As an alumnus from Columbia Southern University, it may surprise you to learn that in this great big world, you are surrounded by 30,000 others who have shared similar experiences at your Alma Mater. In the virtual realm, it is far too easy to be surrounded by many people, yet still feel completely alone and isolated. This was the driving force behind the creation of the Student and Alumni Engagement department in late 2013. We strove to find a way to bring the feel of a traditional campus to our online students and alumni.
The main goal of Student and Alumni Engagement is to involve students and alumni, not only with the university, but with one another. How have we been achieving that? In taking a new approach, SAE has been traveling all over the United States to host networking socials. We have been to areas such as San Diego, Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta (home of our very first alumni chapter), Dallas and Chicago. An initiative has been launched to create regional alumni chapters that will serve as a way for you to network, whether it is for personal or professional purposes, to make friends, or introduce your friends and family to CSU.
One section of SAE is Career Services, which is a huge benefit to you as a CSU alumni. Career development counselors are available to assist in your job search, professional correspondence creation, and guide you through the interview process. They offer these services to all members of the CSU family, free of charge and even after you graduate.
It has been wonderful meeting those of you who have attended these events, exchanged information and advice with your new friends, and left with a smile on your face! Our hope is to meet many more of you in person in the months to come. We are always here for you and our hope is that you keep CSU an important part of your life.
To learn more about all the benefits of the Student and Alumni Engagement department and how you can get involved in clubs, organizations, future events, and more, visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Community
Director, Student and Alumni Engagement