Alumni Day of Service Promotes Connections and Career Readiness
The Ninth Annual Alumni Day of Service drew Wildcat alumni representing all schools and colleges to campus March 21 - 22, 2019, for panels, workshops on career readiness, receptions and one-on-one mentoring of current students. Florida Education Association President Alumnus Fedrick Ingram gave a rousing and inspiring keynote address.
More than 50 students completed mock interviews. High points were presentation of three scholarships to students by Alumna Yazetta Knighton; and Alumnus Aaron Wilson, who is currently employed by Eli Lilly, pledged to identify paid internships for the 2020 Eli Lilly internship program.
"Alumni stepped up to the plate and were very much in tune with our students," said Alumni Day of Service Founder Gerald Yancey. "Their sharing of their professional experiences was well-received. Indeed, this gives our students an essential advantage as they embark on their careers."
Yancey was recognized by Interim President Hubert L. Grimes, Esquire, for being the brainchild of this meaningful initiative which promotes enduring connections between alumni, current students and the University. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., of which Yancey is a member, also acknowledged his contributions.
Alumni Giving Manager Marah Beltz and Campus Photographer John Reeves received recognition for their collaborative efforts which contributed to the program's success.
"Seeing alumni so eager to teach and mentor students to ensure that they are successful once they enter the world of professional work is what the Alumni Day of Service is about," said Beltz. "These alumni exemplify service and are shining examples of what it means to be a Wildcat."
Alumni Day of Service is the flagship program of the University's Board of Visitors. Plans for a signature event to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of Alumni Day of Service have been launched.