Voices January/February 2022
It’s a Small World
Q: What’s your best regional/geographic alumni engagement event?
A: Harvard hosts a worldwide “Welcome to Your City” event each fall as a networking opportunity for recent graduates to meet with other alumni in their area and learn about their local clubs. The university chooses the event date and manages registration, but the logistics of each individual location are volunteer driven. In similar fashion, we have Global Networking Night each January, which is more so tailored to professional interest-based events.
Abby Hutton, Assistant Director of College Alumni Programs, Alumni Affairs and Development, Harvard University, Massachusetts, U.S.
A: Over the past year, we took a local event, Lunch Bunch, and made it a global event. Lunch Bunch started as a way for local alumni to get together and listen to a speaker from campus share new technologies or programs. Due to COVID, we made this virtual, and we saw five to ten times higher attendance. We will continue this program on a virtual platform since it has been so successful in reaching alumni outside our backyard.
Andrew Flynn, Director of Alumni Engagement, Colorado School of Mines, U.S.
CASE members share their resolutions for 2022
"My resolution for 2022 is to operate more in the spirit of overflow.”
Jessica Elmore, Senior Director of DEIB Training, CASE
“Each day, we will cultivate inclusion and diverse perspectives as we engage alumni, friends, and families with each other and the university.”
Cindy Fredrick, Senior Associate Vice President, University Advancement, University of Virginia, U.S.
“These past two years have reminded me of the importance of the people in my life and my connections to them. In 2022, I plan to continue to grow and deepen those connections. I have to keep learning! I also plan to learn at least three new things I’ve not done before and to continue to foster more amazing dogs and help them find forever homes.”
Mike Barzacchini, Director of Marketing Services, Harper College, Illinois, U.S.
“My resolution is to grow ways for our customer relationship management system to facilitate our work versus being a repository of our work.”
Carrie White, Vice President of Technology, Information, and Philanthropic Strategy, The University of Cincinnati Foundation, Ohio, U.S.
“I hope to keep embracing the positives that came out of the pandemic like lunchtime walks and remaining creative and flexible in our strategy to engage and solicit our constituents.”
Skylar Beaver, Assistant Director of Advancement, The Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, U.S.
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