Connecting Alumni Regionally
Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:46 PM PDT
“We are trying to increase alumni engagement,” said Jonathan Brown, assistant vice president of the Seattle University Alumni Association (SUAA) when asked about the growth of regional events and activities. “All alumni, even if they’ve left the Seattle area, are still key members of our community and we are looking for alumni leaders in six key regions to help us grow our reach and improve our impact.”
In an effort to build relationships with alumni outside of Seattle, Jonathan and his alumni staff have increased the number of regional events they attend. Just last week they hosted a reception in Portland for parents and alumni.
Accord to PJ Graziani, the assistant director of regional engagement, over 35 alumni and friends came out to Portland’s popular Pearl District on October 1 for a reception. They heard updates about the university and built community, sharing stories and memories from their time at Seattle U.
In November, Jonathan is heading to the Twin Cities to co-host the university’s first alumni reception in Minnesota. The event is being hosted by a Seattle University alumna in the area looking to build community and engage the areas 200+ alumni.
On November 6, alumni in the Bay Area are kicking off Seattle U’s Homecoming festivities by cheering on the Redhawk men’s basketball team at a rally and their season opener against Stanford.
“Hosting regional alumni events, supporting our student athletes when they are in your neck of the woods or joining a chapter board are all ways alumni can help us grow our reach regionally,” Jonathan said.
What started off as just two regional alumni chapters two years ago, has grown into ten. According to Jonathan a strategic priority of the SUAA is to grow regional engagement in six key regions including Washington, D.C., the Bay Area, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Portland and Southern California.
Are you interested in helping us to building community in these six key regions? Reach out to PJ Graziani (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn about leadership roles and volunteers opportunities.
Don’t forget to activate your SU Alumni Connect account. You’ll be able to update your information to ensure you get all the details on events happening near you, and find chapters and alumni groups you’d like to follow.