Is your group stuck for a new programming idea or event for the summer? Maybe you should consider events to recognize two “new” populations—incoming students and new alumni.
A great way to start building Penn State pride is by having a student sendoff for incoming freshmen before they leave in the fall. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or hold a large event. A small lunch, picnic, or cookout is an easy way to show these students and their families that Penn Staters really do care and to let them know about the activities of the local chapter. To request a list of incoming students please visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/groups/volunteer/sendoff.htm. You’ll also find programming tips and helpful suggestions for a successful event. Please request your data as early as possible so you’ll have plenty of time to plan.
If your group has been doing student sendoffs for a few years, you may have an opportunity to see those students again by hosting a reception for new alumni. Each chapter will soon be receiving a list of new alumni in its area. Plan a special event to recognize these young alumni and get them involved early. You may also want to consider giving them a discount on your group’s dues for the first year. These alumni will be eager to find a way to connect with Penn State that is easy, affordable, and fun. If you would like to have extra materials such as Alumni Association membership applications, fact books, or football schedules, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to post your student sendoffs, new alumni receptions, and other events on our Web site at http://www.alumni.psu.edu/events/.