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5 Tip to Simplify Your Alumni Event Management

Successful events and programs leave a crowd with the impression that each detail magically floated into place after a flick of the wand and that a delightful team of characters danced and sang music throughout the process. Alumni Relations Professionals know that a successful event or program is the result of an intricate symphony bound together with timelines, project management, strict deadlines, organization, and planning. With all of the intricacies of event and activity planning, how can we find time...

Using Analytics to Drive Event Programming

As alumni relations professionals, we repeatedly view attendee or RSVP lists for many different reasons. Because of the repetitive nature of this task, our top event attendees become seared into our brains in a way that only alumni relations professionals can understand. We also develop relationships with our repeat constituents as we welcome guests at our registration tables, mingle about rooms, and interact through virtual events. A former colleague of mine recently reminisced about the joy we found when a...

From Higher Ed to Ed Tech

So, if you asked me twenty years ago as I was finishing a speech at my high school graduation ceremony: Hey Alan, what do you think about a career alumni engagement? Honestly, I think my response would have been: Alumni what? It is hard to believe that my twenty-year class reunion happened this past weekend, just as I am embarking on a new adventure in my career to help advance an industry view on Alumni Relations. I certainly did not...