Alumni Roundtable cultivates ambassadors
|Regina LaCaruba '05 (center) discusses alumni engagement with members of the Roundtable.
The Moravian College Alumni Roundtable came to life on November 19 in the HUB. Nearly two dozen alumni—all with a passion for getting involved in alumni networking and regional alumni engagement—met all day on campus as part of this inaugural group. They spent much of the day talking with President Christopher Thomforde and senior staff members, planning ways to bring alumni together and ways to provide career support to students and fellow alumni.
After the event, Mike Magee '82, representing the Blue & Grey Club, commented: "The attendance of President Thomforde (and several senior staff), and their sharing of information regarding Moravian’s key challenges and opportunities for long-term viability and success, reinforced the need for an active and supportive alumni community."
The Roundtable mission, in part, is to encourage "alumni working together to be ambassadors and champions of the college in our local communities."
Faithful and energetic alumni from as far away as Florida and Massachusetts have been invited to join the Roundtable, which is expected to give a strong boost to recent efforts to develop new regional alumni chapters and alumni networks that embrace affinity groups, including Greeks and sports teams in areas outside the Lehigh Valley.
The coordinator of the Roundtable is Scott Williams '04, an Alumni Association board member and president of the Washington, D.C., chapter. Planning for the first meeting of the Alumni Roundtable was begun last winter by Williams and Marsha Stiles, MBA '99, director of alumni relations; Pat Hanna '82, assistant director of alumni relations, and Richard Subber, '69 MBA '95, treasurer and past president of the Alumni Association.
|Jessica Preston Coldwell '08, Regina LaCaruba '05, Scott Williams '04 and Gary Barron '86 took part in the meeting.
The Roundtable group will meet periodically to pursue three next steps that emerged from brainstorming at the kickoff meeting:
- Launch and support additional regional alumni groups
- Host alumni networking events—both professional and social
- Provide career support to students and fellow alumni, including mentoring and job networking
The participants were excited about the Roundtable's potential to take Moravian alumni engagement to the next level.
If you're interested in exploring opportunities to advance the Roundtable's "three next steps" in your own area, please tell us by email at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you!
Coffee and Connections success story
Samantha Anderson ’13 was in the right place at the right time recently when she met John Moore ’64 at Coffee and Connections in early October. The double major (English and religion) was approached by the editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal as she was leaving the event that brings together students with alumni and members of the business community.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal is a weekly newspaper covering business news in the Lehigh Valley region. Moore routinely attends these networking events in search of upperclassmen with writing backgrounds and perhaps some newspaper experience. Anderson had both, and she will be bringing them to the job as an intern with the paper during the spring semester.
He was impressed by the junior and her editorial in Junk, the student satirical newspaper, and suggested she read the Business Journal. He also invited her for an interview.
“She had a lively writing style and presented herself well. She sent some writing samples before the formal interview, and I liked her experience,” remembers Moore. “She has some definite career plans, and this internship will be in line with them.”
Anderson will be given the same type of assignments any reporter would be given. She may tag along with a reporter once, then go it alone after that. She will end up with a dozen or more bylines (published articles) during the course of the semester, which will prove valuable when pursuing a job after graduation.
Although Anderson admits to being a bit nervous about being on her own in the field, she’s ready. “I know this is a learning experience, that John Moore will be there to help guide me, and I view this as an important step into my future,” she says. “And I’m excited about having my writing published and plan to take every bit of advice while cultivating my own style.”
Moore will bring in a second Moravian student, Carl Feldman ’13, who will perform the same tasks. Moore is sure Feldman will provide value to the paper based on his curiosity and good writing style. “He’s affable and knows how things work, and is a go-getter,” he adds.
Moore encourages his interns to be enterprising and develop story ideas, to recognize a story in the making—valuable qualities in a reporter. Although he provides guidance and edits their work, he won’t do extensive rewriting, so the published story will, indeed, be the students’ work.
“I believe in a learn-by-doing approach to an internship. That quality of spotting what would make a good story is innate as well as something that can be cultivated,” Moore says.
Feldman is looking forward to being treated like any other member of the team, and is confident and excited by the prospect of the work and the experience.
“I’m looking forward to learning the basics of writing and editing and reporting real stories,” Anderson adds. She’s preparing by reading past issues of the journal to get an idea of its stories and style, and is looking forward to getting some “real world experience.”
Submit a Class Note
As you may have noticed, beginning with the Summer 2011 issue, Class Notes are once again being printed in the magazine. A new addition is the publishing of photos (space permitting) of wedding, births and alumni gatherings! If you have a photo please email a jpg file at 300 dpi to firstname.lastname@example.org. All class notes that are received will be published, but we reserve the right to edit for space or style. Go to www.moravian.edu/classnotes to read the unabridged notes, to find your class correspondent or to submit your news directly to the office of alumni relations. You may also mail your information to Pat Murray Hanna ’82, Alumni Relations Office, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. The deadline for publication in the Spring 2012 issue is March 1.
Lehigh Valley Alumni Home Club General Meeting – January 9, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Alumni Board Meeting – February 4
Chicago Area Reception – April 28
Lehigh Valley Alumni Home Club Event at America on Wheels – April 29
Alumni Weekend – May 18 and 19. Reunions for the classes of ’77, ’72, ’67, ’62, ’57, ’52 ’47 and ’42. If you are interested in helping plan your reunion or just learning more, email email@example.com or call 610 861-1366. Alumnae of the Moravian College for Women and alumnae of Moravian College please note that Founder’s Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 18.
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