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Stop and rewind: a look back at 2015

mardi, 5 janvier 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan
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As 2016 dawns I would like, on behalf of everyone at Ecolint, to wish a happy, peaceful and healthy new year to our alumni community around the world. The start of this new year also offers us a chance to look back over 12 busy months of alumni activities.

Ecolint's 90th anniversary celebrations, which kicked off in September 2014, continued into the first half of 2015. The Foundation's Director General travelled to meet with alumni in London, Paris and Amsterdam, New York, Boston and Washington. Other significant events included two more Professional Networking evenings in Geneva and the introduction of a new series of events welcoming the newest Ecolint graduates in the various cities to which they moved to begin university studies. From a modest start in 2015 we hope these welcome events will grow in popularity in years to come.

Ecolint DG Vicky Tuck with Doug Brice (LGB '54) and George Satterthwaite (LGB '53), in April 2015 at a reception in Washington DC to mark Ecolint's 90th anniversary.

Alumni coming back to school

Our alumni contributed in many ways to life in the school throughout the year, meeting and talking with students and teachers in different contexts  or simply visiting their former school campus. Highlights from the year included the talk by William Sacks on material science in June and the music workshops led by Michael Haber in May. The guest speakers at two of our graduation ceremonies this year were also alumni  you can read an interview with Lakshmi Sundaram and Michael Mathres in the current issue of echo. These were just a few of the more prominent examples of alumni enriching the experience of today's Ecolint students.

It is also an appropriate moment for us to reflect on those who are no longer with us as the new year begins. In 2015 some much-loved former teachers passed away, as well as some of the most active members of the alumni community.

Our year in numbers

Our website, of course, is the focal point of most of our activity. Below you'll find a few key figures that indicate just how active our alumni have been during 2015.

> 43,868

The number of visitors to the Ecolint Alumni website last year. Together they accounted for more than 170,000 page views.

The top ten countries from which these visits came were: Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Italy and Spain.

The five most popular pages on the site in 2015 were:

  1. Former Staff: Then & Now
  2. Photo Galleries
  3. Classmate Search
  4. 90-9-90 Project
  5. Yearbooks

Among the many interesting AlumBlog contributions in 2015, the most popular was Robin Dormer's revisiting of his seminal article on Rootlessness.

> 564

The number of alumni that created user accounts on the website in 2015. Of these 128 were from the Class of 2015, which means we had more than 400 alumni from previous years discovering or rediscovering the community.

> 51

The number of school Yearbooks we added to our online collection last year, meaning that we now have virtually all Yearbooks from across our three campuses available to our members for download  and fully searchable.

> 19

The record number of Ecolint Escalade Dinners held around the world in 2015, with dinners held for the first time in a number of places including Oslo, Paris, Miami, LA, Silicon Valley and North Carolina. In total more than 260 alumni attended these wonderful events.

> 435

The number of new "likes" for our official Ecolint Alumni Facebook page in 2015, bringing us to a total of 1,604 as the year ended. By far the most popular item we posted on Facebook last year was our 97th birthday greeting to Loïs Meyhoffer, which was seen by more than 2,500 Facebook users and liked 238 times!

> 31

The number of alumni featured on our Ecolint Entrepreneurs blog, launched last January. This section of the site, which features businesses and organizations founded by alumni, will continue in 2016.


A big thank you to everyone that contributed to enriching the life of our alumni community throughout 2015. It's a pleasure getting to know you - here's to another wonderful year ahead!

Eoghan O'Sullivan
Head of Alumni Relations



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