The Alumni Network Goes Virtual
The virtual alumni network has become a powerful tool for connecting with fellow graduates for personal and professional growth. Just ask Sheriff Mohammed ’02 and John Hamilton ’73, two alumni from different backgrounds, class years, and parts of the world, who ended up in Dallas, Texas. They might never have met if not for an online networking program offered by the alumni office. “I was excited to be able to mentor an RPI alumnus,” says Hamilton, “and I guess my enthusiasm rubbed off on Sheriff!” Inspired by the benefits they found in the mentoring relationship they formed, they decided to restart the Dallas alumni chapter as a way for other area alumni “to connect with each other and RPI so we can socialize and network,” as their mission statement says.
“The online networking services made all the difference, for me personally and for the new Dallas chapter,” says Mohammed. “With the resources available on @RPInet, the alumni Web community, we’ve created a chapter e-mail account, started a discussion board for our members, we register for our events online, and search the alumni database for new members.”
The Dallas Chapter now boasts a planning committee of approximately 10 members who communicate with more than 550 alumni in the Dallas area. They’ve already held several successful events, and are looking forward to planning more in the future. (Visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/si/regional.html for more information on Dallas and other alumni chapters.) And Mohammed and Hamilton have built a strong, mutually beneficial partnership based on their Rensselaer connection.
@RPInet has a full range of services for alumni seeking to connect with other graduates. The Alumni Search feature helps match alumni based on a range of criteria. You can update your contact information, and choose what you would like to have available for other alumni to see with “My Profile.” E-mail for Life provides an @alum.rpi.edu address that you can keep regardless of changes in your service provider. Online event sign-up is secure and simple. Discussion groups on a wide variety of topics exist to allow you to converse with alumni in your class, professional affinity, or chapter, or you can start your own group for your particular topic of interest. And new modules are being added all the time.
Sign up for @RPInet at https://arpinet.rpi.edu using the ID number that is printed on the mailing label of this issue of Rensselaer magazine, and join the virtual networking revolution!
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