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4 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Members Engaged Online

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

IMG_4033Do you know where your phone is, right this very second? Chances are it’s sitting right next to you. That constant connection is important to you! Guess what – it’s important to your alumni as well. You’ve just now realized how essential cracking into that constant connection is, but it may seem a bit scary. Fear not! It can be done, and we’ll trek through together.

  1. Figure out where they are: With so many social media platforms, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where your chapter members are spending most of their time.  Younger people tend to stick more towards mobile-driven sites, like Instagram and Twitter, whereas the older generation loves catching up over Facebook. When the average American is spending over 6 hours on mobile and desktop internet, it’s important to reach them where they’re at.
  2. Know when they’re online: It may sound creepy, but it’s important to be wary of when your chapter members are online. (more…)

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.


Serving with Events

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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

For many of us, the Christmas season provides a time to connect with the people we love, as well as give to those who can’t share the same heart-warming festivities we can. So how can Cedarville alumni enjoy their friendships and family, while also helping others?  A service-themed alumni event!  Consider making the Christmas spirit last all year by planning a chapter event that revolves around serving together.

Members of the SC, PA Chapter

Members of the SC, PA Chapter

For example, the students on DAE, Cedarville’s alumni service organization, are packing items this year for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Last month, the South Central Pennsylvania alumni chapter hosted a service event at GAiN to pack aid boxes for shipment overseas! Just as Cedarville students prioritize ministry involvement during their time at Cedarville, our alumni also have that desire to serve their communities. So pick an organization or family to sponsor, grab your alum friends, and spread the love of Christ this Christmas season… and all year-round!

Let us know about the ways you have chosen to enjoy giving this year! If you have ideas for service-themed events in your region, we’d love to hear about them.


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.

Jeff Beste

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.

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!