Alumni Association Bylaws

CASNR Alumni Association BylawsEffective March 5, 2005Approved by the CASNRAA Board of Directors

Article I: Association

The name of this organization shall be the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association (CASNRAA), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, hereinafter referred to as the "Association."

The Association shall be a constituent society of the University of Nebraska College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the Association will be considered an affiliate group of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Association; and the Association will be governed by the following Bylaws.

Article II: Mission

The Vision of the Association is to foster a lifelong relationship with the University of Nebraska; the Mission is to cultivate and enhance the network of the CASNR alumni, current and prospective students. Methods of accomplishing this Mission:

  1. Facilitate the exchange of information among the members.
  2. Assist the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) to inform parents and students about academic programs and careers in agriculture and natural resources.
  3. Encourage the establishment of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and intern appointments for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  4. Encourage and stimulate awareness, interest, involvement and support of IANR scholarships, fellowships, innovative teaching, research, extension programs and other activities to enhance the IANR through gifts, gift programs or other means.
  5. Encourage activities that would help to recognize the importance of the professions of agriculture and natural resources and to recognize persons and organizations doing meritorious service in these professions.
  6. Promote events and other activities for alumni.

Article III: Organization

Section 1. The Association shall be a constituent society of the University of Nebraska College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and will consist of members as described in Article IV.

Section 2. Existing organizations relating to IANR may affiliate with this Association. Other groups or organizations may affiliate with this Association upon approval of the Board of Directors of this Association.

Article IV: Membership

Section 1. Active membership. The following shall be eligible for active membership in the Association:

  1. Persons holding degrees awarded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  2. Former students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  3. Friends of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Active membership may be obtained by any eligible person through registration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources who make a CASNRAA membership contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Annual membership shall be on a year-to-year basis based upon the date of CASNRAA membership contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Active members shall consist of members who (a) make an annual contribution for CASNRAA membership, or (b) are considered CASNRAA Legacy members as of December 31, 2004. (Legacy members paid their dues in full for life in accordance with the University of Nebraska Alumni Association's dues structure).

Section 2. Transfer of Membership. No membership shall be transferred or assigned.

Section 3. Membership Contributions. To become a member of the CASNRAA, a designated contribution must be made to the CASNRAA account at the University of Nebraska Foundation. This contribution amount shall be determined by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association Board of Directors. Only members in good standing shall receive benefits pertaining to membership in the Association.

Article V: Officers and Board of Directors

Section 1. All affairs of the Association shall be conducted by a twelve-member Board of Directors selected from the Association. The board shall also include as nonvoting, ex officio members, the immediate Past President if term on the Board has expired, two students selected by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and/or a designated representative(s) from the college.

Section 2. The term for each Director shall begin July 1 and expire June 30 of the third year. The term may be extended to a maximum of six years by yearly approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 3. The officers of the Association shall be the President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and any other appointed positions deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Section 4. The officers of the Association, except the Past President, shall be elected by the Board of Directors from its membership by majority vote each year. The term of office for President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer shall be one year. No person shall hold the same office for more than two successive terms.

Section 5. The officers shall constitute the Executive Committee for the transaction of business between Board meetings. The President shall serve as chairman of the Executive Committee.

Section 6. In the event of death, resignation or disqualification of a board member and/or officer, the Board shall elect another Board member to fill the vacancy. The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President in the event a vacancy occurs.

Section 7. All actions of the Board of Directors shall be decided by a majority vote of the Board members present. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Board.

Section 8. A Board member who is absent from three consecutive board meetings without being excused may be replaced by majority vote at a board meeting.

Article VI: Elections of Board Members

Section 1. Sufficient new members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by the Board each year for a three-year term from a slate submitted by a Nominating Committee to replace members whose terms are expiring. Board members are limited to two successive terms.

Section 2. A Nominating Committee of four members shall be appointed by the President by January 1 to select a broadly representative slate of candidates for the Board in accordance with Article V, Section 1.

Section 3. A Nominating Committee shall meet prior to April 15 of each year and nominate members of the Association in sufficient number to fill the terms which expire the following June 30. The Nominating Committee shall mail its report to the members of the Board of Directors and if no written objections to the report are received and/or no additional nominations are received within ten days of mailing, those nominated shall be elected and the President shall declare a unanimous vote of election at the next Board of Directors meeting on behalf of the Board of Directors for those persons nominated by the Nominating Committee. If objections to the nominees are made by any Board of Directors member or if additional nominations are made, the Board of Directors shall receive the report of the Nominating Committee at the final Board meeting of the year, prior to June 30, and elect members of the Board to begin their terms the following July 1. All votes shall be taken by secret ballot and the nominee receiving the least votes in each ballot shall be eliminated.

Section 4. The Nominating Committee shall endeavor to recommend persons representative of the membership of the Association and shall give particular attention to the interests of the nominee in the affairs of the Association and his or her ability to attend meetings of the Board. The Nominating Committee shall not recommend any person without first obtaining their consent.

Article VII: Meetings

Section 1. At least one general membership meeting of the Association may be called by the Executive Committee each year. The date and place will be fixed by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. A minimum of two meetings of the Board of Directors will be held each year.

Section 3. Additional Board meetings may be called by the President at such time and place as deemed necessary, or upon written request of two (2) members of the Board of Directors sent to the Secretary.

Article VIII: Committees

There shall be such standing and special committees as designated by the Board of Directors. Committee heads will be appointed by the President. Committee heads or members shall not be limited to board members.

Article IX: Amendments

These bylaws may be revised or amended by a two-thirds majority of the entire Board of Directors, following written notification to each Board member of the proposed revisions or amendments.

Article X: Annual Report

The Board of Directors of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association will submit an annual informative report to the Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources including the accomplishments of the previous year and major future planning for inclusion in the college annual report.

Article XI: Liability and Insignia

Section 1: No officer or members shall be personally liable for any bills or obligations of the Association, past or present, except for the payment of his/her own dues.

Section 2: No officer, member or employee of the Association shall disburse any funds or money in his/her keeping and belonging to the Association without authorization of the Board of Directors of the Association.

Section 3: No person shall use the name or mailing list of the Association for other than strictly Association or University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources purposes without authorization of the Board of Directors.

Article XII: Dissolution

Upon dissolution of this Association, the assets of the Association remaining after payment of all debts and expenses of dissolution shall be distributed, transferred, conveyed and delivered to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources if said Association is qualified as a Section 501 (c) (3) exempt organization, or if it is not then in existence, to such charitable organization qualifying as a Section 501 (c) (3) exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as shall be selected by the Board of Directors.