Member, Human Ecology Alumni Association Board of Directors

Posted by Human Ecology Alumni Association Board of Directors on 07/18/2013

General Information

Process for Filling Position: Must meet eligibility criteria
Number of Seats: 35
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni

Summary of Position

HEAA Board Members serve in volunteer leadership roles representing the Human Ecology Alumni Association and act as a liaison between the College and its alumni through individual and collective outreach. As ambassadors for the College, they support priorities of the Dean, participate in Human Ecology alumni activities on and off campus, and bring news of the College to the attention of those in their community, including alumni, industry contacts, high school students and their parents. Human Ecology Alumni Association is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. To broaden the depth of our voices, this year we have a goal of more representation by alumni located outside of the NYC Metro area, from the classes of the 2000s and BIPOC

Cornell Interests:


College of Human Ecology

Talent Expectations: Skills


Write and/or Edit
Speak to Groups
As representatives of the Human Ecology Alumni Association, members will send periodic communication to alumni and speak to alumni at events by sharing information about the Board, and by sharing their College, career, philanthropy, and volunteer experiences.


Organize, Plan and/or Host Events
Lead a Group
Manage Projects
Serve on a Committee or Board
Board members serve on team developing and initiating activities in coordination with Human Ecology Alumni Affairs & Development and supporting annual projects such as Student Grants and Alumni Achievement Awards and helping to coordinate annual events such as the Reunion Breakfast and Homecoming gatherings. Team participation includes joining conference calls and staying in touch via email, providing activity updates, hosting events or providing event support, and providing follow-up reports.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
Attend Human Ecology and Cornell alumni events as a representative of the University and the College alumni to forge new and continued connections to Human Ecology. Serve as an ambassador for the College by sharing information about how alumni can be involved and engaged with the College. Assist with new board member orientation and mentorship. Help identify future board members, volunteers for the College, donors, and prospective students.


Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Deborah Surine
Volunteer Position Title:
Program Assistant
Email: Phone:

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 4 years
Number of terms in Office: 2 terms


Prerequisites Volunteer experience for Cornell or the College; recent Human Ecology event attendance

Hiatus Required? 2 years
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: Yes
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: New York City
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: 3x year

Other Meeting Details: Periodic committee conference calls; winter board conference call via Zoom

Additional Attendance Requirements: Attendance encouraged: Reunion, Homecoming, and 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