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Young alumni asked to offer job input for students

Sometimes the transition from student to graduate can be difficult, especially when it comes to finding that first job. Now through May, President Steve Bahls and Augustana’s Office of Alumni Relations are hosting meetings across the country to seek the assistance of young alumni.

“They have what it takes to help our seniors find internships and employment,” President Bahls said. “Their professional contacts and advice based on their own job searches could help land an internship and possibly a job for a fellow Augustana graduate.”

This initiative lines up with Augustana’s recently adopted strategic plan, Augustana 2020, which places career preparation and post-graduate planning as essential parts of fulfilling the college’s mission. Young alumni represent a perfect partner for helping soon-to-be graduates navigate life after Augustana.

The first of 11 Young Alumni Advisory Group meetings took place on Feb. 3, at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C. Seventeen alumni discussed how they could steer Augustana students to internships and jobs, provide job shadow opportunities and offer advice on employment options for specific majors.

“Our alumni were so enthusiastic, and excited to be able to help our students in a tangible way,” said Kelly Read ’02 Noack, director of alumni relations. “These meetings also give our young alumni an opportunity to meet other Augie grads living in their city.”

Each meeting includes hors d ‘oeuvres and/or dinner and provides time for President Bahls to describe how alumni can help ensure the success of the college’s new strategic plan. There is no charge for these events.

Young alumni who would like to receive more details about any of the meetings, should email Kelly Read ’02 Noack or call or 309-794-7474.

Young alumni advisory group meetings

Washington, D.C. Young Alumni Advisory - Feb. 3

Peoria Young Alumni Advisory - Feb. 13

Salt Restaurant, 4542 N. Prospect Road, Peoria, Ill.

San Francisco Young Alumni Advisory - Feb. 19

54 Mint, 16 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, Calif.   

Denver Young Alumni Advisory - Feb. 20

The Broker, 821 17th St., Denver, Colo.      

Phoenix Alumni Event - March 20

Cowboy Ciao, 7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz.      

Quad-City Young Alumni Advisory - March 25

Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club, Augustana College   

Chicago Alumni Advisory - April 8 (location TBD)  

Chicago Young Alumni Advisory - April 9 (location TBD)

Rockford Young Alumni Advisory - April 17

University Club of Rockford, 945 N. Main St., Rockford, Ill.

Milwaukee Young Alumni Advisory - April 30

Bacchus, 925 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Twin Cities Young Alumni Advisory - May 14

University Club of St. Paul, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minn.