As we review the dean’s third-year accomplishments this week, we must include the expansion of alumni events and networking opportunities. Let’s highlight three activities that are growing in popularity:
2nd Annual Night of Nursing: A BYU Nursing Reunion in your Community
In an effort to help nursing alumni across the country stay connected to the college while also learning of other nursing individuals in their own communities (for support and networking), the BYU College of Nursing alumni board offered the annual Night of Nursing: A BYU Nursing Reunion in your Community last March.
This event invited nursing alumni and friends to join in small groups around the nation to learn about current college happenings, network, and reminisce about university experiences. Locations included Utah (Provo, Orem, Sandy, Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake, Farmington), California (Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego), Nevada (Las Vegas, Henderson), Arizona (Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert), Boise, Denver, Colorado Springs, Houston, Minneapolis, and Charlotte.
If you would like to host a small group in your home on March 3, 2016—send a message to email@example.com. If you would like to attend, visit nursing.byu.edu (after January 20, 2016) to find a nursing reunion in your community.
Semi-annual Speed Networking Luncheon
In February the Alumni Board created a new networking opportunity for alumni and students—our “speed networking” version of Take a BYU Cougar to Lunch. Similar to “speed dating” where individuals rotate among other participants every few minutes, our luncheon had alumni changing tables each course of the meal (about every 10 minutes).
This free event included 32 non-faculty alumni and 74 students. The luncheon was well-received and most had a great time (some did not want to rotate as they enjoyed visiting with each other so much). Plan now to attend our next event on campus, which will occur during Homecoming week on October 9 (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate).
Annual Alumni Board-sponsored Women’s Conference Luncheon
The College of Nursing alumni board sponsors a luncheon each year for alumni and friends of the college that are attending the first day of Women’s Conference. This activity allows participants to avoid long meal lines, enjoy a free lunch, and meet new nursing friends (or become reacquainted with past ones).
This year more than 105 alumni, students and friends had the chance to visit and chat with one another. We plan to do this again next year on April 28. Even if you are not attending the conference, but will be in the Provo area—please come and enjoy our company. Attendees also receive a unique college-logo promotional item as a gift for participating in the event.