Get the Most Out of Your Alumni Network

brandeberry_smby Lauren Brandeberry
Alumni Epsilon

I recently came across a wonderful, must-read article about taking advantage of your school’s alumni network. It contains some great advice such as:

While face-to-face meetups are still a common and extremely beneficial way to build connections with alumni, social media is opening up new avenues for networking. In fact, many schools foster alumni networks on Facebook, LinkedIn, and, more recently, Google +. These offer students the chance to talk with alumni across the country as well as those who live locally.

Even though these types of sites may seem like impersonal places to make connections, they can be just as useful as meeting with alumni in more traditional formats. John Muscarello, at 2008 grad of York College of Pennsylvania, used his school’s LinkedIn alumni group to find a job and build a professional network. While some might be intimidated, he says it was easy: “I simply introduced myself to alumni and asked them for help and guidance during my job search.” His success wasn’t a fluke, however. “My sister used the same tactic and found a job in less than six weeks.”
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Alumni networks are increasingly important for professional success. Did you know that as a Sigma Tau Delta member, you also have access to a Sigma Tau Delta alumni network? Whether you are still in school, recently graduated, or have been in the workforce for a while, make sure to join these groups to get the most out of your alumni network:

Sigma Tau Delta LinkedIn Group

Sigma Tau Delta Alumni Facebook Group

Alumni Epsilon LogoIf you want to take your alumni experience to the next level, consider joining the Alumni Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta to facilitate ongoing communication and networking between Sigma Tau Delta alumni and the activities of Sigma Tau Delta at the national level. Membership in the Alumni Epsilon Chapter allows you to continue receiving important news and information from Sigma Tau Delta, provides opportunities to publish your work and submit to the annual international convention, and offers chances to apply for special scholarships and grants just for alumni members.

To learn more about the various resources available to Sigma Tau Delta alumni, contact your Alumni Representative Jon L Peacock at

All Alumni Welcomed!

Jon L. Peacockby Jon L Peacock
Alumni Representative, 2012-2013

When I went to last year’s convention, I felt I was completely detached from Sigma Tau Delta and would only be there as a distant observer. I had been involved in the past, even served as President of my school’s chapter when I was going to Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus. However, as many students eventually do, I graduated. So, when I received a notice online about the convention in New Orleans, and began casually looking through the program schedule, I was not expecting much for a mere alumnus like myself.

Boy, was I wrong! They invite alumni to all convention events, just as students and faculty are invited, which is something I was unaware of. Not only that, but they also have a special “chapter” for alumni to continue a more official connection with Sigma Tau Delta, the Alumni Epsilon chapter (AE), and there are a few events set aside just for alumni.

There was a reception for faculty and alumni, hosted by the President of Sigma Tau Delta, and since I signed up for AE before the convention I was invited to attend this free event of schmoozing with the big-wigs. At the informal caucus (now known as the Alumni Networking session), I got to meet other alumni and discuss how we would like to see Sigma Tau Delta serve its alumni in the future. There was also a formal caucus and election of the Alumni Representative (AR) and Associate Alumni Representative (AAR). I ran for AAR and was elected. When, during the summer, the AR resigned, I stepped up to the position of AR.

Alumni and soon-to-be-alumni gather at the Informal Alumni Caucus at the 2012 Convention in New Orleans.

Alumni and soon-to-be-alumni gather at the Alumni Informal Caucus at the 2012 Convention in New Orleans.

This year’s convention will be better than ever. In addition to all the wonderful Convention events, such as panels ranging from Shakespeare to Doctor Who, amazing featured speakers Ursula K. Le Guin, Timothy Egan, and Anne Fadiman, and everyone’s favorite Bad Poetry Contest (not to be missed), there again will be events directed specifically for alumni and graduating seniors. We have expanded the Alumni Networking/Meet & Greet session, so there is plenty of time set aside for all alumni and graduating seniors (you know who you are!) to get together and discuss what they can do next within this wonderful Society.

So, come spend the week in Portland with us; Buy a nice hat, check out Powell’s Bookstore, and see what the convention still has to offer the alumni of Sigma Tau Delta!

Diving Head First

Jon L. Peacockby Jon L Peacock
Alumni Representative, 2012-2013
Omicron Zeta Chapter
Alumnus of Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

When I became a member of Sigma Tau Delta, I was a graduate student at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus, and our chapter had been inactive for a number of years. Our Sponsor wanted to breathe new life into the chapter, and needed a student leader to help with this, so basically I hit the “English Honors” ground running. I became President of the chapter, recruited fellow creative writers as our Sponsor recruited undergrads, and we immediately planned events and fundraisers. The following spring I led a panel at the 2010 Convention in St. Louis, and graduated soon after, thinking my time with Sigma Tau Delta was over. [Read More]

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