Winter 2016

It Starts with a Plan 

A message from your alumni association president

125x125Andrew ShaoIt is an exciting time to be an active member of the Friedman School Alumni Association. In September, the school launched its first strategic planning process in more than a decade, providing an opportunity to think about our long-term goals and strategies.

As valuable members of the Friedman community, alumni are playing a crucial role in every step of this process, from serving alongside faculty, staff and students on investigative working groups to providing input via surveys and interviews. Thank you to the many alumni who have volunteered their time to support strategic planning so far; your input is shaping the Friedman School’s future.

Concurrent with the school’s strategic planning process, the Alumni Association Executive Council is taking a closer look at our own mission and vision. We held a retreat in November to think critically about the Alumni Association’s strategic direction and consider what we aim to accomplish in the next three to five years. Much of the discussion focused on thinking “outside the box” to make sure we aren’t bound by our past experiences or perceived barriers. It is our aim to evolve alongside our alumni population, offering you new ways to provide value to the Friedman community and stay engaged with the school.

If you have any thoughts about where you think the Alumni Association should focus its efforts, please feel free to contact me at I welcome your input and look forward to sharing your suggestions at a follow-up meeting this spring. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you during reunion weekend, April 8–10, 2016.

Andrew Shao, N00, President, Friedman School Alumni Association

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