Alumni integral to Professional Edge Center
One especially exciting development emerging from the University’s strategic planning process (visit www.uindy.edu and click on “Vision 2030”) is a merger of the Office of Alumni Relations with those of Career Services and Community Programs, which connects students with volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the community. Every group engaged in the Vision 2030 conversations emphasized the importance of connecting students to alumni in more meaning-ful ways, particularly in terms of mentoring and career placement. The merger of operations into a Professional Edge Center will enable UIndy to make those connections and still offer traditional services and programs for alumni.
“Professional Edge will help students build their social capital right along with the working knowledge and skills that will help them in their future professions,” explains President Manuel. “Alumni will be a critical component of this initiative as we seek their help in mentoring students and facilitating business connections.”
The Center will provide students with ongoing exposure to working professionals, and when fully operational will provide professional development opportunities for alumni. To facilitate the merger, the Career Services and Community Programs offices have joined Alumni Relations in Stierwalt Alumni House.
Photos: Alumni professionals in the community—such as Joel Zawacki ’06, Director of Corporate Sales & Marketing for the Indianapolis Indians, and Nichole Wilson ’02 ’06, Director of Rehab & Sports Medicine for Community Health Network—will be crucial to the success of the Professional Edge Center.