CHS President's Handbook 2013

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Cornell Hotel Society-Chapter President's Handbook STAY IN TOUCH PROGRAM The "Stay in Touch" program is the Society's outreach to new graduates of the Hotel School as they become integrated into the workforce. It helps individuals transition from being students to becoming alumni. Our mission is to welcome our new graduates to the area, involve them in local Chapter events, be available to answer questions, and increase the value of the Society to strengthen the bond between those classmates, other alumni, and the School. CHS has always enjoyed an exceptional reputation among college alumni groups and its members enthusiastically support the School of Hotel Administration. This reputation comes from the connectivity among alumni over the years, the scholarship funds they have raised, and the many Chapter events that bring alumni together to socialize, learn, and network. These important elements provide value to our alumni. However, in the age of fast-paced electronic connectivity, the bonds connecting Hotel School grads, the School, and the Society are even more important. This program has been created to prevent our new graduates from dropping through the cracks. Support from all of our CHS leadership in the Chapters, regions, and at the national level is crucial in order to succeed. Steps: 1. The University no longer allows the alumni office to solicit future contact information from graduating seniors. This information will be collected in different ways, if possible and then sent to Chapter Presidents within six months. 2. Chapters will designate a "buddy" or "buddies" within their Chapter or on their Board to contact the graduates coming to their area. More buddies will be required for Chapters receiving larger numbers of new graduates. These ambassadors are asked to welcome new alumni: • Phone or email graduates to welcome them to the area. • Offer assistance, answer questions, and/or invite to meet for coffee or drinks. • Invite graduates to the next Chapter event. Consider subsidizing a new alum's first event, if there is a fee associated with attendance. Planning a summer event is a nice way to introduce new graduates and begin to connect them with other alumni. • Follow up periodically to see how new graduates are doing. 3. In the Fall semester, request updated lists from the Alumni Affairs office. Information on new graduates should now be available in the Alumni Directory and hopefully any of those who did not provide information during spring or summer will appear on new lists. Page | 37

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