Young alumni can now take advantage of a network built especially for them: RAN (Recent Alumni Network).
RAN offers programs and resources to help the graduating class transition from students to alumni; address the special interests of the years following commencement; and provide opportunities for networking, community service, social gatherings, cultural outings, and reunions. Suggestions for new activities are always welcome.
RAN committee member Evan Childs’98 notes the importance of actively engaging with other alumni. “As the alumni community strengthens, the prestige of the University as a whole advances,” he says. “MSU alumni are everywhere—in the media, business, education, science, government, all around the globe. Leveraging this collective power and intellectual legacy gives new alumni a great advantage.”
This year, RAN offered a variety of exciting programs including Speed Networking, where guests learned essential career networking tips from an image expert, and Wine Tasting 10. At this well-attended event, older students and alumni mingled over Italian sparkling, red, and white grape varietals while learning the history of the wines, their regions of origin, and tasting protocol.
Alumni also recently gathered for an evening of networking at the Black Bear Bar in Hoboken, New Jersey. The session was spearheaded by committee member Mark McLafferty ’07, who says, “It is crucial to take advantage of networking programs. We offer the opportunity to become a part of a dynamic community where you can build professional connections that will be beneficial for everyone.”
Recent alumni should check email for invitations to upcoming events, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you’re on the mailing list.