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Is your campus doing enough to mobilize your international alumni for student recruitment? With tight recruitment budgets and increasing international student recruitment goals, building an international alumni network is a cost-effective way to tap into an often overlooked resource.
Providing perspectives from the admissions and alumni offices, presenters Anne Corriveau, Kati Reusche, and Cynthia Stenger Riplinger share best practices for building an effective and sustainable network of international alumni on your campus. Participants will learn how to address the challenges of engaging alumni as a cross-departmental effort, as well as develop an ongoing volunteer training to ensure quality and consistent messaging.
- Enhance collaboration among international admissions, alumni development, and other key offices to engage international alumni in recruitment efforts.
- Motivate a corps of dynamic international alumni to serve as authentic ambassadors for your institution in its recruitment efforts.
- Develop ongoing alumni volunteer training that ensures quality messaging and recruitment for your institution.
Anne Corriveau Boston University
Anne Corriveau is the senior associate director of international admissions at Boston University. With more than 20 years of professional experience in international admissions and international student programs, she has spent recent years managing the international undergraduate recruitment, selection, and immigration of first-year students at Boston University. Her work at Boston University also includes serving on committees with university stakeholders on issues of international student transition and success. During her tenure, she has worked with one of the largest international student populations in the United States, with students representing more than 100 countries.
Corriveau has been a panelist and workshop leader for several national and international conferences and her professional affiliations include NAFSA, OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling), and NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling).
Kati Reusche is the assistant director of alumni relations at Boston University. She began her development career in 2011, after a successful career as project manager and executive assistant to consul at the Consulate of Switzerland/Swissnex in Boston. She is enthusiastic about building sustainable international alumni networks for Boston University, organizing more than 60 events annually for the 30,000-plus alumni living outside of the United States. Reusche finds global partners among BU’s undergraduate admissions, global programs, development, and regional alumni volunteers to increase alumni engagement and giving for the university. Reusche earned a master of arts in American and German studies at the University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany.
Cynthia Stenger Riplinger
University of Oregon
Cynthia Stenger Riplinger is the assistant director for international outreach for the University of Oregon’s Alumni Association. Her areas of expertise include international educational exchange, cross-cultural communication and acclimation, second language teaching and learning, and alumni relations. Her vision is to continue to enhance connections between the University of Oregon (UO) and international alumni while supporting UO international recruitment, global student engagement, and development efforts. From 2000-2004 she worked as the assistant director of international student and scholar services (ISSS). Prior to that she worked as an assistant adviser for ISSS.
She serves on a campuswide scholarship committee to assist in selecting UO students for nationally competitive scholarships such as Fulbright, DAAD, and Boren (NSEP). An annual fall highlight is teaching “Mighty Oregon” to new international students during orientation. Riplinger was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1990-92 in the Czech Republic. She has opportunities to dabble in multiple languages with her involvement with the Eugene Opera Chorus and the Motet Singers.