SLU Connect | St. Lawrence University Alumni

SLU Connect

The mission of SLU Connect is to strengthen the student experience and enhance alumni and parent engagement through off-campus career programming that focuses on exploration and preparation, professional interactions, and building meaningful connections, resulting in shared experiences and opportunities that enrich the Laurentian community.

Program & Objectives

SLU Connect is designed to provide students the opportunity to experience the Laurentian network first-hand while developing their professional connections and competencies, obtaining information on career and industry options, and exploring different geographical areas and work environments. The program brings selected students to various locations around the country to engage with alumni, parents, and friends through site visits, industry roundtables, and networking opportunities. Alumni, parents, and friends, acting as SLU Connect volunteers, share their industry knowledge, professional experience, and personal insights with students as they seek advice regarding career preparation. Through these interactions students are exposed to ideas and opportunities they may not have previously considered, while alumni, parents, and friends strengthen their connection to the University, our students, and each other.

It began in 2015 with a program in Washington, DC, and has since expanded to include Albany, NY; Boston, MA; Bozeman and Big Sky, MT; Burlington, VT; the San Francisco Bay area; and most recently, New York, NY.

Objectives of SLU Connect include:

  1. Strategically engage alumni, parents, and friends as key volunteers to strengthen their connection to the University, enhance their understanding of the current student experience, and provide an opportunity for them to share their knowledge and experience.
  2. To develop and implement programs in various geographic locations that provide students the opportunity to connect with the Laurentian network, gain exposure to industry and career options, and strengthen competencies in networking; professional preparation and personal branding; industry and career knowledge; communication and research; and understanding of organizational cultures and "fit."

Upcoming Programs

 Program  Dates
 Burlington Connect  October 9-12, 2019          
 NYC Connect  October 9-12, 2019
 Mountain States Connect            January 1-5, 2020
 DC Connect  January 6-10, 2020
 San Francisco Connect  March 15-19, 2020
 Boston Connect  May 11-15, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student policies and program deadlines

SLU Connect is sponsored, in part, by the Alumni Executive Council. SLU Connect is a partnership between University Advancement and Career Services.

For more information, or if you have questions about SLU Connect, please contact Jillian McKernan-Walley, Senior Associate Director for Laurentian Connections, at jmckwall@stlawu.edu.