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.
Our alumni club repeats some of our popular events each year. We also like to share updates about our events to our university and at our annual alumni dinner. In both of these scenarios we found that we had to do a lot of paging through our activities to find what we were looking for. We use Alumni Spaces as our club website and we recently figured out an easy hack that allowed us to create and assign categories to our events so we can easily search for and filter them.
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.