***A bit of blogkeeping: There is still time to enter the giveaways for the Blogiversary basket of CLE goodies and the $25 Key Possibilities MasterCard gift card.
One of the best ways to get involved, network, and meet some new faces is to join your local alumni association. CLE has a ton of active alumni organizations for every school from high school through graduate school.
Since it’s the season of get-togethers, CLEguy and I have found ourselves with a slew of alumni events lately. CLEguy went to Kent State University, which has a county-by-county organization. We recently met up with some Kent State alums for wine, cheese, and a fun Kent State raffle. The alumni association also used the get-together as an opportunity to raise money for the annual scholarship it gives out.
Last Friday, I met up with some John Carroll University – my undergrad alma mater – alums for Christmas Ale and Christmas cookies at Panini’s.
Aside from the cookies, beer, and free t-shirts, it also was a chance to catch up with old friends, connect with alums I never met before, and volunteer to help with my 10-year class reunion (coming up all too soon).
John Carroll’s alumni events range from happy hours to special Masses to a homecoming clambake to breakfast with Santa to reunion. There’s something for everyone!
Last night, I met up with the Cleveland chapter of the American University alumni association. American is my law school alma mater.
Since the school is located in DC, I didn’t have much expectation of keeping up with alumni events here. However, there was a great turnout at the Treehouse happy hour and the school hopes to have more regional events to provide a connection to alums located in CLE.
Beyond just schools, other organizations offer alumni groups. For example, most fraternities and sororities have alumni associations in cities across the country.
The Cleveland chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority alumnae association has monthly events (plus a separate monthly happy hour for younger alums). The group puts on fun ladies’ nights out, as well as philanthropy events like making dinner at Ronald McDonald House.
I encourage you to see if your college, graduate school, or other organization has an active alumni group in CLE. If you’re new to CLE, these groups can provide instant connections and social outlets. When I lived in other cities, these groups were invaluable in helping me meet new people and feel a part of the town.
If you’re a CLE native, alumni groups help to keep you connected with your past. They not only strengthen and renew relationships with old friends; they also provide you with new connections too.
Are you involved with any alumni groups in the area?