By Erica Giorgi, CLA Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Director
As one of CLA's greatest and most abundant resources, our 120,000+ alumni support the mission of the college and contribute greatly to our diverse community. The CLA Alumni Society, a constituent group of CLA and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, leads efforts to provide social engagement opportunities for current and future alumni and promotes volunteer service addressing various college needs.
Every year the CLA Alumni Society plans various activities to engage alumni and build bonds with students.
Among the group's varied special events, they organize a late summer social gathering, often on the U of M Centennial Showboat or at the Campus Club; they collaborate with the CLA Student Board each fall to represent the college in various University Homecoming Week service and social festivities; they host an alumni and family jaunt in Goldy's Game Room at Coffman Memorial Union each winter; and they plan periodic happy hour events to encourage alumni networking.
In addition to social functions, the CLA Alumni Society is active in recognizing and supporting CLA students.
● In 2011, the group earned a U of M Alumni Association Program Extraordinaire Award for their collaboration with the CLA Student Board and CLA Undergraduate Programs on the CLA Dean's List and Exceptional Students Celebration and School of Music Concert.
● For the past two years the group has co-sponsored CLA's Welcome Week T-shirts for nearly 2,500 new students.
● One of the CLA Alumni Society's greatest passions is supporting student career development programs. Alumni help interview and provide career advice to students on Practice Interview Days and serve on college-to-career discussion panels. The CLA Alumni Society also collaborates with CLA Career Services to plan employer site visits for groups of CLA students. On such field trips, students learn about occupations held by liberal arts alumni, learn about various industries and organizations, and see days in the lives of numerous workplaces.
To keep up with the latest CLA alumni happenings, check out CLA Alma Matters
Do you know CLA alumni who would like to connect with one another and get involved in activities to support CLA? If so, have them contact CLA Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Director Erica Giorgi at email@example.com or 612-625-8837. SKI-U-MAH!