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Communications and Marketing

Accessing professionals

In The Loop students mingled with Chicago alums and forged critical professional relationships at the first All-Access Mixer of the spring 2016 semester.

Brian Clauss ’86, an Alumni Board member, hosted the after-hours networking event at The John Marshall Law School, where he is executive director of the Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic.

The February mixer provided students and alums with a good opportunity to meet and share professional information.

“It’s fun catching up with the other alumni that I run into, but I really like talking to the students,” said Kara Adams ’03 of the Institute of Food Technologies. “I like to be a resource and a mentor.”

Craig Marchbanks ’84 of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago makes it a habit of attending at least one mixer a year “to help students through whatever career choice conversations they may have,” he said. “It’s really my way of helping support students in their endeavors.”

The students and professionals mixed and mingled for nearly an hour after Courtney Wright ’88 of CDW Merchants spoke about how to network effectively. She left the group with three key messages: Network with intentionality, stay top of mind, and ensure relevancy. 

“It’s really understanding who you’re networking with and what is important to them,” Wright said. “It has to be important to them until the day that it needs to be important to you.”

Ashton Hampton ’17 said he “got a lot of connections and a kickstart on the professional part of my life” at the February after-hours event. The next Chicago mixer is planned for Thursday, April 7.

In The Loop All-Access Mixers are intended to help students learn how to translate their liberal arts experience to the real world through networking events with alumni.

The All-Access networking events are a collaboration among the Career Advancement Center, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and the Center for Chicago Programs.