Alumni Chapter Leadership Blog

Archive for November, 2013


7 Ways to Get Involved With Your Local Alumni Chapter

Friday, November 15th, 2013

At Alumni Relations, it is our mission to keep alumni connected to Cedarville, and one of the best ways to stay involved is through our chapter program. An alumni chapter consists of a group of Cedarville graduates who all live within a certain geographical area.

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Interested in getting involved, but nervous about the time commitment? Let us show you the many ways you can stay connected with Cedarville grads through your local alumni chapter.


CU Down South!

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Today’s post was provided by Ramsey McRory ’15, who serves on Delta Alpha Epsilon and will contribute regularly to the Chapter Leadership Blog. Ramsey is a junior Nursing major from Haymarket, Virginia.

The Alumni Office and DAE has had a wonderful and busy semester! After Homecoming, 6 DAE students and Rita Heaton, Coordinator for Regional Alumni Events and Services, took off to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina, to host some alumni events down South during Cedarville’s Fall Break.


Having the opportunity to meet Charlotte-area alumni at Mellow Mushroom for pizza was a blast. This event was unique because we had quite a number of young alumni come out and show their interest in starting the chapter and getting involved in chapter leadership. After the Charlotte event, we went down to Greenville to rock climb and have coffee and ice cream with alumni from that area. It was a great time to relax and enjoy the company of Cedarville grads, learn about their experience at CU, and hear about the way God has used them since their time at Cedarville.

All of us involved with CU Alumni are excited about the up and coming Charlotte chapter and the opportunity we had over Fall Break to reconnect with alumni at our chapter events. We are always looking to do more events, and we love hearing your ideas for great events and ways to stay connected.

P.S. – We are looking for new leaders for our Greenville, South Carolina, Chapter! If you or someone you know lives near Greenville, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about getting involved with the Greenville chapter!

A Word From Jeff Beste

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Jeff Beste ’87 is the Director of Alumni Relations and has served at Cedarville University for 25 years. Jeff oversees the Alumni Council & DAE.

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WOW!!!  What a blur the past several months have been!!!  From the start of the year through Homecoming is always a busy time, but this year had some extra surprises!  When Mark McDaniel left as my chapter coordinator in July, that left just me and some student workers, with homecoming only 3 months away!!!  That three months saw me interviewing, hiring, and training 2 new full-time staff (welcome to Rita Heaton – our new chapter coordinator), training our DAE students over our week-long fall trip, doing 3 chapter events as a part of that, getting back just in time for Getting Started, and jumping immediately into the thick of Homecoming planning!!!  Oh, and I have also been going to middle school and high school volleyball games as well as Friday night football games for the marching band (for my two oldest daughters), and Saturday peewee football games to watch the cheerleaders (my youngest daughter).  But while the fall is always a busy time, it is always an EXCITING time, as we begin a new year, with a new group of students, and the thrill of seeing a new Cedarville experience for so many people.

Get To Know A DAE Member: Cat Willms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Delta Alpha Epsilon (DAE) is a student service organization dedicated to serving Cedarville University’s alumni. DAE assists the Alumni Association with chapter and regional events, Homecoming, and various other needs around the Alumni Relations Office. Students must reapply each spring to be a member of this highly selective organization.

Hello all, my name is Cat Willms, and I’m a Graphic Design student from Loveland, Colorado. Some of you may be wondering why I left my home and family in the Rocky Mountains to be here in Cedarville, Ohio. Allow me to share a bit of my story.


Stay Connected to Cedarville through GROW!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


This post is contributed by Ramsey McRory, ’15: With the inauguration of Cedarville’s tenth president, Dr. Thomas White, and the combining of Christian Ministries and Student Life, many alumni may be wondering whether students at Cedarville University are getting the same experience they did to participate with student life activities and ministries on campus. We’re excited to share with you about the ministry of Student Government Association (SGA) this semester. It’s called G.R.O.W. 

The beginning of the fall semester saw many new changes here at Cedarville University.  With Dr. Thomas White and Dr. Jon Wood assuming their new roles as President, and VP for Student Life and Christian Ministries, respectively, we as students have had several opportunities to get to know our new administration and for them to get to know us.  Though we have had change on campus, it’s been a wonderful year so far, particularly involving our SGA philanthropy. (more…)

Introducing… The Chapter Leadership Blog!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Hello, and welcome! My name is Rita Heaton, and I serve as Coordinator for Alumni Regional Events and Services at Cedarville University! Thank you for visiting the Cedarville University Alumni Association’s Chapter Leadership Blog!

We are so excited to share this new resource for our 150-plus chapter leaders in 29 different chapters across the United States.

If you are a current chapter leader, check back periodically to get ideas for new events, find out what events other chapters are working on, and discover ways to recruit and build up your chapter leadership team.

If you are interested in joining a chapter leadership team, feel free to check out our upcoming posts to learn more about what chapter leaders do, how you can join a team, or even how to start a new chapter.

We look forward to sharing with you and hearing your feedback. Thank you for serving as Cedarville University’s biggest advocates across the world!