Building bridges with the IPFW Alumni Association
Sep25

Building bridges with the IPFW Alumni Association

As an alumnus and staff member at IPFW, it may be expected for me to say this, but “go ‘Dons!” I learned quite a bit about the resources available to alumni while writing this piece and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. Check it out!     Opportunities are growing for alumni! This year is a big year for IPFW, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, and the IPFW Alumni Association has big plans for the future with over 55,000 alumni out there and more on the way. The IPFW Alumni Relations’s new leadership team of Debra Boggs, Director, and Christopher Riley, Assistant Director of Membership and Affinity, are working on developing chapters for IPFW alumni who now live in other parts of the country to gather today and stay connected. Boggs, an IPFW alumna, and Riley are busy developing a beginning framework for these regional chapters, which will provide alumni with valuable networking opportunities, a sense of community, and tools to support the Alumni Association. Pilot chapters will begin in the near future for Allen County, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Mike Kanning, a founding member of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, recently began his term as President of the Board of Directors for the IPFW Alumni Association after serving with the organization in various capacities over the past decade. “I’m fortunate to be in a leadership role during the 50th anniversary of IPFW,” said Kanning. “These are times of reflection and rebirth, and I’m excited to help guide our Alumni organization through many changes.” Getting involved! Riley identified three major reasons alums get involved: To support their institution with their time, talent, treasure, and network To represent the institution positively and with pride, and To help recruit students to the university. Getting involved with the Alumni Association can be as simple as coming out to an alumni event like the annual Alumni Mastodon Roast at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center on October 7th, which will feature a hog roast, music, networking, and events for kids. Guests can still register for this event by contacting Alumni Relations, but be on the lookout for other exciting events throughout the year like IPFW’s Homecoming Celebration on January 24, 2015, the Alumni Night at the Tincaps, new Affinity Networking Events for alumni and students, and an outdoor concert with tailgating during the fall of 2015. At these events, alumni can network, see old friends, and get updates on what’s happening at IPFW. The IPFW Alumni Association invites everyone to become a member.  For one registration fee, members get both the IPFWAA membership, as well as membership from Indiana...

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