Seattle Alumni Chapter spotlight
The coastal seaport city of Seattle has an active alumni chapter of 125 members. If you aren’t connected with this group, you’re missing out on monthly career-related seminars, and opportunities to networking and connect with fellow graduates.
“Every other Saturday at the [Seattle] campus we hold events. We get from 12 to 20 people attending,” says Will Wild, president of the Seattle Alumni Chapter. The chapter leadership lines up speakers for the events and are considering themed events that focus on various career fields in 2018. Connecting with nearby chapters is also a focus for the Seattle chapter in 2018. “We made connections with the Portland Alumni Chapter and next year we want to hold a joint chapter event,” adds Wild.
Attend meetings via WebEx
You don’t have to be present in-person to attend an event. The chapter sets up a live stream through WebEx making it easier for those who can’t make it to the campus to attend events.
Some chapter events include family members. The chapter holds an annual barbecue in June, and they plan ballpark outings and tailgate parties to inspire collaboration and interaction with new members. They also set up a booth at commencement to encourage new graduates to join the chapter.
Furthering education across Seattle
Chapter VP of events Chuck Davis took the opportunity during the Alumni Association Homecoming this year to enter a nomination for Nels Mize to win a Paying It Forward Scholarship. He was happy to learn that Mize won the scholarship and begins classes in the associate program on January 17 to earn a Cisco Networking certification. Mize has plans to continue on toward his bachelor’s degree.