Alumni Chapter Leadership Blog

Campus Update: Drs. Dixon & Jeremiah, Trustees and Alumni Council!

February 5th, 2014

 

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.

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The past few weeks have been an exciting time on campus!  Not only have we had several inches of snow and temperatures steady in the negatives and ones, but we’ve also had the opportunity to welcome back Dr. Paul Dixon, Cedarville’s Chancellor and 8th president, and Dr. David Jeremiah, to Cedarville!  [More...]

Get To Know A DAE Member: Karen Holman

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

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!

January 17th, 2014


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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.

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4 Reasons to Host a CU Alumni Athletic Event

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...]

Campus Christmas and Ice Skating in Chucks

December 30th, 2013

We at Cedarville hope that you and your loved ones had a wonderful Christmas celebration this year! Every Cedarville grad has fond memories of Campus Christmas, and the event seems to get bigger and better each year! Watch the Student Center turn into a Christmas Wonderland thanks to SCAB!

To keep you connected, we’ve shared some photos and videos of this year’s Campus Christmas celebration, complete with a performance from Denver And The Mile High Orchestra, ornament decorating, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and breakfast in the dining hall with an iceless ice skating rink upstairs! Yes, you read that correctly – ice skating in Chucks!

It was a beautiful time here at the University, and we hope that you will share some of your family Christmas photos in the comments below!

To see more photos visit the Facebook pages of both SCAB (Student Center Activities Board) and Cedarville University Alumni Association.

From all of us in the Alumni Office and DAE, we hope you had Merry Christmas and a enjoy a very happy New Year!

PS,

Watch the members of Delta Alpha Epsilon wish you a Merry Christmas through song!

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Get To Know A DAE Member: Rachel Collins

December 23rd, 2013

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Delta 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.

My name is Rachel Collins; I am a junior Strategic Communication major with minors in Public Relations and Bible. I am from Bellbrook, OH but was raised wherever the Air Force sent my family.

This past year, I have had the the opportunity of being a part of Delta Alpha Epsilon (DAE), a small organization of junior and senior students whose job is to assist the Alumni Relations office at Cedarville by keeping alumni connected with Cedarville. DAE has been one of my favorite experiences while at Cedarville. Through it I have made lifelong friends, traveled to several different states, and gained experiences and skills that I can take with me beyond Cedarville. [More...]

An Evening With Dr. Thomas White

December 16th, 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.

In November, the Alumni Association held an event in Canton, Ohio.  An Evening With Dr. Thomas White was a night for alumni and prospective Cedarville students to enjoy a meal together, fellowship, and hear directly from the 10th president of Cedarville University, Dr. Thomas White.

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As always, we had a wonderful group of alumni from the Ohio area, t-shirt giveaways, and information about what is currently happening with Cedarville students and the University as a whole.  This event was special, though, as attendees had an opportunity to hear from Dr. White about his passion for the Gospel and the love he has for his family. [More...]

Year-End Giving: Investing in Future Chapter Members

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.

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Serving with Events

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.