People to make Friends with…
It is important for your Student Union/Society to build relations with members of the campus/university community. It is mutually advantageous for the student leader to network with university officials, admissions officers and alumni, development staff and the student press. A strong, well organised Student union presence is a welcome asset to the campus community.
Office of Admissions
Prospective students and their parents look to the admissions office for a wide range of information. You may want to leave copies of information kits about the Jewish Student life on campus. Offer to refer prospective students who contact you directly to admissions. They will be appreciative of recruitment efforts on your behalf.
The Student Press
The student press can be a great friend to you and your union. Since their main focus is news of interest to students, your events can naturally fit into their story roster. Send them your mailings, press releases, and call them up with information about your top events. Once you form a relationship with the editors and reporters, you will find it easy to keep your activities a regular feature.
The media is your friend! Use every opportunity to meet with the press, speak with them, and write to them. Once you establish a relationship, reporters will be likely to publish your articles and call you for quotations which relate to the Jewish community on campus.
Local Jewish Community and Federation
Many Jewish student unions work closely with the local Jewish community and Federations. They are wonderful resources. Call them up, get to know them, and invite them to your events. In addition, make sure the leadership and key contacts are on your mailing lists.
They were once in your shoes… They’ll probably have great advice and they might even give you some money!