Enhance relationships with local, national and international partners and stakeholders.


LEADS: Dean Linda Hicke and Kelsey Evans, Assistant Dean for Development



With more than 60,000 living alumni around the globe, the College of Natural Sciences and its graduates are changing the world. To better connect alumni and enhance opportunities for current CNS students, the College has strengthened its social media channels. We are collaborating with alumni to enhance the quality and quantity of recruiters for our graduates.  Our CNS Roadshows have allowed the College to connect broadly with alumni, parents and friends in various regions. In 2015, scheduled roadshows in more than 15 cities across the U.S. will provide opportunities for sharing updates, news and impact from the College.  A new Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations maintains a portfolio of key corporations and foundations, working broadly across the college to cultivate and develop these partnerships.  The addition of six distinguished new members to the College Advisory Council are helping to open doors and enhance relationships with key companies. The Advisory Council also launched a new Task Force focused on enhancing CNS’ Corporate Partnerships to increase research, recruiting and philanthropy.  The 2014 Hall of Honor ceremony recognized five notable alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to cancer research, early computer development, nutritional sciences, and foreign industry.

In 2015-16, the College expanded its network of engaged alumni, parents, friends and corporate partners by hosting a series of CNS road shows in cities both nationally and here within the State of Texas. These road shows allowed Dean Hicke and the development team to engage a broader audience while sharing the successes and the areas of need within the College. The College celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Freshman Research Initiative in Spring 2016 and continues to look for ways to both grow and sustain this innovative educational program which continues to draw a waitlist of over 200 students each year. Funding projections for the 2015-16 fiscal year are strong and 85% of CNS Advisory Council members contributed to this year’s Dean’s discretionary fund. Several departments within the College are launching their own advisory councils and will be receiving planning and event support from a centralized CNS Events team.



  • Enhanced engagement of CNS alumni across the College will result in increased mentoring and employment opportunities for current students and promote our fundraising efforts.
  • The combined efforts of our Advisory Council, Corporate and Foundation Relations office, development team and alumni will result in more partnerships with the Central Texas business community.



The College will:

  • track social media followers
  • track fundraising outcomes from Roadshows, alumni and corporate outreach efforts, and Advisory Council member activity
  • track CNS partnerships with the greater business community
  • track student opportunities for mentoring and employment
  • assess the CNS constituency via a survey to help inform awareness and connection



  • We will expand the network of engaged alumni, parents, friends and corporate partners.
  • We will develop an Innovation Network of faculty, alumni, and investors to enhance the entrepreneurship pipeline.
  • We will align our fundraising efforts with the strategic priorities of the College.