It's that time again. Alumni professionals interested in alumni education should register now to attend the 2008 Minary Conference on Alumni Education.
From October 5th to 8th, educators and programmers from a wide variety of institutions will convene for the 20th consecutive year at Stanford's beautiful Sierra Camp in Northern California (close to South Lake Tahoe). This year's conference chair, Laura Gobbi of Mills College, says Minary is "the preeminent resource for alumni education professionals to exchange information and discover new ideas."
She may be selling it short.
It's really the only resource that covers on-campus education for alumni, regional faculty events, book clubs, reunion learning experiences, alumni colleges, online enrichment, travel/study and more. And it does it in a way that allows participants to become part of a close-knit community that extends beyond the physical meeting, to year-round exchanges on the Minary listserv (email discussion group).
The participants at Minary come from large institutions and small ones, public and private, institutions with long-standing commitments to alumni education and those seeking to begin such programming... Some are newcomers and some veterans, and many return to Minary year after year. This year's agenda covers an assortment of programming including strategic planning, collaborating with faculty, measuring success, and managing risks in travel programs.
Registration is now (early bird deadline is August 29th). Sign up using the registration link below.
Note on pricing: the Minary Conference cost includes lodging and meals — there are no additional hotel charges or meal costs during the conference.
Minary Facebook group. Join, post, and discuss.
Minary-L listserv connects you via email with alumni education pros.
And in case you're wondering, it's pronounced: min-AIR-y.
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