Conferences & Training
Program - Homecomings, Reunions and Alumni Involvement

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Day 1, Wednesday, Jan. 24

NOON‐1:00 PM
Registration

1:00‐2:15
Conference Welcome
Meet the faculty, review conference highlights, and find out how to get the most out of your time in Washington.

2:30‐3:30
Setting the Stage: Key Components to a Successful Event
The fundamentals of any successful event are based on strategic planning, focused coordination, tactical execution, and intentional follow up. But who are the campus colleagues and teams and what are some of the key features that will make your event memorable to your audience? In keeping with the TED Talk tradition, we'll share some ideas worth spreading.

3:45-5:00
Rethinking and Reimaging Your Program: Goal Setting, Strategic Planning and Evaluation
Campus traditions and nostalgia are the hallmarks of Homecoming and Reunion programs. So why, when, and how do you hit the reset button in order to try something new? We'll take a look at two institutions that significantly revamped their programs. Learn how they accomplished it and discover the lessons they learned in the process.

5:00‐5:15
Day 1 Wrap Up and Questions
Review questions from Day 1.

5:30‐6:30
Networking Reception
Join conference attendees and faculty conclude the first day of the conference. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink tickets will be provided.

6:30
Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

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Day 2, Thursday, Jan. 25

8:00‐9:00 AM
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00-10:15
How Technology Can Enhance Your Event

10:30‐11:30
Small Group Discussions: Trends and What’s Next for Your Homecoming and Reunion Programs

11:30 AM‐1:00 PM
Lunch on your own

1:00‐2:15
Working with Campus Partners
As alumni relations professionals, we are experts at analyzing our alumni communities in order to develop strategies to target their engagement. But how are we approaching our internal audiences—those campus colleagues who can help amplify our messages and highlight our programs? Take a look at proactive approaches that deepen the win-win approach to campus partnerships.

2:30-3:30
Small Group Discussions: Executing a Successful Event

3:45-5:00
Successful Programs at Any Budget
Unless your reunion plans include preparing pigs-in-a-blanket in your home oven prior to the weekend extravaganza, then, undoubtedly, your advancement shop will need to budget for not only caterers, but for marketers, entertainers, supplies and the lists of costs goes on and on. In this budget-focused, budget-conscious session, we will discuss the good, bad and ugly of successful program budgeting. In addition, we want to make certain that conference attendees leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to nail down a budget plan that leaves your organization in the financial black, while providing unabashed value for your alumni and donors. Whether you like dealing with budgets or not, the fact of the matter is everything we do, today, in alumni relations is about investing money and achieving a return on investments (ROI). So, bring your change purse and plan to have a fun, focused, financial good time in this all-important session on program budgeting!

5:00‐5:15
Day 2 Wrap Up
Review questions from Day 2.

5:15
Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

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Day 3, Friday, Jan. 26

8:00‐9:00 AM
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00‐10:15
Managing Volunteers and Keeping Them Engaged
Alumni and students can add great value as volunteers to your Reunion and Homecoming programming. Explore best practices in volunteer management including recruitment, orientation and stewardship. Identify ways to keep volunteers involved and engaged after these programs have concluded.

10:30‐11:30
All Things Logistics: Tips for Onsite Success

11:30 AM‐NOON
Conference Wrap-up and Final Questions

NOON
Conference Adjourns

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