Event Ideas and Programming - Alumni Clubs - Alumni - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
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Club Event Ideas & Programming

General Program Features

Alumni have cited the following as desirable features of club programs:

  • Co-hosting an event with the local UNC General Alumni Association's club
  • Co-hosting an event with other local business school alumni clubs
  • Intellectual stimulation – exposure to stimulating, practical new ideas and a chance to discuss with fellow alumni and guest speakers (e.g., faculty or local business people)
  • Opportunity to establish business connections
  • Social Contacts – renewing old friendships and making new ones. This is particularly important for younger alumni and new arrivals to the area
  • Programs with a range of costs

Specific Event Ideas

Social Gatherings

  • Annual Dinner - consider a tradition of honoring a local alumnus
  • Reception or dinner with a guest speaker
  • Welcome reception for new students or new graduates
  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner roundtables – held at regular intervals
  • Wine tasting - wine shop owners are fond of events like these that help increase their customer base and are usually willing to offer discounts on purchases made that evening
  • Tours of local attractions
  • "Behind the Scene" tours - an inside contact may provide access to areas or times not open to the general public. Events range from zoos and museums to "hard hat" tours of buildings
  • Monthly social gatherings at a local bar or restaurant – bar/restaurant of the month
  • Golf or tennis tournaments

Enrichment/Continuing Education

  • Career services event led by John Worth - Director of Alumni and Executive MBA Career Services
  • Career Day program featuring alumni speakers
  • Mentor current KFBS students about careers and career opportunities
  • Assist with interviewing prospective candidates for MBA programs
  • Hold an event featuring a faculty member from KFBS - contact Alumni Affairs at 919.962.3596 to discuss
  • Local speaker who can speak on current business issue or business trend
  • Invite faculty member from local college or university to present a program of interest
  • Invite alumni to present topics such as tax reform, investment strategies, home buying, etc.

Family Events

  • BBQ picnic with games and events for children and adults
  • Group tickets to local athletic events
  • Tours of zoos, museums, etc
  • Nature walk or bike ride and picnic with families

Athletic Events

  • Big game viewing party at local bar or local alumni's house
  • Social before a UNC athletic event in your area

Community Service Events

  • Volunteer as a group for organizations such as Junior Achievement
  • Across the country Habitat for Humanity build day
  • Walk, run or bike events to raise money for a charity
  • Consider contacting a local or national community service clearinghouse to identify opportunities in your area:
  • Areas of service to consider:
    • Education - Adopt-A-School, Literacy, Mentorship, Shadowing Programs, Tutoring
    • Environment - National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Adopt-A-Highway
    • Health - Blood Drives, Fundraisers for local children's hospitals, Ronald McDonald House
    • Homelessness and Hunger - Habitat for Humanity, Local Food Banks, Food Drives, Soup Kitchens
    • Miscellaneous - Caroling, Crisis Lines, Shelters, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs