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Identity Crisis
CURRENTS Article Whatever the intention behind an institutional change, straying too far from the identity former students grew fond of can alienate and anger your biggest fans.

Chain Reactions
CURRENTS Article The U.S. service academies have implemented programs that match current students with alumni who graduated 50 years ago in order to strengthen ties between the academies and their graduates. This article discusses the U.S. Naval Academy's Another Link in the Chain program and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's 50-Year Affiliation Program.

The Pages of Time
CURRENTS Article Three graduates of Whitman College organized the Whitman College Letter Project, which used the personal correspondence of students to tell a history of the institution in the 1960s. The project was inspired by a presentation by a noted professor during their 40th class reunion in 2011.

Building a Strong Volunteer Program (sample materials)
Phillips Exeter Academy
Sample Collection This packet from a 2008 CASE conference includes guiding principles for a volunteer program, tips for successful class agents, the role of a class agent, the table of contents of a class agent manual, a sample letter to class agents, and a sample volunteer update newsletter.

Stewardship: The Webb Schools - Bronze Award
Best Practice A goal of The Webb Schools' 2007 annual giving program was to do a better job of stewarding constituents in a creative and cost-effective way. Staff implemented two new online strategies: an e-newsletter for class agents that provided current news to share with classmates, and a flash movie for reunion classes. Staff also redesigned an existing holiday greeting to omit the solicitation and serve simply as a greeting and thank you. These three strategies spread goodwill among constituents, motivated class agents and increased annual giving totals. As of December 31, dollars raised and number of donors reached an all-time high.

Advance Work: Blasts from the Past
CURRENTS Article The alumni office at California State University, Chico, has revived a campus custom, started in the 1930s, of burying time capsules representing each graduating class. Now, at each year’s homecoming, the 50-year, 60-year, and 70-year reunion classes are opening their classes’ capsules. The article offers tips for institutions seeking to start their own time capsule tradition.

AdvanceWork: A Golden Opportunity
CURRENTS Article The University of Scranton honors members of the 50-year reunion class by inviting them to follow graduates in the commencement procession.

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