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Its Graduation Day!

Today is graduation day at SI! I cannot believe that the 2007-08 school year is already over. This was my first whole academic year at SI and I'm really sad to see this year Master's students go. I'm wondering who I am going to find to replace those that really helped out with panels, ASB, and other SI Careers related events... (Any takers, newbie second years?!?)

One key resource that we recommend to current student to utilize in their job or internship search is Alumni. We have alumni contacts available in the Student Alumni Network, on Facebook, iTrack, and LinkedIn that we use regularly as a resource for jobs, ASB sites, internships, advice, panels, and just general life-outside-SI information.

Now that you are graduating, think of joining or updating your profile as an Alumni member in these resources. Of course, that means just simply registering with the Student Alumni Network, but it also means being active as an alumnus. And we really want you to! We want you to keep in touch with us, let us know when you change jobs, get a promotion, get married or go back to school. We'd love to have you back as a recruiting employer or to be part of panels or lead a presentation whatever it is you are learning about in the real world. We'll make opportunities happen for you if you want to visit.

It has been so great to work with many of you over the past two years and we are sad to see you go. We've enjoyed your time here and really hope that you are willing to stay in touch with us! Remember that there is a whole webpage on the SI website devoted to SI Alumni - make sure to check it regularly. GOOD LUCK! ~Kelly

Note from Karen Jordan...

...there are several U-M School of Information Alumni facebook groups - one for Ann Arbor area, one for greater D.C. area, another for Bay area....and, we can (or alumni can) create them for any location. EVERYONE is invited and encouraged to join the U-M School of Information Alumni Group - You should be able to search for it in Facebook too!

Alumni should not hesitate to contact me -via email, facebook, etc.....

Karen Jordan, AMLS
Associate Director, Development and Alumni Relations University of Michigan School of Information
1085 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
Phone: (734) 647-7652
Fax: (734) 764-2475

Posted by kkowatch at April 25, 2008 12:50 PM


Hi Kelly,

I congratulate all of the young people who have graduated, or finished another year of college. I also thank you for connecting with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection on an information visualization project this spring.

I've also been able to connect with a group at the University of Indiana, and I've posted a link to a visualization project that encourages business leaders to help mobilize volunteers and donors for tutor/mentor programs in Chicago. You can see this at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2008/05/engaging-student-talent-to-solve-social.html

I hope that students and alumni from Michigan, Indiana and other universities will view this and see how they can use their talent and time in meaningful ways to support the growth and effectiveness of social benefit organizations.

The two students from Indiana who worked on this project never met me in person. We did all of our information sharing via phone and the Internet. They are from India.

This illustrates how students and alumni from any part of the world can do meaningful work to support work being done in any other part of the world.

I'm looking for people who can do similar work, and even add on to the work started by Dawn Barton when she was with us in February, or by these students. In addition, I'm looking for interns and volunteers with Geographic Information Systems backgrounds, who can work on a mapping project described at http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com

Visit http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/GetInvolved/DiscussionForums/tabid/474/view/topics/forumid/117/Default.aspx to read more about service learning and intern opportunities.

Enjoy your summer everyone. I hope we can find ways to connect.

Dan Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Cabrini Connections
800 W. Huron
Chicago, Il. 60622

Posted by: tutormentor2@earthlink.net at May 7, 2008 01:13 PM

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