Alumni with Scotty the Bear
January 31, 2020

Calling all Highlanders

Alumni census will help tailor future programs

Author: Imran Ghori
January 31, 2020

UC Riverside is encouraging its estimated 120,000 graduates to take part in the campus’ first-ever Alumni Roll Call.

Starting Feb. 1, all alumni are being asked to fill out an online form that takes about 10 minutes to complete. The Roll Call is UCR’s version of a census, seeking updated contact information and asking questions about what events, activities, career resources, and volunteer opportunities appeal to alumni. 

The first 2,500 participants will receive a $10 Visa gift card, plus have a chance to win free hotel stays, museum tickets, private VIP tours, or a $600 dining card to the Barn.

The month-long survey is open to those with and without degrees, including all who completed a certificate course through UCR University Extension or attended UCR for at least three quarters.

“Their participation will ensure UCR has the most up-to-date and complete contact information and help us understand how they would like to get involved and help shape an exciting new slate of Highlander alumni events, networking opportunities, and career services,” said Jorge Ancona, assistant vice chancellor for Alumni Engagement.

The university wants to know where its alumni are and how they’re doing, he said. It will use the information to develop new alumni programs and refine how best to communicate with them. 

Ancona said the campus wants to make sure alumni — especially first-generation students — are aware of the range of resources and opportunities available to them long after they’ve finished their studies.

They include networking, career conferences, campus events, and job search tools. Alumni are also encouraged to meet with fellow Highlanders for social events, volunteering, or to advocate on behalf of UCR.

After the results are gathered and analyzed, the university will share its plans for future programming and services.

“UCR wants an engaged, life-long relationship with our alumni,” said Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor of University Advancement. “Only by asking for feedback can we create relevant activities, communications, and opportunities that promote pride in the university and enrich the lives of our graduates.”

All surveys received by Feb. 29 from U.S. residents will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 prizes, such as tickets to San Diego Comic-Con International, private tours of the Los Angeles Zoo or Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and free hotel nights in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, or the Riverside Mission Inn. 

Click here for complete prize information, including official sweepstakes rules

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