Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Summer 2010

New Ways to Reach Old Friends

The MC Alumni Association is finding more ways to keep in touch with its 30,000 alumni and friends.

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The Mississippi College Alumni Association is finding more ways to keep in touch with its 30,000 alumni and friends. Facebook fan pages; MC Link, the alumni e-newsletter; and class notes posted on the association’s MC Online Community are just a few examples of how the association is using new technology to network with old friends.

“This is a trend happening all over the country,” says Ross Aven, director of alumni affairs. “The result is improved communication with alumni, no matter where those alumni are located or how they prefer to keep in touch. We’re still using some tried and true methods of communicating – for example, the Beacon – but we’re finding that newer options like Facebook pages are a quick, easy way for alumni to reconnect and plan events.”

“I consider myself to be ‘old school,’ but I see Mississippi College using new technology to communicate as a good thing,” says Gene Tullos ’64, an attorney in Smith County, Mississippi. “Every method of keeping in touch with alumni is helpful.”

For more information on the many ways to stay in touch with the MC community, contact Ross Aven at aven@mc.edu, or try the traditional approach and call him at 601.925.3228. Whether you prefer old school or new school methods, Mississippi College is always happy to hear from you.

More Ways to Keep in Touch

Alumni Website
http://alumni.mc.edu
Launched in October 2009, the Mississippi College Alumni Association website is packed with tips on how to stay connected, stay informed, and get involved.

Online Alumni Directory
http://alumni.mc.edu/directory
Each MC alumnus has a profile in the alumni directory. Profiles contain the most recent information available from the university’s records. Update your profile with your current address, phone numbers, e-mail address, and other information that makes it easy for friends to find you. You can select which items you would like to be available for other alumni to search and view.

ChoctawMail & Google Apps
http://alumni.mc.edu/choctaw_mail
The MC Alumni Association offers a bigger and better alumni e-mail option with ChoctawMail powered by Google. ChoctawMail accounts utilize Google’s web-based e-mail program, which provides users with more than seven gigabytes of storage, fast Google searches, and spam protection. ChoctawMail users receive a customized “@alumni.mc.edu” e-mail address that shows the world their status as proud alumni of Mississippi College. ChoctawMail is a benefit of the MC Alumni Association and requires registration to the alumni website.

Online Class Notes
http://alumni.mc.edu/classnotes
MC takes great pride in the achievements and success of our alumni. We encourage alumni to share their career changes and promotions, business and community recognitions, company awards, marriages, birth announcements, and other news of interest with their fellow classmates and the MC community through Alumni Class Notes. Class Notes are published online through the MC Online Community, as well as in the Beacon, the alumni magazine, and in the MC Link, the alumni e-newsletter.  

MC Link  
MC’s Alumni e-newsletter
MC Link is the e-newsletter of the MC Alumni Association. Alumni and friends who are not receiving the newsletter and would like to should email alumni affairs or update your alumni profile at http://alumni.mc.edu.

Beacon Magazine
Published twice each year, MC’s award-winning alumni magazine is packed with news about MC happenings and the accomplishments of our alumni. The Beacon is now available online with videos, on-camera interviews, in-depth details, and more web-exclusive content.

Social Media
Fan Pages
The world of social networking provides many opportunities for alumni to stay informed about MC and to connect with former classmates and the entire MC family. The Alumni Association has introduced the following Choctaw social media fan pages:

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/MSCollegeAlumni

Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/MSCollegeAlumni

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=112231

The Association encourages all alumni to create profiles on these networks and to show their support for MC by becoming fans, friends, and members of the MC Alumni Association pages.

Facebook Groups
With around 50 official MC alumni groups formed on Facebook, it’s easy to re-connect with friends and help plan events. Facebook has alumni groups for regional chapters, sports teams, classes, schools and departments, and affinity groups. You’ll find a list of MC groups at http://alumni.mc.edu/facebook_groups.  If you don’t see a group that fits your interest, feel free to start one on your own. The alumni staff will be happy to help you.

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