Alumni Networks are a great way for alumni to stay engaged with their alma mater, maintain and build new relationships with fellow alumni and represent Embry-Riddle in their local communities. Embry-Riddle has alumni networks in major cities across the globe, which collectively host close to 100 alumni events each year. The university also has affinity networks that are virtual and meet for reunions during homecoming.
Each network is encouraged to sponsor at least three events per year within the following categories:
- Educational: These events can range from a tour of a local company/airport or a guest speaker presentation on an industry-related topic, to an “Eagle in Action” event, where network members showcase their businesses.
- Social Networking: These events can include networking receptions, picnics, brunches/dinners sightseeing cruises, historic area walking tours, visits to museums, etc.
- Community Service: During the month of November each year, all alumni networks and individuals are encouraged to volunteer to make a difference in their local communities. Participants are asked to upload their photos to social media with the hashtag #EaglesHelp.
- Encourage alumni and friends of Embry-Riddle to maintain an active interest in the university.
- Serve as a vehicle to welcome new alumni to your area.
- Provide opportunities for social interaction, business networking and personal growth.
- Encourage alumni to function as informal recruiters of prospective students to Embry-Riddle.
- Develop relationships between Embry-Riddle students and alumni through mentoring programs, speaking engagements, and/or promoting job and internship opportunities.
- Promote a spirit of philanthropy among alumni for their alma mater, be it of their time, talent or treasure.
Event Invitation/Communications (eBlasts)
The Embry-Riddle Alumni Association manages all event electronic invitations. For planning purposes, Network Leaders must complete the eblast request form at least three to four weeks in advance.
Alumni, current students, staff, faculty and parents of students/alumni are all invited to alumni events. Alumni networks should work with their local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campuses to invite current students to their network events. For a list of Worldwide Campus sites visit worldwide.erau.edu.
Network Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities
- The leader is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and resides in the network’s geographic area.
- The network leader is the primary contact with Alumni Association staff regarding network events and activities.
- Should a network leader’s schedule change and he/she can no longer serve as in this capacity, he/she must notify the Alumni Association office immediately.
- The leader coordinates all communication efforts, including invitations, emails, and website updates with the Alumni Association office.
- The leader represents the needs and interests of the Embry-Riddle alumni community in his/her region.
- The leader must follow Alumni Association data management protocol and submit a signed confidentiality agreement.
- The leader should place the welfare of Embry-Riddle and its alumni above any perceived or material personal gain; avoid conflicts of interest; take responsibility for his/her decisions; and treat colleagues, alumni and the general public with courtesy and respect.
Q: Who can be a member of an Alumni Network?
A: Anyone who graduated or who has alumni status (with at least 24 earned credits and in good academic and professional standing) from any of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campuses can be a member.
Q: Can people who never attended ERAU attend a network event?
A: Yes. Oftentimes a network’s events may draw interest from local aviation industry professionals, or the parent of a prospective or current student. Anyone who feels a strong loyalty to Embry-Riddle and its mission is welcome to attend alumni network events.
Q: How does a network leader communicate to alumni in their network?
A: The Alumni Association manages all email communications/invitations for planned events. Network leaders are encouraged to use social media to post events and to post event updates in their network's Facebook group. They may also communicate directly with their existing network members.
Q: Will the Alumni Association send a representative to our events?
A: A representative from the Alumni Association will attend all large-scale events (those surrounding national trade/air shows and conventions), and some local events, as the Alumni Association budget allows.
Q: Can networks create a Facebook group or page?
A: Network will be permitted to create a Facebook group or page, but
they are asked to work with the Alumni Association to do so. The ERAU Alumni
Association has a fan page. The Alumni Association uses this page to broadcast
the Alumni Association’s message, events, and noteworthy news to its alumni
base. However, we utilize Facebook as a platform to reach alumni and bring them
back to the official ERAU Alumni website. The Alumni Association asks that each network do the same.
Q: Can networks charge dues to build revenue for the network ?
A: No. Because the Embry-Riddle Alumni Association is a non-dues-paying association, its networks are not able to collect dues.
Q: How do I send out an event invitation?
A: Network leaders must complete an eblast request form at least six weeks before their planned event. This will ensure that the Alumni Association’s communications team has enough time to build the event invitation email (eblast) and a registration page. This will also give alumni enough advance notice to attend the event.
Q: Does the Embry-Riddle Alumni Association Fund Network Events?
A: On a case-by-case basis the Alumni Association reviews each organized network event and its budget, and determines the level of funding needed to make it a success. Network leaders are encouraged to collect fees from participants to pay for event activities.