“Appreciate every single moment and opportunity that you get here [at SFTS], because it goes by quickly…” were the words of wisdom that AALV member, Rev. Richard Poole, shared with prospective students during the recent AALV training workshop on campus.
A group of eight alumni ranging in graduation years from 1970 to 2015 with degrees spanning MDiv, DASD, and DMin gathered at SFTS in late July to participate in the first training program aimed at alumni recruitment and admissions volunteers.
Led by Dr. David Behrs, the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Interim Director of Alumni Relations, these volunteers lent their time, their voices, and their experiences to the admissions team in hopes of coming up with new and innovative ways to attract prospective students to SFTS. Workshop sessions included a lead generation brainstorm, training on how to conduct an admissions interview, how to represent SFTS at a recruitment event such as a grad fair, and each day culminated in a fun and casual evening reception attended by faculty, faculty emeriti, and staff.
“Through volunteerism in the recruitment process, alumni have a lasting impact on their alma mater by helping some of the country’s best and brightest seminary students discover how they can achieve their personal and professional goals at SFTS,” Behrs commented.
“Listen to your heart, and let go of fear…” advised Rev. Stephanie Ryder, AALV member, “I couldn’t do the job I’m doing today without my [MDiv] degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.”
For more information about joining the Alumni-Admissions Liaison Volunteer program at SFTS, please contact Dave Behrs at 415.451.2802 or firstname.lastname@example.org