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CU at the Ballpark!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Yesterday, we observed an unofficial American holiday: Opening Day 2014, the official kick-off to the regular baseball season! With major and minor league teams located in cities across the United States, baseball games are great event ideas for the summer.

Baseball events are popular choices for our chapter leadership teams, so we seem to host several each year. One summer, we even planned a “Cheer On Your Hometown Heroes” baseball event series, where we hosted 10 alumni baseball events in cities across the Midwest!

With our experience in baseball events, we’d like to share some tips for you to consider as you plan your own baseball event (this summer, maybe?):

1. Ticket sales: Baseball organizations have (more…)

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…)

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…)

6 Tips for A Perfect Young Alumni Event (for Singles!)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

cu singles

A few weeks ago, we shared a post on considerations for a family-friendly alumni event. However, we promised to come back with tips on planning events that may appeal for single and younger alumni. This week, we deliver!

Are there quite a few singles in your alumni chapter?  Perfect!  This makes for great opportunities in creating events for your members. Conversation and an intentional focus on community is key to a successful alumni event for those who are single and looking to connect with fellow CU alumni.   Whether you are interested in trying a singles-only alumni event, or you would like to create an event that is simply single-friendly, listed below are some ideas for striking that balance in your event!

1. What’s special about your location?  Do your members live close to the Fort Worth Stockyards or The White House?  Would your members enjoy climbing and hiking the mountains near their Colorado homes or appreciate a night of country music in their backyard of Nashville?  Take advantage of those unique-to-your-area experiences and enjoy them with other alums! (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!

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…)

Year-End Giving: Investing in Future Chapter Members

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Today’s guest post comes from Jason Holmes. Jason is currently a Second Year student in the Pharmacy Graduate Program at Cedarville University. He serves as a student worker in the Alumni Relations Office and a student caller at Phonathon.

December is here, and many families are trying to make decisions about year-end giving.  However, the buzz words fundraising and giving can bring a sense of anxiety, unease or annoyance to many a person’s ears.  It might be natural to assume that the resources given are directed towards the organization.  In reality, the donations are being given to individuals, with actual stories and tangible needs.  A gift is a blessing to people.

I have personally been blessed through each avenue of giving at Cedarville.  I received a very generous scholarship from the University, which enabled me to attend and greatly alleviated the financial burden on my family and me.