Alumni Association Bylaws
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Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be known as The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Health Professions (SHP) Alumni Association, referred to hereafter as “the
Article II - Mission
The mission of the Association shall be to:
- Advance the cause of health education,
- Promote the interests of the School of Health Professions as well as the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
- Encourage the participation of all alumni in activities of the University,
- Foster a spirit of loyalty and camaraderie among alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the School.
Article III - Membership
Section 1 - Active Members
All graduates of a recognized program of the School of Health Professions at UTMB, and its predecessors, current students enrolled in a School of Health Professions program,
the School of Allied Health Sciences, and the John Sealy Hospital-based programs prior to 1971 may hold active membership into the Association.
Section 2 - Lifetime Members
All graduates of a recognized program of the School of Health Professions at UTMB, and its predecessors, current students enrolled in a School of Health Professions program, the School of Allied Health Sciences, and the John Sealy Hospital-based programs prior to 1971 may hold lifetime membership in the Association.
Section 3 - Associate Members
Associate members include current faculty and friends of the UTMB School of Health Professions who are not graduates of the school.
Section 4 - Honorary Members
Any person who has received such designation by the Association Board of Directors for meritorious service to the Association or to UTMB SHP. Nominees may be submitted to the Board of Directors by any individual, and approved by a majority vote of the Board at any regular meeting of the Board.
Section 5 - Privileges of Membership
- Active and Life members shall have privileges of voting, holding office, serving on committees, and serving as chairpersons of committees.
- Associate and Honorary members shall have all the privileges of membership except those of holding office and voting in general elections.
Article IV - Dues
Annual dues cover the period from September 1 through August 31 of each year.
Dues amounts shall be determined by the Board.
The School of Health Professions Alumni Association Board of directors shall have the discretion to decide where the dues for the life memberships are deposited; either the
endowment fund or operational account, for the use of the alumni association. This will be reviewed every two years with the induction of the new alumni association president.
Article V - Board of Directors
The affairs of the Association shall be governed by the Board of Directors with the exception of:
- the amendment or repeal of these Bylaws or any part thereof; and
- the election of officers and directors of the Association.
Composition of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of the three (3) officers of the Association and a minimum of 15 directors. Ex-officio members of the Board shall include all past presidents, the School of Health Professions Dean, one faculty member, at least one student representative from each recognized program at UTMB School of Health Professions, and a representative of the Office of Alumni Relations Team.
Terms of Office
The Board of Directors shall be elected to a two-year term and shall be eligible for re-election, but may not serve more than three consecutive two-year terms. For the purpose of re-election, a Director appointed to an unexpired term shall not be prohibited from serving three full terms. A member of the Board, who has completed three consecutive terms of service, will be eligible for re-election to the Board after a two-year interval.
The Board of Directors may perform, act, conduct duties, and vote by proxy using mail, email, telephone, or alternate means necessary to facilitate Association business.
Any member of the Board who has three consecutive unexcused absences shall be considered to have officially resigned from the Board and his/her seat will be ruled vacant.
Board members who have missed two consecutive meetings will be reminded of this rule in writing. Any Board member so affected may submit a written appeal requesting reinstatement
to the Executive Committee and explain the circumstances justifying his or her reinstatement. Such an appeal must be received within two weeks following the missed third meeting. The
Executive Committee will consider all appeals and report its recommendation(s) to the members of the Board present at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. At their
discretion, the Board may re-instate the member or affirm his or her automatic resignation.
The seat of a Board member filing an appeal to his or her automatic resignation will not be filled until a final determination is made by the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting after the resignation is effective.
Vacancies on the Board for *unexpired terms may be filled by appointment of the President.
* Unexpired terms are those in which an officer or director resigns prior to fulfilling their term commitment.
Article VI - Officers
The officers of the Association shall be President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President, and shall serve as the Board’s Executive Committee
Duties of all officers shall be those implied by their respective titles and as specified in the Bylaws.
Officers shall orient and deliver association properties to their successors within one month of vacating their office.
The President shall:
- manage the business of the Association.
- preside at all meetings of the Association; act as chairperson of the Board of Directors, and report actions of the Board at each regular meeting of the Association.
- serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Association.
- serve as an ex-officio member of the UTMB School of Health Professions Advisory Council.
- serve as an ex-officio member of The University of Texas Medical Branch Development Board.
- prepare annual report to be presented to membership at the annual meeting. If there is no annual meeting of the membership, the report can be
- Appoint chairpersons and members of standing and ad hoc committees and other functions as specified in the Bylaws, to include Homecoming Events.
The President-Elect shall:
- assume the duties of the President in his/her absence.
- assume the duties of the President to fill an unexpired term.
- attend UTMB School of Health Professions Advisory Council, Development Board and/or Alumni Coordinating Board meetings on request of the President.
- serve as chairperson of the Awards Committee.
The Immediate Past President shall:
- serve as chairperson of the Nominations Committee.
- assume duties of the President in the absence of the President-Elect.
- serve on the board as an ex-officio member.
Article VII - Resources and Funds
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shall provide support and management of the Association’s daily affairs. The Office of Alumni Relations shall handle
correspondence; maintain an accurate account of proceedings, provide Association finances as produced by the Provost’s office; keep an accurate record of directors/members, and provide
general support services for Association activities.
Accounting of all monies received shall be kept by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in compliance with University and State rules. An annual accounting shall be rendered for the fiscal year beginning on September 1 and ending on August 31. Interim financial statements shall be given at each meeting of the Board and upon the request of the President or a majority of the Board.
All monies paid into the Association by way of annual dues shall be placed in a general fund to the credit of the Association and shall be for the sole use of the Association.
Any monies received as designated gifts, contributions or donations shall be placed in special funds and must be used for the purpose designated, or if undesignated, shall be added to the general fund.
Interest and other earnings from the Endowment Fund will be deposited as operating revenue into the general fund of the Association.
Article VIII - Committees
There shall be two standing committees of not less than three members each: Executive and Awards. Finance and Alumni Affairs will be handled by the Board as a committee
of the whole. Other Ad Hoc committees may be formed by the President as needed.
Chairpersons and members of standing committees shall be appointed as set forth in these Bylaws. Committees shall assume duties as specified by these Bylaws and report to the Board of Directors and to the membership on request.
The Executive Committee shall:
- consist of President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President.
- have the authority to act on behalf of the Board between scheduled meetings.
- approve expenditures of up to $1000/year without full Board approval.
The Awards Committee shall:
- be chaired by the President-Elect.
- chair shall appoint a minimum of two board members to serve on the committee
- establish and revise criteria for honorary membership, School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumni, and new awards or recognitions with direction and approval of the Board.
- work with the Alumni Office for the Call for Nominations
- present their recommendation to the Board for approval
Ad hoc committees shall be authorized and charges defined as needed by the Board. Members shall be appointed by the President
The President may appoint non-Association members to any ad hoc or standing committee of the Association if he/she believes their involvement to be of benefit to the
Association. Such appointments will be in addition to the required number of committee members appointed from the Board.
Article IX - Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held three times per year. Special meetings may be called by the President or by any three members of the Board of
Directors. Board members are expected to attend all meetings or communicate to the President, or to the Office of Alumni Relations when they are unable to attend.
The President will determine if the member’s absence is excused or unexcused.
The President will determine if the member's absence is excused or unexcused.
Article X - Voting Body
The voting body shall consist of the active members of the Association.
Article XI - Quorum
Two officers and five members shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Association.
A majority, including two directors, shall constitute a quorum of the Board of Directors.
Article XII - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall be from September 1 through August 31.
Article XIII - Chapters
Chapters of the UTMB School of Health Professions Alumni Association may be organized in any given area. Formal recognition should be approved by the Association Board of Directors upon application by new Chapters.
Chapter Bylaws are to be consistent and not in conflict with the Bylaws of the School of Health Professions Association.
Article XIV - Parliamentary Authority
All meetings of the School of Health Professions Alumni Association, and its Board of Directors, will be conducted in accordance with the latest edition of the American Institute of Parliamentarian Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis.
Article XV - Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended or repealed in whole or in part by:
- Two thirds (2/3) of the votes of members present at the annual membership meeting, or if the annual membership meeting is not held, amendment to the Bylaws shall be effected by a 2/3’s vote of mail, or email, ballots.
- Copies of the proposed amendments must be distributed to the voting members at least 30 days prior to the vote.
Article XVI - Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of this organization, all available funds and/or assets of this organization shall become the property of The School of Health Professions of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.