Alumni During the Summer Residency

The hope is to have this conversation here rather than via email. Thinking about the presence of the alumni organization at the summer residency, I would like to propose a one or two day presence in order to keep it focused. I know there are a lot of ideas out there and we can discuss them further. Right now, it seems like the Alumni Dinner Hour style event, where alumni spend a dinner time moving from table to table, or presenting during dinner is a nice idea. We also discussed an off campus event where alumni and students/mentors get to meet.

I know there is some good discussion about an alumni writer’s conference/workshop around the time of the residency, but I think that would be a stand alone event.

Other ideas are an alumni only workshop, on or off campus, alumni reading of selected readings, and other events.

  • What do we think about a one or two day event on the weekend?
  • What elements should be the most significant?
  • Alumni & new student arrival dinner – social?

I know there are some good ideas, but we have no money right now and while we have good resources and connections, I don’t want to over extend for the first residency. If we take one or two days, it will give us a start and we can build. Use the comment section below for feedback and ideas. As we get some of these events in place, we should write descriptions so we can share them with alumni and the program.

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4 thoughts on “Alumni During the Summer Residency

  1. Thanks, Ron for doing this. I agree fully that we must be careful to not overextend ourselves, especially the first residency. I’ve heard many good ideas too, but implementing many of those ideas right now likely require more time and money resources than we have. Maybe the dinner idea is the best thing to focus on right now for this residency.

    Brian C has been doing an introduction meeting for new students the first afternoon. If he’d like, maybe some Alumni can participate in it, or maybe a group of alumni can be there to just say, Hi, I’m_______ and I’ll be around off and on during the residency if you have any questions, or whatever.

  2. I would love to be involved. I think the dinner/meet and greet idea is a great place to start. Maybe a Q & A panel going forward? I love the idea of an alumni writing workshop but that’s a little more involved.

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