The University of St. Thomas


What You Said:  2012 Alumni Attitude Study

In January 2012, we sent an invitation to all alumni to respond to a survey about their impressions of the Alumni Association. Many of you responded! Check here for the latest information about the survey, results, and next steps. 

November 2013   July 2013    May 2013    February 2013   October 2012    August 2012    January 2012

Do These Changes Meet Your Needs?
As we continue to take action on alumni responses to the survey, we value your feedback. There is always an open invitation to contact us with your impressions of our efforts to strengthen the UST alumni community.



 
November 2013:  The Importance of Traditions
Distributed via email

Traditions make a community stronger, and in the case of St. Thomas, our traditions are strong - from wearing purple on Tommie Tuesdays to getting married in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, and many in between. Fall semester has some of the most familiar traditions: the Homecoming-Reunion Celebration, the Tommie-Johnnie football game, Community Cleanup, and the ever-popular Christmas luncheon and concerts. Thousands of alumni and friends take part at these events, creating a display of Tommie pride at its best.

In addition to the annual traditions, this fall we celebrated the inauguration of the 15th president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie H. Sullivan. You are welcome to watch her inauguration address and view other stories about her activities on campus, and beyond.

Last year, in honor of one of our enduring Tommies, Monsignor James Lavin ’40, we began recognizing November 12 as “Lavin Day.” Monsignor Lavin moved to campus as a freshman in 1936 and remained a vital part of St. Thomas until his death in 2012. He truly was a #tommie4life. On Lavin Day 2013, the Alumni Association offered free “Lavin burgers” (peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches) in Scooter’s, the campus venue named in his honor.

Become a part of Tommie Traditions.
- Look for your favorite tradition on the UST Newsroom under “Tommie Traditions.”
- Join the conversation on social media about Dr. Sullivan’s inaugural activities at #ustpresident on Twitter and Facebook.
- Follow others who comment about Tommie traditions online using #tommietraditions and add your favorites.
- Share what you love about UST that isn’t yet a tradition using #iheartUST.

 
July 2013: Online Prayer Community
Distributed via email

As the Alumni Association continues to incorporate ideas gathered in the Alumni Attitude Survey (administered in 2012), it is increasing the number of ways in which alumni can connect with and support each other.

The alumni community is strong – not just in the pride that graduates show for their alma mater or the opportunities that they share with each other in the business world, but also in the care that they show toward one another.  

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce that there is a new way in which alumni can continue to support each other: the St. Thomas Online Prayer Community. This new feature of the alumni website offers alumni the ability to post prayer intentions online, read intentions submitted by others, and receive monthly updates of prayers requested by community members.

Prayer is an essential part of the human experience and draws people together in times of need. The Online Prayer Community makes it easier to participate in this community-builder, wherever you may be.

Visit the Online Prayer Community.

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May 2013: Alumni Share Stories of St. Thomas’ Most Influential Community Members
As seen in The Newsroom
What the association discovered was that alumni appreciate St. Thomas traditions, that continuing to be involved with St. Thomas is important to alumni, and that it is essential that the value of a St. Thomas degree is continually affirmed and improved.

The survey also revealed that alumni have a deep sense of loyalty to faculty, a characteristic that became apparent when more than 800 stories about faculty members who had strong positive effects on alumni’s educational experiences were shared by the respondents.

Faculty and administrative staff members from departments across the university were mentioned, in addition to some of St. Thomas’ most notable personalities.

Check out the
Newsroom to read who appeared the most on the list.
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February 2013: Update - Become An Ambassador

Distributed via email. 
The Alumni Association Board of Directors has been focused on understanding and incorporating the results from the Alumni Attitude Study that St. Thomas conducted last year.


Recently, board members reviewed the results of one of the questions about what is important to St. Thomas alumni. The results showed that being an “ambassador” of your alma mater is very important, and that the university needs to provide more guidance on how you can do this.

Being an ambassador is as individual as each of us; it is not a “one size fits all” role. It can be relatively simple, requiring a small time commitment, or more involved. Here are some examples: Promote St. Thomas to prospective undergraduate and graduate students, take time to attend an event, update your email address in the alumni directory, “like” the Alumni Association Facebook page, mentor a student, or simply wear Tommie gear or hang a
St. Thomas pennant in your office.

For more ways on how you can be an ambassador, please visit the Connect page on the Alumni Association website. If you have thoughts and/or ideas of other ways to be involved, please don’t hesitate to share them with us.

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October 2012:  Update - Major Themes
Distributed via email.
"On behalf of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, thank you to the more than 2,800 alumni who participated in the first alumni attitude survey. The Alumni Relations office contracted with Performance Enhancement Group Ltd. (PEG) to conduct the survey and to provide analysis of the response data over the coming months. The survey results offer a unique opportunity to compare the attitudes of Tommies to those of alumni from other institutions across the country regarding student and alumni experiences.

As we analyze and interpret the results from the study, these trends are clear:

  • You value St. Thomas traditions.
  • Being involved with St. Thomas is important to you. You want us to make it easy for you to know how to be involved with your alma mater.
  • You have a deep sense of loyalty to the faculty. You shared more than 800 stories about faculty members who had strong positive effects on your educational experiences.
  • Most of all, it is important to you that the value of and respect for your St. Thomas degrees are continually affirmed and improved. 

Again we thank those alumni who responded to the survey. Throughout the coming months, the Alumni Association Board of Directors will be working with the Alumni Relations staff on short-term and long-term plans to incorporate these results into programming, services and communications. Please look forward to these enhancements."
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August 2012:  Update - Demographics Match the Alumni Population
Distributed via email and UST Magazine.
"On behalf of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, thank you to the more than 2,700 alumni who participated in the first alumni attitude survey. The Alumni Relations office contracted with Performance Enhancement Group Ltd. (PEG) to conduct the survey and to provide analysis of the response data over the coming months. The survey results offer a unique opportunity to compare the attitudes of Tommies to those of alumni from other institutions across the country regarding student and alumni experiences.

When we compare the overall demographics of the St. Thomas alumni population to the demographics of the survey respondents, we feel confident that we have a valid sampling. Among the reasons for that:

  • The male/female percentage of the overall St. Thomas alumni population is 61/39, while the respondent ratio was 59/41.
  • Based on the level of degree received, the overall alumni population breakout is 56% undergraduate/34% graduate/3% multiple-degree (7% non-degreed alumni were not surveyed). Survey participants were 58% undergraduate/34% graduate/8% multiple-degree.
  • Of all St. Thomas alumni, 63% live in Minnesota and 37% live out of state. This compares to 71% of survey respondents living in state and 29% living outside of Minnesota.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Alumni Relations office feel very confident that the survey responses well represent the overall alumni population.

Throughout the coming months, the Alumni Association Board of Directors will be working with PEG and the Alumni Relations staff on analyzing and interpreting other results from the survey about the trends of St. Thomas alumni. We will continue to share results with you as we gain more knowledge."
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January 2012:  Invitation Sent
Distributed via email.
"We need your opinion. Please help us to improve the programs and services provided by the St. Thomas Alumni Association by sharing your opinions with us. We are asking you to take a short survey that will provide us with information to improve alumni opportunities and meet your expectations better.  The confidential survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.   We will keep you updated with survey results and news about how they will be used. Watch for postings on The Quad, email messages, and information in St. Thomas magazine and at events hosted by the Alumni Association.  Thank you in advance for your participation. Your input is extremely important and valuable."
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