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Archive for March, 2014


How Chapter Leaders Can Share Cedarville with Prospective Students

Friday, March 28th, 2014

CU-Friday2014Today at Cedarville, we’re welcoming 700 guests on campus for CU Friday. Our admissions recruitment days are always a blast, and prospective students and parents gain so much from experiencing campus life with us. However, as a chapter leader, you will have the chance to bring Cedarville University to prospective students in your own area!

Any time you are planning a chapter event, consider opportunities to connect with prospective students in your area and encourage them to attend. (more…)

The 5 Most Important Points for Choosing Your Venue

Friday, March 21st, 2014

venueIt’s like they say: location, location, location! 

A major piece of the event planning puzzle is choosing your venue.  Making sure the venue fits your guests’ needs and event goals is important when planning a successful alumni event.  Here are five points to consider when you are deciding on the perfect venue for your event!

1. How many guests will the venue hold?  When making decisions about where to host alumni, always make sure the space you choose allows room for alumni to feel comfortable.  When your guests feel like they have room to move freely and mingle with ease, the atmosphere becomes pleasant and enjoyable. However, on the other side, (more…)

Traveling with the Alumni Association is the way to go (anywhere!)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

563043_10151268312555998_1687684706_nConfession: one of my dreams is to work with a chapter team to plan a group travel event. For now, I’m practicing with the Alumni Cruise: we are elbow-deep preparing for the 2015 Friends for Life Cruise to the sunny Western Caribbean.  Such a learning experience for me!

I have really enjoyed figuring out how to share what the experience is like to alums who, like myself, may be first-time cruisers. Group travel definitely seems intimidating. So, to encourage some of you to plan a travel event, here are some great reasons I’ve learned for why travel is the way to go (literally anywhere):

It’s like summer camp all over again. Spending extended periods together on group excursions allows guests to (more…)

Spice Up Your Event with a Special Speaker

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

1402438_10151750041045998_2141218518_oYou’ve got a great venue, delicious food, and a conflict-free date all lined up for your next chapter event. You’re feeling pretty good about your event elements, but want “something special” to draw a crowd. Simple solution: request a guest speaker!

At a loss for who to invite? Allow me to offer some suggestions:

Favorite faculty members: Cedarville University has been blessed with many faithful professors who dedicated thirty, forty, even fifty years to teaching. I think of Professor Ed Spencer or Dr. Rob Gromacki (who incidentally is one of our special guests on the 2015 Friends for Life Cruise). (more…)