CASE Alumni Relations Awards Roundup – Part 1 of 2Posted: March 19, 2013
One of the things we love about alumni relations is the opportunity to innovate. Professionals across the country are developing new approaches and refreshing tried and true techniques to engage alumni and reach new audiences. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) eight district conferences celebrate such innovation with their alumni relations awards. CASE member institutions submit their best alumni programs, services, publications, and ideas to win the coveted district awards.
We’ve gathered a two-part sampling of the most recent winning programs and services to share with you. Next week, we’ll post the second half of our roundup.
Indiana University Alumni Association, Programs in a Box,
District V Gold, Best Practices in Alumni Relations
Programs in a Box give alumni volunteers everything they need for easy alumni event planning so volunteers can focus on “building relationships, increasing attendance, and creating engaging experiences for IU alumni.”
Brown Alumni Association, Career Webinar Series,
District I Gold, New Alumni Relations Program Initiatives
The monthly webinar series is part of the BAA’s Career Navigator suite of alumni career tools and programs. It provides best practices in the career development process, highlights career field experts, and focuses on the world of entrepreneurship.
MIT Alumni Association, Faculty Forum Online,
District I Silver, New Alumni Relations Program Initiatives
The forum presents compelling interviews with faculty on timely and relevant topics, and last year’s archived editions of these forums had nearly 10,000 views.
University of Virginia Alumni Association, UVA Alumni Website,
District III Award of Excellence, Alumni Website or Microsite
This recently redesigned website is the go-to site for alumni to engage with the University. Its larger than normal images give users the feeling of being back on campus.
University of Nebraska-Omaha, UNO Young Alumni Academy
District VI Gold, Volunteer Engagement and Leadership
The Young Alumni Academy facilitates networking and professional growth among alumni under 40. Participants get an insider’s view into the administration of UNO, with sessions held at unique locations on and off campus addressing topics such as athletics management, student focus and community engagement.
The Fresno State Alumni Association, Grad in a Box
District VII Bronze, Alumni Relations Student Alumni Initiatives
Grad in a Box is a custom-designed keepsake box for graduating students containing such items as a commencement cap, gown and tassel, alumni club membership information, chrome license plate, T-shirt, and discount coupons. Here’s a video promoting the 2013 box.
Marquette University, O Holy Night Video,
District V Silver, Best Video
This video greeting to alumni, faculty and staff, and students featured Christmastime images of campus and Marquette’s Gold ’n Blues a cappella singing group.
All images sourced from award winners’ websites.