Fall 2011
Message from the President of the Alumni Association

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Lisa Lyons

By Lisa M. Lyons, M.D. ‘97

I am excited to announce that we are developing a new way for you to keep in touch with your School of Medicine classmates.

This fall we will begin a class stewardship program in which a member of each class will serve as a liaison between you, your classmates, the alumni association and the medical school.

The purpose of this program is to enhance communication between classmates, provide a channel for feedback to the medical alumni association from individual alumni, keep class members informed of the accomplishments, goals and priorities of the school and inform and encourage participation in alumni association events such as class reunions.

We have a small number of class stewards that have been identified and our alumni association officers are going to temporarily serve as stewards for class years in which volunteers have not been identified.

Volunteers will be assisted by the alumni relations office in the annual dissemination of a letter or email to classmates.

We also encourage using a variety of free social media tools to reach out to classmates. Prior to and during the 10-, 25-, and 40-year reunion class years, volunteers would have assistance from the alumni office on reunion planning.

We estimate the annual time commitment for this volunteer opportunity to be two to five hours annually.

As officers of the medical alumni association, we hope this program will continue to foster the family like engagement during our alumni years that we enjoyed during our time as medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.