By Courtney Staufer
From local and regional events, to efforts underway to better connect with recent alumni and engage our many willing volunteers, the College of Engineering and Applied Science alumni relations program continues to grow and gain momentum.
The Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Board, which formed about three years ago, really hit its stride this year. This dynamic group of recent graduates has defined its mission as keeping recent graduates connected to the college and university through recognition opportunities and social, service, and career-oriented events; as well as helping to support the strategic goals of the college. We will be recruiting new members to the board over the course of the next year, let us know if you graduated in the last 10 years and would like to be considered for membership.
The GOLD Board created a Recent Alumni Award this year to recognize early career achievements, service, and growth by alumni of the last decade. Elliot Goldman, who is featured in a profile on the facing page, was chosen from stiff competition to receive the inaugural award. The GOLD Board also has plans underway for a recent alumni event in Boulder on Saturday, April 27, as well as a multi-city happy hour early this summer, adding a few generation-specific offerings to our year-round event lineup for both Colorado and regional alumni.
Meanwhile, the college introduced several new events last year that we hope will become traditions. In May we will hold our second annual Graduating Students Breakfast. Hundreds of soon-to-be alumni, unable to resist free food and the delicious smell of bacon permeating the Engineering Center Lobby, will enjoy the chance to celebrate, bid farewell to college faculty and staff, and learn how they can stay involved after graduation. Later this summer we will have an alumni picnic here in Boulder, which we hope will again draw a large number of alumni, faculty, staff, and their families for a chance to socialize and reconnect with CU Engineering.
The CU Engineering Alumni Breakfast Series featured seven Boulder and Denver area events where faculty and alumni from each of our departments presented on a range of engineering topics from health and energy issues to next-generation spacecraft. With interesting topics and a new format, we saw participation more than double over the previous year. As we make plans to pick up the series again this fall, we’ll be looking for opportunities to involve out-of-town alumni in some of these events through teleconferences or webinars. If your company is interested in hosting or sponsoring one of these events, please let us know!
In addition to our local programming, the college also has continued to host regional gatherings for alumni across the country, with events in San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. We hope to visit more cities in the coming year, and always love to hear ideas for attractive venues and activities alumni would enjoy in your city.
As mentioned in our February 2013 alumni e-newsletter, planning also is underway for a Volunteer Day, which we hope will involve coordinated and individual participation from alumni nationwide.
Whether you have stayed close to the Flatirons of Boulder or find yourself thousands of miles away, we hope you’ll keep an eye out for upcoming events and activities for engineering alumni!
Visit www.colorado.edu/engineering/alumni/events to see what’s happening next. Share your ideas or learn about hosting or sponsoring an event by contacting Melanie Sidwell, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 303-492-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.