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Making Career Connections

May 31, 2011

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    This spring, Lewis & Clark’s Student Alumni Association hosted several student-alumni events, focusing on specific career fields. SAA members Camille Christie CAS ’13 and Anthony Ruiz CAS ’13 (at podium) moderated the communication and media event. Several panelists, including Kasey Cordell B.A. ’00 and Seth Hoffberg B.A. ’00 (at right of podium), shared their career paths and advice.
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Lewis & Clark’s Student Alumni Association (SAA), an entirely student-run group, has hosted several events this year to foster meaningful connections between undergraduate students and alumni.

The SAA hosted two Careers for Pioneers events, attended by more than 300 students, alumni, and parents. It also hosted five events, attended by over 250 students and alumni, which centered on specific career fields: law, postgraduate service opportunities (Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America, and similar pursuits), environmental studies, music and art, and communication and media. For each of these gatherings, alumni served as panelists and answered questions about their career journeys after graduating from Lewis & Clark.

“Graduates are entering one of the most challenging job markets in decades,” says Tanya Sloan B.A. ’07, associate director of Alumni and Parent Programs. “Getting advice and encouragement from alumni already in the workforce is invaluable.”

On April 9, the SAA helped run Spring Into Action Community Service Day, in collaboration with Lewis & Clark’s Center for Career and Community Engagement and the Office of Student Life. This was the final event in the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Barry Glassner. More than 300 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents engaged in a variety of on- and off-campus service projects to build a stronger sense of community and institutional pride.

For more, check out Student Alumni Association.

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