Last night, 200 alumni, faculty and staff joined together to celebrate Philadelphia University at the Fifth Annual President’s Downtown Reception.
Alumni events like these are exciting. They bring together dedicated Rams from across class years, and across industry experience. The opportunities for networking are great. The opportunities to grow Philadelphia University’s reputation are greater.
Much of a University’s reputation rests with the leadership and legacy of its alumni. They are the product of our educational models, and speak for us in the professional world. They open doors to student internships and industry partnerships that better the education today’s students receive, which makes them, in turn, stronger professionals when they enter the workforce. In the end, we’re all bettered as PhilaU produces students who contribute in increasingly more meaningful ways.
Last week, Trustee and alumna, Eileen Martinson hosted four alumni and eight students for a “Dinner with the Rams” event at her company, Sparta Systems. Eileen spoke with a group of young women about the importance of networking, professional goal setting and some of the secrets of her success. I continue to hear from attendees excited about the lessons of the evening.
It is opportunities like this that make us all better. I am excited by the level of alumni engagement displayed last night and encourage all Rams to consider ways, both large and small, they can support the successes of PhilaU students – invest your time with our students, engage your company in their work, schedule a visit to campus, and give to the PhilaU Fund.