Alumni Chapter - Collegiate Chapter Operations
AE1 - The alumni have worked with the chapter on their alumni relations effort. Efforts are divided up between several collegiate members rather than falling on the shoulders of a single member of the undergraduate chapter. One member serves as the Alumni Relation Chairman, one member serves as the alumni newsletter editor and alumni database manager, one member serves as the Chicago area alumni chairman and one member serves as the Central Iowa alumni chairman.
AE2 - The chapter invites alumni to participate in events such as candidate and initiate ceremonies as well as philanthropies and community service projects.
AE3 - The chapter has worked with the alumni to incorporate them into the formal recruitment effort. The chapter has an alumni night where about forty alumni come and meet potential candidates during formal recruitment week. An alum serves as a keynote speaker and time is set aside for the alumni to speak individually with the potential new members.
AE4 - The third week of every month, the chapter hosts an alumni week and regularly has an alumnus come and talk to the chapter during chapter meetings to discuss the impact Sigma Nu has had on his life and his experiences within the chapter. Afterwards the chapter and alumni go to a local restaurant that has been frequented by the chapter for over 20 years.
AE5 - The chapter involves alumni in bid extension activities through an interactive 'snake path' in which prospective candidates are led along a pathway, during which they hear experiences and testimonials from various alumni along the route.
AE6 - The chapter and alumni have established a pen pal program where candidates are paired with alumni. Alumni act as mentors and offer advice while the candidates keep alumni apprised of their progression through candidate education.
AE7 - The chapter and alumni have created a mentoring network which pairs alumni with active brothers pursuing similar careers or fields of study.
AE8 - Chapter and Alumni have started an Alumni Mentorship program to help with scholarship and the implementation of LEAD Phase III.
AE9 - The active chapter sponsors an Alumni Speaker Series where alumni are invited to a chapter-wide dinner, conversation, and question-and-answer session. One year the chapter hosted four alumni who had served in the United States Armed Forces.
AE10 - The chapter hosts a senior banquet dinner. For the banquet, invitations are extended to parents, local alumni, and faculty members. This serves as an opportunity to connect with those groups as well as celebrate the successes of the graduating brothers.
AE11 - The chapter and alumni utilize www.constantcommunication.com for various alumni listserv functions.
AE12 - The alumni have worked with the undergraduate chapter to set up a computer in the chapter house office which consists entirely of a database for alumni contact information, including e-mail addresses, phone numbers, physical mailing addresses, professions, badge numbers and years in school. This information is made available to members and is supplemented by the alumni advisors.
AE13 - Old chapter composites are uploaded to an alumni Facebook group. The photo creates an opportunity for alumni to tag other alumni that they know and help unite older generations throughout the chapter's history.
AE14 - Overview of Effective Communication
AE15 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 1
AE16 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 2
AE17 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 3
AE18 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 4
AE19 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 5
AE20 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 6
AE21 - Sample Alumni Newsletter 7
AE22 - On the eve of Thanksgiving every year, alumni attend a reunion and Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the chapter.
AE23 - Every fall the chatper hosts reunions for different candidate classes throughout the chapter's history. The reunions take place at the home football games . This year included a reunion for the class of 1960.
AE24 - The chapter worked with the alumni to develop a component of the chapter's candidate education program. Candidates are responsible for planning and hosting an alumni event, often a dinner, that serves to introduce many of our local alumni to the current candidate class.
AE25 - The chapter worked with the alumni to host a 'legends' weekend in which alumni were invited back to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new chapter house. The 'legends' event included a Friday night mixer, Saturday groundbreaking and formal ceremonies and Sunday golf outing. At the formal ceremony, the chapter inducted alumni into a hall of fame. The event was publicized in the chapter's alumni newsletter.
AE26 - The chapter hosts a dinner during recruitment week for all the potential new members that have been given a bid to increase the chances of that person accepting his bid. Alumni are invited to participate in the formal deliver and have the opportunity to speak on their experiences and meet each of the prospective members.
AE27 - Sample Alumni Event Invitation
AE28 - How to Hold a Successful Alumni Event
AE29 - Sample Alumni Events List
AE30 - Sample Anniversary Banquet Program
AE31 - Sample Commanders Dinner Invitation
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