been taped by UOP.
Wendi briefly raised the idea of a weekend series of roundtable discussions or seminars based on the experiences of Raymond students, for example: practical aspects of the legal profession; foreign service, arts; teaching math; space exploration – to name a few areas Raymond has graduates involved in.
Steve Allen talked about his experiences with “Freshman Camp” and how the students were interested in what he did after college. As well as what values he gained having a liberal arts education from Raymond. Steve said he saw the students as looking for direction. An alternative voice based on having been to UOP and what you did afterward.
What do we want to do about reunions?
Every five years the University has its annual end of May Campus Weekend which is specially focused on the Cluster Colleges. That is clearly an item for five years in the future. We also have the ability to have a Raymond Reunion at any one of the annual Alumni weekends we choose.
How soon do we want to have the next reunion?
Jim Lynch related this to family reunions. He said five years is too long a time space. He felt that three years was about right for him. Jim also suggested that more of a focus be put on bringing together similar year graduating groups. He was interested in learning about the folks he remembers being with him at Raymond.
The discussion involved having an alternative location other than UOP's Stockton campus, or an activity that is not a reunion per se. Possibly the Shakespeare Plays in Ashland OR might bring people who do not want to travel to the fall-of-the-year heat in the San Joaquin Valley. The UOP Alumni association can be called upon to help with the logistics of setting up this kind of an alternative.
Election of new board members
Robert Sullens has asked to be replaced.
Ken Mowry volunteered to join the RPI Board. Jim Lynch volunteered to become the new Secretary for the RPI Board.
The potluck food was great. The drinks were refreshing. Dave Wellenbrock's choice of Trip-Tip Beef was excellent. Potluck donations from the membership were equally good. A fine time was had by all.