Student to Alumni Transition, Part Three
Networking With Fellow Tigers
Bobby Hofman, BS ACC ’15, says joining the alumni chapter
as soon as he moved to St. Louis was one of the best decisions he made.
“Getting plugged in quickly helped in the transition to a new city,”
says Hofman, the liaison between the Mizzou Tiger Club – St. Louis and
the Mizzou Alumni Association. “Plus, having come from such a great
experience in my undergrad, there’s no better way to serve the
university and keep the love for the university alive. It’s not just
about having been there for four years. It’s your lifetime connection to
It can be easy for new grads to feel like they don’t
have much to contribute to the university yet, but it’s not only about
money. “One of the beautiful things about being young is we have time on
our hands,” Hofman says. ”We can put forth the energy and excitement
and invest in that way.”
To better serve young alumni, Mizzou Alumni Association is developing targeted programs, such as offering an online career services center and hosting Welcome Home events throughout the country in August.
“One of our biggest goals is to keep these young
alumni connected to the university, especially as they physically move
away after graduation,” says Cassie Reeser, manager of alumni programs
for MAA. “We’re going to welcome them to their new hometown and remind
them a fellow Tiger is always nearby. It gives them an opportunity to
meet folks in the area as well as have that ongoing communication with
Part One, Pay it Forward
Part Two, Supporting Future Students
Part Three, Networking With Fellow Tigers
Part Four, Instant Connection
More Mizzou Memories:
Young Kwon, BJ ’16, is eager to take the skills she
learned at Mizzou and apply them in her job as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Even though she’ll be in Morocco, she hopes to remain connected to women
of color on campus and serve as a mentor to current students.
Veronica DeStefano, BJ ’16, of Naperville, Illinois,
says the passage from student to alumna means showing your love for the
university, even if you’re no longer in Columbia.