Red Deer Polytechnic Donor and Alumni Wall: A Case Study of Transforming Campus Engagement

Red Deer Polytechnic Donor and Alumni Wall

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, fostering meaningful connections between institutions, donors, alumni, and students is paramount. Digital donor and alumni walls have emerged as innovative solutions, breathing life into campus environments while honouring those who contribute to their vitality. This modern donor and alumni wall by youRhere at Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) proves just that.

About Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic, located in the city of Red Deer, Alberta, is a dynamic institution with a rich history spanning nearly 60 years. It has become a cornerstone of quality education in Alberta, offering a diverse range of programs, including apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, micro-credentials, and degrees.

With a commitment to hands-on learning and a focus on preparing graduates for success, Red Deer Polytechnic serves over 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students, along with more than 3,400 extended education students. The campus has grown significantly since its inception in 1964. 

The Red Deer Polytechnic Foundation and Alumni Awards

The Red Deer Polytechnic Foundation, established in 1982, provides an opportunity for supporters, well-wishers, and the community to impact learners by serving as a fundraising arm, attracting increased financial support for learners and programs, and cultivating a committed volunteer base. 

Through initiatives such as the annual “Sweaters for Scholarships,” Red Deer Polytechnic encourages community members to donate to student scholarships and to share a photo of themselves with friends, coworkers, or family in a festive sweater on National Ugly Sweater Day to show their commitment. Such initiatives, which see more than $1 million in awards and student scholarships annually, have helped to educate and train students, address labour market demand, and contribute to the economic growth of Alberta and Canada at large.

Additionally, Red Deer Polytechnic boasts a vast network of alumni who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and communities. These alumni serve as ambassadors for the institution, embodying its values of excellence, integrity, and lifelong learning.

The institution takes immense pride in its alumni through two annual alumni awards—the Alumni Legacy Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award—aimed at celebrating their achievements and creating a lasting impact its alumni have on the school community and current students.

As Red Deer Polytechnic continues to grow, the continued support of donors, alumni, and volunteers remains essential to maximizing the unique potential that lies ahead.

The Need for a Digital Donor and Alumni Wall

With a rich history of academic excellence and a commitment to student success, Red Deer Polytechnic sought to create a dynamic space that would not only recognize donors and alumni but also inspire future support and connection.

Traditional donor and alumni walls, while serving their purpose, lacked the dynamism and interactivity desired by the institution.

Red Deer Polytechnic envisioned a space where past achievements and ongoing contributions could be celebrated in real-time, fostering a sense of pride and connection among students, faculty, alumni, and visitors alike. The challenge was to find a solution that seamlessly integrated modern technology with the rich history and culture of the institution.

youRhere’s Solution and Implementation

In pursuit of its vision for campus enhancement, Red Deer Polytechnic partnered with youRhere to design and implement a digital donor and alumni wall that would serve as a focal point of engagement and inspiration. Leveraging youRhere’s expertise in digital signage and immersive experiences, the collaboration yielded a solution that exceeded expectations.

The digital donor and alumni wall seamlessly integrates into the campus environment, blending modern aesthetics with rich multimedia content. Interactive displays allowed visitors to explore donor profiles, alumni achievements, and campus milestones in real time, fostering a deeper connection to the institution’s legacy and impact.

Key elements of the solution included:

  • Real-time Updates

One of the key innovations introduced by youRhere was the ability to display real-time updates on donations, achievements, and events. Through seamless integration with Red Deer Polytechnic’s existing systems, the digital donor and alumni wall became a dynamic platform for celebrating successes and keeping the community informed and involved.

  • Customized Design

Leveraging youRhere’s design capabilities, the digital donor and alumni wall were tailored to reflect Red Deer Polytechnic’s unique brand identity and aesthetic preferences. From sleek, interactive displays to vibrant multimedia content, every aspect was meticulously crafted to captivate and inspire.

Results and Impact

The implementation of youRhere’s digital donor and alumni wall at Red Deer Polytechnic has yielded tangible results and a profound impact across various facets of campus life, including:

Enhanced Engagement

The interactive nature of the wall has sparked newfound interest and engagement among students, faculty, and visitors. Whether exploring donor profiles, reliving campus memories, or sharing their own experiences, users have found a sense of connection and belonging that transcends physical boundaries.

Enhanced Campus Aesthetics

The addition of the digital donor and alumni wall has transformed previously underutilized wall spaces into vibrant hubs of activity, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the campus.

Improved Donor and Alumni Recognition

Donors and alumni can now receive heightened recognition for their generosity and accomplishments, fostering a sense of appreciation and connection within the Red Deer Polytechnic community.

Further, alumni can now easily reconnect with Red Deer Polytechnic, fostering a sense of nostalgia and pride in their alma mater while encouraging continued involvement and support.

Student Empowerment

The digital donor and alumni wall served as a source of inspiration and motivation for current students, showcasing the transformative power of education and philanthropy.

Partner with youRhere for an Engaging and Impactful Campus Experience

Ready to transform your institution’s donor recognition efforts and create an engaging, modern, and customizable digital donor wall? Contact us today for a personalized consultation and discover how youRhere can help bring your campus vision to life, one digital experience at a time.