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Students and Alumni Mingle Over Dinner as Part of First Alumni Dinner Series

June 27, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association hosted its first unique dinner event designed to connect alumni with current University students. The June 18 event was held in the home of Islander alumna Suzelle Tinnell.

“My husband and I were pleased and honored to host the first ever Alumni Dinner Series event,” said Tinnell, a 1989 graduate from the College of Business. “We spent an enjoyable evening with a group of very impressive business students and hope to have the opportunity to host additional activities in the future.”

The idea is simple: students enjoy a delicious meal hosted by an alumnus, have insightful conversations and have the opportunity to network and discover what life after college is like.

“This was a very valuable experience for me,” said Irma Torres, a senior business student. “I would definitely recommend this to other students because it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow students as well as hear about the alumnus’ experiences throughout their college years and their tips on the real world.”

Through events such as this, the Alumni Association is committed to fostering a lifelong relationship between the University and its growing number of Islander alumni.  Currently, there are more than 44,000 alumni in the Islander network. The organization seeks to connect alumni, both new and old, and encourage continued involvement in the life and growth of their alma mater.

“This program is a great opportunity for our students and alumni to join together and converse in a very fun and relaxed atmosphere,” said Russell Wagner, Executive Director of the Alumni Association. “With the success of this event, we’re currently planning a dinner for each college through the course of the upcoming academic year.”