the College's Future
By Rita Pietropinto '93
President, Columbia College Young Alumni Association
College Young Alumni. Where are we? What are we doing? Where are we
Some of us
are looking for new apartments. Some are changing careers. Some are
exploring opportunities in unfamiliar lands. Some are going back to
school. Some are getting married. Some are making our first bonus.
Some are following our dreams.
are, whatever we are accomplishing, we share some things in common.
All of us are recent graduates of the College living the most
exciting years of our lives, with some anticipation, much
uncertainty and great promise. All of us share the distinct
advantage and privilege of calling ourselves Columbia College
College Young Alumni association is dedicated to enriching the
academic, professional and personal lives of young alumni, and to
strengthening the communication and interaction of young alumni
with each other and with the College. Columbia and its alumni
should forever be a foundation for us, a place to return to, a
place to network, a place to help us shape our present and
alumni we are the future of Columbia College.
As members of
CCYA, we are the leaders of that future.
Networking Nights, academic forums, community service, social
events and fundraising, CCYA provides a forum to maximize our
opportunities, utilize our talents and give back to our school.
Membership is open to all young alumni (graduates within the past
10 years), and meetings are held quarterly. The Executive Committee
includes Vice President Rebecca Boston '93, Treasurer Rafay
Farooqui '98, Secretary Andy Topkins '98, Networking Chair Alicia
Guevara '94 and Vice-Chair of the Columbia College Fund Abby Black
More than 50
young alumni attended our first full committee meeting and
reception, held on October 5 at the Columbia Club. We were joined
by representatives from Columbia College Women and Community
Impact, and officers of the Office of Alumni Affairs and
Development. The message was clear: Young alumni are interested in
becoming involved, and Columbia views its young alumni as a
meeting, we outlined our primary goals for the year. Our first
initiative was to create a structure that would facilitate
communication among the classes. Each class now has captains who
will serve as leaders and representatives at CCYA meetings. These
class captains will help increase class participation, create an
accurate mailing list for young alumni and publicize our programs
and events. We also have begun to establish CCYA representatives
from coast to coast to help programming efforts in their home
(Please consult the CCYA
website for times and locations.)
December 6, 1999
Monday, February 7, 2000
Monday, May 1, 2000
Finance, Tuesday, November
Law, Tuesday, December 15
Entertainment, Wednesday, January 26
Education, Tuesday, February 29
Advertising, Tuesday, March 21
New Media, Tuesday, May 23
Not For Profit, Tuesday, June 20
initiative was to assess what rogramming would most interest and
benefit young alumni. This year, CCYA is conducting Networking
Nights to bring together young (and more senior) alumni who are
either employed in or interested in becoming employed in a
particular field. At Networking Nights, alumni will act as sponsors
and serve as mentors, answering questions and providing insight and
guidance in their fields of expertise. Our first Networking Night,
on Tuesday, November 30, covers the field of finance. If you are
interested in hosting a Networking Night, or serving as a sponsor
for a particular field, please contact Emily Kasof at the Alumni
initiative was to increase young alumni participation in the
College Fund. The College is thriving, with improved facilities,
rising applications and enriched quality of student life. These
improvements would never have been possible without the financial
contributions of alumni. While the Fund is stronger than ever
before, Columbia lags behind peer institutions in terms of
participation, including young alumni participation.
have a great influence on the present status and future success of
our alma mater. Our involvement counts. Participation is the key
word - it is not how much we give, but that we give. Our goal this
year is to increase young alumni participation in the Fund to 20
percent, which would be the highest participation rate to date.
This is definitely an achievable goal; if each class could secure
200 gifts of any amount, we would achieve our goal, which would
make a significant impact on the Fund and our ranking in national
surveys such as in U.S. News & World Report.
achieve that goal, the Hamilton Associates program was developed
specifically for young alumni. Become a member by making a gift, of
any size, to the College Fund.
Now is a
perfect time to become involved with CCYA. We invite you to attend
meetings and encourage you to bring any ideas, concerns or
proposals. For our Networking Nights program, we will be relying on
you to help identify fellow alumni working in specific fields who
may be interested in participating in a program. We will also ask
some of you to volunteer at events. Our next Full Committee Meeting
is on Monday, December 6. We hope you will join us.
They say that
success in life is sometimes just about showing up. We are asking
you to show up. Become involved in CCYA, and together we will
achieve our goal to lead a stronger, more dynamic Young Alumni
association into the millennium.
If you are
interested in becoming a member or have any questions or comments,
contact any member of the CCYA Executive Committee or e-mail Emily
Kasof at firstname.lastname@example.org.