May 5, 2010
From staff reports
Forty-eight alumni leaders from across the country, as well as one from Germany, recently gathered at Ohio University to take part in the annual Alumni Leaders Conference.
The conference, which featured graduates from 1960 to 2009, featured a full schedule of events, including workshops, to help generate ideas and excitement for alumni socials and meetings, rejuvenate current leaders and train new leadership on how to get connected to young alumni. Each session discussed the requirements, expectations, resources and alternative programming for new and existing OHIO ambassadors.
Several speakers led sessions throughout the weekend, including the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, University College Dean and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies David Descutner and Judith Millesen, associate professor in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Events began on Thursday afternoon with sessions ranging from "Starting a New Network Scholarship" to "Managing & Fundraising for an Existing Network Scholarship," and a "Bobcat to Bobcat Panel," designed to help current undergraduate students receive insight about life after college from fellow graduates. Other sessions focused on strategies for sustaining volunteers and building for the future.
One session, on young alumni and student programming, focused on how the organization intends to reach the next generation of alumni, leaders and volunteers. Student recruitment was discussed throughout the weekend as well as mentor programs, career services and campus partnerships through philanthropic events.
On Friday, a tour of the Academic Research Center was given. A grand opening and dedication for the facility is May 8.
Friday’s events concluded with the Celebration and Awards Dinner, where 2009-10 chapter and society leaders were honored with awards pertaining to their chapter’s achievements over the past year.
Saturday highlights were a breakfast and session with OUAA board members, called "Shaping National Alumni Engagement," where the board discussed what the OUAA board of directors is, what it does and how it supports its alumni leaders.
The afternoon and evening wrapped up the weekend with sessions on hands-on marketing strategies and tricks of the trade for alumni events.