CAN Needs Your Help...

Dear CAN member,

As the end of 2014 draws near, and the excitement of the coming year increases, it’s a great time to be in DC! The Capital Alumni Network’s fall football tournament is just a few weeks away, and the winter basketball and volleyball seasons are about to begin. The CAN leadership team is busy planning events for the rest of this year as well as 2015.

From its inception in 1996, the Capital Alumni Network has been devoted to fostering a sense of spirit and community among alumni clubs through scholarship, service, social events and sports. While we continue to experience growth with regards to member chapters and numbers of active participants across CAN’s programming, we are coming to the stark realization that unless we begin to develop a new generation of CAN leaders, our beloved organization will begin to decline and eventually disappear.

Almost two decades – 17 years – ago, we were one of the only organizations in the region that brought people together for social networking and sports. One look at the National Mall on a weekday afternoon in the summer, and you can see that is no longer the case. We are beginning to face some stiff competition from other social sports and networking organizations. As such, it is imperative that we look to actively engage our membership base and seek out additional volunteers who will continue to ensure the future of CAN is bright.

Currently we have a number of leadership positions within the organization that are open and need to be filled in an effort to ensure CAN continues to operate in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Among them are Vice President, Business Development Chair, Sports Co-Chair and Community Service Chair. All of these positions are vital to the continued success of our organization. The longer these positions go vacant, the more the remaining volunteers need to work to ensure success in daily operations.

In addition, this February, we will be holding elections for the positions of President, Treasurer and one Advisory Committee Chair. My challenge to you is to look at how CAN has helped your alumni chapters grow and thrive. Look at how CAN has helped you as an individual to make connections within your alumni organization and the DC community. Can you or someone you know give back to the organization that has given you so much? If we continue to see a decline in volunteerism/leadership within our organization, CAN will surely tumble down a steep slope and eventually disappear. With your help and support, CAN will provide another 17 years of revolutionizing the way alumni clubs network.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in CAN, please attend our December 1 general meeting at DC’s MLK Library (901 G St NW) at 7 p.m. or the post-meeting happy hour (details to be determined; please keep an eye on our Facebook page). Feel free to email any board member with questions.


Melissa Coughlin (Boston)
CAN President

Katie Logisz (Notre Dame)                             Kevin Stonesifer (Maryland)
CAN Secretary                                               CAN Treasurer

Brett “Coop” Cooper (Elon)                            Charlton Jubeark (George Mason)
Advisory Committee Representative             Advisory Committee Representative

Mike Hanpeter (Xavier)                                  Taryn McLaughlin (Florida)
Advisory Committee Representative             Social Chair   

Ashley Philips (American)                              Pam Krieger (Delaware)
Sports Chair                                                    Assistant Sports Chair

Jamie Fleischhacker (Navy)                          Aliza Krichevsky (Boston/Maryland)
Community Service Chair                              Communications Chair