Alumni Relations Council

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan formed the Alumni Relations Council (ARC) in 2016 for the University community to share transformative alumni engagement ideas, research, and strategies.

ARC offers a forum for networking, learning, and collaboration with peers and national experts on diverse alumni engagement topics. It is our goal that ARC members walk away with the skills needed to enhance alumni connections within units and across the University.

Quarterly Alumni Relations Council events bring national experts and University thought leaders together to share the latest thinking on high-impact strategies, while smaller working meetings facilitate workshopping ideas with peers. The opportunity to connect with both industry leaders and peers is just one of the reasons you’ll never want to miss an ARC offering. To find out more about our upcoming meeting, join our mailing list.

June 2021 – Volunteer Onboarding and Training: The Beginning of Lifelong Engagement

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Join industry experts and fellow U-M staff members for this virtual ARC meeting to learn best practices for managing your volunteers and ways you can use the new Alumni Volunteer platform to easily share your volunteer opportunities with alumni.

Keynote speaker Tina Gourley, Director of Volunteer Onboarding and Training at Cornell University, will share proven practices in facilitating lifelong alumni engagement from her experiences managing volunteers through a comparable digital solution—CUVolunteer—and running the annual Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC).

Following the keynote, a panel of U-M staff will share alumni engagement wins and learnings utilizing the Alumni Volunteer platform during 2020-21.The cross-campus initiative connects alumni with volunteer opportunities hosted by University of Michigan affiliated groups that honor our alumni’s interdisciplinary expertise and general passion for volunteerism.

Panelists include:

  • Kerin Borland, Director, University Career Center
  • Cristina Frendo, Director of Alumni Engagement, UM-Dearborn
  • AJ Haduch, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, UM-Dearborn
  • Hannah Rickers, Alumni Engagement and Mentorship Program Manager, LSA Opportunity Hub
  • Kelly O’Mara, Program Manager, Maize & Blue Cupboard
  • Zoe Erb, ’19, Summer Works & Strategic Projects Coordinator, Poverty Solutions
  • Angela Oonk, ’94, Director of Development, Clements Library
  • Katherine Obrizak, ’16, Alumni Relations Representative/Alumni Travel, Alumni Association

Moderated by Tina Chen, ‘08, Alumni Volunteer Program Manager, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Keynote Speaker Information:

Tina Gourley Profile PhotoTina Gourley, Director of Volunteer Onboarding and Training at Cornell University

Tina Gourley is the Director of Volunteer Onboarding and Training in alumni affairs at Cornell University and has more than 25 years of experience working with volunteers. In her current role, she primarily focuses on creating and implementing an onboarding and training program for all volunteers at Cornell University. Tina is an active leader in the content and implementation of the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference.

Prior to her current role, she was the Senior Associate Director in Class Programs at Cornell. Tina is a graduate of the State University of New York, Cortland. She began her career at Cornell in the development office in 1990 and has served in various roles since.

Alumni Relations Resources

Academic Impressions Webinars

Academic Impressions (AI) serves higher education professionals by providing educational products and services that help institutions tackle key, strategic challenges. University community members can access free Advancement trainings and resources through the Alumni Association’s institutional membership. Contact Natalie Kittikul at for U-M’s membership code, then log in at to create your account.

Educational Advisory Board Research

The Educational Advisory Board helps today’s education leaders solve their biggest problems. U-M staff can access the Education Advisory Board’s digital offerings on advancement and alumni engagement thanks to support from the Office of University Development.
  • Advancement Forum – The Advancement Forum provides advancement leaders with best-practice research and analytics to retain top fundraising talent, engage alumni, and increase philanthropic revenue.
  • Alumni Volunteerism and Leadership Resource Center – This resource center is a repository of implementation guidance and insights from our 2015 research initiative, The New Rules of Engagement. It is focused on the activation of millennial and Generation X segments: those elusive mid-career alumni who will constitute tomorrow’s key donor and leader pipeline. See The New Rules of Engagement infographic for five strategies for building the next generation of alumni leaders and volunteers.
Additional EAB resources are available to U-M staff who create a profile via U-M’s membership, or in the Alumni Relations Council folder in Box at U-M.

Previous Sessions

Did you miss an Alumni Relations Council event? Or are you curious about the type of information we provide? You can download a PDF of any of the files from our meetings.