Alumni, soar! 7 academic research on alumni engagement to influence your practice

It’s KITE’s 7th anniversary – celebrate with alumni academic research! Dear Friends,Academic research is the backbone of our institutions. Despite this research prowess, alumni engagement is often discussed in three ways– even among academic staff and leadership: As a personal experience: “I received an invitation to my alumni reunion and was excited/disappointed about…” As a ‘hunch’: […]

Alumni as the experts and the inspiration

The TEDx talk deep dive Dear Friends,  Yesterday I was on the Trinity College Dublin campus and classes are winding down for the year and studying for final exams is in full swing – not a seat to be found anywhere! This is also the time of year that can bring welling up of uncertainty […]

Alumni Reunions as a Sensory Experience

Alumni Reunions as a Sensory Experience  Dear Friends, It’s late here in Ireland. It is during these after work hours that I complete my alumni volunteer leadership roles, including as President of the Alumni Association at my alma mater. And Alumni Reunion season is upon us! My fellow alumni started planning for Alumni Reunion only weeks after last year’s […]

Alumni Friday on holiday

Give yourself an alumni break  Dear Friends,  Last week I took a short hiatus from the newsletter. I gave myself the Alumni Friday off.  When I first started this weekly newsletter, I had a lot of ideas and content to share after publishing my The Alumni Way book I had articles, podcasts and thought pieces […]

Alumni in flow

Is alumni relations trying too hard?   Dear Friends,   Have you ever been at an event and it seems to go by in a flash? Or, met a mentor and suddenly an hour has passed by? This can be (alumni) life in full flow.   This week I spoke at the Max Planck Society in Munich. My […]

Mastering the introduction

Nice to meet you!  Dear Friends,   Have we met? Since January, new alumni-facing professionals, students, and alumni have signed up to this weekly newsletter. Glad you made it!  I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.   Hi, I’m Maria and I am passionate about alumni connection. My mission is to mobilize […]

Planning for the newest alumni

When keep in touch becomes cliché  Dear Friends, In 2017, I embarked on life as an entrepreneur. My business name? Keep in Touch Education (with the nice acronym KITE!). Keep in touch is all too familiar a phrase in alumni relations. At this time of year in many parts of the world we are planning […]

#LoveAlumni & Science

The collision of #LoveAlumni and science Dear Friends, I am lucky. I have had the pleasure of working with some incredible institutions and dedicated alumni teams. Earlier this month, I participated in Third Collisions, CERN’s alumni weekend. This is no ordinary alumni event. CERN is no ordinary organization.  I wrote about CERN’s alumni secret sauce […]

#LoveAlumni for hope

Find the silver lining Dear Friends, When The Alumni Way was published in 2021, we were still in the throes of the pandemic. After 16 years on this book publishing journey I didn’t even get the fun and the culmination of the achievement through an in-person book launch. This event, organized at the Trinity Business […]

#LoveAlumni for growth

Still an alumni romantic, fostering a growth mindset for/as alumni Dear Friends, I write to you this week en route to CERN for their signature alumni weekend, Third Collisions, where I am part of a career development panel. One of the key themes of our session is fostering the growth mindset as we navigate our […]