Hearts, Flowers and Tubas: How Institutions are Celebrating Valentine’s Day


Jen Doak (@jpdoak) is the online communications specialist at CASE.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and there have been some great examples of institutions showing their love for students, alumni and their broader communities this Feb. 14. Here are just a few:

  • An a cappella group at Hamilton College is selling Buffergrams, in which they will sing a valentine to a person of your choice. A group of musicians at Marshall University is holding a similar fundraiser, Tuba Valentines.
  • So many couples meet at Miami University Ohio that the institution has a name for it: Miami Mergers. The institution is having a haiku contest (prize: trip for two to Alumni Weekend), the winners of which will be featured on coasters.
  • And of course, there are some great photo valentines, such as those shared by Villanova and Bucknell University.

What did your institution plan for Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments.

11 responses to “Hearts, Flowers and Tubas: How Institutions are Celebrating Valentine’s Day

  1. Pingback: How Institutions Show Community Love on Valentine’s Day | CASE Blog·

  2. At Reed College, Switchboard sponsored flower delivery. Students sent other students flowers. Staff sent flowers to one another. Alumni sent flowers to their favorite professors and staff members. And then a lovely and unexpected thing happened. Which was that alumni sent flowers to students they’d never met with the same major with words of advice, encouragement and support. It was so heartwarming to see the community come together in this way! Here’s a little video of Leah ’15 assembling the goods https://vine.co/v/brOtjDAIJx5

  3. Ben, Rob, Drew–these are all really great. I’m continually amazed at how creative higher ed folks are. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, these are terrific. I’ve seen a few other institutions do singing valentines and alumni couples too–great way to engage the community and get some great stories. And using the LOVE statue–man, if you have something like that in your neighborhood it’d be criminal not to use it for Valentine’s Day.

  5. At Penn, we have a copy of Robert Indian’s LOVE statue. The campus community is encouraged to take photos of the statue with the hashtag #LovePenn in their tweets.
    Also there was a flash mob in the center of campus at 11:50 am in support of One Billion Rising – see @PennOBR for photos. A promotional YouTube video was made to encourage everyone to participate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uucYWqZxl4

  6. While that may not sound like a lot, but its our third most engaged Facebook post this year. (behind announcing this year’s commencement speaker, Ed Helms and Obama saying his speech at Knox is the speech he looks back at the most).

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