Opinion

Networking with alumni is critical to student success

Forty-eight thousand.

That’s how many alumni SVSU has living in all parts of the world, making the Cardinal difference.

SVSU alumni are highly successful and eager to help both the current student body and their fellow alumni.

The role of the Alumni Relations Office is to utilize that talent to influence the success of our current students. Our alumni are impacting the world as doctors, social workers, teachers, business owners, engineers and more.

We encourage you to engage with these alumni, whether it’s for career advice, an internship, a summer job or information on graduate school, so that you can experience the same success they’ve had.

Alumni Relations provides opportunities to facilitate these connections through different initiatives, events and resources.

One of the most useful resources that Alumni Relations provides is the online networking site SVSUConnect. This platform enables students, alumni and faculty to engage and create relationships with each other.

Networking while in school is key to your future success. Through the connections and relationships made on SVSUConnect, you can discover job opportunities, potential majors, new passions and more. As a student, you have access to alumni in your program and can ask them for advice, mentorship and job opportunities.

We also facilitate many programs and events throughout the year to bring alumni back to campus.

One upcoming event is Alumni Authors, an annual showcase that features a panel of SVSU alumni who are successfully published authors.

These alumni discuss the processes of getting published and offer advice to fellow Cardinals who aspire to be authors.

Additionally, on Sept. 11, Alumni Relations is bringing the mobile Secretary of State to the President’s Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event makes it easy for students, faculty and staff to get the SVSU license plate for free and register to vote without even having to leave campus.

The Alumni Relations Office also teams up with student organizations to host events that bring their alumni back home. We help with funding, implementation and promotion of events, such as alumni reunions, speakers, webinars, volunteer opportunities and more.

One such organization is Forever Red.

Forever Red is commonly referred to as the “student arm of alumni relations” here on campus. The group’s main goals are to connect
with SVSU alumni, enhance the student experience on campus and promote “Red Pride.”

We encourage you to explore Forever Red as an option for getting involved during your time on campus.

Also, through the Alumni Relations Office, students whose parent(s) graduated from SVSU receive the $1,000 Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The Legacy Program connects Cardinals through generations to continue the SVSU tradition. There are over 150 Legacy students enrolled this fall.

We are committed to your success, both during your time at Saginaw Valley and after.

Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal.

Please feel free to stop by the Alumni Relations office in Wickes 160, call us at (989) 964-4196 or email alumni@svsu.edu if you are interested in these opportunities or have any questions.

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