Iowa State did a special edition of their magazine that included stories on alumni from all 50 states. The project snowballed into a travel blog, alumni events, and a portrait exhibit.
Switchboard is a closed classifieds-like community for schools (and other organizations). Reed has one. (Of course! In fact they invented it.) I check it weekly and have posted to it. I feel more connected to Reed through Switchboard than through the magazine, the e-newsletter, direct mail…
The interface is very simple and friendly. Could be really great for our school’s alumni network. You can post an ask or an offer:
ASK: Looking for a job in digital media in the D.C. area; I need a place to stay in NYC over the Fourth of July; I need a ride to Rehoboth; I want to collaborate with a graphic designer on a book project; I want to buy a used piano for a good price.
OFFER: Our company is hiring summer interns; I can offer advice to anyone getting into communications; Our nanny is available part-time.