September 7, 2022 – Held via Zoom
Meeting started at 6:39pm
Anna Brook (CUAA Secretary) presented the minutes from the May 3, 2022 Executive Committee Meeting. There were no proposed edits. The May 3 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes were approved by general consent. Anna presented the minutes from the June 8, 2022 Executive Committee Meeting. There were no proposed edits. The June 8, 2022 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes were approved by general consent.
Ron Vogel (CUAA Treasurer) reported that CUAA received approval of the 501(c)3 application. There was discussion regarding modifying operations to act in accordance with the requirements of a 501(c)3 organization.
The Executive Committee addressed nominations for committee chairs.
Ciera Lowe was approved as Awards Committee Chair.
Shannon Pultz was approved as Communications Committee Chair.
Mariam Cantelmi was approved as Annual Fund Chair.
Edwin DeLeon was approved as Events Committee Chair.
James Haywood Rolling Jr. was approved as the Peter Cooper Public Service Award Committee Chair.
There was discussion regarding potential events, such as sporting events, happy hours, and others. Carol Wolf suggested that there be Zoom events as well to enable alumni from different areas to participate.
Shannon Pultz (Communications Committee Chair) reported that the committee was tasked with looking for a new website. The group has researched various options for website hosting. Carol Wolf presented the options. The website working group suggested migrating to WPEngine and to use a vendor (Fantasktic) to perform the migration. Costs would include $20/month and then $300 per year for hosting; a vendor fee for migration of approximately $1,950. The group recommended the Benevolence Theme for the website, which is designed for non-profits. There was discussion regarding the proposed migration.
Anna Brook moved to approve hiring Fantasktic to migrate the CUAA website to WPEngine using the Benevolence Theme at a cost of approximately $2,000 and, if necessary up to three plug-ins, for the migration. Carol Wolf seconded. The motion passed (Carol, Anna, Laura, Ron, Mariam, Shannon, Lou voted in favor; Margaret abstained).
Mariam Cantelmi (Annual Fund Chair) shared an update from Cooper Union relating to fundraising. The total Annual Fund donations from alumni was approximately $3.1 million, accounting for 16.34% of the alumni body. There were 50 new alumni donors. These numbers were an increase from the previous year.
There was discussion that the new website roll-out can be used to increase alumni registration on the website and for events.