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Connect with fellow alumni leaders and enjoy time together as we learn ways to strengthen the entities of the Samford University Alumni Association and grow as leaders.  Topics discussed during the conference include ways for alumni leaders to serve as advocates for Admission and Athletics, best practices for social media, ideas to grow the alumni community in your city, and much more!  Boards, chapters and clubs will have a time to meet with one another to discuss ideas pertaining specifically to each entity of the Samford University Alumni Association.

Bring your families!  So many activities are available throughout Birmingham for families to enjoy while alumni leaders are attending the conference.  Mark your calendar for the Samford Family Dinner on campus on Friday, June 24, where we will be joined by Randy Pittman, vice president for University Advancement.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, June 24

SUAA Leadership Conference Check-In

1:30 - 2 p.m.
Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center Atrium - Second Floor

Conference attendees are encouraged to check in to collect all items needed for the conference. Refreshments will be provided

Welcome

2 p.m.
Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center Atrium - Second Floor

We will begin the conference with a brief welcome from alumni leaders and University Advancement.

Alumni Sessions

Alumni are invited to attend 2 sessions.
Session 1: 2:30-3 p.m. | Session 2: 3:15-3:45 p.m.

Support Samford’s Office of Admission as Alumni Advocates

Brian Kennedy, Assistant Dean, Office of Admission
Ingalls Hall, Presentation Room 118
2:30-3 p.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m.

Be informed about the strategy for recruiting students to Samford University as well as ways alumni can support the Office of Admission in these efforts as alumni advocates.

Strategies to Lead Effective Meetings

Jewel Littleton, President Emeritus of the Samford Black Alumni Association, Samford Overseer
Orlean Beeson School of Education, 232/233
2:30-3 p.m.

Interested in learning more about ways to lead effective meetings? Join this session for ideas and tools to keep meetings moving forward while ensuring all participants are involved and engaged.

Steps to Increase Alumni Engagement in Your Community

Stephen Dillard, President Emeritus of the Samford University Alumni Association, Samford Overseer
Chris George, President of the Young Alumni Board of Birmingham, SUAA Executive Council Member
Pete Hanna Center, 2020
2:30-3 p.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m.

Discover tips and ideas to help increase alumni engagement in your communities. Hear testimonials from current alumni leaders. There will also be a roundtable discussion to share success stories, propose challenges, and brainstorm ideas.

Best Practices for Effective Communication and Social Media

Lauren Marino, Social Media Manager, Samford University
Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center, The Rotunda Club, Marion Room
3:15-3:45

Discover tools and strategies for effective communication and social media as an alumnus or alumna leader of SUAA. This session will be especially valuable for alumni leaders serving on communication committees and/or social media coordinator roles.

Break

3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Take a moment for a break between alumni sessions. There will be refreshments available in the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center Atrium.

Campus Tour

4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Check out the newly renovated University Center as well as other recently updated areas of campus. Anyone that is interested in taking the tour can meet in the atrium of the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center. Samford Ambassadors will begin this walking tour at 4:15.

Samford Alumni and Families Dinner

6 - 8 p.m.
Brock School of Business, Regions Community Resource Room and Terrace, Fourth Floor

Join us for a family-friendly dinner with all alumni leaders and families. Randy Pittman, vice president for University Advancement, will join us as the keynote speaker. Alumni attending the conference are encouraged to bring their families to this event.

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Saturday, June 25

Breakfast Available in The Rotunda Club

8 - 8:45 a.m.
The Rotunda Club

Group Meeting – Forever Samford Campaign Recap

9 - 9:45 a.m.
Pete Hanna Center, Room 1125

Join Randy Pittman, Vice President for University Advancement, and Rhonda White, Senior Director for Philanthropy and Engagement, for a recap of the Forever Samford Campaign and a glimpse of what’s next.

Break

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Alumni Sessions

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Meet affinity areas with the Samford University Alumni Association to brainstorm ideas, share success stories, discuss challenges, and grow together as alumni leaders within SUAA.

Note: Alumni leaders representing a chapter, club or board on the SUAA Executive Council are encouraged to meet with their chapter, club or board alumni session.

Regional Alumni Chapters

Orlean Beeson School of Education, Room 126

Regional Alumni Clubs

Orlean Beeson School of Education, Room 230

Samford Black Alumni Association

Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center, Marion Room

Samford University Alumni Association Executive Council

Orlean Beeson School of Education, Room 232

Young Alumni Boards

Pete Hanna Center, Room 1125

Break

10:45 - 11 a.m.

Lunch and Learn, Samford Athletics in Your City

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Pete Hanna Center, Coca-Cola Hospitality Suite, Room 2020

Enjoy lunch together with all alumni leaders attending the conference. We will be joined by Martin Newton, Director of Athletics, to share about ways to support Samford Athletics in your city.

Group Meeting – Next Steps for the Samford University Alumni Association

12 - 1 p.m.
Pete Hanna Center, Coca-Cola Hospitality Suite, Room 2020

As we close the SUAA Leadership Conference, we will hear from Alumni Association leaders about the vision for the Samford University Alumni Association moving forward. We will also reflect on ideas and thoughts from attendees as the conference concludes.

Golf at Vestavia Country Club

2 p.m.

Randy Pittman, Vice President for University Advancement, will host alumni leaders that would like to play golf after the conference. If interested, email dbmize@samford.edu by Friday, June 17.