Islander Students and Alumni Strengthen Networks at the Annual Alumni Dinner Series

Published: December 07, 2017

Islander Students and Alumni Strengthen Networks at the Annual Alumni Dinner Series

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association hosted its second unique dinner event designed to connect alumni with current University students. The event was co-hosted by alumna Stephanie Garcia ’12, who serves as Marketing and Public Relations Manager for House of Rock, and alumna Stephanie Cude Russell ’10, who serves as Communications Director for United Way of the Coastal Bend on Nov. 30 at House of Rock.

“It was a great pleasure to meet with young, motivated individuals and hear their plans for the future and be able to share advice,” said Garcia. “One of my favorite parts of being on the Alumni board of directors is to give back to my alma mater, and the best way is through engagement with the students.”

The dinner serves as a fun, social event where students have the opportunity to network, have insightful conversation and explore different ways they can maximize their Islander degrees after graduation.

“Being able to talk to alumni and getting to know their personal journey was reassuring,” said Erika Rivera, a senior communication student. “I would definitely recommend this program to other students because it’s a great way to make meaningful connections and learn just how valuable our Islander degrees will be and the impact we can make with the right tools.”

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 nearly 50,000 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.

“It was such a great event and a real pleasure to have those insightful conversations with the next wave of communication professionals,” said Russell. “I think it’s important for one generation of Islanders to guide the next, and I’m grateful to the Alumni Association for hosting events like this and for letting me be a part of it.”

The National Islander Alumni Association plans to continue expanding the program by offering additional dinners for each of the colleges throughout the course of the academic year. Students interested in participating in future dinners, can contact the Alumni Relations Office at 361.825.5787 for more information.