Are you setting up a new alumni chapter and need some ideas about the kinds of committees to start? This post will give you lots of ideas, how each works and why each is important. It's not important that your board have a representative for each area. Each local chapter will have its own personality and not every area will be of interest but if you need a starting point for your conversation, look no further than this post for some great ideas!
As an alumni chapter leader, we'd always like to know what's on the minds of our alumni. What kind of events they'd like to see, how they would like to be engaged with the University's mission and so on. Since it isn't possible to speak with everyone, surveys and polls can be useful tools to get this information.
Holding game watches around your school's sports team can be a great way to meet alumni in informal, fun settings. It's usually not too difficult to get a good following at your game watches if your school is nationally known for one its teams. However if you're a small school or in the same state as your school, you can face some challenges in growing your attendance. Let's take a look at some ways that you can get a strong showing at your club's game watches.
College football season is nearly upon and many alumni clubs around the country are preparing for their college team's game watches. If your club likes to get together for games, you may already have game watch location picked and ready to go. But if you are still looking for that perfect spot, you may already know that it can be challenging to find one. Never fear! I've recently talked with a group of fellow alumni club leaders and they passed along some great tips I'd like to share with you.
If you use Facebook Group for your club's social media channel then you may know that you don't have some of the bells and whistles that Facebook's Pages functionality has like allowing you to create a call to action button. Never fear! You can make your email sign up form available on your page.
The key to engagement is giving your alumni reasons to get together. Your event calendar will be an important part of what your board or group of volunteers will do to get alumni together. In this post we'll look at ways to get a calendar started and how to keep it organized and effective throughout the year.
A press release is a great way to reach out to a lot of different types of media at the same time. Press releases have a standard format and set of guidelines that you will need to use to make sure that your story gets picked up. This week's post covers those basics and includes a handy template!
If you're a club leader, you may from time to time be contacted by the media for comments on university issues. It's not as easy as just sharing your thoughts because they might be in conflict with your university's position. So how do you handle this? Here are my thoughts based on what happened to our club.
Employers are asking a lot of new grads these days and are expecting them to arrive with a basic set of skills that they can immediately use on their job. But, really, where can those new grads get some of those skills? Volunteer work! Alumni clubs have lots of opportunities to apply and build new skills that will look great on a resume.
Gmail or Yahoo may be an easy way to get your club's emails started but you may at some point decide that you need a bigger tool. Why? Because perhaps your club is growing or you'd like to have more integrations with other tools that you use for club communications. When that day comes just know that there are some good tools out there that will give you the functionality you need on whatever budget you may have.
Email is a great, targeted way to get your messages into your alumni's inboxes and, well, then it's up to them to read it or not. Have you started your email list?
Our fundraising committee wanted to make it easier for people to donate online so after a little bit of playing around with our Alumni Spaces site, we figured out how to do it. And now I'm sharing it with you.