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Storytime – Duke Syrian Refugees

storytime DUKE STUDENT AIDING SYRIAN REFUGEES By MAX LEISTEN “Needs” don’t have to be super long (although we do recommend a proven formula for getting help) if you’re concise. The below is a great example for this – but more…

Alumni are too busy

Why networking platforms are plateauing (1 of 5) Your alumni are too busy By MAX LEISTEN In the first post of my “your networking platform is not dead, but it’s not alive either” series, I reviewed that alumni already have…

Storytime – Michigan Econ Musician

storytime MICHIGAN FINANCE MAJOR PURSUING HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC By MAX LEISTEN It’s pretty hard to “find our calling.” Most of us never do (I was fortunate enough to be able to “jump” into Protopia). It takes courage, persistence, mentorship,…

Practitioner Perspective – Samantha Varner

practitioner perspective Samantha Varner Cal State Northridge By RYAN CATHERWOOD Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Samantha Varner, Director of Alumni Engagement at California State University – Northridge (CSUN).  I asked Samantha to share with our…

Storytime – SIU Florist

storytime ASPIRING SIU FIRST-GEN STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR LOOKING FOR HELP REVITALIZING HER COMMUNITY By MAX LEISTEN Universities are gold mines of good will, social capital that can enable meaningful outcomes for alumni, students, faculty and even staff. I often share stories…

Happy Alumniween 2021!

What scares alumni teams Happy Alumniween! By MAX LEISTEN The scariest day of the year is upon us so I thought it may be a good time to admit that even alumni pro’s can be frightened. Here’s our Top 10…

Alumni have too many apps already

Why networking platforms are plateauing (1 of 5) Your alumni already have too many apps By MAX LEISTEN We’re drowning in apps. Microsoft offers over 35 million apps through its online store, Google about 3.5 million, and Apple about 2.2…