Voices: July/August 2021
Gifts for Grads
Q: For graduation, we’re hosting small, in-person ceremonies, and looking for a gift we can have at each graduate’s chair. Any ideas?
A: Since last year, we’ve started including a sheet of tech stickers with our alumni logo that can be placed on keyboards, phones, etc., as well as a “save the date” magnet for the following year’s homecoming weekend. The sticker sheet has our website listed and is easy to mail.
—Nick Niemerg, assistant director of constituent relations, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, U.S.
A: At Lethbridge College, we have traditionally done pins and a notecard, but wanted to do something a little more special this year, so we opted for varsity scarves. We’re in Canada, so it’s scarf season way longer here!
—Stephanie Savage, alumni engagement coordinator, Lethbridge College, Alberta, Canada
A: We wanted to give our Harford Community College graduates something really fun this year, so we will be handing out crazy socks with our colorful logo. Each sock has a custom tag inside welcoming them into our alumni network. They’re lightweight, and any leftovers can be used for other purposes.
—Jordan Williams, assistant director for development, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland, U.S.
Your Favorite Spots on Campus
CASE members share their most beloved campus locations
There’s something about BYU’s Maeser Building that feels so cozy, like an old English study hall. But if I’m outdoors, it’s a toss-up between the campus walking path or this courtyard (definite perk of having a university that sits along a mountain range).
-Natalie Ipson, director of digital communications, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, U.S.
Looking up at the tower in spring with the cherry blossoms or next to the lamppost (very Narnia-like) or through the archways to the quad. Love all the shadows and light. The whole of the University of Glasgow is photogenic.
-Emma Gilmartin, head of social media and student communications, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Anywhere around our Hardin Building. It’s the oldest building on campus, and it makes for amazing photos.
-A J Lopez, assistant director, digital marketing & social media, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Has to be the Commencement Green in our Oak Grove. It’s where first-year students gather to create a giant L during their first week and where we hold our commencement ceremony. This photo is from 2020 when all graduates’ names were written on cards exactly where they would have graduated.
-Travis McGuire, former director of social media, Linfield University, McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.