Frequently Asked Questions
Switchboard sits at the intersection of alumni affairs, advancement, career services, and online engagement. Here, our partner schools and users answer your most frequently asked questions in under a minute.
How does Switchboard help advancement?
Craig Swinyard '98, Director of Alumni Affairs at University of Portland, says Switchboard helps increase giving, especially among young alumni.
How does Switchboard supplement the work of Career Services?
Alice Harra, Associate Dean of Students and Director for Center of Life Beyond Reed at Reed College, says Switchboard offers students a more natural way to network.
How is Switchboard different from Facebook or LinkedIn?
Katie Mitchell, Marketing Communications & Online Engagement Manager for Alumni Relations at University of Portland, says she sees more meaningful engagement on Switchboard.
How does Switchboard MAKE MY WORK MORE EFFICIENT?
Adam DuVander '01, President of Willamette University’s Alumni Board, says Switchboard makes connecting less manual and more efficient.
How does Switchboard enable intergenerational connection?
Anna Perling '13 says meaningful connections happen on Switchboard because the platform is intergenerational, and not siloed by class year.
Why is it important for alumni ENGAGEMENT to begin with students?
Devin Bales '15, Alumni and Parent Relations Associate at Willamette University, says offering students opportunities early makes them better prepared come graduation.
How does Switchboard meet the needs of older and younger alumni?
Mike Teskey, Director of Alumni Affairs at Reed College, identifies that young alumni need jobs, while older alumni are eager for meaningful ways to give back.
How does Switchboard help students succeed?
Alice Harra, Associate Dean of Students and Director for Center of Life Beyond Reed at Reed College, says Switchboard helps students succeed by making connections with alumni mentors.
What are some examples of Switchboard's "asks" and "offers"?
Alaïa Giglio '12 has used Switchboard for everything from connecting with alumni while she was studying abroad, to finding professional advice and sharing resources with her community.
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