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The Office for Alumni Relations staff at the Lights Before Christmas event

The Office for Alumni Relations staff at the Lights Before Christmas event

The Office for Alumni Relations has easily been one of the best professional experiences I have had. Dan Mathis, Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations has made sure that I received real, hands-on experience that prepared me for the workforce after graduation. I started in May, and my goal as the new alumni programs intern was to experience the university spirit, if you will. I am a not-traditional student and did not experience “normal” college life.

During my time here, I’ve witnessed the unity that I once missed on campus. And I was able to dabble in the normal college life, in a professional way of course. Besides experiencing more EMU spirit, I wanted to see the public relations alumni chapter become more involved. Since I started, a new president has taken over, Matt Eder. And now that I am an almost graduate, I’ve communicated with Matt and we plan to work together to help the PR alumni chapter grow and become more involved with campus activities and to organize more networking events. Besides gaining PR related experience, I have established some terrific relationships and witnessed how to be a great boss in the future.

And now for the shout out portion of the blog! First and foremost, Dan you have been a terrific mentor. You embrace the positive reinforcement theory to a tee; making interns want to do better and not disappoint, instead of feeling intimidated and frustrated. My second shout out goes to Jovan, you’re like my little brother and I enjoyed working next to you every day. It was definitely entertaining and I wish you the best in the future! You’re a smart guy with a great head on your shoulders. Timon Sherman, you are basically awesome. Kind and funny are the best words to describe you. You made me feel extremely welcome when I started.  Will, I wish you would have been here when I started so we could have worked together for a longer period of time. You are witty, intelligent and wise beyond your years.

Alison you’re so funny and great at your job here in the alumni office. I wish we would have worked similar hours, but working events with you was always so much fun and it was weird feeling like a giant for the first time next to you! Patty, I was always amazed how great you were with our alumni. You remember everyone and know how to make each and everyone one of them feel important and heard. That is a rare thing. And Jessica and Lisa, you both work together as a team so well and plan events very effectively. I learned a lot from the both of you over these last few months, and I wish you the very best.

So farewell Office for Alumni Relations and I’ll be seeing you!

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