After a long day in the big Apple, Kogod alumni were ready to see familiar faces and meet new ones over good food and drink.
On Tuesday, June 28, graduates from all corners of the New York City business scene gathered in midtown Manhattan to welcome Kogod's new dean, Michael J. Ginzberg. Over 30 young alumni attended the evening reception, held annually to engage alums in the greater NYC area.
Alumni began arriving at McCormick and Schmick's just north of Times Square at 6:30 p.m. After a quick stop at the bar, alumni spent the next few hours reminiscing with each other and getting to know Dean Ginzberg.
Tom Minar, vice president of university development and alumni relations, formally introduced Dean Ginzberg and spoke about the strength of the AU alumni community. He also passed along best wishes on behalf of President Kerwin.
Dean Ginzberg gave brief remarks on his vision for building upon Kogod's current successes, and emphasized the important role that alumni play in the growth and reputation of the school. He noted the wide variety of industries and employers, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to the Food Network, represented at the event.
"I was very excited to talk to such a diverse group of alumni," Dean Ginzberg said. "I look forward to building on the excellent components assembled by Dean Durand and will be calling on alumni to help make our great school even greater."
Jonathon Louey, BSBA '10, said he attended because he wanted to reconnect with other Kogod alumni and meet the new dean. Louey has found that even though he's many miles from campus, Kogod faces are present everywhere he turns.
“My boss is an AU alum, so I see AU alumni everyday!” Louey said. “It’s a great network that I’m proud to be a part of. We have people here and everywhere?people that are happy to give advice.”
Louey currently works as a junior analyst at Artio Global Investors. He was offered the position following a connection he made while on the Kogod Center for Career Development's Fall Finance Trip to New York last year.
The annual site visit trip is a chance for students interested in finance to visit employers and meet with successful alumni.
Louey's success epitomizes the Kogod experience: making the most of opportunity to create positive outcomes with the support of current and future alumni.
New York-based alumni will have another chance to reconnect on Tuesday, July 21 when Kogod's alumni relations and Center for Career Development hosts a networking reception. The 2011 Fall Real Estate and Finance Trip, which will include a networking event where Kogod alumni can pass along words of wisdom to current students, will be October 12-14.