Dean's Report, 2016-17

2016 - 17 Dean’s Report HONORROLL OFDONORS Your Loyalty Sustains Us It matters that those who loveMaxwell support Maxwell — and that those who support Maxwell do so consistently. By DavidM. Van Slyke Dean, Maxwell School A s a member of the faculty and as dean, I have seen many examples of our alumni’s famous loyalty. In career networking, Maxwell alumni offer internships, job opportunities, and other connections to our students and to other alumni. They watch out for each other. They celebrate shared values. Alumni often tell us their loyalty is a way to repay what they feel other alumni have done for them. They also often mention they feel fortunate Max- well took a chance on them. We are grateful for their commitment to “pay for- ward” the help and benefits they received when they were first starting out. Another statement I hear often from alumni of all cohorts is “When I am wealthy, I am going to make a really big gift toMaxwell.” I appreciate that com- mitment and, for each of you, I hope someday it happens. It’s true that “really big gifts” matter. They allow us to make capital improve- ments with immediate, landmark benefits for the School. We could not thrive without them. But in other ways we depend just as much on year-in, year-out support from a legion of Max- well alumni. Each of them joinedMaxwell to draw on its values and com- mitment to public ser- vice and, with steady, annual investment in the School, each graduate has an opportunity to perpetuate those values and that commitment. Alumni philanthropy is a key factor in our efforts to assure that Maxwell offers the highest-qual- ity student experience — at least equal to but, we hope, even better than the experience those alumni remember. On the “loyalty scale,” we place Maxwell above all our peers and “We depend on year-in, year-out support from a legion of Maxwell alumni.” SUSTAINER PROFILE JUSTGETTING STARTED New graduate Paulina Colon has launched her giving tradition. P aulina Colon isn’t a Sustainer yet. She just graduated inMay, with a BS in social work and a minor inMaxwell’s policy studies pro- gram. But she’s on her way. Colon made her 2017 class gift toMaxwell. “I wanted to make sure that each student who came after me was afforded the same opportunities I was able to have,” she says. “I wanted to join thousands of other Maxwell alumni who are proud of their education, and who feel strongly and passionately about their community.” Colon is testing her policy studies skills with an AmeriCorps VISTA position in her native Puerto Rico, where she makes recommendations to stakeholders based on community assessments and practices capacity building by developing educational material. “I have been able to experience first-hand how the public and private sec- tors intersect,” she says of her work with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program. Colon hopes to return toMaxwell to enroll in the MPA program. “The courses I took and the relationships I built with professors, classmates, and staff at the Max- well School ultimately helped me decide I want to be a public servant,” she says. Celebrating theSustainers —Maxwell’s Year-In, Year- Out Donors