Alumni Chapter Leadership Blog

Archive for January, 2014


Get To Know A DAE Member: Karen Holman

Monday, January 27th, 2014

karenDelta 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.

To Cedarville University Alumni, fellow students, and alumni blog junkies: Hello. My name is Karen, to which most people reply, “That’s my Mom’s name.” So, if that is your mother’s name, I am honored. I was born the youngest of four girls to missionary parents in the Philippines, Steve (’77) and Kris (‘79) Holman.

Of all the hand-me-downs I had throughout my childhood, my green sleeved Cedarville College t-shirt was definitely the most loved and most fought over. (more…)

4 Considerations for a Family-Friendly Alumni Event

Monday, January 20th, 2014

DSCN4269In Cedarville’s Alumni Association, nearly one-third of our alumni have graduated in the last ten years! With so many of our alumni in their mid-twenties and early thirties, it’s no surprise that we see so many young children at our events. Since I work on a college campus, I love the change of pace of going to events and interacting with our alumni’s kids – or as I like to think of them, future CU alums. Class of 2032?

As chapter leaders, you can serve the alumni in your area by considering how to make your events more family-friendly:

1. Offer activity-based events. I don’t know where kids get their energy from, but they always seem to be on the move! Active events where you can focus kids’ energy help free parents to get to know other alumni in attendance.

Examples: roller-skating, ice-skating, bowling, children’s museums, & putt-putt

2. Head outdoors. Once the weather starts warming up, kids want to be outside. After enjoying food with the alumni group, they can head off for a game of tag, and the adults can hang out or hear an update from a Cedarville representative about what’s new on campus.

Examples: picnics, pool days, & zoo trips

3. Plan an informal format or childcare. Another way to appeal to families is simply to offer an informal event format. Rather than a formal banquet or dessert reception, why not head over to Chick-fil-A so that the kids can enjoy the play area?

Examples: grill-outs at a house & restaurants with play places

4. Family-friendly pricing. Sometimes, the biggest obstacle for young families coming to your event is simply the cost to register for each person. You can help them out by offering a discount for children or a set price for families over a certain number of people.

Examples: An event with pricing set at $5 per person or $20 for families of 4 or more; an event with $5 per adult or $3 per child under 12 years old

Ultimately, your chapter team must decide your goals and target group for each event. And you singles out there? Don’t worry: I’m planning a post soon about our young alumni programming directed towards what you might find fun at an event!

Make 2014 the year you get involved with your alumni chapter!

Friday, January 17th, 2014


As we start a new year, many people resolve to start trying new and different things.  Some people resolve to get to the gym more, volunteer more, or spend more time with their family.  While these are all wonderful New Year’s Resolution ideas, may we at the Alumni Office offer one more?

Become More Involved With Your Alumni Chapter!

This is a fun and easy way to stay connected to what is going on at Cedarville, as well as an opportunity to reconnect with fellow graduates.  Many chapters already have events planned for this year or are looking to schedule events.


4 Reasons to Host a CU Alumni Athletic Event

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Rita's picToday’s post is provided by Coordinator for Regional Alumni Events & Services, Rita Heaton ’12. Rita oversees the alumni chapter program in the Alumni Relations Office.

Happy New Year!

Alumni Relations kicked off 2014 by hosting our first alumni event of the year right here in Cedarville, Ohio. We had a great time cheering the Men’s and Women’s Jackets basketball teams to victory for their first home games of the year, then celebrating together by catering Chick-Fil-A for dinner. Delta Alpha Epsilon (DAE) joined us as part of their Winter Retreat.

I personally am a big fan of Jackets basketball, and I love hosting alumni gatherings around athletic events. Here are four reasons why you should consider centering your next alumni event around a Yellow Jackets game. (more…)