So you have an interest in organizing a get-together with your IUP friends, some of whom you haven’t seen or talked to in quite some time? Great! How do you find out where they are living now? How do you get in touch with them? When and where do you hold the reunion? What kinds of events and activities should be planned? How do you make sure that there is a good turnout? How do you begin and what do you need to do?
These are frequently asked questions of individuals and groups who are interested in organizing an IUP reunion. This website has been shaped to answer some of these questions and provide a path for reunion organizers, like you, to follow.
An IUP reunion happens when IUP friends come together after having been separated for some time. Reunions might involve your classmates or people who lived with you in a residence hall, who played a sport with you, who belonged to the same club or society, or who have no connection other than just being your friends while at IUP.
Like many IUP reunions, your gathering might take place at IUP, but it might also occur at a southern resort, at a restaurant, or at someone’s home. While being back at campus can add an important dimension to a reunion, it is important to remember that IUP reunions can occur anywhere and at any time, and with any number of people, great or few.
A successful reunion happens when the attendees leave the reunion with a positive feeling about the experience. Participants get to see friends, professors, etc., and recall fond memories together. When there is a good turnout, people get to see who they really want to see. There is nothing worse than coming to a reunion and either very few or none of your friends are there.
Yes! Once you have decided to organize a reunion, the Office of Alumni Relations is ready to help you with your reunion planning. We have staff members who will work with you and your volunteers to make sure your reunion experience is successful and enjoyable.
The Office of Alumni Relations and the IUP Alumni Association have limited resources to assist with the organizing of alumni reunions. In most cases, organizers are expected to recover expenses from participants through ticket sales, registration fees, donations, etc. The association may be able to contribute financially to reunions, but in a very limited way and on a case-by-case negotiated basis.
Yes! Upon request, we will:
Continually update alumni records in our database and keep your reunion list up-to-date for future communications and reunions.
Contact Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, complete the online questionnaire, or call 1-800-YES-2IUP to get started.
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