2015 Conference

Engage at Every Age:
Conference on Alumni Civic Engagement

October 23-24, 2015
Frist Campus Center, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

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Purpose and Theme

The civic engagement movement among colleges and universities has transformed how educators think about curriculum, pedagogy, research, and campus life. An important but often overlooked part of this conversation is alumni, who increasingly turn to their alma maters for connections to and training for opportunities to serve the public interest. This is especially true of alumni from the past twenty years, for whom civic engagement and service were integral parts of their undergraduate experiences, but older alumni are also seeking to leverage their college networks and institutional affiliations for social change. Across the country, dozens of institutions engage alumni in meaningful, innovative ways, though few forums exist for leaders at these institutions to learn from each other what works–and what doesn’t–in supporting alumni in their civic lives.

Building on its 25 year history of inspiring and building civic engagement among alumni across generations, Princeton AlumniCorps will bring together representatives of colleges, universities, and independent organizations to explore models of alumni civic engagement, from fellowships for recent graduates to programs supporting mid-life career changes to “encore programs” for alumni over 60.


  • Bring together a range of colleges, universities, and organizations that are conducting – or exploring – alumni civic engagement programs
  • Encourage participants to share effective practices and foster “cross-talk”
  • Explore the broader environment into which alumni civic engagement programs are emerging and permit opportunities for discussion with leaders of non-university-based programs.
  • Foster a sense of teamwork among civic engagement educators, alumni affairs professionals, development professionals, and career services professionals in devising and implementing alumni civic engagement programs
  • Create a network of  colleges and universities to continue communicating about alumni civic engagement activities

The Engage at Every Age Conference is co-sponsored by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.



Friday, October 23, 9:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

8:30     Registration Open: Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room, B Level

9:30     Welcome and Opening by Princeton AlumniCorps

9:40     Plenary Panel: Models of Alumni Civic Engagement

  • Elizabeth Muse, Director of UVaClubs and Cavalier Admission Volunteer Network, University of Virginia
  • Katherine Toy, Senior Manager, Alumni Leadership, Stanford University
  • Joseph Tierney, Executive Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Nurkin, Executive Director, Princeton AlumniCorps

11:10    Break

11:30    Civic Engagement Landscape, Part I: Alumni

  • Mary Bruce, Co-Executive Director, AmeriCorps Alums
  • Stacey Easterling, Director, Program Development and Growth, Encore.org
  • Julie Ellison, Lead Organizer, Citizen Alum
  • Jennifer Tywater, Chief Program Officer, College Advising Corps

12:45     Lunch

2:00      Deeper Dives

Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs

  • Heidi Gross, Program Manager, Center for Civic Engagement, Northwestern University
  • Travis Lovett, Director, Center for Public Interest Careers, Harvard University
  • Tim Ifill, Executive Director, Philly Fellows
  • Ry Beck, Recruitment & Engagement Manager, Princeton AlumniCorps
  • Caryn Tomljanovich, Partnership Manager, Princeton AlumniCorps

Alumni Connections to Undergraduate Civic Engagement

  • Eric Mlyn, Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage and Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement, Duke University
  • Kimberly de los Santos, John C. Bogle ’51 and Burton G. Malkiel *64 Executive Director, Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University
  • Mindy Nierenberg, Senior Director of Tisch College Programs and Director of Leadership Studies, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public service, Tufts University

Mid-Career and Encore Programs

  • Kef Kasdin, Program Leader, ARC Innovators, Princeton AlumniCorps
  • Jackie Einstein Astrof, Founder and Executive Director, PennPAC, University of Pennsylvania
  • Anne Baker, Vice President, National Peace Corps Association
  • Erwin Tan, Director, Senior Corps, Corporation for National and Community Service

3:10      Networking Break

3:30      Breakout Workshops

4:20      Report Back and Group Discussion

4:55      A Case Study: Launching a Modest but Ambitious Alumni Civic Engagement Project: Tom Brinkley, Executive Director, Student Professional Development Center, Elon University

5:30      Reception

7:00      Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

9:00      Welcome and Opening

9:15       Civic Engagement Landscape, Part II: Students and Young People

  • Robert Hackett, President, Bonner Foundation
  • Mac Antigua, Director of Alumni Engagement and Cross-Sector Partnerships, Public Allies
  • Jason Mangone, Director, Service Year/The Franklin Project

10:30     Break

10:40     Short Takes

  • Joann Weeks, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Hilary Joel, Lead Facilitator for AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders and Executive Coach
  • Jack Boyd, President-elect, Duke University Alumni Association, and Sterly Wilder, Associate Vice President, Duke University Alumni Affairs
  • Pulin Sanghvi, Executive Director, Princeton University Career Services
  • Amy Klein, Executive Director, Volunteer Connect
  • Jeri Schaefer, Executive Director, Princeton Internships in Civic Service

12:15      Lunch

1:00       Plenary Discussion: Building a Network of Alumni Civic Engagement Leaders

1:45       Close