Association aims for more alumni involvement
ALUMNI | Alan Brayman, BE ’73, has been active in numerous roles with the University and the UD Alumni Association (UDAA) over the years since his graduation. Now, as the association’s new president, he is encouraging his fellow alumni to become similarly involved.
Brayman says one of his key goals is to engage all alumni, with a view to participating in the University’s efforts in achieving the objectives of its strategic plan.
“It will be very interesting and challenging serving on the UDAA under President Harker, as he implements the new strategic plan,” Brayman says. “I know that more involvement of the UD alumni will be very important in meeting our goals.”
Brayman has served on several UDAA committees and as a Commencement delegate. He has been a football season ticket holder for more than 25 years and with his wife, Joann, served on the University’s Parent Board while their son, Andrew AS '07, was a student. Their daughter, Kelsey, is a member of the Class of 2012.
“Getting involved with UD is very exciting and rewarding, particularly given the recent success and growth of the University,” Brayman says.
The alumni association is exploring ways to continue to expand its already sizable contributions to University life, he says. Among the current contributions are the scholarships and funds the UDAA provides current students through Alumni Enrichment Awards, which support worthwhile research and educational opportunities that would not occur without such help.
Brayman’s term as president began July 1. Also on that date, six new members began serving on the UDAA Board of Directors. They are Anne Giacoma Barretta, AS ’83, an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey; Rita Pesce Hollingsworth, BE ’82, managing director of Strategic Solutions International; Kerry Orendorf, BE ’02, manufacturing cost accountant with DuPont Performance Elastomers; G. Carle Foster, BE ’86, a corporate training specialist with PointRoll Inc.; Roger Post, EP ’74, vice president of business development with Rentacrate; and Doug Motley, BE ’01, managing partner of Aegis Development Group.
All University alumni are automatically members of the UDAA upon graduation and are not assessed dues to receive the benefits of membership.
Since 1846, the association has strengthened the commitment of graduates to the University. Its board of directors, all of whom serve voluntarily, consists of three officers, 18 directors, an honorary life director, one immediate past president, members-at-large and representatives of college and special interest satellite associations.
The mission of the UDAA is to advance the interest, influence and purpose of the University, to maintain and advance the cause of education and to promote beneficial relations among its members, between the University and the association, and between the undergraduate body and the association. Anyone interested in serving on the board can complete the application at www.UDconnection.com/UDAA.