Passing along our wisdom: how alumni can contribute to the classroom and the campus
“We entered to learn, we left to serve, and we return to reconnect,” Bruce Levine Mellion ’69 said recently in a twist on the College motto.
In April, I had a chance to connect with students in a very satisfying way. Jack Griffin ’72, Alan Hodsdon ’68, and I were on a panel for the Career Counseling and Placement Office’s “Let’s Get Professional” series. Our topics were “An insider’s guide to getting your first job” and “Your first evaluation (your last 90 days).” We had fun, and the students loved it.
Alan Hodsdon said, “There are probably a lot of funny comments I could make about 80 college seniors showing up on a Sunday night to listen to three alumni who date back before the days of color TV, but I was struck by the level of interest in what we had to say and the demeanor of the group. I have never found anything so satisfying as talking to interested young folks about the future. It is always fun to go back to KSC, with all the growth and development going on. But the real joy is having an opportunity to interact with today’s students.”
Over the years a few of us have been invited back to campus to evaluate senior class projects or speak about our profession from the “work” side of the aisle. Bob Norton Jr. ’83 frequently brings his high school students back to visit the KSC Safety Studies program. He is practically an “alum in residence.”
Frank B. Easton III ’75 returns to review senior projects for Dr. Joan Donnelly’s class on human resource issues that people face on the job, such as termination and recruiting. “It is rewarding,” Easton said, “to talk with students as they prepare to enter the workforce. The discussions are thoughtful and challenging, and students demonstrate a serious desire to find meaningful roles. I find their enthusiasm contagious as we explore issues that have personal and legal implications for all of us who work. We’ve been there and done that, and it’s rewarding to talk with young people who get it.”
The Board of Directors has for many years wanted to establish a Speakers Bureau of expert alums who could return and act as supplements to the faculty. Jeff LaValley has referred to it as an Alumni Fellows Program. I believe we are beginning to see an interest in our experience and wisdom being brought back to the College. It may be due in part to the competition for new jobs and the need for colleges to place students who are coming out with ever-increasing personal debt. Or perhaps colleges are coming to depend on resources beyond the scant support available from state and federal governments.
Please join us in coming back to connect with and advise current students at KSC! Let me know how you would like to help.
David Gagne ’73
President, KSC Alumni Association
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Call for Nominations
Many of us know successful and accomplished Keene State graduates. Some have achieved success in their fields, in their lives, and in how they impact the world around them; others have earned distinction in their community, on our campus, in our state, our nation, and our world. Alumni Awards are a way to honor them for helping to create a world of possibilities.
Nominate someone today to receive one of the following top honors by completing the appropriate awards nominations form. Nomination forms and award descriptions are found online or by contacting the Alumni Office at 603-358-2369, or by e-mail.
For more information on Alumni benefits or to obtain an alumni ID, contact:
Barry Alumni Center
Keene State College
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Keene, NH 03435-2701
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