7 Ways to Get Involved With Your Local Alumni ChapterNovember 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.
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.
1. Attend alumni events in your area (and invite other alumni to come along).
The easiest way to stay involved with Cedarville alumni in your area is to attend chapter events. Bring your family, and perhaps a friend or two, and come enjoy some fellowship time while hearing about what’s new at Cedarville! Check our Events page regularly to find out what events are near you, and make sure we can send you event communications by keeping us updated with your current information.
2. Join the Chapter Leadership Team in your area.
With 29 chapters to manage around the United States, we count on our alumni leaders on the ground to help us plan chapter events. Our chapter leaders meet to plan one to two events each year, then work together to carry out the details. If it sounds overwhelming – never fear! The Alumni Relations office works with our leadership teams every step of the way. As one chapter leader said:
Everyone on my team is surprised at how much the Alumni Office does for us when organizing these events. Originally, I believe they thought that we had to make and send invitations and a ton of other stuff that you all take care of. This really helps take the nerves & stress away when planning an event.
If you are interested in serving on a chapter leadership team, let us know! We are actively recruiting new leaders for 2014!
3. Lodge DAE and traveling touring teams.
Alumni love meeting current students who travel and represent Cedarville on the road. Consider hosting a touring team like Heartsong or OneVoice Gospel Choir, or a group of students from Delta Alpha Epsilon (DAE), our alumni service organization. Many hosts have told shared about how blessed they were to get to know the students. Said one host:
It was LOTS of fun catching up on the current status of Cedarville through the eyes of two seniors.
4. Host alumni events in your home.
If you love entertaining guests, consider opening up your home for a future chapter event. It helps us save on the cost of deposits, and events in homes often facilitate the best opportunities to form meaningful connections. Don’t worry – we’ll bring the food.
5. Scout out event locations.
Does your work place have a meeting center? Does your church have a fellowship hall? Do you have a club membership? These are all great event venue options we consider when planning events, and we’d love to hear from you with your ideas!
6. Start a new chapter.
Don’t see a chapter in your area? Contact the Alumni Relations office to connect with alumni living near you, network with them, and perhaps work together to start a new chapter of the Alumni Association.
7. Represent Cedarville University in your local area.
Alumni are our best recruiters, so we hope that you will share your Cedarville story wherever the Lord places you. If you know any prospective students who would benefit from a world-class education in a Christ-centered learning community, invite them to come along to an alumni chapter event to hear from graduates about how Cedarville impacted them.
If you are ever interested in hosting a Cedarville recruitment event, we would be happy to provide you with resources and connect you with an admissions counselor who can help. You can also bring a prospective student to visit campus by participating in Alumni Mondays, starting in Spring 2014.
If you are interested in getting involved with alumni chapters in your area, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below, email us at email@example.com, or give us a call at 1-800-837-2566.