The Cookie Jar Project
The Cookie Jar Project--which was created in 2011 to bring Plan II alumni together in small groups in various cities around the US--comes to Plan II thanks to Lalana Pundisto ‘04, who was kind enough not only to provide us with the idea, but also with the cookie jar itself, a vintage cermaic owl.
The Cookie Jar is symbolic, both of what the Program has done for its alumni, as well as how alumni can support current Plan II students. Here’s how it works.
First, for a Plan II alumni (or two) In major cities around the country to volunteer to be ‘chapter leaders’. The chapter leaders' job will be to organize a reunion/party in their city. The gathering will be centered around the idea of alumni coming together to sample, literally from the Cookie Jar, but metaphorically from their shared experiences in Plan II.
The chapter leader will be responsible for finding the place to meet (it could be in a home, a business or even a restaurant), arranging for the catering, and, most important, raising the funds, a) to pay for the gathering and b) to contribute to the Plan II Study Abroad fund for current Plan II students. Our Alumni Liaison will help the chapter leader organize the gathering by sending out email invites to local alums and promoting the event on Facebook and LinkedIn.
While the event should be fun and informal, it should also have a fund-raising agenda. Chapter leaders can compete to see who raises the most money and we'll publicize their progress in the Alumni Newsletter.
Then, the chapter leader will pack up the cookie jar (with cookies) and send it on to the next city, where we will start over and promote the next gathering.
Houston: May 5, 2012
Lalana held the first event, in Houston, in coordination with the Texas Exes Lone Star Stampede.
Lalana writes, "…the Plan II Pre-Race Coffee went smoothly. We had a 50% turnout, which is impressive given the early start time. I had coffee, cookies, and embossed wristbands waiting for our alums. Everyone expressed interest in future events."
"The recently graduated alums wanted me to urge you to ask students to immediately register on Linkedin and join the Plan II alumni group. The older alums indicated that they preferred quarterly book discussions to the young alums' monthly happy hours as possible alumni events. If you can get a Plan II professor to share his or her notes on a book assigned for a class he or she teaches, it would make for a very interesting Voltaire's Coffee."
Chicago: August 7, 2012
After the success of the first event, Lalana has passed the jar off to three alumni now living in Chicago: Kimberly Mickelson ('81), Brooke Vuckovic ('92) and Daniel Hartman ('98). They are planning an event in Chicago on August 7th, 2012.
Join us in celebrating both the athletic and academic sides of The University of Texas!
Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds and Texas Exes' Executive Director Leslie Cedar will be in Chicago on Tuesday, August 7th (5:30 - 7:30 at Mesirow Financial's offices at 535 N. Clark Street, first floor auditorium).
Following the Exes reception, Plan II Alums will repair to Mercadito, at 108 W. Kinzie Street, for dinner and discussion, in what we hope will be the first of many Plan II events. We'll have the first Chicago Cookie-Jar event, with the vintage cookie jar from 2004 alum Lulana Pundisto, of Houston. We plan to keep this dinner low-key; it's just a chance for Plan II alumni to connect.
Formal reservations are not required for the Plan II Dinner. Please let Kim know if you plan to attend, so that we can make sure we have a table reserved.
RSVP (with Kim) for the Plan II Cookie Jar Reception (7:30 - 9:00)
Here's the address:
108 W Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: 312.329.9555 / Fax: 312.329.0454
Kim Mickelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Vuckovic: email@example.com
Daniel Hartman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to volunteer to be a chapter leader and hold a reunion? Write Phillip at email@example.com today!