Communications Department Hosts Alumnae-Student Dinner

November 19, 2014

The Communications Department, Alumnae Relations, Alumnae Board and PRSSA sponsored the first annual communications alum-student networking dinner in early November. This “Eat and Greet” event attracted about 50 students, along with faculty, staff and members of the Alumnae Association. Eleven Communications Department alumnae attended.

The objectives of the event were to continue building the Simmons community, to help students forge relationships with alumnae, and to underscore the value of the Simmons experience. PRSSA handled the promotion to students and managed all of the event logistics.

The evening began with remarks from Communications Department faculty member and PRSSA advisor Andrew Porter, Chair of the Communications Department Ellen Grabiner, and Pat Park, a representative from the Alumnae Association. Following these brief welcoming comments, attendees were invited to partake of the buffet dinner. One alum was seated at each table to facilitate student networking. After dinner, alumnae introduced themselves to the larger gathering and offered information about their current jobs as well as advice to students who would soon be in the market for employment. Students, faculty, guests and alums schmoozed and networked for the reminder of the evening. Nobody seemed anxious to leave.

The event was enjoyed by all and the department plans to make it an annual affair.

It's great to meet the current students and see where they want to go,” said Stephanie Paulovich ’11, web producer for Fidelity Investments. “I loved the setup of the event - the tables, the little mini-speeches, and that you guys gave the girls freedom to move about and come talk to us in an informal setting. I was so impressed by how many students had business cards - this proves how prepared Simmons women are for the world…always ahead of the curve!”

“You and your students put on a wonderful event with great attendance,” added Dana Robie ’12, corporate communications for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. “I was so impressed with all of the students that attended. They made a good effort to talk to me and network – you’ve trained them well! Congrats on all the wonderful work you guys are doing in the Communications Department at Simmons.”