Dean Lenker III – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University started a social media movement this past week called “Clarion Proud,” or #clarionproud. The movement aims to share things happening on the Clarion University campus with students and alumni.
The movement’s first message was sent out via Facebook, Twitter and email on March 1, and it included a fact sheet of several positive statistics for the university. Another graphic of facts dispersed on March 8. These messages were also sent via postcard for alumni with whom the university does not have digital contact, which is nearly half of Clarion alumni.
Clarion University’s Vice President of University Advancement James Geiger created the Clarion Proud movement with the help of the university’s communication team. Its goal is to showcase positive things on campus.
“We want to make sure people around the state realize a lot of great things are happening here in Clarion,” said Geiger.
According to Geiger, a new post will be made every Wednesday with new information, statistics and things happening on campus. He also stated that there is no end in terms of how long the movement will continue.
This movement began just over a month after the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) announced that it will be undergoing a strategic review of its 14 state universities including Clarion. Geiger stated that the movement is partially a response to this review, but primarily is a response to alumni wanting to know more about what is going on at the Clarion campus.
For students or faculty who have an idea of something that could be included on the #clarionproud posts, Geiger is available for them to reach out by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It would be great to have student response. If students want to share the great things they are doing, that would be ideal,” said Geiger.