Shimer is both today’s students, and our alums and friends who are invested in what we do. Shimerians of all stripes continue to be a key part of our community of inquiry, criticism, generosity and hope. Sustaining that community means engaging in it in ways that are both comfortable for you and, like your experience as a student, continue to challenge you to learn and try new things.
How can you help?
Stay in touch and urge others to do so as well.
- Be sure to update your email address, surface mail address and other contact information. To do so: email [email protected]
- Read and respond to alumni communications. Know your alumni board!
- Come to campus if and when you are able (let us know ahead of time please. An email will do – as far I advance as possible – to [email protected])
Create new Shimerians. That is, help admissions with its efforts. This might mean
- Refer a student to Shimer who you think is a likely candidate for admission. To do so, contact James Bowers at [email protected]
- Share admissions materials with independent counselors, teachers, and high schools. To obtain these, contact our admissions office
- Offer to host an event for people who might be interested in Shimer – potential students, parents, teachers, and others – and consult with Admissions about how to do so.
- Participate in Montaigne Scholars weekends or other opportunities to support and inform potential new students.
Be a mentor. Share your expertise. That is, help our current students in structured and less structured ways as a colleague with a different range of experience than they have. (You’ll be surprised how much they, too, have to teach.)
- Let us know of your availability to visit campus to meet with students about “Life After Shimer.” Contact Joseph Fitzpatrick at [email protected]
- Offer an internship at your place of employment.
- Inform campus about what skills you have to share with Shimer.
- Participate in Shimer’s Career Network, as a speaker or mentor.
Be a friend-raiser. That is, help us sustain Shimer by introducing it to people whose values match ours – and who can themselves help us. Contact: Mary Pat Barbarie, as noted above
- Invite others to join Shimer events.
- Host a gathering that mixes SHimerians with those you want to introduce to Shimer. Have a dinner party; meet in a bar; have a reception!
- Bring people to campus for lunch – and let us know you are coming!
Be a voice. Shimer’s voice is an important part of our world, and you are that voice. Contact: Isabella Winkler at [email protected]
- Write letters to the editor or responses on line where it is relevant to Shimer.
- Advocate for higher education with your legislators and others – and mention Shimer when you do so.
- Introduce Shimer to those whose voices also matter – in the media and in other venues that will help us be responsible citizens and be recognized for what we accomplish.
- Join our guerilla marketing campaigns in the form of challenges in alumni news.
Be a fund raiser. The generosity of donors is what quite literally sustains Shimer. It is a part of ensuring the success of each new Shimer student. What can you do?
- Give a gift or make a pledge. At Shimer, every gift matters. For information, click here. Please.
- Ask if there are in kind gifts that would be useful for Shimer.
- Encourage others to give by introducing them to Shimer, and letting them know they can give.
- Host a gathering with the president or others to meet and learn from others.
- Join meet ups where Shimerians work together to raise funds.
- Work with our Advancement team to learn how best to help.
Remember – each of us was educated in large measure because of the generosity and commitment of others. The time, talent, and financial generosity of Shimerians and our friends is how we build our future.