Alumni relations recently showed up somewhere you might not expect to see it - or rather, to hear it: on the airwaves.
Two chief alumni executives, Gary Olsen (Villanova) and Matt Borowick (Seton Hall) were interviewed on satellite radio as guests on the Martha Stewart Network's show Making A Living. The host of the show is Villanova alumna Maggie Mistal, a certified career coach, and the show was billed as:
The power of connection, how to use your alumni network to the fullest, with Big East Alumni Directors Gary Olsen and Matthew Borowick.
Gary and Matt were on the air for about 30 minutes and the show was broadcast live from New York City - from the same building where Howard Stern broadcasts his show (although, says Gary, "we did not see Howard!").
As part of the program the two AR professionals discussed alumni association programs that help students and alumni develop their professional networks (e.g., networking events, online communities, and mentoring programs). They also discussed the importance and value of being engaged with one's alumni association. Finally, Matt and Gary talked about their respective career paths and how they each found their way into the alumni relations profession.
What's next? Podcasting about alumni relations? Web radio? A cable TV show? Some of us are doubtless that our office during the week before reunions would generate enough material for a reality show. However, in the absence of a public interest in whatever the rest of the world thinks we do in AR, it is likely we'll be seeing more news and information about corporate alumni networks.
But that's another topic for another blog posting.