Beyond Graduation

Beyond Graduation: Alumnae prepare students for a successful future

Fellow students would agree with Emily Perry when she says that Saint Mary’s alumnae are a student’s best resource. Perry is a member of the Student/Alumnae Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Alumnae Board. The Committee’s goal is “to foster relationships between our alumnae and current students, and to support graduates as they make the transition from students to alumnae,” says Perry.

As a member of the campus Board of Governance, Perry is a student leader who’s proud to represent students on the Student/Alumnae Committee. The communications major realizes the benefits of the strong connection, both personal and professional, between students and alumnae. “Saint Mary’s alumnae want us to succeed,” she says, “and they are more than willing to share advice on getting started in a new a city, applying for graduate school, or making a great impression during an interview.” These are all skills Perry examined with alumnae at the Success After Saint Mary’s event.

Alumna Jill Moore Clouse ’99 is chairwoman of the Student/Alumnae Committee. She’s a professional who knows that outcomes are important. “We want to help Saint Mary’s students to start thinking about life after College,” says Clouse. “Saint Mary’s is the strong foundation to which alumnae attribute their success.” Clouse attended this program herself as a senior history major. Now, she is assistant director of admissions for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Clouse remains connected to Saint Mary’s, especially through the alumnae board. Lately she is focused on connecting with students who, like Perry, are just beginning their careers. In fact, recent Saint Mary’s graduates often attribute their college internships or first jobs to alumnae connections. “The relationship between our students and alumnae is certainly unique,” Perry remarks. “They are our best resource.”