Students network with President’s Council

President Ainlay hosts networking event with the President’s Council to help students solidify alumni connections. (Courtesy of Becker Career Center)

On Thursday, March 31, the Becker Career Center and the President’s Council hosted an evening networking event for students in the Nott Memorial. Close to 60 students registered to meet 23 Union alumnus that belong to the Council and learn from the experiences that these individuals have to offer.

The President’s Council is a body within Union’s administration, whose membership includes alumni and parents of current and past students. All members serve as conversation partners for President Ainlay and the senior leadership team on important issues which concern the college.

The Council typically meets twice a year on campus, and the meetings include members of the senior leadership team including General Counsel for Bloomberg L.P, David Levine ‘95, trial lawyer, Ronald E. Bush ‘81 and life trustee Frank L. Messa ‘73. Although the council members in attendance belong to an array of fields, all received their undergraduate degree from Union College.

Bob Soules, Director of the Becker Career Center, was one of the staff members who oversaw the logistics for the event. “Networking from a career center standpoint is learning through others in knowing what it is you want to do,” stated Soules.

Soules continued to emphasize that networking is an essential art for developing long term career goals by saying, “If you approach it [networking] sincerely, genuinely, and you’ve done your homework, you can create relationships and very often those relationships will produce opportunities.”

Alumni relations was also involved in the event. Debra Geer, Senior Director of Donor Relations and Research, took part in organizing the alumni base needed for the networking event.

Geer commented on the event: “Council members, and alumni in general, are thrilled to engage with students, speak at classes, and to help them with career advice and networking.”

All students who registered and attended the event interacted with members of the Council.   Jeremy Jordan ‘18 attended the event and described it: “The event was very intimate, allowing me to meet with a lot of alumni who I plan to connect with in the future.”

The feedback was continuously positive as Alex Kozikowski ‘18 felt this was an “excellent event with some successful Dutchmen. I appreciate how kind and helpful the Union alumni were.”

Becker Career Center plans to host more alumni networking events for the student body in the future, in order to emphasize the message that forming relationships is the key to forming successful careers.

Consequently, Union has been ranked sixteenth in the country by the Princeton Review for colleges with alumni that will best jumpstart your career.


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