Things to Know this Month from Alumnae Relations | September 2021

We want all Scotties to be on the lookout for the upcoming issue of The Onyx, published digitally at the end of September! There you can read findings from the 2020-21 Alumnae Survey as well as the "2021-2026 Agnes Scott Alumnae Association Strategic Roadmap”.



Congratulations to Robiaun Charles, vice president for College Advancement

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Vice President for College Advancement Robiaun Charles has accepted a position as vice president with the global fundraising management consulting firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates. Her last day at Agnes Scott will be Oct. 15.

Over the past six years, Robiaun has challenged the college to think differently about its needs and the future of philanthropy. She has led college fundraising efforts to record levels with energy and creativity, strengthened alumnae engagement with the college, and revamped communications with alumnae and donors.

From Robiaun:
I want the Agnes Scott community to know that this decision was not an easy one. Agnes Scott has made an indelible imprint on my life. Yet, it is my hope that you are as proud as I am about what we have accomplished during my time at the college. From successfully completing the $100 million Greatness before Us comprehensive campaign and launching the $31.8 million Campaign for Main to receiving awards for achievements in fundraising, advancement communication and alumnae relations, we have done remarkable things. In the last two years, we have had the largest fundraising year in the college’s history and exceeded the unrestricted and budget-relieving fundraising goal, paving the way for increasing the operational support the college needs for financial sustainability. Together, we have built a culture of philanthropy at Agnes Scott.

From my first day on campus, I have been honored to serve this special community through my work. I am filled with gratitude for a team of advancement professionals who have capably and efficaciously fostered relationships with individuals and institutions to garner philanthropic support for the college. To the alumnae, friends and donors in “Scottie” land, thank you for your enduring and impassioned investments in the college. Without you and your generosity there would be no Agnes Scott College and that is true now more than ever. Agnes Scott needs you!

While my time on campus will end, I will forever have purple blood running through my veins and remain exceedingly appreciative of the opportunity I have had to advance the college’s mission to educate women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.



Alumnae Groups and Chapter Events

  • Women Alone Together will hold its first Book Group of the season virtually on Thursday, September 9. Please register for the event here.

  • Atlanta and Decatur Chapters announce a virtual Fall Kick-Off – September 16, 2021 - All alumnae in the Metro area are invited to a combined annual fall Kick-Off Event to be held on Thursday, September 16, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, via Zoom. The program includes an update from College President Leocadia I. Zak, Vice President for College Advancement Dr. Robiaun Charles, and Alumnae Association President Whitney Miller Ott. Event Co-chairs: Janet Joiner and Marcia Knight, Whitney Brown, Gué Hudson, Susan Thomas. Register here.

  • All alumnae are invited to join the After-Hours Readers group that meets on campus, convened by Lockey McDonald ‘92. Join the group on Saturday, October 2 at 1 pm in Room 101 of the Charles A. Dana Fine Arts Building to discuss “The Best American Short Stories of 2019” selected by Anthony Doerr, author of “All the Light We Cannot See.” There are 20 stories in the collection, but participants are invited to read what they can. “Just start with the first one and keep reading. Or select a few that sound interest to you. Enjoy reading and then sharing your thoughts when we see each other in early October.”

  • On August 11, a great group of mountain-area Scotties held an outdoor, in-person luncheon in Highlands, NC, co-hosted by Minnie Bob Campbell, Carol Ray, and Avary Doubleday. Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, Elizabeth Noe, offered an update on the college and answered questions. College Advancement staff members Mary Frances Kerr and Lee Davis joined as well. All those present were grateful to be together and in-person for the first time in many months in the beautiful setting of the Highland Falls Country Club. To add your name to those included in this group or for more information, please contact alumnae@agnesscott.edu.


P.S. Agnes Scott Alumnae Mentoring Circles

P.S.Agnes Scott
is a series of new initiatives to support the transition from student to graduate to early career professional. The program includes content, like professional and financial knowledge, as well as mentoring and introducing alumnae role models to help seniors and our youngest alums successfully transition into early career success or graduate study.

As part of the program, the Alumnae Association has launched P.S.Agnes Scott Mentoring Circles – a pilot program of small groups, led by young alums for recent grads (0-2 years out, or 0-4 years out for grad students). This program was designed by alums for alums!

The first Circles kicked off on Friday, August 27 for a lunch hour gathering.

  • Each Circle is made up of a small group of recent grads and led by 2-3 young alums (less than 10 years out) who are serving as co-mentors for each circle.
  • Circles are meeting every other week, during September - November (approximately 6 circle meeting times, plus the August Kick Off).
  • All meetings are being held virtually.
  • Each circle is identifying and tailoring topics, resources, etc. unique to the needs of that group from a list of options/sources. Common topics for all circles include budgeting, how to launch careers effectively, signing up for benefits, reading a lease, handling the adulthood juggle, building your network, etc.

INTERESTED?
To be a MENTEE - submit your information via the MENTEE registration form. The current pilot will inform the next round of circles in 2022, so if you weren’t ready for this round, you will be able to sign up later.

To be a MENTOR – Register through the SUMMIT Career Connect Alumnae Network.



♦ Mark your calendars now for Alumnae Weekend 2022! ♦
June 3-5, 2022 - Live and in-person
“Hello, Summer!”
 

We also invite you to view the event recordings from Alumnae Weekend 2021. In addition to the events, find curated especially for alumnae:



Agnes Scott ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION - Here to Connect YOU! 

The Agnes Scott College Alumnae Association represents over 14,000 living alums* of Agnes Scott College, connecting alumnae to one another and to the college.
*Including almost 400 alumni from graduate programs (co-educational as required by law).

2021-2022 Alumnae Association Board of Directors Meetings

  • August 14, 2021
  • November 6, 2021
  • February 26, 2022
  • June 4, 2022

Summaries of meetings are published in news@Agnes throughout the year.



Scotties Wanted!

Our Alumnae Association facilitates the engagement of all Scotties alumnae. To volunteer for a variety of Alumnae Association roles – click here. Have questions? - alumnae@agnesscott.edu.



Campus Events 

We invite you to visit the Campus Calendar for alumnae, college, academic, and arts events - https://calendar.agnesscott.edu/

Many events, like this fall's Women’s Global Leadership Conference, are being held virtually.

The “Upcoming Events” section of the alumnae webpages also is a good place to find event details - agnesscott.edu/alumnae/events/virtual-eventsto include recordings of recent events.

As always, to ensure you receive the latest news and invitations, please verify your contact information in ScottieNet – alumnae.agnesscott.edu/scottienet.