The CLSU International Alumni Association (CLSUIAA) sponsors a Grand Reunion once every two years. Its 5th Grand Reunion was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 23-25, 2016. The 2016 Reunion broke the record of attendees during past reunion events with a total of 170 participants from six countries which include the USA, Canada, Italy, Japan, UAE and Philippines.
While the Reunion committee anticipated record attendance, it commissioned a survey to obtain feedbacks from participants and use the information to further improve and make appropriate changes to encourage even more attendance in future reunions. It was also an opportunity to gauge the interest of CLSUIAA members and guests of their preferences on potential venues of future Grand Reunions. The survey was spearheaded by Engr. Gloria de Vera, BSAEn 1983.
The following is the result of the survey:
1. Overall rating of the event by
Excellent - 82%
Very Good – 18%
2. Would they recommend the
reunion to other alumni, friends
Extremely likely - 82%
Very likely – 18%
3. Would they attend a reunion like this again in the future?
Extremely likely - 50%
Very likely – 50%
4. Overall reunion experience:
Very Satisfied – 100%
5. Length of the event:
Just Right – 78%
Could have been longer – 22%
6. Most effective way to communicate future reunion information:
Facebook – 64% (CIAA-CLSU
Email – 35% (For formal
Website – 1%
The participants also indicated that their main motivation for attending the Grand Reunion are as follows:
Meet and connect with CLSU/friends/fellow alumni/classmates.
Perform duties of position/executive committee.
Networking with CLSU expats.
To have fun with everyone.
Other remarks/comments from participants:
Very impressed with our teamwork as a committee. Everybody did their respective duties with enthusiasm.
Acknowledge or recognize alumni from overseas.
Reunion documentations should be required.
Photo opportunities grouped by geographical area, by college, etc. Photos are important event documentation.
The participants were also asked about their interests and suggestions of potential venues for the next CLSUIAA's 6th Grand Reunion in 2018. The following is the summary of comments and suggestions received:
Suggested venues for the next CLSUIAA's 6th Grand Reunion (2018):
Hawaiian Cruise was specifically suggested as possible group activity in 2017 (General Annual Meeting).
To complement the main reunion event, include post reunion activity such as a good priced and good places guided bus tours. This will encourage more alumni to join future reunions and to help guests in planning to visit other places here in the USA.