Providence Day alumni now have more resources at their fingertips.
The Alumni Association launched a new website in July to provide more opportunities for the school’s 3,500-plus alumni to network and engage with one another and the school.
“PD Connect is our new alumni-only platform, a powerful tool to keep alumni informed about Providence Day and to bring them together no matter where they are in the world,” said Steve Bondurant ’98, Alumni Relations director. “It’s literally a one-stop shop for everything alumni-related.”
Among the features are an alumni directory and map; a career center featuring internships and mentorships in various fields; volunteer opportunities, including becoming or finding a career mentor; and a calendar of alumni-related events.
“All alumni events are posted on PD Connect. You can see the details of the event, register for the event and also see what other alums are attending,” said Bondurant.
“PD Connect is the only online network that is exclusive to members of the Providence Day community,” said Colby Anderson ’07, Board of Alumni president. “This allows our alumni to connect professionally and socially in a secure fashion.”
In conceptualizing PD Connect, the Alumni Relations office surveyed a wide range of alumni to tailor the platform’s functionality around what was most requested and needed. Members of the Board of Alumni and its Communications Committee, along with staff members, tested PD Connect during its beta phase to fine tune the functionality.
“After the board learned about and explored the tool, we knew this would be an asset to our alumni,” said Anderson.
The response thus far from alumni has been outstanding, according to Bondurant.
“We have more than 550 alums from all decades already signed up and that number continues to grow every day,” he said.
Bondurant has received numerous reports of alumni reconnecting with former classmates, connecting with fellow alumni when moving to new cities and career networking.
“We also are seeing more registrations for events and that leads to more alumni coming together,” he added.
PD Connect’s effectiveness and long-term success relies on alumni participation.
“The tool becomes more powerful as more alumni join,” said Anderson.
As such, both he and Bondurant would like to see all alumni utilizing the platform and helping it to grow, both in scope and in functionality.
“We have more than 3,500 alumni worldwide and PD Connect can bring all of them together with the click of a button,” he said. “PD Connect is all about opportunity, and those opportunities apply to all alumni no matter when they graduated.”
It’s all part of PDS’s commitment to establishing and maintaining relationships with alumni and to help them stay connected with the school. Other initiatives include the annual Alumni Roadshows, the PD NetWORK and the establishment of alumni chapters around the country.
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