Decade of Alumni Connection? Yes!

In 2019, I declared 2020 as the beginning of the Decade of Alumni Connection. I was wide-eyed, taking on my business, KITE- Keep in Touch Education,  full-time. My book  The Alumni Way was in development. I was ready to start an alumni revolution. Then, the pandemic struck. Connection took on a new form. We were isolated […]

Want to energize your alumni work in 2023? Get that sparkle by starting here!

Alumni relations is a joy. Whenever I speak to alumni-facing professionals, they share their joy connecting with alumni. It’s satisfying, meaningful work. Sometimes, it comes at a cost.  Often, it’s a personal cost.  Alumni engagement is a hectic, always-on activity. More than a can-do attitude, you need a level of energy dialed to 10 (or […]

Reflection: A Welcome Activity for Alumni Relations!

Curious about The Alumni Way traits? While the book presents the traits of  Reflection – Curiosity – Passion – Generosity for alumni directly, this series of weekly blog posts focuses on how they can be adapted for energizing, effective alumni relations practice.  Earlier this month, I dusted off  the suitcases for my first work related international business trip […]

From a distance: Alumni Connection from the Insight – Out

After only a month into my new role as Interim President and Chair of the Alumni Association Board at the University of St Michael’s College – University of Toronto – I wrote about my experience connecting at such a distance- it’s easier than you think! Here’s a quote: “The future of alumni connection is one […]

Virtual Book Tour – October and November Events!

Virtual Book Tour – Events for Alumni, Career, and Advancement Professionals Are you curious to learn more about The Alumni Way book? Wonder how it might support your work with students and alumni (and for the students and alumni themselves!). Here’s a chance to attend and participate in online events organized as part of the virtual book […]

Podcast alert: The Alumni Way IS for Everyday

In late August, I recorded a podcast with the formidable Dr Shelli Ann Garland. Shelli is the host of the successful sociology of education podcast A Dash of SaLT. I was very motivated to want to be included as a guest on Shelli’s podcast, for two reasons: 1- SaLT in this case stands for Society […]

‘Alum from Day One’: An essential strategy that matters

I didn’t coin the phrase ‘alum from day one.’ While that might be true, I still talk about it everyday. I discuss this with clients, colleagues and even alumni. Students should be thought of–and treated– like a member of the alumni community from the moment they register, start classes and step foot on campus. It’s […]