Kalamazoo College’s new, improved alumni directory makes it very easy to stay in touch and make new friends, across generations and affinities. The directory is as good as the information in it, so don't wait to update.

SuperConnectivity

irectoryArtIn the fall the Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB) announced several improvements to the Alumni Directory.

You can now more easily: CONNECT and COMMUNICATE with classmates and friends; FIND K alumni in your area (with map view!) by searching a variety of criteria; MAKE new business connections; BE a resource to Hornet students and other alumni; and DOWNLOAD electronic contact cards to update your personal address books.

WOW! With that array of capabilities it’s not surprising that AAEB members are early adopters of the directory. Here are some of the ways some of us have used it.

I recently used the name search to find the email addresses of my former interns and download their contact cards to add right into my address book. I wanted to share some business news with them since they were a major part of building my company. But I only had their old student email addresses, outdated since their graduation. Finding their current addresses was no problem, thanks to the alumni directory.

AAEB President Alexandra (Foley) Altman ’97 spoke to a K faculty member with plans to attend a seminar in Philadelphia. Betcha former majors in that professor’s department would love to chat! So Alexandra used the directory to locate such alumni living in the Philly area and to invite them to a casual get together with the professor at her hotel.

AAEB Secretary Kirsten Browne Bradford ’92 used the new map feature to find fellow alums that studied in France and/or ran cross country—first step of a planned meet-up in the Detroit area. Kirsten wanted to find people who share a specific K experience (or two) to reminisce and make new friends.

Other AAEB members have searched for alumni to network in their field when moving to a new area. Some have applied the messaging feature to send personal invitations for Hornet Happy Hours. One member used the directory to connect with an old K roommate.

Great uses depend on great info. The Alumni Directory is as good as the information in it. Please take a moment to update your own directory entry. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Go to the directory at kzoo.edu/alumnidirectory and log in to your account. You can click on the “Forgot ID/Password” link if you need to retrieve your login information.

2. Select the “Update Profile” link to edit or add to the information in your profile. You can even sync your profile with LinkedIn to quickly update your information, and you can choose the level of information you share with others.

3. Click on the “Update” button at the bottom of the screen to ensure that your updates are saved.

Whenever you change locations or jobs, be sure to go back into the system and update your profile with the new information. You can even use your update visit as an opportunity to do a search of your own.

And keep the AAEB in mind. We would love to know how you have used the directory to make connections. Is there anything else we can do to make connecting with other alumni (and students) easier? Send us your story or suggestions. In the meantime, we hope you will use the directory to expand your K connections—by networking, catching up with old friends, classmates, or team members, or making yourself available to mentor students.

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