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Chapter Officers Winter Training January 30, 2010 Chapter Networking Career Networking Networking with local community organizations Collaborating with professional organizations or colleges Collaborating with other local area alumni chapters Career Networking

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chapter networking
Chapter Networking
  • Career Networking
  • Networking with local community organizations
  • Collaborating with professional organizations or colleges
  • Collaborating with other local area alumni chapters
career networking
Career Networking
  • Richmond Chapter:Hokies Helping HokiesChris Vidler & Rick Curry
    • Business and career networking group for Richmond area Virginia Tech alumni
    • $5.00 charge to attend
    • Monthly meeting, weekday morning from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m.
    • Door prizes
    • Meeting attire is business casual
    • Marketed via email, website, linkedin, facebook
    • Have had as few as 12 and as many as 100 attend
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Career Networking
  • Houston Chapter:Downtown Hokie Lunch BunchMike Strickler
    • First Thursday of every month, 11:30 to 1:00
    • Professional Hokies working in downtown Houston
    • Table reserved ahead of time
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Career Networking
  • Chicago Chapter:Virginia Tech Business AllianceColeman Jones
    • Mission is to provide engaging opportunities for Chicagoland Hokies to build and strengthen their professional relationships
    • Held annually in January
    • Fee charged to cover room, appetizer and bar
    • Speaker panel
    • Structured speed networking program
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Career Networking
  • Other examples?
networking with local community organizations
Networking With Local Community Organizations
  • Alleghany Highlands Chapter:Blue/Gray BanquetBetty Lee
    • In conjunction with Rotary Club and local community college – pay no fees for location
    • Dr. Bud Robertson draws a diverse audience
    • Community college culinary department researches and prepares food
    • Provide free tickets for 10-20 students to attend
    • Money raised for chapter scholarships
    • Advertise in local paper, VTAA e-mails & mailers
    • Invite other local Virginia Tech Alumni chapters
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Networking With Local Community Organizations
  • Fredericksburg Chapter:Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Candlelight TourBetty Lee
    • Community service event assisting Historic Fredericksburg Foundation
    • Volunteers worked shifts manning road barricades
    • Volunteers received one free ticket & discount on additional tickets
    • Event was followed by chapter holiday party
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Networking With Local Community Organizations
  • Rockbridge Chapter:Rockbridge Community FestivalBetty Lee
    • Chapter hosted booth at local community festival
    • Provided opportunity to promote Virginia Tech Alumni Association
    • Networking opportunity with other organizations that were involved in the festival
collaborating with professional organizations vt colleges
Collaborating With Professional Organizations & VT Colleges
  • Western North Carolina Chapter:Jack Davis Speaker EventMark Tokay
    • Jack Davis, dean of College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech
    • Worked with American Institute of Architects to host and promote the event
    • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks served
    • $5.00 fee per person (suggested contribution)
    • Event was also chapter’s holiday party
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Collaborating With Professional Organizations & VT Colleges
  • Houston Chapter:Houston Area Geosciences Support Group (HAVTGSG)Mike Strickler
    • Formed to complement the VT Geosciences Alumni Relations Committee (ARC)
    • Worked with Geosciences Department to host alumni dinners in Houston
    • Setup visits for Virginia Tech geosciences students at oil and gas exploration companies
collaborating with other local area alumni chapters
Collaborating With Other Local Area Alumni Chapters
  • South Florida Chapter:ACC Basketball Kickoff Event at Finnegan’s on the RiverEric McClellan
    • Hosted by Miami Seminole Club in conjunction with local ACC alumni chapters and clubs
    • VT vs. FSU Men’s Basketball game at 6:00 p.m.
    • All day event, $10 per person (children free)
    • Games and raffles throughout the day
    • Prizes awarded to alumni chapters with most contest wins and best attendance
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Collaborating With Other Local Area Alumni Chapters
  • San Antonio Chapter:Softball Team in San Antonio Alumni LeagueJosh Burnheimer
    • Advertise via word of mouth and chapter list-serv
    • Recruited some other non-Hokies to fill roster spots
    • Will resume in Spring 2010
programming for alumni with varied interests
Programming for Alumni with Varied Interests
  • Engaging young alumni
  • Engaging older alumni
  • Family-oriented programming
engaging young alumni
Engaging Young Alumni
  • Richmond Chapter:Hokie Hump Day Happy HoursChris Vidler and Rick Curry
    • Held the first Wednesday of every month
    • Drink specials and hors d’ouevres
    • All Richmond area Hokies invited
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Engaging Young Alumni
  • Chattanooga Chapter:Hokies Old & New PicnicCorrine Woods
    • All Chattanooga area Hokies and their families are invited
    • $5.00 per person + bring covered dish
    • Hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks included in cover charge
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Engaging Young Alumni
  • Other examples?
engaging older alumni
Engaging Older Alumni
  • Fredericksburg Chapter:Wine Tasting Bus TourBetty Lee
    • Northern Neck Wine Tour, Tasting, and Tutorial
    • $50 fee includes motor coach travel, box lunch, private tours, wine tastings, light picnic fare on the bus
    • Have had Extension Agents speak on the last 2 tours
    • Contact Mark Steele for more
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Engaging Older Alumni
  • Charlotte Chapter:Pops in the ParkBill Smith
    • Free event held every Sunday in June by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
    • One Sunday is selected for “Hokie Day”
    • Choose common meeting location, use balloons to mark the spot
    • Participants bring chairs and blankets and are invited to bring food and beverages to share
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Engaging Older Alumni
  • National Capital Region Chapter:Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center – Kambiz Rahnavardy
    • Shen Yun Performing Arts – Performance of traditional Chinese dancing and music
    • 10% discount for Virginia Tech alumni and a chance to meet the cast
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Engaging Older Alumni
  • Other examples?
family oriented programming
Family-Oriented Programming
  • Las Vegas Chapter:Las Vegas 51s Baseball Game and Tailgate – Susan Meacham
    • Las Vegas minor league baseball team
    • Tailgate event prior to the game
    • Activities during the game for the whole family
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Family-Oriented Programming
  • Chattanooga Chapter:Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Hokie Holiday Social Corrine Woods
    • Exclusive ride aboard vintage, coal burning train
    • Four-course meal served in dining car
    • Stop at nearby town for holiday shopping
    • $80 fee includes ride and dinner
    • Total train time – about 2 hours
other questions
Other questions?
  • Chapter Resources:

  • Chapter Officers Group on the Hokie Nation Network… join us!