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Alumni Association News
Posted By Vanderbilt Magazine On July 13, 2008 @ 12:55 pm In Summer 2008, The Classes | No Comments
The Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Alumni Relations owe a special thanks to alumni who have assisted with the student recruitment process by volunteering their time to interview applicants, represent Vanderbilt at college fairs, contact admitted students, and help coordinate “Vanderbilt and You” receptions. We are grateful for all your volunteer efforts on behalf of Vanderbilt, and we appreciate your continued dedication to your alma mater.
Summer Send-Off Parties for incoming students are taking place in more than 35 cities throughout the summer. These informal events, planned by local alumni chapters nationwide, welcome students and their families into the Vanderbilt community. Local alumni and current parents and students are also invited to the gatherings, which provide an opportunity for students and alumni to share their Vanderbilt experiences and answer questions that new students and their parents have about the university.
Nicholas Zeppos was guest of honor May 12 at a Chancellor Celebration sponsored by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter.
Last year the Office of Alumni Relations launched a series of new initiatives designed to bring alumni and current students together, increasing students’ awareness of and access to Vanderbilt’s alumni network. Since that time, these student/alumni programs–many now with waiting lists–have engaged more than 2,500 students and 350 alumni volunteers.
This fall the momentum continues. Planned are more “Opening Dores” dinners, at which five alumni and 12 current students with similar academic interests come together on campus to share a family-style meal–and alumni share their advice about transitioning to the world of work after college. A panel led by alumni, called “After VU: Where My Vanderbilt Degree Has Taken Me,” is also planned to give students an overview of the diverse career paths available with a Vanderbilt degree. Vanderbilt Law School alumni, admissions staff, and current Law School students also will lead a panel providing real-word advice about choosing and applying to law school.
The new Vanderbilt Student Alumni Association continues to grow, too, with upcoming fall events including a Seniorfest fun day on “Almost Alumni” Lawn and a “Halfway There” celebration for sophomores to mark their new status as upperclassmen during the second semester. As before, alumni volunteers are needed to make Student/Alumni Programs a success. If you’d like to help, contact Lauren Schmitzer, associate director of alumni relations, by calling 615/322-2042 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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