Alumni Activities - Best Practices
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Alumni Activities - Best Practices Coordinating Alumni Activities Otilia Colac EAC Chisinau Eurasia Regional Conference Moscow, August 10, 2004 OBJECTIVES • Overview of alumni network in Moldova • Describe strengths and weaknesses • Examples of integrating alumni into EAC activities as part of the network operation OVERVIEW Programs • US Government Sponsored Programs (1966 Alumni) – Muskie, JFDP, IV, Fulbright, FLEX, Ugrad. Humphrey, CC • OSI Programs (151 Alumni) – SSGP, GSGP, UCL, Warwick, Oxford, UEP • Other Programs (95 Alumni) – CEU, AUBG OVERVIEW Organizations involved 1. Alumni Resource Center (ARC) 2. American Councils, Alumni Coordinators 3. US Embassy 4. Educational Advising Center (EAC) 5. International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) 6. IATP Center 7. Information Resource Center (IRC) 8. Center for Social and Economic Development (CSED), Community Connections Alumni Association Weaknesses – lessons learned • Insufficient cooperation among alumni coordinators: – Several events at a time – Overlapping of events’ topics • Low motivation of alumni STRENGTHS • Many resources (financial, human) • Developed institutional framework (venues, equipment) • Several common activities STRENGTHS Common activities: • Alumni Congress • Alumni Job Fair/Career Forum • Thematic Conferences/Seminars/Round Tables • Professional Development Training • Community Outreach Projects • Fundraising Activities • On-line forums, chats • Social events • Newsletters • American Movies Conclusion – need for coordination Results • US Embassy Alumni Resource Center – all alumni coordinators working together thus increasing coordination • Establishment of the Alumni Board – raises motivation Benefit the EAC EAC strategy in Moldova • Integrating alumni into EAC activities: – Enlarged EAC office (conference room) – more events with alumni – OSI Alumni database on the web – increased accessibility from outside (incl. USG alumni) • Benefit: – Easier to work with ONE organization than with 7 Recommendations • Integrate OSI alumni with USG alumni (institutionally) • Increase alumni participation by funding grant programs FIRST ANNUAL ALUMNI CONGRESS October 18, 2003 (EAC among co-organizers) • 400 Alumni • Guest Speakers: – Heather M. Hodges, US Ambassador to Moldova – Aleisha Woodward, PAO – Greeting Letter from the Prime Minister of RM • Alumni Board – a new structure of the Alumni community! – Board Major objectives: • To define strategies and directions for the Alumni community in Moldova • To work with Alumni Coordinators on purpose of organizing various activities – As a result: • The Alumni community in Moldova will work throughout the year in well defined directions, towards clearer goals! THANK YOU!