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Supporting the Next Generation

David Carlson

Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

by David Carlson '99, Alumni Council president

This past November, your Alumni Council met for the first of three meetings held on campus during the upcoming year. This meeting is special in that the council gets to meet the newest members, each with their own interesting and wildly diverse background. It bears mentioning that this mix within the council is far from accidental. The Alumni Council has invested a great deal of time and effort over the past decade to make sure it is as diverse as Dickinson itself. We have representation across class decade, geography, ethnicity, gender and a host of other characteristics.

Maintaining this diversity requires discipline and often requires us to hold off on adopting new members from groups that are currently well represented on the council. All of this allows the Alumni Council to serve as a useful tool for the college to better understand the concerns of the alumni community and for the vast majority of the alumni community to be heard. If you have an interest or know someone who should be nominated, please reach out!

On a separate note, the career conference was also held over the fall Alumni Council weekend and enabled alumni from all over to come back to Dickinson to share their perspectives with students. This worthwhile event enables current Dickinson students to build real-world skills in how to network, interview and approach the job-search process.

This is just one example of the many ways alumni work to help the next generation of Dickinsonians through the simple use of their time and talents. There are events throughout the year that enable different stakeholders within the Dickinson community to come together for a common cause. And if you can’t connect in person, Alumnifire is an online tool that allows you to customize the ways you are willing and able to help.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at davidcarlson2026@gmail.com. Hopefully I’ll see you on campus or at an event near you.

Read more from the winter 2019 issue of Dickinson Magazine.

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Published February 14, 2019