When senior Christie Sounart graduates this spring with a journalism degree, she’s going to have a competitive edge over the thousands of other college graduates looking for jobs across the nation.
She has a strong Buff network of more than 240,000 alumni to tap into for professional networking, job or internship opportunities and relocation tips. And to help students like Sounart transition from college to careers, the CU-Boulder Alumni Association is building unprecedented new bridges between students and alumni, thanks to the launch of its new Forever Buffs program.
Three years ago the Alumni Association unveiled the Forever Buffs program by discontinuing its dues program and welcoming all 240,000 alumni and 30,000 students as lifelong members. By being inclusive, Forever Buffs aims to foster lasting relationships between students and alumni, create stronger professional and social networks, develop a culture of giving and engender a stronger sense of CU pride. Whether Forever Buffs live in Shanghai or San Francisco, there are many ways to engage with CU-Boulder and the 270,000-strong Forever Buffs family. Here are just a few:
- Network with other Forever Buffs through dozens of alumni groups around the nation and world and online through Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter;
- Celebrate CU pride by attending Alumni Association events and pregame parties before football games in Boulder and throughout the West as Buffs travel to Pac-12 territory;
- Travel with the Roaming Buffs on trips around the world;
- Give or get professional and relocation advice through Ask a Buff service, an online service where Buffs share their professional advice with alumni and students seeking guidance in their jobs, career paths, relocation plans and graduate school decisions. Log onto the Forever Buffs Network at www.cualum.org and click on the “Ask a Buff” tab.