Southern California CSU alumni gather for mega mixer event

Southern California CSU alumni gather for mega mixer event

Alumni at a festive mixer.

Paul Gomez ’88 and CSULA broadcasting student Sherley Salazar attend the California State University Alumni Mega Mixer at Dave & Buster’s on Nov. 8.

Alumni Associations from several Southland California State Universities took social networking offline in November with a mega mixer at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant in Arcadia.

More than 200 alumni representing the campuses of Los Angeles, Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, San Bernardino and Pomona, met for a night of food, fun and bonding— including approximately 50 alumni from CSULA.

The multi-campus gathering had cross-generational appeal, said Valerie Marshall, coordinator of marketing and member services for the CSULA Alumni Association.

“Recent graduates used the opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones in a casual, friendly environment. Meanwhile, older graduates could expand their business and personal development network in a fun, new atmosphere. And the numerous Alumni Association staff from all campuses helped drive action at the event by guiding guests and making introductions that bond and unify CSU alumni.”

The event has inspired further partnerships, Marshall added, with CSU Alumni Associations planning more joint activities for later this year.

Mentoring Program accelerates pairings with speed-matching event

Mentors and mentees sit around the table.

Alumni and students meet at the speed-mentoring event.

The CSULA Alumni Mentoring Program is a great way for alumni to share career experiences with current students through discussions on educational options, career choices, goal-setting and networking opportunities.

Approximately 450 alumni and students have signed up for the alumni mentoring program, according to James Cuaresma, coordinator of alumni and student outreach. In an effort to match alumni and students and recruit more, the Alumni Association held mentoring events this year, including a unique speed mentoring event in February.

The event was designed after the concept of speed-dating and provided participants with several short structured meetings to assess compatibility.

Each student was given a set of questions to guide the three- to four-minute conversation with an alumnus. After the student met 10 possible mentors, Alumni Association staff made a quick assessment to determine good pairings.

Cuaresma said the event was designed to operate on a quicker pace than a general mixer to maximize the number of introductions.

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