As May approaches, we’re preparing to welcome thousands of students into the alumni family. How do we ensure our newly minted alumni will stay engaged for life? What are some of the best programs to gather their post-graduation plans, communicate alumni benefits, and encourage them to stay connected? In this episode of Advancement Live, Kim Brown speaks with […]
One of the most unique engagement program strategies in higher education, this edition of Advancement Live features the CIRCLES corporate networking events program created by Stacy Mitz and Charles Ries at Marquette University. Stacy Mitz, Assistant VP Engagement, and Charles Ries, Senior Director for Development, will talk about the origin of the CIRCLES program that […]
In order to further their educational missions, many universities have embraced faculty involvement in ongoing, voluntary or self-motivated learning programs. I have come to witness two outstanding programs at Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia. These programs stand out by having robust involvement from faculty at regional engagement events and as well […]
As engagement efforts expand into the digital space, unique content hubs can provide a learning environment by curating and crowdsourcing content from alumni and faculty thought leaders. In this edition of Advancement Live, Kathy Kale, AVP, Alumni Relations at Santa Clara University will share their new site called “Illuminate,” and host Ryan Catherwood will share […]
Postcards, coffee chats, and a helpful hashtag? Using these tools, the University of Minnesota is redefining the role that alumni play in turning prospective students into excited enrollees. While traditional roles such as college fair representative and student interviewer still have a place, hear what UMN and other schools are doing to advance alumni participation […]
Let me take you on a journey my friends. Today we’re going to attend an alumni networking event together. It could be a happy hour at Trendy Bar du Jour or a Campaign Celebration event for “Believe in Us Now, Give Money So There’s a Later” at a fancy art gallery. The choice is yours. […]
Focusing on student engagement may be a key to unlocking student success in college and working through the complex puzzle of designing campus systems to best meet the needs of students. In their book, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, George Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John Schuh, and Elizabeth Whitt, define a successful student […]
Advancement Live host Ryan Catherwood will chat with Mike Sciola, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services Colgate University, and Jillian Arnault, Alumni Engagement Coordinator at Colgate. Sciola and Arnault will discuss how their work in career services has helped breakdown existing silos between Advancement and Student Affairs.
Ryan Catherwood hosts a conversation about the State of Alumni Engagement in 2015 featuring Jade Bressington, Deputy Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham, in the U.K, along with Keith Lue, Executive Director of the Alumni Association at BYU, JT Forbes, Chief Executive Officer at the Indiana University Alumni Association, and Jeff Schanz, […]
In this edition of Advancement Live, host Ryan Catherwood and guest, Michael Sgro, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement at SUNY Cortland, discusses tactics for utilizing the Red Dragon Network to engage prospective students before they even reach campus. Engagement efforts continue at SUNY Cortland during the entire student experience and shape how alumni feel about […]
What makes a great print edition of an alumni magazine? How do editors decide on a magazine’s cover, layout or new design elements? Where do alumni magazine stories come from, and how, if at all, should alumni magazines be used as vehicles for fundraising or the marketing of other university priorities?
What makes a great print edition of an alumni magazine? How do editors decide on a magazine’s cover, layout or new design elements? Where do alumni magazine stories come from, and how, if at all, should alumni magazines be used as vehicles for fundraising or the marketing of other university priorities? For the answers to […]
Our Engagement & Annual Giving team within University Advancement at the University of Virginia works to create inroads and contacts by supporting over engagement activities all over the world through the UVaClub, Lifetime Learning and Cavalier Travels programs. Reaching an all-time high in the 2014 fiscal year, 19,000 individuals registered for almost 1,400 events, resulting […]
Interested in a higher education fundraising career? Already in development and looking for some career insights? In this edition of Advancement Live (air date 10/28), AJ Davidson, Senior Development Recruiter at the University of Virginia chats with host Ryan Catherwood about advancement career ladders, tactics for informational interviews, job hopping and the qualities of a […]
This week’s episode of Advancement Live (1pm EDT on 9/23) features Beau Dudley, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs at Washington and Lee University, and Dan Einstein, Past-President of the W&L Alumni Association Board of Directors. Join host Ryan Catherwood for this exciting edition of Advancement Live focused on building and managing an all-volunteer alumni board.
One of the biggest challenges facing alumni relations pros is attracting new participants to existing engagement programs with no new resources. More often than not, the approach requires turning our attention to marketing tactics — email communication strategy in particular, in an attempt to increase turnout.