Connecting a New Generation of Alumni
The Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) wants all University of Idaho students to know ─ from their first moments on campus ─ that they are joining an amazing 100,000-plus member family. It is a family that lends support and provides a strong community well before they throw their cap in the air on graduation day.
The new face for students at OAR is Sara Valoff, UI’s student and young alumni program coordinator. A native of Portland, Oregon, Valoff said she looks forward to learning more about the traditions of UI and what it means to be a Vandal.
“I am very excited to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of students and young alumni,” she said. “It is clear the connection Vandals feel runs much deeper than a piece of paper, and I look forward to continuing to honor traditions as well as build new ones.”
In her role, Valoff will mentor the Student Alumni Relations Board (SArb) and assist its members with the many events they orchestrate, from the Vandal Walk to Moms’ and Dads’ Weekends. She will also work to increase student-alumni engagement across campus as well as continue to engage recent graduates in valuable ways to stay connected to the school.
“Graduates of the last decade are the fastest-growing segment of our Vandal family,” said Kathy Barnard, executive director of Alumni Relations. “We absolutely need to focus on understanding and meeting their emerging needs in addition to the more traditional alumni programming we offer.”
Valoff will oversee and cultivate young alumni events ranging from networking, professional development, community service and good old-fashioned Vandal fun.
Article by Whitney Schroeder, Office of Alumni Relations