Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dolphins are like Elephants: We Never Forget!!

As we move into 2011 in just a few hours, we at the Dolphin Network are looking forward to bringing you more original and exclusive content regarding all things Jacksonville University, and will do so for one simple reason: You - the JU Community - enjoy reading it.

Throughout 2010, we have brought you interviews and perspectives with alumni, faculty and students discussing an array of topics. From first-hand reports of the NCAA tournament games that JU staff worked - to career tips - to a discussion of the election results, we have worked hard to combine issues of the day with a local tie-in that past and present Dolphins can relate to.

In that vein, we would like to thank all those that worked with us in creating these posts. We hope it demonstrated that JU is always looking for new and interesting ways to help you grow in any way possible. Additionally, we would like to thank those that participated and added their own commentary to what we wrote. Increasing interactions on social media is among our main goals for 2011.

Beyond just words, 2010 also had some positive results on how the community is helping JU grow in other ways:
  • The success of the Green and GOLD (Givers of the Last Decade) continued to grow throughout 2010. A program for recent graduates, Green and GOLD asks alumni of the past 10 years to give $100 x the numbers of years they have been out, in exchange for a nice package of perks. In 2010, participants grew by 30% and we look forward to many more recent alums stepping up to support their university.
  • On a wider scope, despite a very tough economy, giving and donations to JU stayed steady throughout 2010 because we believe that you continue to appreciate the value of the education you received at JU.
  • Beyond consistency in giving, we also received a number of first-time gifts due to our extended online presence and our efforts to connect and interact with you through social media channels.
As we all move into the new year, which always contains new goals, projects and opportunities for each of us, it is important to reflect back and remember the steps you have taken to get to where you are now, and we hope your Alma mater has played a significant role in one or more of those steps.

So, continue to check in with us at JU. Read the Dolphin Network Blog, check in on the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and don’t be afraid to participate. These channels exist for your benefit because while 2010 has been a tremendous year, we hope 2011 is even better.

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