Engaged alumni help move Kalamazoo College from one level of excellence to another. Alumni who feel connected to K and value their college experience are vital in promoting K’s distinctive educational mission. You can advance K’s mission and solidify its position as one of this country’s exceptional liberal arts colleges in five key ways. You can make a difference!
2. Developing Students Through Mentoring and Career Preparedness
The Center for Career and Professional Development relies on the support of alumni to provide advice and/or resources for students conducting career development internships, senior individualized projects, and post-graduate job searches. The College’s Externship Program offers alumni the unique opportunity to share their professional and home lives with current K students interested in similar career pursuits. Alumni may also support the career development of current students by referring internship opportunities in their workplaces.
Wisr, the Kalamazoo College Career Mentoring Network is a mobile-friendly platform designed specifically to help K students and alumni connect. Students can browse lists of alumni who are working in fields that they’re interested in exploring, and then request one-on-one advisory sessions. You don’t need to be an expert or a luminary; all it takes is a few minutes to set up your profile (many fields can be pulled from your LinkedIn profile if you have one), and a willingness to talk about your career path, share advice, and provide insights on how you got from there to here.
4. Serving as a Volunteer
Alumni volunteers are very important to sustaining the legacy of service that distinguishes K alumni. Alumni volunteers can serve in many capacities such as a class agent, reunion committee member, Alumni Association Engagement Board Member or a Hornet Host. Class agents provide volunteer leadership to their class by staying connected to the College upon graduation and by sharing and promoting philanthropic opportunities for their classmates to support K. Class agents along with reunion committee members provide leadership for reunion planning and giving during anniversary years.
5. Making a Charitable Contribution
Your financial contribution can make a profound difference in the lives of current and future Kalamazoo College students.
Thank you for supporting Kalamazoo College and helping us to do more in four years so students can do more in a lifetime!