By Hazel Lopez
Cal Poly Pomona’s Alumni Association represents more than 130,000 alumni. The association mainly focuses on engagement, networking and sharing the CPP spirit.
The Alumni Association has four different purposes: assisting in continuing educational and cultural growth, being involved in charitable plans and future CPP projects, maintaining beneficial relationships between the CPP alumni and supporting and advancing the educational and charitable purpose and goals.
Becoming a member is an easy process. Those who are interested may register online, over the phone or simply walk in. The estimated cost on becoming a member is $35 for a one-year membership and $60 for a two-year membership.
“Since it’s the 75th Annual Celebration of Cal Poly, the Alumni Affairs is having a promotion on becoming a member for lifetime for only $300. Usually it is a cost of $600,” said Graduate Assistant Vivian Kim.
Kim also mentioned that all future alumni have the option of paying the $300 in a payment plan, which is $100 every year instead of paying the full amount at once.
Being an alumni member has many advantages. For example, all members have full access to all Cal State university libraries, career centers, Extended University discounts and sporting events discounts. Also, if a member decides to go back to school, they receive a 10 percent discount on their classes. Members also have the option to choose a chapter they want to belong to. Usually, they pick a chapter within their department.
Bryan Carreto will graduate this spring and plans to join the Alumni Association.
“I want to be able to give back to the school by helping out students within my department,” said Carreto. “I plan to recruit students majoring in accounting and give them the opportunity to get an internship in my firm that I work for called McGladrey.”
Some of the events and programs that Melissa Riordan, executive director of Alumni Affairs, mentioned were Professor for a Day, the Student Alumni Network Dinner Program, the Bronco Mentoring Program, Class Notes and Advocacy.
Professor for a Day is an event where the alumni members have an opportunity to come back to campus and teach a class. They talk about their experiences after graduating CPP and give advice to the current students.
The Alumni Network Dinner Program is an event that focuses on connecting students with alumni. Alumni members are responsible for hosting dinners at their homes or at a particular restaurant for six students. The members can mentor students in any department.
Overall, all CPP graduates are encouraged to join the alumni program because it offers great opportunities, and gives members the chance to network with others.
Alumni Association provides opportunities post-graduation
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