Royal Connections, a new feature launching on the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) website, showcases alumni-owned or -managed businesses all over the world, and helps students, parents and graduates find and connect with them.
Do you live in Winnipeg, and need a mediation or conflict management specialist who loves EMU as much as you do? No problem. Just visit emu.edu/royal-connections/ and type “Winnipeg” in the “Near” box, and you’ll discover Facilitated Solutions, where David Dyck, a 2000 EMU alumnus, works.
“People often want to connect with alumni businesses because of the value systems that our alumni adhere to and because they know the quality of education that they received at EMU,” says Jeff Shank, director of alumni and parent engagement. “That common ground is invaluable.”
Searchable by business category, internship opportunities or region, Royal Connections is already populated with more than 125 businesses—well over the launch goal. The site also links users to EMU’s career services website, where business owners can recruit Royals. Developed by EMU’s web developer and analyst, Joshua Lyons, with input from Shank, the site integrates various Google Map features. Users can see all of the businesses at once on the map or search by region, business type or internship possibility, or just use the map to zoom in or out on an area to see what is nearby.