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Jagathon: IUPUI’s Dance Marathon Receives 2020 Alumni Engagement Award


Jagathon: IUPUI’s Dance Marathon was awarded the Alumni Engagement Award at Dance Marathon Leadership Conference 2020. The Alumni Engagement Award recognizes a Dance Marathon organization that has made a successful effort to engage with their alumni including former participants, committee members, and leadership team members.

In the 2019-2020 school year, Jagathon created a new Executive Board position to facilitate communication and engagement with alumni. The Director of Alumni Relations served as the main point of contact with alumni to allow for optimal communication. The director helped to ensure that alumni were receiving information that was both important and commonly sought after. Using an alumni Facebook group and quarterly newsletters, Jagathon was able to increase alumni engagement throughout the school year in the following ways:

  • Special Events: Alumni joined special events like Battleships and Dancing with the Stars throughout the year as emcees, competitors and judges.
  • All Committee Meetings: Alumni sent videos for every meeting encouraging current members and sharing how they’ve been able to apply the skills learned from Dance Marathon in their everyday lives and careers.

At Dance Marathon weekend, alumni were able to engage even further.

  • The night before the event they provided dinner for the Executive Board and gave encouragement and advice.
  • At Jagathon, Miracle Families share their stories in breakout rooms. This year, alumni were given the opportunity to introduce the families. This allowed alumni to reconnect with families.
  • Alumni could reunite throughout the weekend in the Alumni Room. Alumni were given the opportunity to write down advice for graduating seniors, look back at their time in Jagathon by looking at a timeline of major events in the organization’s history and connect with one another.

Over the year, the alumni team raised over $7,000 for Riley Hospital for Children.



Miracle Network Dance Marathon is an international movement, involving over 400 colleges, universities and K-12 schools across North America that fundraise for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 1991, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $300 million–ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone.

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