Alumni networks serve as a critical tool to launching college students' careers. 

Recently, the College of Liberal Arts launched Career Communities and CLA Career Success Network, a new initiative to benefit our students. The two-pronged program serves students at an academic level (choosing focused courses), and at a real-world level (networking with alumni.) 

The new initiative (beginning fall, 2018) already has 48 students signed up with many students choosing the communities focused around government, journalism, and nonprofits. The other half of the equation involves partnerships with you, our alumni. 

“Career Communities achieve two fundamental goals. They provide our students with a high impact learning opportunity in a real world setting, allowing our students to show that they are good students and employees. They also help us connect our greatest educational asset, our alums, with our students,” College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup said. “We are excited to start implementing this program.”  

Alumni networks serve as a critical tool to launching college students' careers. 

“Networking with alumni for students is paramount,” said Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, professor and associate dean for educational affairs. “Receiving feedback from professionals, and above all, professionals who have gone through similar paths, walked the same hallways of our students is very important.”

Alumni participating in the CLA Career Success Network can take on the role of mentors, potential employers, or just provide practical ways for our students to test their interests. Alumni are invited to engage with CLA students, faculty and staff by holding discussion panels, making class presentations, or assisting with mock interviews and resume critiques. 

“Through Career Success Network, our college is offering alumni ways to serve in all these realms, keeping in mind the various levels of involvement that alumni’s busy schedule can afford. If alumni are interested in serving, all they need to do to start is send an email to me, stating their interests and ways they would like to be involved, whether as career coaches, career champions, or relocation guides/hosts,” Summerfield said. 

To join our CLA Career Success Network and help our students with career advice, job opportunities, relocation tips and more, please send an email to Giovanna Summerfield:

Last Updated: December 18, 2017