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CASE Student Programs and Young Alumni Conference

CASE Student Programs and Young Alumni Conference
November 28 & 29, Denver, Colorado
Day 2: Affinity Group Programming
Presenters: Jeremy Wingerter and Chad Harris

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    • Affinity Group Programming: The New Millennial Reunions? CASE Student Programs and Young Alumni Conference November 28 & 29, 2006 Denver, Colorado Jeremy Wingerter, Northwestern University Chad Harris, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • What is an affinity group?
      • Individuals who share a common experience as a student
      • Desire to stay in touch after they’ve left campus
      • Organized around a campus student group, a residence hall, a Greek chapter, an extracurricular club or a special interest group.
    • Why consider affinity groups?
      • Trends in higher education
      • Recognize the diversity and interests of alumni
      • Create unique student/alumni interactions
      • Transcend class years
      • Collaboration with campus partners
      • Channel to engage students
      • Value in expanding the alumni profile
    • Types and Purpose
      • Alumni Societies
      • Clubs/Student Organizations
      • Campus Traditions
      • Diversity and Multicultural
    • Structure
      • Similar to a geographic club
      • Consider some minimum standards before chartering
        • Number of identifiable alumni
        • Primary contact/leadership
        • Developed goals/mission
        • Commitment to meet annual expectations/requirements
    • Types of Programming
      • Student/Alumni Connections
      • Career-Focused Networking
      • Scholarship Programs
      • Reunion Events
      • Mentoring Relationships
      • New Student Welcome Events
      • Senior Send-Offs
      • Communications (Web, E-News, Newsletters, etc.)
    • Lessons Learned
      • Geographic Challenges
      • Data Management
      • Staff Time Considerations
      • Competition With Other Alumni Events
      • Continuity and Sustainability
      • Management of Volunteers
    • Open Discussion
      • What’s happening on your campuses?
        • Challenges you’ve faced?
        • Hurdles to manage?
        • Success stories?
        • Model structure, organization and guidelines?
    • Contact Information
      • Jeremy Wingerter
        • Assistant Director, Young Alumni
        • Northwestern Alumni Association
        • Northwestern University
        • j-wingerter@northwestern.edu
        • (847) 467-4324
      • Chad Harris
        • Director of Campus Relations
        • Wisconsin Alumni Association
        • University of Wisconsin–Madison
        • [email_address]
        • 608-347-2332