The Alumni Association received an injection of energy when Chad Warren showed up in June as the brand-new executive director. He brought more than his years of experience building alumni programs with him. He is shaking things up and has an open invite for alumni: Share your ideas and help form the future of alumni engagement. [http://goo.gl/yrNMeg”>Take the alumni survey today]
Warren was hired from Ohio State University to serve in the functions of executive director of the Alumni Association and of senior associate vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving in the freshly retooled Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. We asked him simply what those lengthy titles indicate to you.
The function of the Alumni Association: The broad vision is to maintain a relationship that lasts well beyond a student’s graduation. Your relationship as a trainee with UNLV is quick. Start is not the ending– it is simply another chapter of a long relationship with UNLV.
After beginning: The association functions as a resource for alumni and school leaders for outreach and engagement. There’s a stereotype that alumni associations are just about tailgate parties and social events– and we do have those; they are very important traditions– but as the university and the association are developing, it’s ending up being only a sliver of exactly what we do. To utilize a Las Vegas example, we need to use a buffet– a variety of programs from career services and mentoring to regional mixers and family-friendly occasions.
Varied programs to match a diverse campus: UNLV was just called the most diverse campus in the country. We have more than 115,000 alumni in more than 80 countries– that’s an effective network. Our typical student is 26 years of ages, not the conventional 19. Yet our alumni base is young. Likewise, about 57 percent of our alumni are female and 40 percent live outdoors Nevada. By any measure– ethnicity, skin color, gender, you name it– it is a various campus, so our programs should be too.
Expanding reach: We currently have UNLV Connect, a way to network with alumni experts, and we are developing on the successes coming in. We are releasing plans to revitalize and expand our local clubs due to the fact that we understand it is necessary to bring UNLV to you and your neighborhood. It assists you, and it helps construct UNLV’s credibility worldwide.
Associated with this, we know a lot of graduates want to give back to the university by assisting present trainees and the programs that made them a success. This fall, we’ll work with a brand-new staff person to organize and improve volunteer chances for alumni.
Two-way interaction: We want you to consider the alumni association board and personnel as both a way for the university to interact with you and a method for you to communicate with the university. This fall, we’re carrying out a substantial alumni survey. We truly wish to hear exactly what your experiences have been, what you like and dislike, what requires we can assist meet.
We’ll supplement that with increased opportunities to speak face-to-face. I’m launching a listening tour around the country, meeting with alumni and learning from alumni. I’ve been to Washington, D.C., and I’m going to Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, and Reno later on this fall and spring. So come share your thoughts with me.
3 Ways to Connect with Fellow Graduates
Sign Up With UNLV Link— This personal social network specifically for UNLV alumni lets you take advantage of the proficiency of fellow alumni, track occasions, post job openings, and more.
Get involved in an club/chapter: Groups within the association aid you reconnect with fellow Rebels from your college (an association chapter) or in your community (regional club).
Take the Alumni Mindset Study— This national research tool criteria similar universities and helps associations develop programs particular to their members. This survey will head out this fall to all alumni with a current e-mail address, so make sure your record is updated.