Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MC launches alumni relations efforts

J. Don Wallace, Director of Alumni Relations & Development
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“We want to reconnect with MC alumni and build strong engaging relationships with former and current students, as well as with employees and retirees,” stated J. Don Wallace, MC’s new director of alumni relations & development.

During the past 40 years, approximately 16,000 students have graduated with an associate and, more recently, a baccalaureate degree from Midland College. MC’s new alumni relations office was created this past January in order to meet the needs of those MC graduates and create relevance to alumni, which will allow for relationship-building.

Wallace explained, “My office isn’t just here for MC graduates. The alumni relations office was established to serve all people that have ever been touched by MC. I want to include everyone in our alumni activities—those people who took a continuing education course for professional or personal enrichment; students who went to MC for one or two semesters, and then transferred to a university; former Kids’ College students; and even our College Classics students. The focus will, of course, be on those students who have received a degree and/or technical certificate from MC—but no one is excluded.”

One of Mr. Wallace’s first goals is to have a presence at the upcoming See MC outreach event scheduled to be held on the MC main campus on Saturday, April 20. The event is an “open house” for the community to visit with MC student services and instructional staff. Children’s activities and a hot dog lunch will also be included. Wallace said he hopes that former MC students and their families will stop by campus that day and see how the college has expanded over the years. Other events being planned are alumni tailgating parties at athletic games and an annual breakfast that will honor distinguished alumni.

For the past 16 years, Wallace has been employed in various capacities in MC’s Media Services Department, most recently as director. During this time, he assumed responsibilities for the McCormick Gallery and Dollye Neal Chapel. Wallace will continue leading these two important aspects of MC while serving as director of alumni relations & development.

Mr. Wallace is a native Midlander, having graduated from Midland High School in 1991. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is currently working on a master’s degree at Kent State University. Wallace said that over time, he hopes to create an MC endowed scholarship with funds generated by MC alumni. He plans to form an advisory committee and has already launched a Facebook page.

The MC Alumni Relations & Development Office is part of Midland College’s Institutional Advancement Department. Mr. Wallace can be reached at (432) 528-2781. His office is located in Room 139 of the Pevehouse Administration Building on the MC campus.

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