posted on: Thursday February 11, 2010
Between 30 and 35 students will be given the chance to swap PC stories at exclusive alumni events, as well as gain leadership roles, and networking opportunities in a new club beginning this year. The Student Alumni Association [SAA] will help keep an active relationship between students and alumni, as well as prepare students for their future as alumni leaders.”This is a great opportunity for PC students to take part in a new organization on the ground floor,” said Andrea Ricci, assistant director of Alumni Relations. “PC is one of the only universities/colleges that does not have one of these groups. It has been a real success at other places.”The SAA will be assisting Providence College’s Office of Institutional Advancement and the National Alumni Association (NAA). Students will gain leadership roles taking the lead role in planning Spirit Week, an event that was held this year for the first time. The SAA will help plan alumni reunion week and will be invited to exclusive signature events for PC alum, including Homecoming, the Friar 5K, A Night in Black and White, and more. “The SAA would give students a chance to be involved in the school even more and help alumni stay in touch with PC,” said Curran Mitchell ’13.Students will have the chance to help prepare and lead the events while also getting the opportunity to mingle with alumni, sharing stories of PC then and now.”Our alumni are always asking for ways to talk to students,” said Ricci. “They are always wondering how, for example, Ray[mond Hall Cafeteria] is now. When you see the SAA and talk to them you remember that you are part of that group.”The SAA will meet twice a month on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. One or two staff members in Alumni Relations will be appointed to coordinate the meetings. An executive board will be voted on next year including a president, vice president, secretary, and senior giving chair.