Today’s edition of Advancement Live was about a unique communications concept recently developed by Megan Costello, Director of Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters & Science. Show co-host Ryan Catherwood and Costello discussed how the College has completely changed the way printed newsletters are produced, both the strategic nature of the newsletter [...]
It’s all about time, isn’t it? The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland once lamented about not having enough. And we all feel the White Rabbit’s pain. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to balance our work life and responsibilities at home. No time to say, “Hello, Goodbye.” But then again, [...]
This week’s show included a great chat with Leonie Boxtel, Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Melbourne. Thanks to everyone who joined live to watch during their lunch break in Australia. Our discussion led us through lots of topics. We discussed regional engagement challenges and opportunities, developing a culture of alumni participation and [...]
The other day I learned that I have a big, possibly massive knowledge gap in the area of my brain dedicated to email communications. I realized I knew nothing about spam filters — other than that they exist. I didn’t know if they were causing some of the complaints that I’d been receiving from U.Va. [...]
Host Ryan Catherwood was joined by Jade Bressington, Deputy Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. The discussion touched on many points including the changing landscape of higher education, young alumni engagement, student engagement and developing a culture of philanthropy. The University of Birmingham was recently awarded “University of the [...]
Did you find this post because you applied the term “alumni engagement strategy” or something like it into the search field of your web browser? Maybe you searched for me, “Ryan Catherwood.” The former scenario is much more likely than the latter, I realize, but it’s true that I want you to think of me [...]
Next week, Advancement Live will explore alumni engagement in the United Kingdom with Jade Bressington, Deputy Head of Alumni Relations at University of Birmingham, and Bruno van Dyk, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University. The show will air at 6:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 pm EDT), Tuesday, September 24th. Although this edition of Advancement Live [...]
On today’s episode of Advancement Live, Tom Dominick, Director of Digital Communication in Duke University’s Development Office took viewers on a tour of the fantastic Duke Forward campaign website. Daren Brabham, Asst. Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California had some great ideas for higher education communicators [...]
Despite some technical difficulties, today was a great episode of Advancement Live featuring the one-and-only Kim Brown (@kimincuse) from Syracuse University’s Career Services Office as well as Alumni Career Services expert, Michael Steelman (@michaelsteelman) from George Washington University Alumni Association. The conversation touched on how technology, Linkedin in particular, has changed approaches to alumni career [...]
The August 20th edition of Advancement Live was dedicated to the subject of volunteer management. Show guests Kat Steiner from Urbana University and Shane Dunn from MIT’s Sloan School of Management discussed topics with host Ryan Catherwood ranging from digital volunteer opportunities to when it’s appropriate to say “no” to a volunteer. Be sure to [...]
After the Advancement Live show on August 6th on the subject of Homecoming and fall signature events, I asked Gretchen Edwards, Christine Scheirer, Derrick Smith, Johanna Montague and Chase Carter to offer one final thought – a tip for anyone attempting to start or improve a Homecoming event. Below are their thoughts:
On this episode of Advancement Live, the topic is Homecoming and other fall events highlighting young alumni initiatives in particular. Guests on the show include Christine Scheirer (@scheirer2) from the University of Delaware, Chase Carter (@loyalandtrue86) of Oklahoma State, Derrick Smith from Dartmouth College, Gretchen Edwards (@gretchEdwards) representing Wake Forest University, and Johanna Montague (@uvareunions) [...]
Ryan Catherwood talks with Stella Maher of Emory University, Sam Edelstein from Syracuse and Monica Timar of Lehigh University on the subject of Student Send-off events. This was the first ever episode of Advancement Live originally airing on Tuesday, July 16th at 1:00 p.m. Topics discussed by show guests included the strategy behind Student Send-offs [...]
It’s that time of year again. Alumni professionals around the country are in the midst of Student Send-off season. Sometimes called “Summer Send-offs,” huge amounts of time and resources are being allocated right now to backyard barbeques of all shapes and sizes. I can only guess at the amount of money that will be spent [...]
Institutional advancement in higher education is heading into a period of change. We’re facing increasing competition for the attention of our audience, both from other non-profits and an ever-expanding array of marketing and entertainment content. Our audience itself is changing. It’s increasingly global, diverse, and among, the youngest generation, shell-shocked by poor employment prospects and [...]
Fran Zablocki, Strategist at mStoner, hosts a recap discussion of the 2013 SUNYCUAD conference with Tim Nekritz, Director of Web Communications at SUNY Oswego and Jennifer Connally, Customer Marketing Leader at readMedia.
Host @RyanCatherwood and guests Andrew Shaindlin, Andrew Gossen and Charlie Melichar for a panel discussion inspired by Shaindlin’s paper “The Risks in Measuring Alumni Engagement”
I’ll be back hosting Higher Ed Live on April 18th with an All-Star guest list of alumni engagement professionals. Andrew Shaindlin of Carnegie Mellon University and Alumni Futures will talk about his recent article, “The Risk in Measuring Alumni Engagement,” along with Andrew Gossen of Cornell University and Charlie Melichar of Vanderbilt University.
Host Ryan Catherwood @RyanCatherwood interviews Skidmore College’s very own Jen Castellani and Daniella Nordin @DaniellaNordin about their wildly successful 24-hour fundraising challenge, and how they used social media to attract, interact and communicate with alumni and donors. This episode features tons insight into creating and executing your own online giving campaign.
As I thought about what to write this month, I realized that perhaps this is a great platform to ask for your feedback. Since my last post I’ve transitioned into a new position at the University of Virginia. My immediate top priority is to take a hard look at what I like to refer as [...]