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 the university on graduation day. Michael Sgro details a new type of engagement campaign called “Million Points of Pride” and how the alumni engagement team at SUNY Cortland will generate unique opportunities to engage and honor those commitments made by alumni, parents and friends of the University.



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Episode Host

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood is the Assistant VP for Alumni and Career Services at Longwood University. Prior to joining Longwood, he was the Director of Digital Strategy in the University Advancement office at the University of Virginia. His work is dedicated to strategies that utilize events, crowdsourcing, inbound and content marketing, email marketing and social media community management in order to drive alumni and student engagement, participation, connections, networking, volunteerism and giving at Longwood University.


Michael Sgro

Michael is the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement at SUNY Cortland, as well as, Founder and Community Manager of Alumni Trending. He has over 18 years of community building experience including digital strategies.


Ryan Catherwood

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