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SEHS Alumni Story Project

About the project

We are launching a new initiative called the OU SEHS Alumni Interview Project. This project will pair current students with alumni to have a conversation surrounding the alumnus/a’s OU experiences: college program and activities, favorite memories, why they chose OU, and what they believe makes SEHS special.

This is not a fundraising activity. At no time will we ask alumni for a financial donation. This is an opportunity for SEHS alumni to share college stories or perceptions and to meet the young people who are following in their footsteps.

The input alumni provide will be invaluable to us as we set long-term institutional goals and continue to improve on the student experience. After the interviews are complete, we will share with you what we have learned and how that information comes to shape the School’s future.

Q&A

What will OU do with these stories?
OU wants to know about alumni’s perceptions of OU, how OU gave them the foundation to launch their careers, and how OU alumni are making an impact at work and in their communities.

The president, deans, and faculty don’t have the bandwidth to have these kind of in-depth conversations with alumni on a large scale. Therefore, student interviewers are serving as OU’s arms, legs and ears.

By using students, OU can reach hundreds of alumni quickly and easily. It’s also a chance for alumni to hear first-hand about what’s going on at OU from a student’s perspective.

The information gathered from the interviews will be used by:

  • Administration to set ambitious long-term university goals and strategic plans
  • Alumni Relations to design better alumni engagement programs
  • University Marketing & Communications to look at the effectiveness of their social media outreach and communications activities
  • School Deans to hear more about where their graduates are working and what they’re doing professionally
  • Admissions to tell prospective students about the careers and activities alumni pursue

Will I see my OU story used anywhere for promotional purposes?
If the OU Communications and Marketing department or Alumni Relations decides it would like to feature your story in some publicity activities, they will reach out to you directly. Nothing will be used without your permission first.

Should I expect a follow-up letter or call from OU?
OU will assemble and share a final report about the interview findings and how the information is being used by the university.

Why did I get picked for this project?
OU selects alumni with post-graduation participation history and close proximity to the university and its student interviewers.

For questions on the OU SEHS Alumni Interview Project, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Stephanie Lawrence at (248) 370-4233 or lawrence@oakland.edu.