Imagine standing in the woods and having two paths to select from. One freshly groomed, and the other overgrown and mysterious. This semester, I chose the overgrown one.
I decided to run for executive board for my sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. I wanted the vice president of public relations position, but ended up not being elected for the spot, so I decided to run for vice president of alumni relations and I got it.
The only problem was, that position was known for having little work to do. I didn’t want that. I wanted to be challenged and leave an impact on the chapter. I was determined to be the best vice president of alumni relations the chapter had ever seen.
I started the year off by meeting with my president to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming semester and set goals.
I created a newsletter, got an alumni to come to one of our meetings to share his experience with the active members, created a document listing which alumni work for which corporate partner and most importantly updated the alumni database.
This is where all of the alumni information is stored. Our chapter has not had the best alumni engagement lately and I figured out why after I started the position. All the contact information was four and a half years outdated. I started emailing, Facebook messaging and LinkedIn messaging alumni so I could get their contact information to bring them back in the loop with the chapter.
This is important because I’m sure none of the alumni want to be cut off from a chapter they gave so much to. I know I won’t want to when I go alum. I also helped give this position more life and started building it up more for future position holders to come.