Representative of the Cornell Native American Alumni Association, Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations (CATN)

Posted by Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations (CATN) on 05/12/2020

General Information

Process for Filling Position: Direct appointment by staff or administration
Number of Seats: 1
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni

Summary of Position

Committee members will confidentially evaluate nominees through a review of prepared biographies including professional, civic and alumni involvements. Discussions of each nominee will include committee members sharing experiences based on direct interaction with nominees. Committee members will also add to the discussion by providing knowledge of a nominee’s professional or civic involvement. Committee members will be required to assist with the promotion of the annual election by sharing information with their constituency group. Additionally, as a volunteer for Cornell University, vote in Cornell's annual alumni trustee election.

Cornell Interests:



Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
Members are expected to contribute to the deliberations about each nominee, sharing experiences as they relate to volunteer, professional, or civic roles. Honest and candid dialogue and debate is critical to the committee’s process, and members must have persuasive communication skills, excellent listening skills, and the ability to act with tact and discretion.


Serve on a Committee or Board
Members will assess nominations and make decisions based on information presented, research, and conversations during meetings.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Represent Cornell
Regular attendance and participation at meetings is required. Members will represent not only Cornell and the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations, but also their respective constituent and affinity groups. Prospective members should have a broad and diverse engagement with Cornell through multiple involvements, and draw upon their perspective of alumni through myriad relationships they have cultivated.

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Magdalena Bartishevich
Volunteer Position Title:
Senior Director, Engagement Initiatives, Volunteer Programs and College and Unit Partnerships
Email: Phone:

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 4 years
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Prior involvement in other Cornell volunteer communities.

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: The committee meets three times each year (in person and/or via Zoom) and may have one or two additional online meetings. With participation in two of the meetings essential to the continuity of the committee's deliberations, participation at one of the first two meetings is mandatory for voting privileges at the third meeting when candidates are selected.
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: 4x year

Additional Attendance Requirements: One orientation webinar is required for all new members; All members are strongly encouraged to attend annual Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC).

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election