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  • We know many of you already use Facebook and LinkedIn and are part of Muskie groups on these sites. Today in the short time we have I’ll talk about State Alumni, a great resource you may not know about but you can definitely use when you return home.
  • Before talking about State Alumni though, I want to encourage you once again to stay connected with the alumni community after returning home by actively sharing your news, updates and successes!
  • 5.1 alumni 2

    1. 1. Alumni Programming: Continuing the Exchange Experience <ul><li>Re-Entry and Networking Events </li></ul><ul><li>Project Smile and ECA Alumni Small Grants Program </li></ul><ul><li>Online Networking Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Associations </li></ul>
    2. 2. Goals of Alumni Programming <ul><li>To provide professional development opportunities to alumni and further cultivate their leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage sustainable and positive change in alumni communities </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>As Muskie alumni, pay attention to upcoming opportunities available in your home country through your local IREX office… </li></ul>
    4. 4. Re-entry and Networking events
    5. 5. Alumni Activities <ul><li>Community service events </li></ul><ul><li>Round table discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni networking hours </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture series/training events </li></ul><ul><li>Book clubs </li></ul>
    6. 6. Project Smile <ul><li>Community service program </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on helping children, elderly or disadvantaged populations </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni organize events in home community </li></ul>
    7. 7. Project Smile – Grant Details <ul><li>All Muskie alumni in good standing are eligible to apply </li></ul><ul><li>Must be living in home country </li></ul><ul><li>Grant maximum - $250 </li></ul><ul><li>Money used for buying supplies, pizza lunch for volunteers, advertising event, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni will have ten weeks from the date of notification to complete the project </li></ul>
    8. 8. Project Smile – Eligible Activities <ul><li>Cleaning school yard/community playground </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting local orphanage, hospital or nursing home </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing book drive for local children </li></ul><ul><li>Other activities will be considered - Be Creative! </li></ul>
    9. 9. ECA Alumni Small Grant Opportunities <ul><li>Community and professional development program </li></ul>
    10. 10. ECA Alumni Small Grants: Eligible Activities <ul><li>Initiating a public or community service program; </li></ul><ul><li>Launching a pilot program at an NGO or academic institution; </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing training programs or conferences for professional colleagues and/or other ECA alumni; </li></ul><ul><li>Funding travel of US colleagues to eligible Eurasian countries for conferences, training programs and professional collaboration; </li></ul>
    11. 11. ECA Alumni Small Grants: Eligible Activities <ul><li>Development and publication of curricula, textbooks, or related reference or educational materials; </li></ul><ul><li>Publication of public information pamphlets or brochures; and </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting any other projects judged by the selection committee and/or ECA to be in the interest of program goals. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Online Networking Communities <ul><li>Tools to stay in touch, expand your networks and share your successes </li></ul>
    13. 13. Why Share? <ul><li>Keep your own “Muskie spirit” strong </li></ul><ul><li>Be an active member of the global Muskie community </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire other alumni and current fellows </li></ul><ul><li>Spark a great new idea or collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Attract potential supporters for your project </li></ul>
    14. 14. State Alumni Website <ul><li>A prestigious web-based community exclusively for participants of USG sponsored programs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes alumni from around the world and from different programs (Fulbright, Humphrey, UGRAD…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sign up for an account on the site to get started </li></ul>
    15. 15. State Alumni: Features <ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for old and new friends, post photos, join networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post your resume and bio. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish your scholarly articles and papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post news stories about your alumni activities and personal achievements. </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. State Alumni Online Research Center <ul><li>Find new job and grant opportunities around the world, posted daily! </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about and find support for your favorite idea! </li></ul><ul><li>Access over 20,000 periodicals, journals, and newspapers - including abstracts, full-text articles, and multimedia! FREE! </li></ul>
    17. 18. Alumni Associations <ul><li>Great way to keep in touch, make contacts and participate in events and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Search for an association in your country on State Alumni </li></ul><ul><li>No association? Start your own! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Alumni Association Resources Community on State Alumni for best practice ideas and association contacts </li></ul><ul><li>https://alumni.state.gov/alumni-association-resources </li></ul>
    18. 19. Questions? Got something to share? <ul><li>State Alumni </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://alumni.state.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exchanges Connect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://exchanges.state.gov/alumni/ </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Staying in touch with IREX <ul><li>Alumni should contact their local IREX field office once they’ve returned home. A list of the different offices can be found at http://www.irex.org/contact/field.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Email Sarah Shields ( [email_address] ) or your local IREX office with any questions regarding IREX-administered alumni activities or grants </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch! </li></ul><ul><li>Send your updates to muskie_messenger@irex.org </li></ul>
    20. 21. Congratulations! <ul><li>You have completed the Alumni section! </li></ul><ul><li>Click here to return to the Introduction. </li></ul>