Conferences & Training
Program - Homecomings and Reunions

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Day 1, Wednesday, Feb. 6

NOON-1:00 PM
Registration

1:00-1:30 
Welcome and Introductions
Join conference chair Patrick Auerbach to meet the conference faculty, learn about our conference group, and discuss how to get the most out of your time in Atlanta. Please come with a list of topics you would like covered during the conference.

1:30‐2:30
What is Our Purpose? An Overview of Homecomings and Reunions in 2019
Homecomings and reunions are hallmarks of alumni relations programs at colleges and universities across the continent, but these programs and events are as diverse, innovative and unique as the institutions that conduct them. This session sets the stage for the variety of presentations and discussions that will comprise the conference.

2:45‐4:00
Best Practices and Trends: Key Components of Successful Programs at any Institution
Whether tied to a home football game on a crisp fall afternoon, or anchored by spring festivities celebrating a new class of graduates, homecomings and reunions take on many forms and machinations. Hear from conference faculty members on how institutions use these programs to engage their alumni and advance their campuses' missions.

4:15-5:15
Small Groups Discussions: What's Next for Your Homecoming and Reunions Programs?

  • Small public institutions
  • Private institutions
  • Large public institutions

5:15‐6:30
Networking Reception
Join conference attendees and faculty to network and socialize after the first day of the conference. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

6:30
Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own
Would you like to join a group for dinner? Sign-up for small group dine-arounds at the Registration Desk.

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Day 2, Thursday, Feb. 7

8:00‐9:00 AM
Breakfast Roundtables by Institution Type
Join your peers for optional small group discussions during breakfast. Discuss what you've learned so far, share your biggest challenges, review hot topics and discuss solutions with your peers. Groups will be organized by institution type. A continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00-10:15
Tradition! How to Move Your Programs into a New Landscape and Hit the Reset Button 
With changing demographics, evolving societal norms and increased expectations for alumni programs and events, colleges and universities are relying more heavily on their respective alumni associations or event offices to provide homecoming and/or reunion experiences which both uphold age-old traditions as well as create meaningful entry points and engagement opportunities for newer generations of alumni. Faculty members share their strategies for meeting and exceeding such expectations.

10:30‐11:30
Elective Sessions (choose one; repeated at 2:30 PM) 

  • Volunteer Management 
  • Athletics Reunion Programs 
  • Alumni Engagement for Graduate or Professional Schools

11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15
What's Your Angle? Class Reunions, Academic Major/School Reunions, Affinity Reunions, or...?
Depending upon the campus culture, character and tradition of an institution, reunions can take on a variety of forms which seek to maximize the engagement of their graduates. Do alumni identify more by class or decade? By academic program, major or school? By campus activity or affinity? Faculty share how the richness of institutional cultures, characteristics and experiences inform reunion programming.

2:30‐3:30
Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Volunteer Management 
  • Athletics Reunion Programs 
  • Alumni Engagement for Graduate or Professional Schools

3:45-5:00
What Gives? Capitalizing on Giving Opportunities During Reunion and Homecoming Initiatives
In an era which calls for more overt evidence of return on investment (ROI), fundraising initiatives are being more closely integrated into college and university reunion programs and homecoming festivities. Review different ideas for how alumni programs are positioning reunions and/or homecoming programs as vehicles for fundraising.

5:00 PM 
Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own
Would you like to join a group for dinner? Sign-up for small group dine-arounds at the registration desk.

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Day 3, Friday, Feb. 8

8:00‐9:00 AM
Breakfast Roundtables by Topic
Join optional roundtable groups to discuss hot topics with your peers. Groups will be organized by topic. A continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00‐10:00 
Working with Campus Partners
Opportunities abound for campus partner collaboration (and collision avoidance!) when planning and executing reunion and homecoming programs. Learn how campus partners leverage centrally offered reunion and homecoming programs, and find out how central alumni associations partner with schools and units to maximize opportunities for alumni engagement.

10:15-11:30
Now What? Tips for Managing Conflict (Internal and External) to Get the Most from Your Reunion and Homecoming Programs
Homecoming and reunions programs have a primary objective of attracting alumni back to campus and advancing their relationships to their alma mater. These initiatives are the work of many hands: office colleagues, volunteer leaders, campus partners, vendors, etc. Engage with faculty members in a spirited discussion of how to maximize collaboration while minimizing conflict with these diverse constituencies.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Closing Faculty Q&A
Let's wrap up our time together with final Q and A. Now is the time to ask your burning questions.

NOON
Conference Adjourns

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