The Network of Oberlin Asian Alumni (NOAA), formerly Oberlin Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (OAPAAA), was approved by the Executive Board in spring 1992 as the Alumni Association’s fourth self-defined group.

NOAA serves to foster communication and community on issues of interest among Asian alumni and students; to provide representation of Asian alumni and voice issues and concerns in the Alumni body and in the college as a whole; and to increase and retain the number of Asian Americans in the Oberlin College community as students, faculty, and staff. A representative serves on the Alumni Council.

The Network of Oberlin Asian Alumni (NOAA) Charter

Founding Committee:
Laura K. Lee ’92, Chair
Elmer Almachar ’90
Claire Huang Kinsley ’89
Yin Ling Leung ’87

Name:
Network of Oberlin Asian Alumni (NOAA)

Purposes:

  1. To foster communication and community on all issues of interest among Asian alumni and students;
  2. To provide representation of Asian alumni and voice for issues and concerns in the Alumni body and in the College as a whole.
Leadership:

Mission of the NOAA Steering Committee:
A steering committee, chaired by one or two persons, which meets at least once a year and speaks by phone monthly. Membership on the steering committee is on a voluntary basis. If demand is such that elections are deemed necessary, electoral processes will be established at that time by the steering committee. The term of office for all committee members is set at one year with possibilities for extension, and each officer has a term limit of three years, for no more than two consecutive years.

Leadership Structure:

  • Chair(s): Help lead and communicate with the Alumni Leadership Council/Multicultural Leadership Committee
  • Treasurer: Keep track of funds. Work with Alumni Office to report on the following:
    1. How much was given in certain time frame;
    2. Who gave/where were they located,
    3. NOAA expenses/spending,
    4. Current balance
  • Membership Secretary: Take minutes during meetings, identify new committee members
  • Communications Officer: Put annual email newsletter together. Send articles, pictures—larger sized files, put things on front page. After Commencement: Welcome to the new NOAA alumni—Picture of them, Happy Hours, targeted recruitment of leaders
  • Development Officers: Target fundraising project and identify partners to collaborate
  • Regional Liaisons: Plan networking events and/or Happy Hours, and welcome new members
  • Community Member at Large: part of the leadership team and available to help on a wide variety of tasks as needed.
  • Student Liaison: Link to the Multicultural Resource Center, identify areas for support quarterly

Membership:
Open to all Oberlin Asian graduates and non-graduates.

Current Goals:
Implement NOAA Strategic Plan.

Possible Future Goals:
Establishing regional groups, newsletter, reunion, winter term sponsor network, strong commitment from the College on recruitment, scholarships, gathering of oral histories.

Revised Approval 3/5/2017
Alumni Leadership Council


Contact:

If you have any questions/comments, please email Cristina Briboneria ’05  or Daniel Domaguin ’06 , co-chairs