MB Biblical Seminary increases alumni relations efforts

MB Biblical Seminary values its over 1,400 alumni and over the past three years has been increasing alumni relations efforts for graduates of the Seminary's three campuses.

"Over the past two years we have worked hard to develop a sustainable program that will nurture our alumni, keep them up to date on current Seminary life and encourage them to support the Seminary through prayers and finance," says Director of Public Relations, Brad Thiessen.

The program that Thiessen and co-worker Megan Richard developed begins with new graduates receiving a gift as a welcome into their new phase of relationship with the Seminary. Efforts also include a quarterly email newsletter with Seminary news and updates from alumni, a twice-annual mailing of the Seminary's In Touch magazine and a fall Alumni Phonathon, now in its fourth year. Alumni are also eligible for one free audit per semester on the Fresno or Winnipeg campus.

"Responses to our recent efforts, especially the Phonathon and newsletter have been overwhelming. I am realizing how meaningful it is for alumni to hear from us and to connect with fellow graduates," says Richard.

MB Biblical Seminary's website now includes an Alumni section, making it easier to submit updates as well as links to personal websites or blogs.

Alumni events being planned on the Fresno campus include a reunion for alumni of the Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Program on October 13, 2007 and an all-alumni reunion in Spring 2008. The Seminary also hopes to increase continuing education opportunities, particularly for alumni pastors, in the near future.

The Seminary considers any student who has completed 15 units of courses at their Fresno, Langley, or Winnipeg campuses and either graduated or has not taken a course during the past two years to be an alumnus. If you believe you are an alumnus and have not heard from the Seminary, please contact Alumni representative Megan Richard at (mrichard@mbseminary.edu) or by calling 800-251-6227.

MB Biblical Seminary inspires and equips men and women to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to serve and lead in the church and in the world.

Posted: March 15, 2007


Megan E. Richard