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Letter from the President, Alan Krautstengl, to our Alumni

Prague, 15th March 2014
 
Dear Alumni,

I hope 2014 has gotten off to a good start for you and for all your endeavors this year.

We have an eventful year lined up for us at AAU and I would like to share some of that excitement with you.
Work is continuing in full swing on the renovation of the Thurn and Taxis Palace, AAU’s new home and we expect the building to be ready by the Fall semester.  The campus will formally begin operation in January 2015, and we are happy to be moving to a space that is much bigger (double our current capacity), modern, refurbished, all in a baroque palace at the heart of Mala Strana.

AAU’s quest for American accreditation by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) takes another major step in September this year, when the WASC team comes back for their second visit and review. AAU hosted a successful previous visit in May 2013, and we are happy to be continuing down a path of academic glory.

Some news that directly concerns you – our alumni, starting the Spring 2014 semester, an Alumni Council, was established to support and aid the governance and academic leadership of the institution. Congratulations to Josef Muller, on being elected Chairman. You can look forward to hearing from the council about what they’ve been up to.

Finally, our relationship with California based Chapman University, continues to go from strength to strength. The Chapman MBA was ranked amongst the Top 50 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013, and we are happy to offer the very same AACSB accredited degree in the form of the Chapman Prague MBA. We have a number of alumni scholarships available (which offer up to a 100,000 CZK stipend), and I strongly suggest that you apply. You can find out more about the Chapman Prague MBA here and get in touch with Stephanie Lachman, our Alumni Relations Manager for more information.

Aside from all the news, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our alumni for their increased engagement with AAU. I enjoy interacting with all of you and I look forward to our next meeting.
 
Sincerely,

President Alan Krautstengl

Assoc. Prof. Alan Krautstengl, Ph.D.
Anglo-American University President
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Upcoming Alumni Mixer Event
 
We are now in the process of planning the next alumni event, set to take place in mid to late June 2014. This event will be an opportunity to welcome the newest class of alumni to our fold. 

We are currently taking any and all suggestions on event location, special requests, and dates. Weather permitting, we would like to have the event outdoors. Over 100 showed up to last year’s summer mixer, and we hope to exceed that this year. 

Please get in touch with Stephanie Lachman if you have any suggestions regarding this year’s summer event. 

AAU Alumni Winter/Spring 2014 Mixer

 
The first alumni mixer of the year was a very successful one. Over 30 members of our alumni body, as well as faculty and staff were in attendance at Bar Nota, where the event was located. AAU’s president, Alan Krautstengl, gave a speech regarding the future of AAU, from the progression of WASC accreditation and alumni influence on that, to the big AAU move, as well as future events and opportunities for our alumni. 

We would like to thank those who offered discounts and vouchers to our alumni at the event-especially our alumni Aleksandar Isirov and Nicol Schusterová for providing discounts to their businesses. 

The event continued into the wee hours of the morning, and was a great opportunity for our alumni to get together and reminisce. We look forward to seeing you all at the next event.
Alumni Council

This February, AAU was proud to announce the members of Alumni Council. A call for nominations was sent to all alumni in December, but due to a very low number of responses, we had an internal vote at AAU and decided upon 4 members. Those 4 members have since been voted to specific positions with specific responsibilities in regards to our alumni body according to their strengths and ideas:

Josef Müller, class of 2007-Alumni Chairperson (main contact person on the Alumni Council)

Aleksandar Isirov, class of 2006- Alumni representative on the Strategic Planning Committee

Zdena Novotná, class of 2007-Alumni representative on the Academic Council

Kristina Soukupová, class of 2002- Alumni representative on the Academic Council 

The council will serve 2 years in their positions with no legal limitation on re-appointment terms. The council will meet at least 2 times per year to discuss matters relevant to our alumni community. To find out more about the council or to propose some ideas, please get in touch with josef.muller@aauni.edu

To view the Alumni Council bylaws, click here.
NEW TO YOU: Alumni Meetings/Interviews
 
In an effort to get to know our alumni on a more personal basis, AAU’s external relations department has been scheduling weekly informal and individual meetings with our alumni. The purpose of these meetings is twofold: Not only do we want to get to know you, what you do, and what your life has been like since graduation, but also what your post-graduation experience has been with AAU. We want to know how to improve our relationship with you, and what we can do to involve you more.

If you would be interested in scheduling an informal meeting for coffee with us to discuss your ideas for the school, how to better involve our alumni (including yourself) or just to chit-chat and reconnect, please get in touch with Stephanie Lachman.
NEW TO YOU: The Results of the Alumni Survey 2013/2014

In December, we forwarded our alumni a survey to not only gather valuable info for the future of our alumni club, but also to give us important statistics that will aid us in our quest for WASC accreditation. 

We were very happy with the amount of alumni who responded to the survey request, and were also happy with the results of the survey. The survey was completely anonymous, in no way were the answers to the questions connected to those who took the survey. 

To view the results of the alumni survey, click here.
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