International Alumni Networking Project
On May 26, 2017, the Global Engagement Office launched the International Alumni Networking Project. This outreach effort will connect alumni to the Global Engagement Office, which will allow GEO to provide updates about the University of Montana; department programs, initiatives, and advancements; and will allow for the office to organize alumni events and reunions.
This most recent networking effort at the University of Montana is spearheaded by Dr. Udo Fluck, a former international student from Germany and UM alumnus.
"Our goal is to move away from just contacting alumni and alumnae and to change toward an omnidirectional approach that fosters community building," according to Fluck. The long-term goal of this project is to bring together former UM undergraduate and graduate students who share the same or similar professional interests; therefore, to build capacity through common ground. Successful networking needs a platform that can connect individuals, and the host for the International Alumni Networking Project is LinkedIn, a popular social platform.
LinkedIn is a business- and professionally-focused social network which allows users to connect with other professionals and potential employers and to search for employment opportunities. LinkedIn also allows users to publish their professional résumés on digital profiles.
LinkedIn users can get in touch with former colleagues, find and connect with fellow professionals, and join groups based on interests or professional advancement opportunities. Recent UM graduates can create and use their profiles to find and apply for jobs.
Alumni who are already members on LinkedIn are just a "click" away from joining the UM international alumni group, called "Alumni from the University of Montana," and alumni who are not members can easily join the networking site. The Global Engagement team looks forward to connecting with and building a worldwide network of international UM alumni.
Questions? Please contact the Global Engagement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.