Alumni Board president sets priorities
three years as a vice president, Katharine
L. Bensen, AB'80, has been elected president of the
Alumni Association Board of Governors. The new president, a
partner in the Chicago office of law firm Schiff Hardin & Waite,
began her two-year term in July.
succeeds Washington Post columnist Bob
Levey, AB'66, under whose leadership the board developed
more career programming for alumni, increased student internship
opportunities through the Career and Placement Services (CAPS)
office, and strengthened relations with the University Board
of Trustees. Bensen plans to build on that foundation.
"Besides supporting CAPS's current efforts, such as Taking the
Next Step and the Metcalfe internships," she says, "we are working
closely with the CAPS office to develop programs designed to
help students put their best foot forward when interviewing
for jobs." Moving from students to recent grads, she notes that
the board will work on reaching out to and involving younger
graduates in alumni activities, and on cultivating future alumni
first priority, however, is toward having an alumni and visitors
center. Housing the Alumni Association staff, the on-campus
center, she says, would provide a place to get information on
alumni benefits and services, meet friends, and attend receptions
and dinners. Bensen adds, "We hope that alumni will take a leadership
role in making this project a reality."
lists three more objectives: working with incoming president
Don Randel to implement his goals, strengthening the relationship
of divisional alumni to the University and each other, and bringing
more people back for reunion. "The lifelong connections with
the University and your fellow alumni are some of the most rewarding
relationships you will ever have," she says. "I just attended
my 20th reunion and was reminded how terrific my fellow classmates
are. Many were people I had not known in the College, but I
have made some new friends and renewed some long dormant relationships."
with Bensen are three new vice presidents, elected for one-year
Boland, AB'83, MBA'87, of Boston, a senior vice president
at Fidelity Investments; Patricia
McKeown, AB'68, AM'71, of Boulder, CO, a partner
with Di Marchi Partners; and Walter
Vandaele, MBA'73, PhD'75, of Washington, DC, a senior
vice president at PHB Hagler Bailly. Former vice presidents
Paul Volberding, AB'71, and Geralyn
A. Yoza, AB'81, MBA'87, remain on the board.
Board of Governors also elected new members Linda
E. Lu, AB'91, and Charles
Schilke, AB'81, who will serve three-year terms.
Based in Chicago, Lu is an attorney with Lowis & Gellan as well
as a U of C class agent who chaired her fifth-year reunion gift
campaign. Schilke is a telecommunications lawyer with Cole,
Raywid & Braverman. Past president of the University's Washington,
DC, alumni club, he chairs the Alumni Schools Committee for
DC's Maryland suburbs. Departing the board are Francisco
Gil Diaz, AM'69, PhD'82, of Mexico City, and Andrew
Alper, AB'80, MBA'81, of New York, who was elected
in June 1999 to the University Board of Trustees.--K.S.
invites alumni to e-mail her at email@example.com
with comments or suggestions for the Board of Governors and