The year ahead will be my second as the President of the Alumni Council. I look forward to building on the Council’s momentum and continuing to charge ahead with our mission to create greater participation both in terms of alumni attendance at Dalton events and in Alumni Annual Fund giving.
Last year was another active year for the Council, and I want to mention a few highlights: The Dalton Conversation Series completed its tenth year with a line-up that was as strong as ever evidenced by a sellout out for each night! A recap of the Conversation Series deserves mentioning and included Buzz Bissinger ’72 & Caitlyn Jenner, Dylan Lauren ’92 & Ralph Lauren and Joseph Franken ’03 & Al Franken. The 92nd Street Y had nothing on Dalton last year!
Our Events Committee organized a most timely Political Panel discussion on “Media Coverage of This Most Peculiar Election,” moderated by Melissa Rusoo ’86 with Tom Brokaw (Dalton grandparent), Bill Keller (Dalton parent) and Paul E. Steiger. Every seat in the theater was filled for this topical event.
Our Dalton Connects committee also, once again, delivered on its annual and biggest networking event at The Diner in the Meatpacking District. This committee continues to create opportunities for Dalton alums to make professional contacts and also helps secure internships for some of our college-aged alumni.
This past year alumni Annual Fund participation of 21% matched our levels for the four previous year’s participation. Last year, a Council goal was to eclipse that mark, so we will strive to exceed 21% participation this year (and hopefully in the years ahead).
I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead, and I hope that you will show your support for Dalton by attending alumni events, student performances and athletic events and making a contribution to the Annual Fund.
You can find information on the many activities and events in the monthly alumni e-newsletter, website or emails. If you wish to become more involved or have ideas on how we can make the Dalton Alumni Council a better channel for serving the alumni, please feel free to contact the Alumni Office
or reach out to me directly.
Jimmy Frischling '86