As we honor our Bicentennial, we begin to reflect on the many unique traditions to New Hampton School, such as Powder Keg and Foliage Day, and the importance they have on our alumni community as these are days that they look forward to year after year. Alumni of New Hampton School have also established a tradition of giving back in a variety of ways to the school that gave so much to them. We are thrilled to announce the establishment of a formal Alumni Association to serve our vastly talented alumni body and to provide another platform for our alumni to engage with Husky Nation and connect with each other.
The Alumni Association was established to strengthen the alumni network and to encourage alumni engagement with the school. The Association will support alumni programs and services, facilitate communication within the alumni community, and seek to strengthen alumni bonds with the school. To focus on the work of the Alumni Association, we have created an Alumni Association Executive Council. The Executive Council is led by its leadership team who will be supported by 25-35 additional members, who will take on the work in four focus areas.
Meet your Executive Council Leadership Team
The establishment of this group would not be possible without the Executive Council Leadership team’s leadership and partnership.
Megan Collins ’98 will serve as the President. She has maintained a lifelong connection to New Hampton, has served in a number of volunteer roles, and is currently a member of the Bicentennial Steering Committee. Her extensive events knowledge and desire to support the greater alumni body in their connection to the school lends her perfectly to this role.
Phil Sawyer ’68 will serve as the Vice President. He has been a long-time Reunion volunteer for his class, and the work he has done to reengage his class with New Hampton School is something we look to model in the Class Connectors Committee. With the help of some of his classmates, Phil was able to set a record for attendance at their 50th reunion having over 50% of their classmates return to celebrate!
Kaleigh Teague ’10 will serve as the Secretary. She has been a Reunion volunteer and Class Agent since graduating. Kaleigh lives in the Boston area and has been a great resource and thought partner as we looked to establish a networking program in the city. This is something she will continue in her role on the Executive Council and hopes that we can grow and model in other cities nationwide.
Subcommittees and opportunities
When determining the subcommittees for the council, we surveyed our alumni to determine areas where they wanted to get further involved and see expanded programming, which led to establishing the following subcommittees and responsibilities.
Alumni Connectors Committee
This committee and its members will work to connect and promote alumni within New Hampton Schools’ internal and external networks to provide career mentoring and networking opportunities. They will help to grow established programs and work to create new opportunities to leverage the alumni network.
Engagement Task Force
This committee will serve as the conduit between alumni and New Hampton School to help further communication and outreach between the two and work to strengthen our alumni’s connection to the school.
NHS Gives Committee
This committee will be comprised of some of our most dedicated class agents and will focus on garnering support for annual giving efforts, giving days, and our capital campaign. They will also educate and inform the council of the school’s fundraising initiative.
Nominating and Awards Committee
This committee will recommend candidates for appointment to the Council, the Athletic Hall of Fame, and our Alumni Reunion Awards with the hope of establishing Alumni Association Awards that would recognize alumni for their accomplishments, distinction in their fields, and as volunteers serving the interests of the school.
Ready to get involved?
If you missed the official kickoff on November 9, access the recording here to learn more.