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Symposium Series

September 2, 2020 - May 31, 2021

Hear from alumni association staff and university partners as we discuss ways to engage alumni and friends.

We’ll review best practices and available resources, introduce new programmatic ideas for club and society volunteers all year long.

September 16 – Meet the Class of 2024


Get to Know the Class of 2024! from Ohio State on Vimeo.

October and November – Pre-recorded sessions

Stay tuned for the following presentations:

Strategy Planning: Dave Turkaleski and Julie Fridley

Board Lifecycle and Governance: Colin Veatch and Tina Pierce from USG

Data Decisions: Claire Badger and Skye Wanstrath

Using and Collecting Data to Grow and Retain Membership from Ohio State on Vimeo.

Upcoming sessions

  • Digital Fundraising: Megan Murphy and Kristin Oliphant and SSP and Dance alums

October 9 at 3 p.m. ET – Club and Society Leadership Symposium live session

  • Meet the Alumni Association’s senior leadership team, including new President/CEO Molly Ranz Calhoun
  • Recognize our 2020 Club and Society Award Winners
  • Regional breakout discussions
  • Discover best practices for virtual programming

Download a transcript of the Q&A session.

October 13 at 7 p.m. – Alumni Scholars Program updates (clubs only)

Join Leslie Smith to learn about changes to the Ohio State Alumni Scholars Program for the coming year. Leslie will review the application, the application process, and provide updates from the university. New information and directives will be discussed.

October 27 – Club and Society Roundtables on Zoom

Large Alumni Population/Large Alumni Membership – This roundtable is geared for those volunteers whose club or society has a large alumni population in their geographic area, within their constituent program or has a large membership base.  Topics will be generated by the volunteers.  To register Click Here. Facilitated by Maggie Sweeney, Lead REO and Michelle Thomas, ARO for the College of Pharmacy

Programming – What is working and what is not working? This roundtable will focus on sharing best practices for successful events (virtual & in-person), discuss strategies on how you are engaging young and new alumni, share some event failures, and connect with other alumni groups to collaborate on an event. Facilitated by Craig Little, Director-Alumni Engagement and Madey Khurma, ARO for the College of Arts & Sciences

Wednesday, October 28 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Small Alumni Population – This roundtable is geared for those volunteers whose club or society has a small alumni population in their geographic area, within their constituent program or has a small membership base.  Topics will be generated by the volunteers.  Facilitated by Julie Fridley, Society Liaison and Jessie Crawford, Alumni Relations Officer for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Society

Ohio Alumni Clubs – This roundtable will focus on the opportunities and challenges Ohio clubs have with Ohio State being in their backyard.  In a follow-up from the roundtable in September, we will discuss ways on how Ohio Clubs can work together, share ideas and learn from each other.  Facilitated by REOs Tyler Gagai and Colin Veatch

November 17 – Membership and compelling communications

Looking to learn ways to make the most out of your dues based club/society membership program? Interested in adopting a donation-based membership? Join us this discussion on how to recruit, best practices to promote and market to your constituents, and how to show the value of membership with Craig Little, Director of Alumni Engagement and Josh Samuels, Regional Alumni Communication Manager.



December 8 – A Conversation with Ohio State President Kristina Johnson and Alumni Association President/CEO Molly Ranz Calhoun

An hour-long conversation and Q&A session will take place from 3–4 p.m. EST, on December 8. Registration is now open. Register online. You will have an opportunity to submit a question when you register.

This session is open to all current alumni club and society volunteers.

January 26 – Club and Society collaboration

Now that we’re all exploring virtual events, it’s never been easier to partner with other alumni groups! In this webinar session, hear some best practices from alumni association and college staff and learn about some successful collaborations that our clubs and societies have done this year from representatives of those groups.


February 9 – Fireside chat with Dr. Moore, ODI and OAA and Larry Williamson (Hale Center)

Our February Fireside Chat will explore issues of racial & social justice efforts here at The Ohio State University and will feature Dr. James L. Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer and Larry Williamson, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moore and Mr. Williamson will discuss the diversity and inclusion efforts here at the university, how Black Lives Matter has impacted their efforts, and how diversity and inclusion initiatives will influence the university over the years to come.

March 9 – Communication updates and best practices

At this webinar, we’ll focus on updates and best practices from our Advancement Communications team. Join Brooke Hawkins and Aaron Green as they help you with your communication needs.

During this open conversation, you’ll learn about:

• Background information on why we have the current project timelines
• The importance of providing as much information as possible when submitting a request via Workfront
• The data and audience benefits of sending your emails through our services
• How to keep your website robust and relevant
• Audience segmentation and how this can help you strategize for future events/communications
• New trends in communications

There will be time for Q&A so be sure to bring questions for Brooke and Aaron.


May 6 at 3 p.m. ET – Fireside chat with Dr. Melissa Shivers, Vice President for Student Life

Our featured guests for this event will be Dr. Melissa Shivers, Senior Vice President for Student Life, and Molly Ranz Calhoun, CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association.  During this one-hour program, Dr. Shivers will discuss her experience leading our Student Life office, the challenges imposed by COVID-19, and how the university student experience has evolved over the years.


TBD – Inherent Bias Guidance for Groups with Kirwan and Office of Inclusive Equity

Based on availability. More information to come.


September 2, 2020
May 31, 2021